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Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017]

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Key specs
  • Displacement321 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight169 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 3,32,874

Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017] is now discontinued in India.

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Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017] Summary

YZF-R3 [2016-2017] key highlights

Engine Capacity 321 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 169 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres
Seat Height 780 mm
Max Power 41.4 bhp

Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017] Review

The new Yamaha YZF - R3 is what the R15 would have grown up to be if it were an actual living thing. The R3 is bigger, brawnier, and naturally more powerful than its 150cc sibling. It looks better too. Not so much in terms of cutting edge modernity, but its visual presence is that of a more mature, grown up and purposeful motorcycle. And we absolutely love those headlamps. The R3 also looks like a motorcycle that wants to go fast. And it does! But, we will get to that in a bit. 

What is it?

 

The new Yamaha YZF - R3 is what the R15 would have grown up to be if it were an actual living thing. The R3 is bigger, brawnier, and naturally more powerful than its 150cc sibling. It looks better too. Not so much in terms of cutting edge modernity, but its visual presence is that of a more mature, grown up and purposeful motorcycle. And we absolutely love those headlamps. The R3 also looks like a motorcycle that wants to go fast. And it does! But, we will get to that in a bit. 

First, let's look at some facts. The Yamaha R3 isn’t as exotically built as the R15. It doesn’t get a deltabox frame, no aluminium swingarm and it doesn’t even get a radial rear tyre. Instead, the R3 has a tubular, diamond type, steel frame, telescopic forks upfront and a non-linked monoshock at the rear, and single disc brake setup at both wheels, without ABS. The engine is a 321cc, 42bhp, twin cylinder unit and at least on paper (for a bike weighing in at a wet 169kg), the recipe seems pretty inviting.

So, how does it ride?

Besides the tyres not proving to be as sticky as say the Metzelers that one gets on the KTM RC 390, the Yamaha R3 scores pretty well. It is a spacious motorcycle with nicely judged seating position. It isn't overtly racy nor can it be termed as an upright commuter. It’s somewhere in between and hits a sweet spot much like the Kawasaki Ninja 300, only better. 

But, it is the riding dynamics of the Yamaha R3 that impresses most. The engine – parallel twin, liquid cooled, fuel injected and pumping out more power than the Ninja - is easy revving and refined, and it packs in a good measure of performance in the mid- and top-end. It isn't going to blow your socks off, but it will keep you entertained, involved and happy. And just for the record, it will take you past 170kmph without complaint. So, yes, it is fast.

Now, when we first looked at the spec sheet and found things like USD forks, aluminium swingarm and radial rear tyre conspicuous by their absence, we had our doubts about the R3 matching up to class standards or even its own sibling, the R15, in handling terms. Three corners into the Buddh International Circuit and it was all dispelled.

The R3 is as sweet handling as the R15: it feels light and progressive at turn in; beautifully balanced and rock solid when leaned over, and even under braking there's no real drama. It is one of those bikes that feel comfortable to ride hard almost immediately. It is undemanding, communicative and a lot of fun!

Wondering how comfortable it is to ride on the road? Well, we are too because we only sampled the motorcycle at the racetrack. But, if I were to make an educated guess, I'd say it will be pliant and it will care for the rider's back over poor roads.

Anything else I should know?

Well, for starters, it has a nice digital display. The only analogue element is the large tachometer. The display, which is one of the easier ones to read in this class of bikes, also throws up info on the selected gear, instantaneous fuel consumption, tank fuel level and engine temperature, besides the speed, two trip readings and time. The R3 is also very well put together. Good quality finish, tight panel gaps and hardly any loose ends that might result in a rattle later on.

What the new Yamaha R3 could do with, however, is a better exhaust note. But then, that's something an aftermarket exhaust should sort out without a problem. It is also only available in two colours, which is unnecessarily limiting. And finally, besides not having ABS (like the KTM and Honda) and adjustable levers (like the Benelli), the R3 also doesn’t get a slipper clutch (like the Kawasaki). Clearly, it isn’t the best specced for its price, that’s for sure.

Why should I buy one?

 

The Yamaha R3 is good-looking, comfortable to be on, and it isn't short on performance, particularly for its class. The R3 is decently priced too at Rs 3.25 lakh, but yes, having missed out on ABS, a slipper clutch and better tyres, it does make the pricing seem a little steeper than it actually is, all things considered. But, the biggest reason to buy the R3 has to be its versatility. We know for a fact that it is a fun bike to ride on a racetrack. But, given its seating ergonomics, large seat, decent wind protection and expected good ride quality, it should also make for a good touring and daily commuting machine. And it is well built.

