Yamaha’s YZF-R3 LAMS machine updated in 2019

While 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1, 2019 will see its smaller capacity sibling the YZF-R3 receive a styling update to bring the popular LAMS machine closer to the brand’s premiere class and supersport offerings.

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The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 boasts YZF-R1M inspired styling

Yamaha has also opted to retain the 321cc powerplant, unlike Kawasaki who boosted the Ninja to 399cc with their latest model update. Updates to the 2019 model include new 37mm USD forks, revised ergonomics including ‘bar height and tank position and more aerodynamic fairings, with the brand boasting a boost of 8km/h as a result.

With Yamaha’s heritage of building sought after Supersport motorcycles, the rider-friendly YZF-R3 provides an ideal option for riders of all skill levels – starting at new riders – to experience the ‘R World’.

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Forks are upgrade to USD items for 2019 and are 37mm with considerable rigidity gains
New USD 37mm forks & triple clamp

To help achieve a balance of comfort and sport performance for both street and track, the 2019 YZF-R3 features all-new KYB 37mm USD front forks, compared to 41mm forks on the previous model. Featuring a larger surface area between the outer and inner tubes than on conventional forks, the inverted design significantly improves fork rigidity, giving a sporty front-end feel and precise levels of surface feedback while maintaining riding comfort.

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

Also featured is an all-new triple clamp that incorporates an aluminium handlebar crown with R-series styling, bringing 2019 YZF-R3 closer to the premium appearance of the larger R-series models.

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The 321cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder is retained into 2019
Renowned 321cc twin-cylinder engine

The 321cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder, dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve, fuel-injected engine is the heart of the YZF-R3. Featuring the latest combustion technology together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and all-aluminium DiASil cylinders with an offset design, the smooth-running and quick-revving YZF-R3 engine produces easy-to-manage power.

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3
WorldSSP 300 proven chassis

A lightweight high tensile steel tubular frame with a simple design incorporates the engine’s crankcase as a stressed structural member of the chassis, resulting in an ideal balance of rigidity and weight.

The long asymmetrical swingarm design ensures the efficient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel and delivers excellent straight line stability, while the Monocross rear suspension system features a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock that gives stable damping and contributes to a mass centralisation of weight. With approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, the YZF-R3 chassis delivers agile and responsive handling.

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A single 298mm front rotor is still featured, with two-piston caliper

The all-new inverted front forks and all-new triple clamp join 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels, a 298mm front brake rotor with a floating twin-piston brake caliper, 32 degrees of handlebar steering range, and an inviting 780mm seat height.

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The fuel tank has been redesigned to give more ideal racer ergonomics while also boosting rider connection to the bike
Lower ‘bars and revised fuel tank

The easy-to-ride character of the YZF-R3 is further enhanced for 2019 with a new fuel tank and fuel tank cover design, along with a handlebar position that is 22mm lower but still including sporty clip-on style ‘bars. Fuel tank capacity remains 14 litres, but the redesigned shape of the tank and cover (31.4mm wider above the knee area and 20mm lower at the fuel cap) helps to achieve a feeling of unity between the rider and machine.

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The revised styling also saw aerodynamic improvements, boosting top speed
Improved aerodynamics

An aerodynamic new front fairing and windscreen design pays homage to Yamaha’s flagship MotoGP race bike, the YZR-M1, with an aggressive look that sees a top speed boost of 8km/h.

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The central air intake also helps boost cooling efficiency directing air to the radiator

Developed in conjunction with wind tunnel and track tests, the new fairing and windscreen combination reduces aerodynamic drag by seven percent, enabling a decrease in air turbulence around the rider’s helmet when in a tucked position, and giving the potential increase in top speed. The YZR-M1 style central duct in the fairing also functions to direct airflow to the radiator, contributing to engine cooling performance.

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An all-digital dash is also now featured
Additional new features

New YZF-R1 inspired dual LED headlights and position lights add to the aggressive look of the redesigned front fairing, and a new LCD instrument panel displays essential information that is easy to read at a glance.

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 features

  • High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve engine
  • Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis
  • New YZR-M1 MotoGP inspired styling
  • New front fairing and screen gives up to 8 km/h top speed increase
  • YZF-R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps
  • Reshaped fuel tank and lower handlebars for improved sports ergonomics
  • New 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock
  • New multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays
  • Idealized 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling

Yamaha YZF R

TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves
Bore x stroke60.0 mm x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio11.2 : 1
Maximum horse powerN/A
Maximum torque29.6 N・m (3.0 kgf・m) / 9,000 r/min
Starting system typeElectric starter
Lubrication systemWet sump
Clutch typeWet, Multiple Disc
Fuel systemFuel injection
Ignition systemTCI
Transmission systemConstant mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission systemChain
Front suspensionUpside-down telescopic fork
Front wheel travel129.5 mm
Rear suspensionSwingarm
Rear wheel travel124.5 mm
Caster angle25o 00′
Trail95 mm
Front brakeHydraulic single disc brake, Ø 298 mm
Rear brakeHydraulic single disc brake, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre110/70-17M/C (54H) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre140/70-17M/C (66H) (Tubeless)
Overall length2,090 mm
Overall width730 mm
Overall height1,140 mm
Seat height780 mm
Wheelbase1,380 mm
Min. ground clearance160 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)167 kg
Fuel tank capacity14 L