2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Review

2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3


2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Review on Total Motorcycle:

Yamaha’s legendary R-series bikes set the standard in the supersport world thanks to their class-leading style, advanced technology and thrilling performance.

There’s a bike that fits perfectly into our supersport range between the top-selling YZF-R125 and the race-winning YZF-R6: the YZF-R3! Whether you’re moving up from a 125 or you’re new to two wheels, you can be sure that the YZF-R3 has been built using the same attention to detail that goes into every R-series motorcycle.

Take one look at the aggressive dual headlight fairing and aerodynamic bodywork and the pure R-series DNA is right there. YZF-R3: a superbike you can ride every day!

Advanced 321cc engine, slim body, ultra-light chassis, legendary Yamaha superbike styling and new optional ABS brakes makes R3 the ultimate entry level sportbike.

Lightweight supersport for everyday use.

Entry level R‑series superbike performance that excites with every twist of the throttle.

Yamaha has set the standard in the entry sports class with the exciting “R3”. Sporting a twin cylinder 320 cc engine and an ultra lightweight chassis, the R3 offers a solid combination of class-leading power and light, agile handling. Mix in an easy to ride personality and you are ready for a super fun riding experience!


Powering the R3 is a 320 cc, DOHC, parallel twin featuring a 4-valve cylinder head, 32 mm throttle body fuel injection and 6-speed transmission. Dig a bit deeper and you will find many of the high tech features found in our R6 power plant inside this engine too. Highway speeds are easily obtainable making the R3 a very versatile machine.

///Easy Riding

The R3 has been designed to provide a fun, enjoyable riding experience. To that end, the R3 utilizes a lightweight diamond type steel frame which is narrow and compact with a low 780mm (30.7″) seat height. Despite the cool super sport styling, the R3 offers a comfortable, upright riding position which reduces rider fatigue and increases the fun factor.



2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Potent Twin-Cylinder Powerplant
Large 321cc twin-cylinder engine offers excellent performance whether navigating cross-town traffic, hitting the twisties, or on the racetrack.
•Striking Yamaha R-Series Styling
Yamaha supersport-inspired styling with a full fairing in a chassis that makes it perfect for first time rider—or experienced riders who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine. And three beautiful coloring options are available which means there is a color choice that is right for you.
•Advanced Engine Design
Forged pistons—just like the R1 and R6—are very lightweight while providing exceptional strength. And innovative Yamaha features like the offset cylinders reduce friction for more power.
•Balanced Sportbike Ergonomics
The YZF-R3 features clip-on handlebars and a riding position that provides a great balance of comfort and sporty riding position.
•Compact, Confident Rider Seating
With a flat seat design and a seat height of only 30.7 inches on the YZF-R3, it’s easy to get both feet firmly on the ground and inspire confidence, especially for beginner riders.
•Potent Brakes
Modern disc brakes front and rear provide strong, controllable braking power. The YZF-R3 ABS model also features an antilock braking system to boost rider confidence and prevent wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions.



