2019 sees Yamaha updating their iconic learner machine, the YZF-R3 with a host of updates that further polish an already great option for new riders. The 321cc parallel-twin engine has been retained, with a claimed 41.4hp on offer, while torque remains 26.9Nm of torque.
The big ticket updates include revised styling, with new fairings for better aerodynamics which Yamaha claim can boost top speed by 8km/h and is a closer fit to the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1 models, although headlights don’t quite reach the same low profile of these two models.
The tank has also been updated to allow for a lower racer crouch, with easier grip between the peg and tank with your knees for sporty riding. Handlebars have also been dropped 22mm for a slightly more aggressive riding position, which doesn’t negatively impact the commendable everyday commuter duties.
The other big item is the inclusion of 37mm KYB forks, which replace the previous 41mm items, but offer an up-spec sportier ride, alongside a revised stiffer shock.
The display is also a new LCD item, offering an extremely clear and easy to read dash for new riders, with a wet weight of just 167kg, 780mm seat height and standard fitment Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tyres. The Australian RRP is $6,299 + ORC.