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Yamaha YZF-R3 Revealed – 321cc Twin Coming to the USA

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The rumors were true, Yamaha is bringing a special small-displacement model to market, the Yamaha YZF-R3. As the name indicates, the new R3 gets a fuel-injected displacement bump over the R25, to the tune of 321cc. Debuted at the AIMExpo today, the Yamaha YZF-R3 is coming to the USA, with a price tag of $4,990.

Said by Yamaha to have “class-leading power”, the new R3 finally adds a small-displacement sport bike to Yamaha’s North American lineup, and makes an attractive offering when compared to the other 250cc/300cc machines from the other Japanese manufacturers. Expect to see it in Yamaha dealers, starting January 2014.

Yamaha North America expects the YZF-R3 to be the volume leader for the company in the USA and Canada, and rightfully so. Small-displacement machines like the Kawasaki Ninja 250R have always had strong sales in the Western markets, and now that the segment is finally heating up, the offerings have only gotten better.

Unlike say…Suzuki, Yamaha has brought a robust package to the table with the R3, and should be able to go toe-to-toe both on the race track, and on the sales floor, with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR300R. We can’t wait to ride one.

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 Technical Specifications:

MSRP* $4,990
Engine
Engine Type 321cc, liquid-cooled 2-cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 68.0 x 44.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injected
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission Constant mesh; 6-speed transmission
Final Drive Chain
Chassis
Suspension / Front 41mm KYB® telescopic fork; 5.1 in of travel
Suspension / Rear KYB® single shock; 4.9 in of travel
Brakes Front Hydraulic, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic, 220mm
Tires / Front 110/70-17M/C 54H
Tires Rear 140/70-17M/C 66H
Dimensions
L x W x H 82.3 x 28.3 x 44.7 in
Seat Height 30.7 in
Wheelbase 54.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25°
Trail 3.7 in
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Fuel Economy** N/A
Wet Weight*** 368 lb
Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha



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