2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits



• Lightweight & compact, 320cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valves (4-valves/cyl), fuel injected, inline-twin cylinder engine. The engine has been designed to provide solid performance right across the rev range, with very linear throttle response, low vibration & excellent fuel economy.
•Downdraft style, compact combustion chamber
•4-valves per cylinder
•straight intake path into the combustion chamber for excellent power output
•4-valves per cylinder enhances the low to midrange torque
•The YZF-R3 uses regular 87 octane gas
•Intake valves are 26 mm in diameter & exhaust valves are 22.5 mm.
•Isonite surface treatment on the valve stems for improved durability & wear resistance
•valves feature carbon cutters on the valve stems to help reduce carbon build-up during slower speed operation
• Valve adjustment interval is every 42,000 kms.
•Automatic cam chain tensioner.
•reduces mechanical engine noise & maintenance
• Lightweight, all aluminum DiASil cylinder (die cast all aluminum cylinder with silicone content).
•offers outstanding cooling performance / heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•reduces weight since there are no heavy liners & cylinder is made completely of aluminum
• Offset cylinder design.
•offsets the cylinder 7 mm relative to the crankshaft (to the exhaust side)
•reduces frictional losses between the pistons & cylinder wall during the power stroke
•improved power output & improved fuel economy
• 180 degree crankshaft with uneven firing order.
•helps reduce “pumping losses” for maximum power output
•provides an interesting exhaust note
•Gear driven “primary coupled-force” balancer shaft.
•reduces engine vibration for excellent rider comfort
• Lightweight forged aluminum pistons
•provide fast engine response
•reduced weight
•reduced mechanical vibration for excellent durability
• Carburized connecting rods (carburizing is a form heat treating).
•excellent strength & durability
• “Closed loop” 32 mm throttle body fuel injection system.
•system uses an idle speed controller (ISC) to maintain a steady idle regardless of engine temperature
•12 hole injectors for optimum fuel atomization
•system is “tuned” to provide excellent “ride ability” & “linear” throttle control.
•”closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•fuel injection benefits include choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
• Air box utilizes a viscous paper type air filter.
• Compact, 6-speed transmission.
•ratios specially designed to suit the character (torque & power) of the engine
•5th & 6th gears are overdrive gears to reduce engine rpms at highway speeds
• Compact, wet-type, multi-plate clutch.
•ensures consistent, positive shifting
•light, easy clutch lever pull.
•Low mounted, 2 into 1 exhaust system.
•utilizes a short design muffler fitted with a 3-way catalyzer to reduce exhaust emissions
•low mounted design centralizes mass for agile handling & lightweight feeling
• Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
•Easy access spin-on type oil filter & engine oil drain plug.
•fast & easy oil changes
•oil change interval is 5,000 kms after the initial 1,000 km break-in oil change
• Air Induction System (AIS… not ram air).
•reduces harmful exhaust emissions
•injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, further reducing exhaust emissions


•Lightweight, diamond-type, high tensile, steel frame
•features an optimized rigidity balance for light, agile handling with excellent stability
•engine is a stressed member of the chassis, allowing a lighter, more compact main frame design
•frame features a mix of both solid & rubber engine mounts
•Electrostatic paint helps prevent corrosion
•The riding position is one of the most important features of the R3. Despite its super sport styling the R3 offers excellent rider comfort thanks to its upright riding position.
• Key chassis geometry figures include:
•1380 mm (54.3″) wheelbase
•25 degrees of rake & 95 mm of trail
•50 / 50 front to rear weight distribution
•chassis dimensions and shape have been designed to centralize mass & lower the centre of gravity to provide the rider with light, agile handling
•Tapered, long design, high tensile steel swingarm.
•lightweight design reduces unsprung weight for superior suspension performance
•excellent rear wheel traction & control
•41mm KYB conventional style fork offers 130 mm (5.1″) of wheel travel.
•plastic chip guards help prevent damage to the fork tubes & seals
•Adjustable Monocross link-less rear suspension with 125 mm (4.9″) of wheel travel.
•features a single KYB rear shock adjustable for 7-positions of spring pre-load
•adjustable design allows rider to tailor pre-load settings to match load & road condition
• 298 mm floating front disc brake squeezed by a twin piston caliper.
•provides solid stopping power
•brake force & feel are tailored towards new riders
• 220 mm rear disc is squeezed by a lightweight single piston slide-type caliper.
• Lightweight, cast-aluminum 10-spoke mag wheels.
•reduce unsprung weight for great handling & suspension performance
•front wheel size is MT2.75-17 fitted with a 110/70-17 tire
•rear wheel is MT4.00 fitted with a 140/70-17 tire
• Lightweight hollow axles front & rear.
• Clip-on style handlebars.
•provide a super sport image but offer a comfortable, more upright riding position since they are mounted above the top triple clamp
•14-litre fuel tank.
•offers a slim design with great knee grip
•”reserve” portion of the tank is 3 litres (low fuel light will illuminate)
•tank is steel with tough, yet stylish plastic covers, which can reduce costs in the event of damage
•Separate rider & passenger seats with low 780 mm (30.7″) seat height.
•offer excellent comfort
•narrow design rider seat makes it easier to touch feet flat on the ground
•passenger seat can be removed & replaced by the optional Genuine Yamaha Accessory rear seat cowl if desired
• Full featured liquid crystal multi-function meter.
•functions include: centrally located analogue tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve trip meter (counts kilometers since the low fuel went on reserve), clock, gear indicator, plus instant & average fuel consumption
•other features include: temperature gauge, oil change indicator & adjustable shift light
•back lighting is adjustable
•Race inspired full fairing.
•provides that eye catching super sport image
•helps reduce wind on the rider for a comfort ride
•Reverse slant, dual multi-reflector 55 watt halogen headlights.
•Brilliant, 24 – LED rear tail light
•unique running / brake light display


