Feature Benefits

Top Features

  • Potent Twin-Cylinder Powerplant
    Large 321cc twin-cylinder engine offers excellent performance whether navigating cross-town traffic, hitting the twisties, or on the racetrack.
  • Striking Yamaha R-Series Styling
    Yamaha supersport-inspired styling with a full fairing in a chassis that makes it perfect for first time rider—or experienced riders who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine. And three beautiful coloring options are available which means there is a color choice that is right for you.
  • Advanced Engine Design
    Forged pistons—just like the R1 and R6—are very lightweight while providing exceptional strength. And innovative Yamaha features like the offset cylinders reduce friction for more power.
  • Balanced Sportbike Ergonomics
    The YZF-R3 features clip-on handlebars and a riding position that provides a great balance of comfort and sporty riding position.
  • Compact, Confident Rider Seating
    With a flat seat design and a seat height of only 30.7 inches on the YZF-R3, it’s easy to get both feet firmly on the ground and inspire confidence, especially for beginner riders.

New for 2017

  • New ABS-Equipped Model Available
    For 2017, the YZF-R3 offers the option of an ABS model to support the hydraulic disk braking system. The antilock braking system boosts rider confidence by preventing wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions.


  • Potent Twin-Cylinder Powerplant
    321cc, liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel-injected engine delivers excellent power and performance throughout the rpm range.
  • High-Revving Sportbike Heritage
    With a compression ratio of 11.2:1, the engine develops maximum power at 10,750 rpm for an exciting ride and broad spread of power.
  • Responsive Engine Architecture
    With a 180 degree crank design, the engine provides minimized vibrations and a smooth running engine character throughout the rpm range.
  • Modern Fuel Injection
    Downdraft induction fuel injection system provides easy starts and smooth performance in all conditions.
  • Advanced Cylinder Construction
    Yamaha’s all-aluminum DiASil cylinder is used to ensure excellent heat dissipation, with an innovative offset cylinder design that reduces horsepower loss and improves both power and fuel efficiency.
  • Strong and Lightweight Pistons
    Forged aluminum pistons—the same technology used for the R1 and R6—means lighter weight and excellent strength at higher temperatures, ensuring reliability at higher rpm.


  • Advanced Frame
    Steel frame and swingarm designed with Yamaha’s extensive chassis expertise for a light and nimble, yet solid, handling character.
  • Potent Braking
    The 298mm floating mount front disc brake ensures excellent stopping power, while a 220mm floating disc handles the braking performance on the back. The YZF-R3 ABS model also features an antilock braking system to boost rider confidence and prevent wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions.
  • Plush, Controlled Suspension
    41mm KYB® front suspension offers 5.1 inches of travel for rider comfort and control, while a preload-adjustable rear shock allows tuning for passenger and cargo.
  • Sportbike-Spec Alloy Wheels
    10-spoke cast aluminum wheels are both strong and high in style while reducing unsprung weight.
  • Thorough Instrumentation
    The multi-function meter informs the rider of gear position, fuel capacity, real time and average fuel economy, water temp, clock and an oil change trip meter.

Additional Features

  • Yamaha R-Series Styling
    Legendary Yamaha R-series styling and performance come standard! Great styling matched to excellent engine performance and chassis design are the hallmarks of Yamaha’s R-series—and YZF-R3 carries on the heritage with great results.