Yamaha - Motorcycles - YZF-R3


2018 Motorcycles

Lightweight supersport for everyday use

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!


•  Lightweight A2-licence category supersport bike
•  Developed using pure R-series DNA
•  Smooth, strong 321cc inline twin cylinder engine
•  Slim and light chassis with agile, sporty handling
•  Aggressive R-series dual headlight full fairing
•  Aerodynamic bodywork with mass-forward image
•  Sporty and comfortable suspension
•  Strong braking performance
•  ABS fitted as standard equipment
•  Ready for everyday use, city or highway
•  Now EU4 compliant


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Lively 321cc inline twin cylinder engine

Powering the Yamaha R-series supersport model is a 321cc inline twin cylinder liquid-cooled engine that features some of the most advanced technology in the class. With a maximum power output of 30.9 kW/42 PS at 10,750 rpm, the R3 engine delivers instant throttle response for a thrilling ride - every time.

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R-series technology

The R3 uses sophisticated R-series technology, including a direct-drive camshaft, forged pistons, carburized con rods, low-friction cylinders - and more. To ensure a good balance of low speed riding and high-speed performance, the engine features a 180-degree crank design - while a primary balancer is adopted to reduce vibration and mechanical noise.

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Sporty and agile diamond-type frame

The compact and lightweight chassis is manufactured from high tensile steel tubing that gives an optimum balance of strength and rigidity. For sporty and agile handling characteristics the R3's wheelbase is almost the same as the R6 at 1,380mm - while the 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and 780mm seat height give a balanced ride.

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Long R1-type swinging arm

To underline its strong R-series DNA, the YZF-R3 benefits from the use of an extra long R1-inspired swinging arm. Featuring the same swinging arm/wheelbase ratio as its legendary big brother, this race-proven layout ensures strong straight line handling performance and more efficient transmission of power to the road.

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10-spoke cast wheels

Featuring five pairs of thin cast spokes that complement the light and sleek image, the 17-inch wheels are fitted with a 110/70-17 front tyre and a wide 140/70-17 rear tyre. For powerful and progressive braking performance the YZF-R3 benefits from a large diameter 298mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc - and for added control, ABS is fitted as standard.

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Distinctive R-series styling

Check out the fabulous R3 from any angle and it's pretty obvious where its genes come from! The angular aerodynamic bodywork has distinctive R-series inspired lines, and the reverse slant dual headlights - as well as the short muffler and sharp upswept tail - are all strongly influenced by the look of our World Championship winning R6.

Technical specifications


Engine type
2-Cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
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
Maximum Torque
29.6 Nm (3.0 kg-m) @ 9,000 rpm
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel Injection
Ignition system
Starter system
Transmission system
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission
Fuel consumption
3.8 l/100km
CO2 emission
89 g/km


Front travel
130 mm
Caster Angle
95 mm
Front suspension system
Telescopic forks
Rear suspension system
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)


Overall length
2,090 mm
Overall width
720 mm
Overall height
1,135 mm
Seat height
780 mm
1,380 mm
Minimum ground clearance
160 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
169 kg
Fuel tank capacity
14.0 litres
Oil tank capacity
2.4 litres