2019 - 2022 Yamaha YZF-R3

Sport Trainer? Fun Commuter? Either Or Both!

TheYZF-R3 presents a race-tastic face to the world with design elements borrowed from its big brothers, the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1.

It sports lower-drag bodywork and the same powerplant as the '18 model for a net performance gain, however slim, and maintains its agile nature/fun factor for experienced pilots.

It's all about performance as the R3 takes on aspects of the track-proven YZR-M1.

What it lacks in brute power it makes up with agility to retain some measure of replayability.

Short bars pull the rider forward into the Superman position, reinforced by the jockey-mount footpegs that tuck the heels in and make for easy body mechanics.

It's more properly a race-trainer than anything else at the end of the day.

The low-drag bodywork is designed to garner a claimed seven-percent better penetration and an extra five mph at the top-end.

That's right folks, it's as lean as a snake with nothing of fat in evidence to slow it down.

A freshly redesigned tripleclamp makes for a very eager nature in the corners, though the steering will only sweep through 16-degrees per side.

You'll feel that when trying to navigate the parking lot.

For folks that want or need a low seat height and aren't interested in a cruiser, this could be your Huckleberry.

If you're looking for rider modes, traction control, and anti-wheelie features, you're looking in the wrong place.

This could be one of those bikes you keep in your garage

even after you park something bigger/faster/more powerful next to it.

MSRP on the YZF-R3 is holding steady from last year at $5.3k.

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