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An ideal first motorbikeThis is the second least powerful learner approved (LAMS) supersport bike from Yamaha.
It sports a 321cc inline twin-cylinder motor, athletic fairings and dynamics that make this a popular option amongst first time riders.
Producing 30.9kW (41hp) @ 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm @ 9000rpm from a mere 321cc, this isn’t a slow bike for learner riders. I’d compare the combination of this power with a lightweight chassis (167kg) to a Mazda MX-5 or Subaru BRZ. Acceleration is immediate, with a healthy amount of low end torque for a LAMS bike, thanks to tha... Read moret inline twin setup. Additionally, a high revving motor helps increase the overall enjoyment of riding this bike. The YZF-R3 is obviously more softly sprung, making it far more comfortable to make it your daily rider. Without being overly aggressive, this superport is easily thrown into corners, and is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to riding. Despite its supersport looks, the YZF-R3 impressed me with its fuel efficiency. It averaged around 5L per 100km during my time with the bike; that’s an excellent figure that allowed me to rarely have to visit the pump, compared to my Ducati. Warranty is 24 months and servicing costs are set by the individual dealers but service intervals are every 10,000km, with valve checks every 40,000km. Highway riding can also be a little precarious as cross winds gently guide the bike side to side, thanks to it being so lightweight. Obviously, there’s no cruise control available on this bike (I’d be surprised if there was), so your wrist can feel exhausted by the end of an extended highway ride. In addition, the engine has a radiator to keep the temperature of the motor down, making it a pleasant ride in bumper to bumper traffic, compared to the furnace that I call my Ducati, which is strictly air-cooled. If you’re looking for your first supersport and you’re not sure if 600cc will be too much money and power, well you’re looking at a bike that should be at the top of your list. It looks great, it rides even better and will make you fall in love with riding, rather than resenting ever completing your riders test at the local testing centre. *Disclaimer - I work for ProductReview as their independent car and motorbike expert. I borrow new cars and motorbikes from manufacturers and owners to review. I am not paid or incentivised by these brands to post reviews. I write and create content to provide insight and information about any new or used vehicle I can get my hands on.
This is greatLooks like a good bike my husband would like it for sure
Amazing bike, heaps of funFor context/perspective:
I am Middle-aged, 6'1" (185cm) tall and weigh 70kg (155lbs). I am somewhat unexperienced, particularly on road bikes. I've played and dabbled on dirt bikes as a kid but only recently acquired my motorcycle license. My R3 is a 2022 in icon blue, bought brand new from the Dealership. I have made no modifications or alterations to it.
It's really comfortable. For my weight and height I am very comfortable seated on this bike, my legs aren't cramped, there is minimal weight on my hands/wrists and there's no… Read more · 1
Good little bikeI bought my R3 new in 2018. I’ve put 12000km on it, servicing every 5000km. I’ve been riding for 6 years and have mostly ridden 250cc and smaller bikes, often thinking I would like a bigger bike but I am honestly very happy with this one. Most of my ride to work is speed limited to 80 or less so I can’t justify getting a bigger bike. The R3 has plenty of power for what I need. No problem sitting on 110km/hr freeway speeds though - maintains revs at about 7500. I typically get between 350-400 km a tank (95 ULP) which I think is very good. I haven’t modified it in any way - I just treat it gently and look after it. Show details
The best LAMS supersport bike butI purchased my 2019 Yamaha R3 from OnTwoWheel at Campbelltown.
I still remember the first time I turned it on, that beautiful growling as the engine pumps the feul. When I first sat on it, and entered the road, I gave it just a little gas and my wheels got me gripping hard.
The adrelanin that this bike gave me, it was like riding my motorcycle for the first time again...and I miss that feeling but I always get it back.
