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Yamaha YZF R3 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 25 2020 Share this blog

Released in August 2015 for the first time in India, the Yamaha R3 has experienced some bad days in the Indian market. The bike was recalled for some issues and also got discontinued to get relaunched in 2018. After the facelifted R3 was released in the international market, the company tried to bring it to India as well. It was December 2019, when Yamaha brought the updated YZF R3 in India. The bookings for the bike have started at some of the dealerships. 


The updated Yamaha R3 gets substantial cosmetic changes and the latest features on offer. The front fascia looks R1 inspired and is sharper than the outgoing model. It gets LED headlamp with faux air intake in the centre, large windshield, muscular fuel tank, and much more. The rear profile is also sharper than before. The new Yamaha YZF R3 also gets a fully digital instrument cluster with backlit TFT display which displays information like gear indicator, engine heat level, and a digital clock.

Pros

  • Powerful twin-cylinder engine with good torque

  • Good ride handling dynamics

  • Comfortable ergonomics

  • Stock exhaust note

Cons

  • Front brakes fail to satisfy

  • Quite expensive in this segment

  • Small fuel tank

  • No grab rails 

What’s New

  • 2020 R3 comes in new colours: Icon blue and midnight black

  • No engine change

  • Aesthetic updates

What is the source of power in 2020 Yamaha YZF R3?

How evolving are performance and efficiency?


The all-new 321cc in-line twin motor is installed with smart fairing within a diamond-type steel frame, propels via 4-valve DOHC layout and takes in fuel through closed-loop fuel injection system with 32mm throttle bodies. The offset cylinder design is inspired from Yamaha's MotoGP race bike, helping it to reduce friction and deliver high power. The engine throws a peak power of 42 bhp through a 6-speed gearbox (no slipper clutch like the Ninja 300) at 10,750rpm and a peppy 29.6Nm is done at 9000rpm.

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 3,51,680

Rs. 2,40,000

Rs. 2,48,000

Rs. 2,98,000

Engine 

321cc double-cyinder liquid cooled DOHC engine

312.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled reverse inclined SI engine

373.3cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine

296cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine

Power 

42.0 bhp @ 10,750 rpm

33.5 bhp @ 9700 RPM(Sport and Track mode)/

25.44 bhp @ 7600 RPM(Urban and Rain mode)

42.9 bhp @ 9000 RPM

38.4 bhp @ 11000RPM

Torque

29.6 Nm @ 9000 rpm

27.3 Nm @ 6700 RPM(Sport and Track mode)/

25 Nm @ 6700 RPM(Urban and Rain mode)

36 Nm @ 7000 RPM

27 Nm @ 10000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

25

31

23

25

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

14

11

9.5

17

 

Yamaha YZF R3 mileage turns out to be around 22 kmpl in the city with regular traffic. Under mixed conditions (highway 70 and city 30) its returning around 25-26 kmpl mark for the last few refills. On the highways it returned 28 kmpl while cruising around the 120 kmph mark. However, the mileage drops significantly when exceeded over 120 kmph or under hard throttle in lower gears. The 14 litres tank capacity  makes the range quite less. A 17-litre tank would have been better for a more comfortable touring range.

How flexible is the acceleration in YZF R3?

The engine revs quickly and doesn't seem to be as exciting as the Ninja 300's. The Ninja delivers its best performance singing the high-notes while the R3 is a more relaxed and calmer experience with zero to 100 kmph sprint in 5.5 seconds. The power delivery across the mid-range is quite impressive. Notably, the R3 goes at a top speed of 188 kmph, which is much higher than the rivals. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-100 kmph

5.5 sec

7.17 sec

5.68 sec

7.17 sec

Top Speed(kmph)

188

160(Sport and Track mode)/125(Urban and Rain mode)

167

144.14

 

How sharp and involving are the brakes?


Braking power at the front comes from 298 mm floating disc with a twin-piston calliper. Meanwhile, the rear wheel is equipped with 220 mm disc with a single piston callipers. Unfortunately, the R3 does not come installed with steel braided hoses. On a note, R3 has good enough braking power, however the feedback from the front brakes is a bit numb. The rear brakes are powerful and  have enough bite. For the asking price, Yamaha should make the braided lines as standard. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

298

300

320

290

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

220

240

230

220

80-0 kmph(m)

N/A

N/A

29.78

32.14

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Single Channel

How much has the handling and comfort evolved in this Yamaha R3?


