Test editor Tobias Münchinger has already ridden the new Yamaha YZF-R3. Click here for the driving report: www.motorradonline.de/test/fahrbericht-yamaha-yzf-r3.1062636.html
The facelift mainly affects the fairing. Nothing was changed on the engine itself.
Thanks to optimized aerodynamics, the Yamaha YZF-R3 should get 8 km / h more top speed.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 has been in stores since January 2019. It costs from 5,895 euros (plus additional costs).
Visually, the R3 moves even closer to the R1.
A newly arranged ergonomics should make the seating position even sportier.
The new front fairing should bring up to 8 km / h more top speed.
The turbulence in the helmet area is also said to have decreased.
The weight distribution at the front and rear is given as 50:50. With a full tank, the R3 weighs 169 kg.
The front fairing and windshield have been redesigned.
The central air inlet in the fairing is flanked by a double LED headlight and position lights.
The engine management of the two-cylinder has been retuned. This should offer improved performance and even lower consumption.
A newly designed tank, which still has a volume of 14 liters, and lower-positioned steering stubs are designed to make the ergonomics even sportier.
A completely new 37 mm KYB upside-down telescopic fork is in the new aluminum triple clamps.
At the front, a 298 mm disc brake with a floating 2-piston brake caliper decelerates.
The monocross rear suspension with the adjustable KYB strut has also been revised.
Behind the new fairing, a new, multifunctional LCD cockpit with easy-to-read displays awaits the pilot.
Overall, the R3 became even sportier.
The new R3 is offered in Yamaha Blue.
The only color alternative is Power Black.
Driving report Yamaha YZF-R3 (2019)
Faster thanks to optimized aerodynamics
For the 2019 model year, the Yamaha YZF-R3 was freshly spruced up and technically raised to a new level. Colleague Tobi Münchinger was allowed to take the first test drive.
D.he engine is not affected by the update: The R3 is still powered by a 321 cm³ two-cylinder. This produces 42 hp and helps the machine, which weighs 167 kg, to achieve brisk performance. Practically from a standing start, the smooth-running drive delivers a lot of torque, pushes hard at medium speeds and cheers cheerfully and cheekily up to almost 11,000 tours. The engine thus combines two virtues. Shifting lazy driving works great, and if the hairpin bends aren’t exactly narrower than on the famous Stilfser Joch, third gear is usually sufficient as the lower limit.
Yamaha YZF-R3 accelerates to 190 km / h
Otherwise, the Yamaha YZF-R3 is also motivated to sprint into the five-digit speed range. If you have to go fast or if you are very sporty, you can sometimes save yourself one or the other gear change on the country road. In addition, the engine takes on the gas nicely – its response behavior in the low-rev range, such as in slow city traffic, should, however, be a bit softer. Improving this was not implemented during the update.
Yamaha YZF-R3 model year 2019
Updates for the young athlete
Tobi Münchinger was allowed to test the racing version of the R3 on the racetrack. You can read how the Cup-R3 is doing in the sister paper PS 3/2019, which will be on the kiosk from February 13th.
The fact that the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 is faster than the previous model despite the same engine performance is due to its optimized aerodynamics. The new cladding of the YZF-R3 provides nine percent less air resistance and minimizes turbulence. As a result, the top speed should be around 8 km / h higher than before; the R3 accelerates undaunted to just under 190 things.
Changed ergonomics, improved chassis
There are also sporty detail improvements in ergonomics. The handlebar halves are now 22 mm lower and two degrees further outwards. On top of that, the tank is a total of two centimeters lower and exactly 31.4 mm wider in the area above the knees, which should create better contact with the machine and more control over the Yamaha YZF-R3. On the other hand, it remains unchanged with a low seat height of 780 mm.
A 37 mm fork from KYB is installed at the front, which is more rigid than the fork of the previous model and has a more sporty damping characteristic. The situation is similar with the shock absorber, because the damper has a harder spring and also stiffer damping. The YZF-R3 is really full, but not uncomfortable, on the road and shows an amazing speed in the Winkelwerk! The new first tires Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 harmonize perfectly with the Yamaha, luckily they do not lose the grip even on wet asphalt patches that suddenly appear immediately behind the curve.
You can read the complete and detailed driving report in MOTORRAD 3/2019, from January 18, 2019. The driving report for the Cup-R3 (racing version) can be read in the sister magazine PS 3/2019, from February 13 here and at the kiosk.
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