Unfortunately I was in a accident with a truck, and most likely my motorcycle is a write off now but if I had to buy anot... Read moreher bike, itd be the R3 or... As a P1 I'm restricted to ride certain bikes, and just recently I figured that Honda has a 600F that's LAMS. Will definitely give it a shot but the R3 never failed me, always got me excited and never ran into any mechanical issues
Perfect first bike. Amazing handlingI bought an 18 YZF-R3 in matte black, as my first road bike a year ago and have done 20,000K's on it.
It's perfect to learn on. Amazing handling and more than fast enough for a new rider.
It's perfectly comfortable to ride either aggressively or as a commuter. Commuting is perfect as it's narrow enough to lane filter in tight spaces and it's mirrors stalks easily fold in and out without losing your mirror angle setup. It doesn't struggle to leave traffic behind you when the lights go green.
Riding aggressively in tight twisties/hills is where... Read morethis bike really shines. It's amazing handling and fast, high revving engine means you can easily keep up with most other LAMS bikes. Fuel consumption is good enough that you don't need to panic with fluctuating petrol prices. Depending on how I'm riding, I get between 4 - 5 L/100km. I definitely don't baby this bike, yet, with regular maintenance, it's never given me any issues yet. The only downside is constantly having to explain to the uninitiated that it's NOT an R1 and it's ONLY a 320cc. :P
2017 Yamaha YZF R3 ReviewI bought my 2017 YZF R3 brand new on the 15th Dec 2017. Today it’s the 3rd Feb 2018. I’ve done 2100 kms on it in less than two months.
My god, what a bike!
I’ve put a tale tidy on it and the Akrapovic slip on exhaust for $399 here in Sydney.
It’s had its first 1000km service.
This bike goes like the clappers when you know how to ride it (took me a while to understand it plus it needs the break in period of 1600kms or so).
I got the blue colour and it turns heads everywhere. I’ve only seen a black one on the streets. It’s a rare bike. Mostly I see ninjas or hyhusongs.
This bike is a dream. Can’t say much more. If you’re looking for a mechanical break down, don’t bother. It’s at the top of its class.
Amazing LAMS bike!So impressed with the Yamaha R3. Not being the most experienced rider when it comes to non-LAMS bikes, I can't say how it could compares to the big bikes, but I'm amazed at how much bike I'm getting out of this ripper of a machine! I honestly can't see how I'll ever want or need to upgrade as this things keeps my wow-factor well satisfied. Having riding mainly Honda LAMS bikes, this thing is just so much more fun and keen to thrill. My only negative with the bike is the mirrors - I ended up buying extender spacers to get better vision. All in all, fabulous bike, don't know why you'd bother with the heavier restricted 600cc+ LAMS bikes. Can't recommend the R3 more!
Great LAMS bikeFor suburban riding or a bit of fun on a winding oad the Yamaha YZF-R3 is a great choice. It's light, easy to manoeuvre, great on fuel, and has enough power to get the job done without scaring the life out of new or inexperienced riders. The engine in the R3 is a lot of fun as well. Under 7000 rpm it's tractable and gets you up and running smoothly and efficiently due to the excellent torque curve of the motor.
If I want to be critical the brakes and front shock are probably not up to what the engine is capable of - but that's pushing the b... Read moreike well beyond any legal limit. Also, the fairing can make the bike a bit twitchy when you encounter a stiff cross wind, but by still I mean 40 kmh or more.. Finally, the bike is capable of touring and freeway work but there are a other bikes out there I think that would be more suitable like a CBR500r or Ninja650L if we stick to the LAMS category. Overall, very happy with the bike and would recommend it for suburban commuters of any skill level but in general it's a bike for the new rider or someone wanting to step up from a 125 or a 250 road bike.
Really nice ride in summerThis bike is a really nice bike to ride in summer. I've been riding for approx. 2 years now and it is a great first bike for learner to learn on. having said that, if you live in a windy city, I'd recommend that you get a heavier bike as you'd be feeling the wind pressure.
