A super bike for daily riding
Yamaha YZFR3 is an economic cruiser or high-revving fun
EKEROLD Yamaha recently welcomed the new YZFR3 to their showroom. Yamaha has taken the world class power of its superbike range and encapsulated it into an entry-level superbike fit for everyday use.
At a glance, the YZFR3 comes off as the pretty boy of its class. Its design is infused with the R series’ signature DNA, displaying similar characteristics to its big brother, the YZFR1, as well as drawing from the inspiration of its World Championship winning patriarch the YZFR6.
Its sleek body work is available in both Racing Blue and Midnight Black. But don’t be fooled by this eye-catching, sporty exterior, this pretty boy also packs a punch.
Under its sleek, lightweight design, the YZFR3 boasts a 321 cc inline twin cylinder engine. Gone are the days of your frostbitten fingers fumbling with the choke every morning.
The YZFR3 fuel-injected engine combats against the chilly winter mornings by cold starting effortlessly. The rev output of its oversquare design makes the most of the smaller cc engine, keeping the power performances levels neck in neck with some of the bulkier competitors of its class. But YZFR3 proves it’s perfectly able to not only challenge but ultimately defeat its bulkier competitors.
In a true David versus Goliath showdown, the YZFR3 trumped its greatest opponent, the KTM Duke 390, by being voted 2015 entry-level sports bike of the year by MOTOUSA.com.
This grand achievement can be attributed to the ease of the ride. Coupled with the high-revving nature of the bike and its superb handling capabilities, the slimline body makes for swift movement and smooth gearing transitions. The handling is further enhanced by the standard fitted ABS braking system, arguably some of the best brakes in the industry.
This outstanding feature is the cherry on top for commuter riders who desperately seek a solution to the load-shedding traffic dilemma.
The further congestion caused by the current cable being laid in the Pietermaritzburg CBD is no match for the agility of the YZFR3. And with its 14 litre capacity you can get almost 300 km on a tank which translates to 4,9 l/100 km.
With petrol price increases once again becoming a common occurrence nationwide, fuelling the YZFR3 is far lighter on the pocket than many others in its class.
Owen Madondo, a sales consultant at Ekerold Yamaha, who is currently test riding the bike, expresses some of its ideal qualities.
“The bike’s handling is agile and has a sporty feeling to it. It is a breeze to ride through the traffic. The bike is appealing to both women and men and is ideal for those who want to enter the superbike range.”
The brand new bike is available at Ekerold Yamaha for the reasonable price of just R69 950.
Ultimately, the YZFR3 is a credit to its creators as Yamaha maintains its deserved position as an internationally competitive quality brand.
The all new YZFR3, a superbike for everyday use at less than R70k.