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MCN revving up for Yamaha YZF-R3 first ride

Published: 12 April 2015

Updated: 13 April 2015

MCN’s consumer editor Tony Hoare is gearing up to ride on the press launch of Yamaha’s new YZF-R3.

We’ll be getting more technical details on the bike at Yamaha’s official presentation – and then the riding part starts. It begins on the Spanish coast near Tarragona and in the afternoon the test switches to Calafat race circuit.


  • @MCNnews (10:00am): Good morning from La Pineda, where the  launch is go. Uk group sets off in 30mins.
  • @MCNnews (11:00am): 30 miles into MCN's first ride and the is proving to be bloody good fun!
  • @MCNnews (15:32pm):YamR3 is bloody ace fun too! Guess who's putting the fat in Calafat?!

The 321cc parallel twin four-stroke looks good enough to stir memories of Yamaha’s golden period of smaller capacity bikes – think RD250, TZR or TDR250 and the 350LC.

The R3 is compliant with the European A2 riding licence and is based on Yamaha’s R250 model that sells well in the Far East, but with beefed-up capacity to suit European tastes.

Yamaha claims it makes around 41bhp and 22lb-ft of torque, which puts it ahead of Kawasaki’s 39bhp Ninja 300 in the power stakes.

It uses expertise that’s been learnt from the larger sportsbikes. It has lighter and stronger forged pistons, a DiaSil cylinder that cuts down on frictional losses inside the engine and an offset cylinder to reduce the drag on the piston.

The claimed weight is a shade under 170kg and the seat is just 780mm from the floor, to make the R3 easygoing for riders stepping up from a 125cc machine.

The bike will be arriving here in the UK at the end of April 2015, and will be priced at £4799 with ABS coming as standard on all UK bikes.

If there’s anything you particularly want to know about the bike, comment below or Tweet your question to @MCNNews.

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