Excellent LAMS bike for both beginners and aspiring 300cc racersI've had my R3 for about a year now and it doesn't fail to impress. What you get is enough power to make easy overtakes on the highway, a comfortable seating position, new tech and the potential to dabble into aftermarket modifications than can turn your bike from a commuter to a formidable 300cc race bike.
My favourite things about the R3 is that it has great tech that really helps out beginners (gear indicator, shift light, fuel consumption etc.), the sport bike styling is excellent, the reliability and durability (survived many drops and ... Read morea few crashes without little damage) and the fuel economy, which averages at about 4.6L/100k for me, although I push it all the time. You won't go wrong with the R3. Slap on some Pirelli tyres and higher rearsets and it'll become a bike that'll teach you how to go fast without the risk of going ridiculously fast fast.
Great learner's bikeThe Yamaha R3 is a good bike for leaners, as a first bike. It is extremely easy to control and maneuver. The breaks are very forgiving, which is especially helpful for new riders.
CRAZY FUN BIKE !My wife bought one of these and asked me to pick it up and take it home for her. By the time I got home, 60 k's later, wanted one ! Great little bike. They say you get what you pay for but in this case, well I think you get more for your money than anyone thinks. I normally ride super bikes, this ain't one of those, but it's a FUN bike and behaves like a decent bike at all times. A pleasure to ride and pretty well made from what we can see so far !
Can't get off itFirst time rider, mid life crisis.
First off my main attraction to the R3 was it's looks, Had started out looking at the CBR300, then at the Ninja 300 but at the last minute after I put a deposit down on the Ninja I changed it to the R3.
Best move I made, The Ninja almost won it for me by having the slipper clutch and as a new rider I thought that would be important. Turns out not to be an issue and the thing the R3 had over it was the gear indicator, Now for a new rider I have found that to be very helpful and have never been in the wrong ge... Read morear at the wrong time. I don't look at it so much now but at first it was good to have it. The bike itself I can not complain about, cant find a single thing that for the money I paid for it warrants a complaint. Ok the bike had a recall but good to see it happen, after sales service working a treat. The power is enough for new riders and will stand you in good stead for an upgrade in power one day. Gear changes are smooth and once you put a louder pipe on it ( safer to be heard ) it becomes even more of a joy to ride. in the first 4 months I put just under 6000 k's on it and that's not using it to commute to and from work, all just fun riding for the sake of it kilometres. had it almost 6 months now and will defiantly be keeping it for the year, I think when it hit 12000 klms I will sell it and upgrade but I don't think I will have any regrets. Great bike to start out on, Wish I had started riding when I was a young man ( 45 now ) but better late than never. Thanks Yamaha, A job well done.
YZF-R3 composed and capableYamaha YZF R3, Entry level super sport bike.
Recently I had two of these bikes in my shed one was my nephew’s brand new awaiting pickup from him as he lives out in the country and the other was a friends that she was hiding her new bike from her family until she got her learner’s permit. I have ridden both of the R3’s firstly my nephew’s just for a road test and bed in the brakes for him recommended by the dealer and the other my friends and I would pillion her to some big car parks and work on clutch control and basic riding skills as well a... Read mores we would take the bike on a few long runs around 60 kilometres at a time. Firstly my impressions of the YZF R3 were that they are a very composed and capable bike that does everything very well. Looking at the power of the bike been 42 HP and given the weight factor the performance is impressive both in the way of having a pillion on the back and or without. The bike carries another person on it with no effort at all up the hills and also under the brakes with the handling very composed around the tight bends. And with just one rider on the bike one can easily see that the R3 would make an awesome track bike. Once you start to lay hard into R3 the bike shows you it’s ready to race and eggs you on to max it out through the gears and hit the corners at nutty speeds with ease making this a top fun light weight super sport bike. In my family we have a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14r and a Yamaha YZF-R1 and a worked XVS-650 so given these bikes to play with daily I feel I can give a fair opinion on the aptitudes of the YZF-R3. I hope this help you in a simple review about the composed and capable Yamaha YZF-R3.
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