Yamaha announces 2020 R3 MotoGP edition, updated YZ250FX and YZ450F, new YZ125X

Yamaha started announcing bits of its 2020 lineup today, starting with a MotoGP-themed version of the R3 and updated YZ250FX and YZ450F off-roaders, as well as the new YZ125X

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 is a fancy paint job, with no performance upgrades. Honda’s done this for years with the Repsol edition of its low-capacity sportbikes, so it makes sense for Yamaha to do the same, and get some more mileage out of all that MotoGP sponsorship. MSRP for the flash version of the R3 is $6,399.

The new YZ125X is intended as a transitional model.

Better news for off-road riding fans, as there’s a new machine in the Yamaha lineup, the YZ125X. Yamaha says this is an off-road competition model based on the YZ125 MX bike, with KYB suspension, Yamaha Power Valve System and 18-inch rear wheel. It’s supposed to be “the perfect stepping stone for riders transitioning from recreational trail models toward full-size XC machinery.” MSRP is $7,799 for 2020.

The YZ250FX has the Yamaha Power Tuner app installed from factory.

Yamaha also announced updates to its YZ250FX enduro machine. It gets a new four-stroke engine based on the YZ250F, a new frame, updated suspension and bodywork, but most interestingly, Yamaha also added its wireless Power Tuner app, to allow for easy tuning. Yamaha also put a handlebar-mounted map selector on the YZ250FX for 2020, for on-the-fly changes. MSRP is $9,799 for 2020.

Wanna go for a rip? Yamaha’s made several updates to its YZ450F as well.

Yamaha’s also claiming big changes to its YZ450F, including a modified motor, frame, suspension and chassis components—the kind of incremental changes we see every year from Europe, but not always from the Japanese manufacturers. Yamaha’s keeping up with the times, though, and for you to do the same, you’ll have to save up a $10,599 MSRP.

More information in Yamaha’s press release below:

Press release

Monster R3, YZ125X highlight new 2020 Yamaha models

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced an extensive release of 2020 motorcycles destined for Canada, with two exciting new bLU cRU models leading the charge into the summer season.

The pure racing spirit of Yamaha’s legendary MotoGP team makes its way to the new 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3. This model calls to its racing pedigree with an edgy, aggressive look that reflects the current MotoGP YZR-M1 livery of Grand Prix superstars Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition R3 has performance to match its aggressive styling. The liquid-cooled, 321 cc inline twin-cylinder engine delivers smooth-running and quick-revving power, while the revised aerodynamics and new 37 mm upside-down front fork introduced on the 2019 R3 bring improved speed and handling to the smallest model in the supersport lineup. MSRP is $6,399.

Proving that two-strokes are still alive and well, the all-new YZ125X joins the off-road competition lineup for 2020. Designed as the perfect stepping stone for riders transitioning from recreational trail models toward full-size XC machinery, the YZ125X is the pinnacle of lightweight, two-stroke performance on the race course.

Based on the YZ125 motocross racer, key features of the YZ125X include a 125 cc two-stroke engine with the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS), industry-leading KYB suspension, and an 18-inch rear wheel. A serious, race-ready model that’s ready to take developing riders to the next level, the 2020 YZ125X retails for $7,799.

The YZ250FX enduro/woods racer got a major overhaul for 2020 based on the latest version of the championship-winning YZ250F MX model. A dedicated hare scramble/cross-country competition machine straight off the showroom floor, improvements for 2020 include the addition of the wireless Power Tuner app and handlebar-mounted map selector, allowing riders to tune from their smartphone and change maps on the fly. Additional upgrades include a new four-stroke engine based on the latest YZ250F, new frame, refined suspension settings and a thinner, lower body. The 2020 YZ250FX carries an MSRP of $9,799.

The YZ450F receives more than a dozen improvements for 2020. An ultra-compact motor was developed, housed in the latest evolution of Yamaha’s aluminum bilateral beam frame. Chassis components and suspension settings were carefully refined for excellent handling feel, and weight was shaved everywhere, from the footrests to the electrical system. The 2020 YZ450F retails for $10,599 and comes in Yamaha Racing Blue and new low gloss grey.

The rest of Yamaha’s motocross, off-road recreation, dual sport and scooter lineups have also been released. Visit https://www.yamaha-motor.ca/products/?group=MC to see all the new and returning models. Additional 2020 models, including the sport, sport heritage, touring and WR series, will be introduced at a later date.


  1. Forget Bold New Graphics. Yamaha needs to import the MT03 to match the sit upright offerings of Kawasaki, Honda and KTM.

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