Yamaha’s “R” World is determined to ride in, take names and kick some, if not all, ass.
Words: Allan Lane
Images: Brian J. Nelson
When you look at Yamaha’s 2018 R World line up, it becomes very clear that the manufacturer has set their sights on domination. Their offerings in each class is a testament to their efforts of satisfying the needs of every sportbike rider, ranging from entry level to full blown super biker. Yamaha’s R World represents a supergroup of machines that is inspired by the spirit and passion for the global community of Yamaha owners. Composed of the 2018 YZF-R3, YZF-R6, YZF-R1 and the YZF-R1M, all equipped the new Bridgestone R11 Battlax tires, Yamaha’s R World is determined to ride in, take names and kick some, if not all, ass.
THE 2018 YAMAHA YZF-R3
To call the R3 an entry level bike is a slight disservice. While the engine capacity makes it more user-friendly to a new rider, the bike is loaded with features that make it a treasure for the seasoned rider in the track environment. The 321cc, inline twin cylinder engine is home to lightweight forged pistons that do their work inside of offset cylinders that minimize friction and focus on producing more power. The lines of the 2018 model continue to be refined into
a sporty aggression that takes notes from it’s older siblings, the R6 and R1. When you add in the new Yoshimura Y series slip on muffler, it does more than add to the bikes profile. A boost in performance and sound is always a welcomed attribute. The brake setup includes a single 298mm front disc and a 220mm disc in the rear and is available with the option of ABS.
The 2018 R3 performs impressively well with proper engine output and encouraging ergonomics.