A su­per bike for daily rid­ing

Yamaha YZFR3 is an eco­nomic cruiser or high-revving fun

The Witness - Wheels - - BIK­ING - KER­RYN COCK­BAIN

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.

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The all new YZFR3, a su­per­bike for every­day use at less than R70k.

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