The entry-level sportbike continues to make its mark in Yamaha’s R World.
Words: Allan Lane//Images: Yamaha
Sporting a new front fairing and windscreen design, as well as a new fuel tank, the 2019 YZF-R3 has been redesigned with a sleeker look that takes direction from its older sibling, the R6. Powered by a 321cc twin cylinder engine, the R3 utilizes the latest in combustion tech with lightweight forged aluminum pistons and full aluminum cylinders with an offset design, to create usable power daily commutes, track time or blitzing the back roads. Other features include new KYB 37mm inverted front forks that are paired with an all-new triple clamp. The new triple clamp incorporates an aluminum handlebar crown that allows for a lower handlebar position, by 22mm. The 2019 YZF-R3 is paired with the new Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 radial tires, installed on 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
A host additional new features include new LED headlights and position lights, a new LCD instrument panel, and the optional ABS package. Color options for the standard model include Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Black, with a price tag of $4,999. The ABS version of the 2019 R3 includes Matte Black and Vivid White, with a price tag of $5,299. Expect to see the 2019 YZF-R3 in dealership beginning in December of 2018.