 

Where does it fit in?

Given the pricing of the new Yamaha R3, it goes head-on against the Kawasaki Ninja 300. But, if we look at the bike's ability, it makes for a worthy alternative to the Honda CBR 250R as well. The KTM RC 390 also competes in the same space, but in character it is just too different; it's just more hardcore.

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Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017] User Reviews

4.7 23 ratings 8 reviews
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  •  5Spirit of a racer 3 years ago by Yash Singh, Varanasi

    Pros:engine refinement, looks, riding dynamics, stability, smooth gearbox, light clutch, instrument cluster, handling, etc.Cons: price and mileage in city is not good .If it will come with the price of rc 390 than it will rule in the heart of everyone like ktm bikes do.

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

  •  5Love of my life 4 years ago by Ajay, Chennai

    Much awaited bike, waited for nearly 2 and half years to get this baby.Worth waiting, experiencing each and every day, crossed 26k kms, i am literally growing with r3. Perfect beginner bike.Of course, it is a lightweight super-sport for everyday use and comfortable tour

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  5Sports tourer 4 years ago by Prajwal, Bangalore

    It's a sports tourer bike , it has great road clearance and comfy ridding poster so tourer and dual cylinder makes it rush adrenaline top speed . I just love it. U can pull bike limits it will never get stress , it has mrf zapper it's the worst tire for its power , if u

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      22 kmpl

  •  4Yes yamaha. You truly deserve it. 4 years ago by Gaurav, Noida

    Awesome bike maintenance cost is low upto 2000.max. after every recommended kms.Like 1000.To 1500 kms. Engine oil cost is upto 550 rs only as compared to kawasaki ninja 300. economical bike..Only cost is quite high but the bike deserves it. Maintenance can be easily acc

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  4Go for it. 4 years ago by Honey Sharma, Lucknow

    The bike is very nice.I love the ride.Very stable and very nice for daily commuting42 bhp is enough for every day ride and on long highway trips as well.There is plenty of power on offerand you can roam around 20-30 kmph on 4-5 gear with any rpm lag.The only disappointm

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

  •  5It's so nice for me 4 years ago by Shobhit Tiwary, Unnao

    I enjoying the ride on this bike too much i like it because it's a good racing and compatible bike for me and in long journey u could never felt any problem while riding on this it shouldn't be good for long root to travel and the sound of bike is very good at least whi

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

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About YZF-R3 [2016-2017]

After making the Indian consumers wait for almost a year since its global unveil, Yamaha has launched the YZF-R3 for the Indian market.

With a design identical to its quarter-litre sibling, the R3’s design is heavily inspired by the bigger Yamaha supersports motorcycles. The fairing gets a twin headlamp unit with an air intake and a pilot lamp in the centre while the rear section gets a sharp pointed tail. The R3 is built around a lightweight diamond-type semi-trellis steel frame, which also packs a rebored version of the quarter-litre liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor. The instrument console integrates a shift indicator light, fuel consumption indicator, fuel-injector diagnostics, gear position indicator and engine temperature indicator.

The R3’s 321cc engine delivers 41bhp and 27Nm of torque, through a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. In terms of suspension, the R3’s lightweight 10-spoke alloy-wheels is supported by the conventional 41mm KYB front forks and a KYB rear mono shock with a seven-step preload adjuster. Globally, Yamaha offers ABS as an optional extra and we expect it to be the same for the Indian market and the braking hardware comprises of 298mm floating disc brake in the front and a 220mm disc at the rear.  

The YZF-R3 is sold in two paint schemes –midnight black and racing blue. Like the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the YZF-R3 is being sold as a completely-knocked-down (CKD) unit. For now, there is no ABS variant but we are expecting the Japanese manufacturer to introduce that model with a higher price tag.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 41.4 bhp @ 10,750 rpm

    Max Torque 29.6 Nm @ 9,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 321 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 68 mm

    Stroke 44 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition TCI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet, Multiple-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 308 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 22 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 298 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type 2-piston caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 110/70-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic forks

    Rear Suspension Swingarm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 169 kg

    Overall Length 2,090 mm

    Overall Width 720 mm

    Wheelbase 1,380 mm

    Ground Clearance 160 mm

    Seat Height 780 mm

    Overall Height 1,135 mm

    Chassis Type Diamond

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

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Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V.7.0Ah (10HR)

Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb type

Headlight Bulb Type12V,55Wx1,55Wx1

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

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Yamaha YZF-R3 [2016-2017] mileage

As per ARAI, the average of YZF-R3 [2016-2017] is 22 kmpl.

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