•Helmet holder
•Lightweight aluminum footrests & mounts
•Threaded mounts on swingarm for rear race type stand
•Excessive lean angle sensor… if unit is on its side the engine will shut down
• Lockable steering
• Folding mirrors
• Stylish rear fender extension helps reduce splash in wet conditions
• Lightweight, low-maintenance sealed battery (batteries should be charged during winter storage)
• Yamaha diagnostic tool coupler is located under the passenger seat. This system can significantly reduce diagnostic time in the event of a problem.




2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,999 Non-ABS, $5,299 ABS USD

Engine Type 321cc liquid-cooled, DOHC inline twin-cylinder; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke 68.0mm x 44.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front 41mm KYB® telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear KYB® single shock, adjustable preload; 4.9-in travel
Brakes / Front 298mm hydraulic disc; ABS model available
Brakes / Rear 220mm hydraulic disc; ABS model available
Tires / Front 110/70-17
Tires / Rear 140/70-17
L x W x H 82.3 in x 28.3 in x 44.7 in
Seat Height 30.7 in
Wheelbase 54.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 3.7 in
Maximum Ground Clearance 6.3 in
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Fuel Economy 56 mpg
Wet Weight 368 lb / 375 lb (ABS model)
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color ABS – Raven; ABS – Vivid White; Raven; Team Yamaha Blue



2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $5,399 CDN





Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valves (4-valves/cyl), in-line twin



Bore and Stroke

68 x 44.1 mm

Compression Ratio


Fuel Delivery

32 mm throttle body F.I.

Estimated Fuel Consumption±

23.5 kpl / 66 mpg (Imp.)


Wet sump

Ignition / Starting

TCI / Electric



Final Drive

“O” ring chain




Suspension (Front)

41 mm fork / 130 mm (5.1″) wheel travel

Suspension (Rear)

Adjustable Monocross / 125 mm (4.9″) wheel travel

Brakes (Front)

298 mm disc / twin piston caliper

Brakes (Rear)

220 mm disc / single piston caliper

Tires (Front)


Tires (Rear)



///Critical Data



2,090 mm (82.3″)


720 mm (28.3″)


1,135 mm (44.7″)


1,380 mm (54.3″)

Rake / Trail

25° / 95 mm (3.7″)

Ground Clearance

160 mm (6.3″)

Seat Height

780 mm (30.7″)

Fuel Capacity

14 litres (3.1 Imp. gal.)

Wet Weight

167 kg (368 lb)


Metallic Black



2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for Pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine YZF-R3
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement 321cc
Bore x stroke 68.0 mm x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.2 : 1
Maximum power 30.9 kW (42.0PS) @ 10,750 rpm
Limited power version N/A
Maximum torque 29.6 Nm (3.0 kg-m) @ 9,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel consumption 3.8 l/100km
CO2 emission 89 g/km
Chassis YZF-R3
Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 130 mm
Caster angle 25º
Trail 95 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm
Rear travel 125 mm
Front brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre 110/70-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
Dimensions YZF-R3
Overall length 2,090 mm
Overall width 720 mm
Overall height 1,135 mm
Seat height 780 mm
Wheel base 1,380 mm
Minimum ground clearance 160 mm
Wet weight (including full oiland fuel tank) 169 kg
Fuel tank capacity 14.0 L
Oil tank capacity 2.4 L



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