Yamaha YZF-R3: Top Speed, Specs, and Price

Yamaha YZF R3

Yamaha launched its YZF-R series new sports bike R3 in 2015. It has a sleek and aggressive look inspired by the MotoGP and is designed to offer proportional performance. In addition to being lightweight and agile, the YZF-R3 has enough power for thrilling riding experiences, making it the perfect bike for entry-level riders.

If you want to know more about the Yamaha YZF R3’s top speed, specs, and price, then read the full article.

What is Yamaha YZF R3? 

Yamaha YZF R3 is a 321 cc sports bike with a six-speed transmission, slipper clutch, and fuel injection system. It has nimble handling with excellent riding position. This bike is equipped with 17 inches tires on the front and rear side with hydraulic brakes, including an ABS option on both sides. 

Likewise, for a smooth and comfy ride, it has an inverted telescopic front fork and Monocross rear shocks. Coming on, it’s price; you will get this bike at an economical price for only $5,299 / $5,499.

YZF-R3 Top Speed

The Yamaha R3 Top speed ranges from 110 mph – 115 mph. It has a maximum of 42 HP at 10750 rpm and 28.8 Nm torque at 9000 rpm. This bike can go 0 mph to 60 mph in 5.17 seconds and 0 mph – 100 mph in 16.80 seconds which is impressive for a 321 cc twin-cylinder bike. Keep in mind that this bike is made for moderate performance; do not expect it to compete with the top speed of the Yamaha YZF-R6.

Its speed on different gears is given below.

 Speed at 5000 rpmYZF-R3
 Speed 1st Gear15.7 mph
 Speed 2nd Gear21.6 mph
 Speed 3rd Gear29.2 mph
 Speed 4th Gear36.2  mph
 Speed 5th Gear42.8 mph
 Speed 6th Gear49.2 mph


Here are the specification of this moderate size beast given below.

Displacement321 cc
Engine:321cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke:68.0 mm x 44.1 mm
Compression  Ratio11.2:1
Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed / chain
Clutch:Wet, multiplate
Fuel Delivery:Fuel injection
Front Suspension:Inverted telescopic fork; 5.1 in. travel
Rear Suspension:Monocross shock, preload adjustable; 4.9 in. travel
Front Brake:298 mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake:220 mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front / Rear:Cast aluminum; 17 in. / 17 in.
Front Tire110 / 70 – 17
Rear Tire140 / 70 – 17
Rake / Trail:25.0° / 3.7 in.
Wheelbase:54.3 in.
Ground Clearance:6.3 in.
Seat Height:30.7 in.
Fuel Capacity:3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight:375 lb.
MSRP:$5,299 / $5,499


Yamaha YZF R3 has DOHC 321 cc inline-twin 4-cylinder engine. It has a bore and stroke ratio of 68.0 mm x 44.1 mm and an aggressive compression ratio of 11.2:1. 

It also has six-speed transmission along with a wet multi-plate clutch. It comes with a fuel injection system that provides an accurate fuel and air mixture to the engine so that engine can perform better.

Suspension & Handling

It is equipped with the traditional inverted telescopic front fork with 5.1 inches of travel and Monocross rear shocks with 4.9 inches of travel that is preload adjustable so you can adjust them according to your weight.

R3 shines when it comes to its chassis feel and is delightful in handling. In addition to its agile handling, it can make mid-corner steering corrections and handle side-to-side transitions more effectively. Furthermore, when it comes to smooth, sporty rides, the R3 offers impressive refinement and control as compare to any other bike.

Seat & Comfort

This bike has a decent sporty riding angle over the tank and behind the fairing, offering excellent wind protection at high speed. It has a flat seat with a seat height of 30.7 inches that is easily approachable for the short-height rider. Furthermore, it has 54.3 inches wheelbase and 6.3 inches of ground clearance for a bump-free and smooth ride. You can also use this bike for daily purposes.

Tires & Brakes

It comes with the 110 / 70 – 17 front and 140 / 70 – 17 rear tires. These 17 inches tires are good and will connect well with the road. For adequate braking, it has a 298 mm hydraulic disc brake for the front wheel and a 220 mm hydraulic disc brake for the rear wheel. Both front and rear wheel has ABS controls, so you will get a safer ride with excellent road grip while applying the hard brake.

Price & Competition

The price of this superbike is $5,299 / $5,499, which is quite economical and will be a worthy option to consider. There are many bikes in the 300 cc category that can be an alternative to this bike, but the competitions are Kawasaki Ninja 300, BMW G 310 RR, Honda CB 300R, and Honda CB300F.


Yamaha R3 is a sports bike having moderate power with many features, including a distinctive dual headlight design, compact chassis, dual hydraulic brakes, slipper clutch, and digital instrument panel. It also has excellent handling, aggressive design, and is inexpensive. 

If you are an entry-level or moderate-level rider, then you can consider this bike as it would be a good choice for you.


Here are some of the frequently asked questions, and their answers given below.

Is YZF-R3 faster than Ninja 400?

Kawasaki Ninja 400 has a top speed range from 110 mph (177 kph) to 120 mph (193 kph) with 47.5 hp at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm torque at 8,000 rpm. And on the other hand, YZF R3 also has almost the same top speed range from 110 mph to 115 mph with 42 HP at 10750 rpm and 

28.8 Nm torque at 9000 rpm. This bike offers impressive acceleration but is not faster than the aggressive Ninja 400, which will give more performance and acceleration in its fourth, fifth, and sixth gears.

Is YZF-R3 suitable for daily use?

Yes, Yamaha YZF R3 is a suitable option for daily use as it has comfortable seats along with a good riding angle. 

Does the YZF-R3 have a turbo?

No, Yamaha YZF R3 does not come with a turbocharger, but you can install an aftermarket turbocharger, and for that purpose, you have to make significant changes in the engine. 

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