Yamaha has revealed its new entry-level R3 sportbike for 2019 – and it comes with a range of upgrades to help improve rider comfort and control, as well as receiving a bit of a makeover to bring it in line with rest of the YZF range.

From a styling perspective, the changes include a redesigned front fairing and windscreen – which have been shaped to pay homage to Yamaha’s MotoGP bike, the YZR-M1. They were even tested in the wind tunnel and on track for aerodynamic effectiveness.

Interestingly, Yamaha states that the new kit reduces drag by 7 percent, lessening the amount of turbulence on a rider’s head in the tuck position and giving the R3 a 5 mph improvement in top speed. A duct placed in the centre of the fairing also pushes air to the radiator for additional engine cooling. Clever.

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The new R3 also comes with fresh KYB 37mm USD forks – along with a new triple clamp. Plus, the handlebar position is 22mm lower as well, putting riders more in the machine than on top of it. That’s not all though. Yamaha has also revised the shape of the fuel tank and cover to further improve rider feel in the cockpit. The tank is 31.4mm wider above the knee and 20mm lower at the fuel cap. It also comes with new front LED headlights, and an updated LCD instrument panel.

Not everything’s been changed though. Its hallmark liquid-cooled 321cc parallel-twin engine is the same as on the outgoing model – and it’s still housed in a lightweight steel frame too. It rolls on 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels which are fitted with Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tyres, a 298mm front brake disc with twin piston calipers, and a 30.7-inch seat height.

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Yamaha has confirmed that its new 2019 YZF-R3 will be available in January 2019, so you won’t have to wait to much longer if you want to get our hands on one – but at this stage, we’re still waiting for Yamaha to confirm the price. For more information, click HERE.

 

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