The riding position is quite more sporty than expected. The bike’s controls are easy to reach, and the revised display is legible. You can see the gear position and speed clearly. The tach is offered in bar-style that lines the upper edge of the display, making it hard to read at times. The swingarm suspension allows a comfortable ride while travelling for long hours. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Chassis 

Diamond

Split trellis

Steel trellis

Steel diamond tube

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

110/70-17 

110/70-17

110/70-17

110/70-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/70-17

150/60-17

150/60-17

140/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Fork

Inverted cartridge telescopic forks

WP open cartridge Upside Down forks

Telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Swingarm

Two arm mono-tube floating piston gas assisted shock absorber

WP mono-shock

5-way preload adjustable mono-shock

Seat height(mm)

780

810

820

785

Ground Clearance (mm)

160

180

178.5

135

Kerb Weight(kg)

173

174

170

179

Starting System

self

Self

Self

Self

How intense does the Yamaha YZF R3 look?

The styling of the new YZF R3 is now more in sync with Yamaha’s ‘R’ portfolio. The Yamaha R3 is a sharp looking motorcycle, but with the new offering, Yamaha designers have transformed the bike into a more aggressive look. The front section is completely redesigned and now features twin-LED headlights, split by air intake.


The windscreen is also larger than the older bike and the company claims that improvements in aerodynamics have significantly improved the top speed by up to 8kph. The new R3 also features an all-digital instrument console that replaces the older semi-digital unit. Although, the fuel tank capacity remains identical, at 14 litres; however, it has been redesigned and also features the trademark gills. For a better sportier riding stance, the handlebar has been lowered by 22mm. The tail section and exhaust muffler remains unchanged. 


Aesthetic Features

  • Diamond type frame

  • Fully-loaded instrument panel

  • Metzeler radial tyres

  • Long swingarm for stability

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Length (mm)

2090

2001

2145

2015

Width (mm)

720

786

760

715

Height(mm)

1135

1135

830

1110

Wheelbase(mm)

1380

1365

1340

1405

What are the safety and class-leading features available on the YZF R3?

Interestingly, after a long time, Yamaha offers dual-channel ABS with the YZF R3. Now, the bike is more capable than ever. The ride stability is just similar to the R15. The Metzeler M5 radial tyres offer good grip on uneven tracks. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha YZF R3

TVS Apache RR310(BS6)

KTM RC390(BS6)

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 3,51,680

Rs. 2,40,000

Rs. 2,48,000

Rs. 2,98,000

Features

Fully-loaded instrument panel

TFT instrument console

WP sourced suspension setup

Parallel twin engine


Metzeler Sportec M5 Radial tyre

Projector headlights

Up-down quickshifter

Redline on the other side!


Long swingarm for stability

Ram-air intake

lightweight

Atomising injectors


Dual channel ABS

Glide Through Plus Technology

Triple clamp handlebar

Assist and slipper clutch

How does the competition stack up against this shark?

Yamaha YZF R3 vs KTM RC390


The Yamaha successfully delivers its power predictably and with optimum smoothness across its rev range. It gives you its best response inlined with throttle provided. The same thing can’t be said of the KTM; while it’s not hard to ride in town, it has got a more aggressive low-speed throttle response than the smooth R3. That means the KTM's low speed stop/start filtering manners are less refined. 

 The KTM has more aggressive looks and feeling, the Yamaha is smoother and almost commuter-ish in contrast, but just as much as a fun bike. If you’re after a flexible, friendly-but-fun engine in a bike that can do everything with ease, the R3 is the only choice. It’s more elegant than the RC 390.

Yamaha YZF R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300


Both the Japanese rivals have a similar riding posture, comfortable and slightly leaned in attire. But the Kawasaki Ninja 300 appears to be smaller than the Yamaha R3 as the dimensions are lesser in the former. Both the bikes feature an accessible seat height but the Ninja is 5 mm taller making the Yamaha easy to ride. On the other hand, the ground clearance of the Yamaha R3 is better than the Ninja 300. Notably, Ninja gets a larger 17-litre fuel tank compared to the 14-litre tank on the R3. Pillion comfort on both the bikes ain’t satisfying but the Ninja gets a good grab rail, giving something to hold onto for the pillion. The Ninja 300 also gets better rearview mirrors than the R3. 

How does the 2020 Yamaha YZF R3 Justify itself?

Priced at Rs 3.51 lakhs, Ex-showroom, Delhi, the Yamaha YZF-R3 is definitely a great option to buy among the rivals. The bike is powerful and very capable. The build quality is impressive and long-lasting just like the Yamaha R15. The six-speed gearshift is smooth and precise from Yamaha. The biggest USP of the R3 is its riding position and comfortable seat. You never experience back stress on a long ride. 

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