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A certain family R. None of Yamaha’s sports cars can deny it. Since the radical transformation of the R1 in 2015, all YZFs want to look like the supreme M1 tracker. With more or less differences, but the silhouette is now fully anchored in the DNA R-series.
It is out of the question for the R3 to stand apart. The crest of the siblings is at stake, we must mark the spirits. Especially since the 300/400 category is starting to gain a (small) reputation in Europe, with a tactical place in the SBK championship as a flagship, the WSS 300.
She takes offense at this R3. Gone are the days when the CBR 250 and Ninja 250 came to roughen up a nascent category. Slender, shy, they seemed lost in a small displacement market long abandoned in favor of the 500/600/650. Today, hesitation is no longer in order. The new R3 is damn proud to show its face and its daring, as if the R1 and M1 were adoring it in front of its audience – just like a Kawasaki Ninja 400 is no longer afraid to claim to be a fan of Jonathan Rea and his. ZX-10RR. His false airs of R6 will please, his jaw and his gaze will appeal. The elaborate shapes of its fairing provide most of the crush while keeping a master card, which it will put on the table when the tachometer is freaking out. The manufacturer announces aerodynamic resistance reduced by 7%. This would result in an increase of 8 km / h in maximum speed.
Head in the bubble (new), knees bent and right wrist twisted, it is to fully rest the connecting rods while the engine sets out to conquer its 42 horsepower spewed out by the 321 cm3 twin. Both the mechanics and the frame are taken without modifications from the previous R3. Its tubular steel skeleton completes its rigidity by leaning on the engine block. Braking is provided by a 298 mm front disc, another 220 mm at the rear, double and single piston calipers (depending on the size to bite) and ABS to top it all off. There is nothing that changes; it is for the ground link that Yamaha has offered new parts.
The road, must be cut in, For this purpose, a new inverted fork of 37 mm is called to the rescue. More imposing, more rigid, it will allow to ask a little more of the chassis during muscular outings. Unfortunately, it does not offer any adjustment possibilities. But she doesn’t care. Apart from those who will take it on the circuit, most of its users will not have much desire to tamper with the parameters to fine-tune the handling. And a more advanced fork would have significantly knocked out the price. A 300 located between the sport and the sport-GT is not intended to offer the edge of a 600 SuperSport.
This will not prevent a close dance with the R3. A motorbike holds together. The tank has been redesigned in this sense. Without losing a swig of its 14 liters, it revises its shape to be wider in its upper part and lose a little height. The half-handlebars also go down, 22 mm. Here is what to adopt a slightly more sporty attitude.
His winks seem more pronounced. What did she put in his eyes? A variety of LEDs. The fork crown benefits, as we have seen, from a new design and its entourage has also gained a bonus. A certain standardization of the dashboards brings the family spirit of the YZF even closer. The R3 forgets its old handset to give the pilot a desire for sportiness. No more needles, no more compromises; it is an LCD tablet with a style very similar to that of the R1 which takes place in front of the openwork triple tree. Another connection with the big Rs and a barely watered-down racing atmosphere. The display gives pride of place to speed, engine speed in bargraph and gear engaged. The other information is not important for piloting, more for the pulse of everyday life. We will thus be entitled to a fuel gauge, mileage trips, a clock and the engine temperature..
The R3 seems to have changed category, from sporty-road to sporty pure juice, by adopting a typical M1 exterior and a more muscular front end. A good exercise on the part of Yamaha, indicating the confidence that certain manufacturers are developing in this segment. This 300 plays the game and wants to have fun with a little more mischief. Small mysterious detail: this evolution is displayed at 167 kilos, two less than the 2015/2018 version – but we do not know how it lost them.
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medium: 3.80 l
The technical aspect
2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 300
- Frame: diamond type steel
- Tank: 14 liters
- Seat height: 780 mm
- Length: 2,090 mm
- Width: 730 mm
- Height: 1140 mm
- Wheelbase: 1380 mm
- Weight in running order: 167 kg
- Train before
- Telehydraulic inverted fork Ø 37 mm, deb: 130 mm
- 1 disc Ø 298 mm, 2 piston caliper
- Front wheel:
- 6-speed gearbox
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
- Mono-shock absorber, deb: 125 mm
- 1 disc Ø 220 mm, 1 piston caliper
- Rear wheel:
- Twin cylinder
, 4 stroke
- Cooling: by water
- Injection Ø nc
- 2 ACT
- 4 valves per cylinder
(68 x 44.1 mm)
at 10,750 rpm
at 9000 rpm
- Compression: 11.2: 1
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