Yamaha have just announced the new R3 small displacement sport bike that has been expected for a while now. The R3 raises the bar a tad on the small displacement war, opting for a 321 cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline twin motor, which is 25 cc more than the Ninja 300 and 37 cc more than Honda’s CBR 300.
The motor uses four valves per cylinder, has fuel injection and a 6 speed box. the crank is set 180 degrees apart (pistons go up and down alternatively) and comes with a balancer shaft to smooth out vibrations.
Power output is a claimed 42 hp at 10,750 rpm and torque maxing out at 29.3 Nm at 9,000 rpm. That’s 3 hp more than the Ninja 300 and 12 more than Honda’s CBR300.
Frame is a steel diamond type with standard 41 mm forks (likely non-adjustable), 10 spoke wheels and a single 298 mm disc up front with a two-piston caliper but sadly no ABS (corrected). Wheels are 17 inchers with 10/70-17 front tire and a 140/70-17 rear (same as the Kawi and Honda). Fuel capacity is 14 litres and the claimed wet weight is 167 Kg (two up on the CBR but seven less than the Ninja).
The bike is coming to Canada priced at just $4,999 which is $800 less than the Ninja 300 and $200 less than Honda’s CBR300, but unlike these, the R3 does not have ABS. It will be available in Blue, Red and Metallic Black.
More info as soon as we get it!
Oh and here’s a bit of an odd video of the bike with Colin Edwards:
Or if you want a shorter and more to the point video, check this out:
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