The YZF-R3 is supposed to take the DNA of its bigger brothers and shrink it down to a more petite size. Power is provided by a water-cooled, inline, two-cylinder engine with 320cc of displacement. It does have features like dual overhead cams and fuel injection, though.
With those specs, the R3 is basically meant for beginner riders, but it should be pretty nimble, too. And with prices starting at $4,990 in the US, it's a fairly inexpensive way to get into the hobby. Yamaha thinks it can sell around 6,000 of them in North America for the 2015 model year.
The R3 is supposed to his the US market in March. Check out Edwards' video above, and if you just want to see the motorcycle action, skip about 1:40 into the clip. Scroll down to read both announcements.
October 17, 2014
IWATA, October 17, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that the YZF-R3 Sports Model motorcycle powered by a 320cc water-cooled, inline two-cylinder engine is scheduled for release globally, starting with North America in late January 2015 and then later in Europe, Asia and other regions.
The YZF-R3, a model tailored for the global market, is based on the YZF-R25 model introduced in Indonesia in July. The YZF-R3 Sports Model boasts increased displacement and a lighter yet higher-performance chassis, a winning combination that immediately establishes the model as one of the most competitive entries in its class.
Like the YZF-R25, the Sports Model is a super-bike designed for daily use. Features include:
• High-performing, easy-handling inline two-cylinder engine
• Lightweight body for enhanced mass centralization
• Body based on the popular YZF-R series platform
The YZF-R3 is a high-end model designed to please diverse motorcyclists, from daily users to ardent road-racers. Its 320cc displacement, relatively large for ASEAN and other Asian countries, anticipates the surging popularity of sports models in such markets.
In developed markets, where displacements of 600cc and over are considered mainstream, the YZF-R3 is expected to attract younger, less experienced riders looking for their first motorcycle. As an entry model, it is hoped to create new Yamaha fans who will step up to larger models someday.
The YZF-R series features a wide lineup, beginning with the YZF-R1 (1000cc) super-sports flagship model, followed by the YZF-R6 (600cc), YZF-R25 (250cc), YZF-R15 (150cc), and YZF-R125 (125cc).
Manufacturing will be carried out in Indonesia at PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing.
Name YZF-R3 (Blue/ Black/ Red)
Sales (release) Late Jan. 2015 (North America)
RRP 4,990 $US (Retail Price)
Target Sales 6,000 Units (first year in North America)
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Introduces All-New 2015 YZF-R3
Cypress, CA October 16, 2014 –Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is proud to announce the newest member to join the acclaimed R-Series, the all-new YZF-R3.
Bred from the ground up using Yamaha R Series DNA the YZF-R3 features a 320cc, liquid-cooled, in-line two-cylinder, DOHC, fuel injected engine tuned to deliver excellent power and performance throughout the power band.
Legendary R-Series styling with a full fairing gives the YZF-R3 that destined for the racetrack look and the low seat height of 30.7" make it
available to a wide variety of riders looking for their first motorcycle or just prefer a lightweight, nimble machine.
The YZF-R3 features top notch components like KYB front suspension, lightweight aluminum 10-spoke wheels and a newly designed compact LCD instrument panel that displays all the important data at a glance.
The YZF-R3 will be available in three color options-Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Rapid Red and Raven––and will retail for just $4,990, with bikes available in dealerships beginning in March 2015.