Yamaha pulled the cover off of the 2019 YZF-R3, revealing a sharper look for the entry point into its supersport lineup. Along with the new appearance, a handful of upgrades boost handling and rider comfort.
Mimicking Yamaha’s MotoGP YZR-M1, a new front fairing and windscreen give the R3 a more aggressive look while increasing its aerodynamic performance. Yamaha claims to have cut the aerodynamic drag (CdA) by 7 percent which adds 5 mph to the top speed when the rider is tucked behind the bubble. A new center duct directs more airflow to the radiator for better cooling.
A new fuel tank and cover shape follows the restyled lines back to the rider, sitting 20mm lower at the fuel cap while being 31.4mm wider above the rider’s knees. This further allows the rider to get tucked in behind the fairing easier and grip the bike better in corners.
New LED headlights complete the face-lift, and a new LCD dash displays all the necessary info.
Beneath the new bodywork is the tried-and-true chassis from the previous-generation YZF-R3. Using the unchanged engine as a stressed member, the lightweight steel frame is claimed to have a perfect balance of rigidity and weight. A long, asymmetrical swingarm is matched to a preload-adjustable KYB monoshock.
At the front, a new inverted 37mm KYB fork achieves a balance of track performance and street comfort. Stroking through 5.1 inches, the new fork is held by an all-new triple clamp that also increases the R3’s handling chops.
The YZF-R3 rolls on new Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tires wrapped around 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels. A 298mm front disc matched to a twin-piston caliper drags the YZF-R3 down from speed in the front while a single-piston caliper and 220mm disc do the work in the back. ABS is available for $300 above the $4,999 base price. The new R3 will hit dealer floors in December.
|PRICE||$4,999 / $5,299 (ABS)|
|ENGINE||321cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline twin|
|FRAME||Steel w/ engine as stressed member|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||37mm inverted KYB fork; 5.1-in. travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Moncross single shock; adjustable preload; 4.9-in. travel|
|FRONT BRAKE||Twin-piston caliper, 298mm disc; optional ABS|
|REAR BRAKE||Single-piston caliper, 220mm petal disc|
|SEAT HEIGHT||30.7 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||3.7 gal.|
|CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT||368 lb. / 375 lb. (ABS)|