|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||321cc||Manual||42PS @ 10750RPM||30NM @ 9000RPM||30kmpl|
Quarter litre motorcycles are always a talk-point in the town as more people are tending to update from commuter segment to above 250cc class motorcycles. One of the best handling motorcycle in its segment is the Yamaha R3 which not only impresses the rider in its mechanical features but is also one of the best looking machines too. Although Yamaha hasn’t sold more numbers to top the chart, there are people who still love to buy this machine despite the hefty price tag that Yamaha offers. But, note that every penny you spend on this beast motorcycle is worth it and it doesn’t disappoint its partner who buys it.
The Yamaha R3 is a great attention seeker no matter where we ride this machine. It features a sharp front edge that looks like an eagle’s nose in which the twin headlamps are mounted under the edge. On the top, there is a small light at the centre of the headlight assembly just below the windscreen. The low beam headlight on the left and the small light at the top serves as the Daytime Running Light (DRL) whereas the high beam can be turned on with the help of switchgear on the left side handlebar.
Behind the aerodynamically designed visor are an analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer which is done with an edgy design, as the rpm raises all the way up to 13000rpm. There are also turn signal indicators and high beam indicator on the left side on the tachometer and on the right, there is speedometer which also indicates gear position, odometer, and trip meters. There is a small display inside the revolution counter that shows the fuel level, time, and heat indication. There is also a gear shift indicator on the top of the cluster that blinks when the revolutions raise to its limit. The switch gears used are of the best quality that Yamaha had not made a decision to make a compromise on the quality of the product that they provide. The aerodynamically designed fuel tank looks larger than it is and the large fairing adds the sportier look to this beautiful machine. Out of the other colours available, the Yamaha Motorsports blue is the only colour that adds on the aggression to the machine. It also comes with split seat setup and the tail section sharp and as impressive as the front. The tail lamp is LED now and it has given a beautiful shape too.
The Yamaha R3 comes with 298mm front disc and 220mm rear disc that offers an impressive bite. The quarter-litre sport motorcycle from Yamaha also comes with dual-channel ABS but as an option. The major point is Yamaha also use petal discs in both the front and rear which helps in dissipating the heat earlier as compared to the regular discs and as a result, the braking efficiency is improved.
Just like its supersport and flagship motorcycles, the Yamaha R1 and R6, the quarter-litre motorcycle also uses a very lightweight forged piston to reduce the friction and also to increase the power. The 321cc parallel-twin engine chums out a maximum of 42PS at 10750 revolutions and a maximum torque of 29.6Nm at 9000 rpm. The engine also comes with 4 valves per cylinder operated by a Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC). The fresh charge is sent into the cylinder and the Transistor Controlled Ignition (TCI) system takes care of producing an enormous power from the amount of fresh charge. The power is transferred through a wet multi-plate clutch to a 6-speed gearbox. Yamaha uses the same Deltabox frame from its litre-class sibling to offer more stability and superior handling wherever it is ridden either on track or on road.
The quarter-litre offering from Yamaha returns a decent range of mileage with 30kmpl. With 14 litres of capacity, one can go for a maximum range of 420km on a full tank of fuel.
The Deltabox frame on Yamaha R3 not only provides high stability but also gives enough comfort. The 78mm of saddle height is useful even for shorter riders to easily hop on. The footpegs are pulled back and the riding position now is more committed and aggressive. The padded cushion seat offers enough comfort for even the longest rides, suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear.
Faired motorcycles have commanded a condescending effect on the Indian motorcyclist for long and while there weren’t too many options to worship in the premium entry level segment until now, things have changed, and how. Bringing premium sportbike feel and performance to the table, one can now pick from the KTM RC390, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the latest entrant in the ring, the Yamaha YZF-R3.