It's been a while since we last had some truly exciting motorcycles in our care. For quite some time now we've had to make do with smaller, frugal motorcycles developed for the masses. But not any longer. The future look quite promising with the Yamaha YZF-R3 entering our garage.
Initial impressions of the Yamaha YZF-R3 ticked the right boxes and I have been eager waiting, When it comes to Yamaha motorcycles there's one thing that's styling. Okay, feel free to ignore if you not like the Yamaha YZF-R3 design. But just look at the average Yamaha motorcycle – most models that are over five years old still look striking.
And so does the Yamaha YZF-R3. Yes, it looks like a bigger, blown-up YZF-R15 but then, that's what it is. Or at least, was supposed to be. However, apart from the sportbike silhouette there's very little that's similar between the two. The chassis for instance. The Yamaha YZF-R3 doesn't have the Yamaha's Deltabox frame, something that a lot of enthusiasts cried foul about. However, if you plan to use this motorcycle for your daily commute, and riding it on a racetrack now-and-then, isn't high on your list, the lack of a Deltabox frame doesn't matter.
I've ridden down to work on a couple of occasions and when you are making your way through traffic, that's the least of your worries. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is 169 kilograms is lightweight, and with a well-weighted front end, steering the Yamaha YZF-R3 is quite easy. And since the seating posture isn't as aggressive as on other small-engine-size sportsbikes there's considerably less stress on your wrists and back.
Another work of motorcycling art is the the 321cc Yamaha engine. This parallel twin is as wild as you maybe think and that's the good part – when stuck in traffic, the engine won't be ready to toast your legs.