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The Yamaha R3 has been one of the favourite entry-level bikes considered by new riders. The bike has created a good number of fans across the globe since its inception. Now, Yamaha has revealed its ‘updated’ version for the international market.

The 2018 Yamaha R3 gets three new colour options – Raven, Team Yamaha Blue and Vivid White. That’s it. This is all the so-called ‘updated’ version of the bike gets. Every manufacturer does this, launch some new colours, perhaps, a few new stickers and voila, you have got an upgraded model. The R3 is a capable machine and it could have been made better in its upgraded 2018 model to give no room for its competitors. Anyway, this is the reality.

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Yamaha Blue, anyone?

The R3 is powered by a 321cc, twin-cylinder, liquid cooled engine that produces 42 PS of max power at 10,750 rpm and a peak torque of 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm. It has a 6-speed gearbox. The suspension setup includes 41mm KYB forks at the front and a mono shock at the rear again by KYB. There is a 298mm single disc brake upfront and the rear carries a 220mm disc. In terms of safety features, the bike gets ABS to keep the newbies not skidding off in panic situations. However, it isn’t a standard feature and comes as an option.

2018-yamaha-r3-uae-dubai-03Reports suggest that the 2018 Yamaha R3 will be available from Feb 2018 starting from the USA. The non ABS model gets a price tag of USD 4,999 whereas the ABS one is a bit more expensive at USD 5,299.