Over the last few years, there has been a growing demand for lower capacity motorcycles which are sporty to ride but at the same time are practical enough to use on a daily basis. Motorcycle manufacturers all over the world like KTM, Kawasaki and Honda responded to this by launching sports bikes with low capacity engines. Recently, Yamaha entered this segment by launching the YZF-R25 an YZF-R3 in markets all over the old. The R25 was a roaring hit in south Asian market while the R3 received great response in power-craving markets like USA and UK.
Both the R25 and the R3 are parallel-twin engine motorcycles, which mean that they are going to cost more than their single cylinder competitors from KTM and Honda. Yamaha were in dilemma as they found it difficult to choose one of these two bikes for India. Finally, they decided on the YZF-R3, which we think is a good choice as the extra 50 cc over the YZF-R25 will make a difference in terms of performance. The YZF-R3 will also be a good upgrade for existing YZF-R15 owners. The YZF-R3 is inspired by Yamaha’s racing pedigree. The bike gets racing derived forged pistons and carburized connecting rods which are found in Yamaha’s MotoGP bike. The bike employs a 321 cc twin-cylinder engine which develops a peak power of 41.5 bhp @ 10,750 rpm and has a torque output of 29.6 Nm @ 9000 rpm. A 6-speed gearbox sends power to the rear wheels. ABS, unfortunately, is not available, although Yamaha India has said it could be introduced in the near future
The Yamaha R3 will go head to head with the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The bike will hit the showrooms shortly with a price tag of Rs. 3.25 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). Stay tuned for a detailed review of this exciting twin-cylinder sportsbike in the coming weeks, here on ChooseMyBike.in!