Yamaha has been reiterating its dominance in the entry-level segment and it just proved its stance once more with the 2019 YZF-R3. While the R15 and the R125 have been shining in the market with the latter getting a facelift for the coming model year, the company is bidding high on its small displacement offerings.
The new YZF-R3 stands mean with heavy inspiration from its litre-class sibling R1. Yamaha has ditched the old slightly-safe and conservative look for the current dramatically sharper creases from the R1 which itself is drawn from the company’s MotoGP racer YZR-M1.
Apart from the new looks, the new bike calls for an updated palette of features and mechanics scoring higher in each aspect than the outgoing model. Beginning with the suspension of the bike, which now comes with new inverted forks that replaces the conventional right-way-up budget item. Yamaha claims that the new 37mm fork from KYB will improve fork rigidity and damping control, delivering a more composed and sportier ride without compromising much on the comfort of the rider.
The bike also features a new dash with a new LCD display that replaces the dowdy current R3’s outdated looking clocks. However, like much of the others in the same segment, the new dash does not support smartphone connectivity.
Yamaha has been tight-lipped about any mechanic tweaks on the bike. However, reports suggest that the new bike shares similar torque output as the outgoing model.
The new fairing on the bike makes up for a mean looking front for the mini-beast coupled with the gaping central air-scoop which is more show than go. The rework continues through the fairing and the new fuel tank which is wider and lower in profile.
From what we know, the rest of the bike is expected to be retained from the old model which includes the same 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine mated to a six-speed transmission along with a tank capacity of 14litres. Braking duties on the bike are handled by a 298mm hydraulic single disc at the front and a 220mm hydraulic single disc at the rear.