Feel the Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times

With 150 million, it is clear that consumers can hardly find a “machine” with 321 cc power like the Yamaha YZF-R3 while still gathering the values ​​in terms of quality and brand.

Recalling a bit of the past, the Yamaha YZF-R3 is a small motorcycle developed based on the YZF-R25 for sale in the European market. The two cars use the same “body”, but the power difference is up to 6 horsepower, making the YZF-R25 distribution markets more or less “heartbroken”. After less than a year, feeling no longer suitable, Yamaha decided to bring the R3 to many markets in Asia to replace its “elder” R25.

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_11.jpgYamaha YZF-R3 is a small motorcycle developed based on the YZF-R25 for sale in the European market.

As for the Vietnamese market, in September last year, many motorcycle showrooms in the South and the North took turns bringing the YZF-R25 to Vietnam through import. Although it is highly appreciated for its design and more affordable price than the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR300R, the figure of 11,500 – 12,000 USD is still very far away for most Vietnamese people.

Grasping the situation, Yamaha took action to explore the market by displaying the YZF-R25 in an event called Yamaha Rev Tour taking place in early August 2014. After more than a year, YZF-R3 was officially distributed to Vietnamese consumers with a selling price of 150 million VND. Helping a special segment of customers reach their “dream” of a sports manual bike much easier.

In the opinion of many people, this event is a bold step by Yamaha. Because they dared to come to a playground where it seemed like scooters and manual cars were “king”. Bold but mixed with a bit of caution. Because, YZF-R3 is only sold through ordering and imported from the Indonesian market, rather than choosing the assembly option like other popular cars.

Anyway, the Yamaha YZF-R3 itself is a “spice” for the current “bland” motorcycle market scene. And I call it “The one who keeps up with the times”.

1. Design

Looking a bit at the appearance, the YZF-R3 is a car that carries the “R-DNA” bloodline and has some influence from its “elder” on the GP racetrack, the YZF-M1. The headlights are the most “attractive” detail on the car with 2 slanted eyes that are stroked diagonally to the back combined with a navigation light above. Comes with a sturdy, high-clawed rear end with taillights using LED technology.

Feel the Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_12.jpg

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_02.jpg Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_03.jpg Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_04.jpg YZF-R3 is a car with a strong “R-DNA” bloodline.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, the YZF-R3 will give you a comfortable and snug feeling. The front clock cluster is divided into 2 main areas including a traditional rev counter and an LCD screen displaying full information such as speed, gear level, coolant temperature, fuel consumption. Average data, odometer, oil change indicator, etc. In addition to the basic functions, the steering wheel also has a convenient Pass button that eliminates the need to continuously press high/low key whenever a warning is needed. night travel conditions. The pair of mirrors placed at eye level gives the feeling of looking at a car mirror, which is very interesting.

The overall dimensions of the vehicle are 2,090mm x 720mm x 1,135mm (Length x Width x Height), seat height is 780mm (10mm lower than the Yamaha Grande), suitable for the physique and height of many people. number of Vietnamese people.

Equipped with telescopic front shock absorbers provided by KYB, diameter 41mm, travel 130mm. For the rear shock absorber, the Yamaha YZF-R3 uses a Monocross single shaft, 125mm travel. In addition, there is a single disc brake, 298mm diameter, 2 piston calipers at the front and a single 220mm diameter disc for the rear wheel.

R3 uses 10-spoke aluminum rims optimized for stiffness and bearing capacity, equipped with 110/70-17 tires for the front wheels and 140/70-70 for the rear wheels.

The weight distribution ratio on the R3 is almost 50:50 between the front and rear body thanks to the balance of the two front and rear wheels with the same 17-inch rim size. The rear swingarm is 573mm long, equivalent to the YZF-R1 model, creating a reasonable balance between the pull shaft position and the engine’s operating characteristics; Thus, minimizing the angle of travel of the rear wheel relative to the road surface when cornering or accelerating or decelerating, helping to increase transmission efficiency to the rear wheel.

2. Engine

Powering the YZF-R3 is an electronic fuel injection engine, 321cc capacity, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, 2-cylinder in-line, DOHC. With a piston diameter and stroke of 68mm x 44.1mm and a compression ratio of 11.2:1, the engine produces a maximum power of 42 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm. .

3. Feel

Going past the boring numbers, the most interesting thing I want to share with you here is the feel of the car. Honestly, I’m not someone who has ever ridden “fierce beasts” like the Yamaha YZF-R1, Ducati 1199 or the “bulkier” Harley-Dadvisons for guys with economic conditions and plenty of experience in riding. . Here, what I want to write is the perspective of a “young rider”, for whom having a whole day to experience the YZF-R3 is a huge gift.

Turn the key to start, the instrument cluster lights up, jumps wildly to check the parameters like a “monster” suddenly awakening after a long sleep. Can’t wait long. Turn on the power switch and press the start button, a groan comes from the engine room as if ready for a big explosion from the exhaust. But no, what you get is just a disappointing sound, true to the nickname Yamaha gave it as “a motorbike for urban areas”.

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_33.jpgThe clock cluster that checks parameters every time you turn the key really makes people excited.

Squeeze the clutch completely and press down with your left foot until you hear a “Clack” sound, the car shifts into 1st gear. Slowly release the clutch and move slowly to bring the car onto a straight road. Like a fish out of water, I pushed hard on the accelerator. In just 4 seconds, the revs were pushed to 7,000 rpm, the clock showed 40km/h. Tighten the clutch and swing your left foot. Clack! Go to 2nd gear. Like a wild horse escaping its chains, it jumped up to 75km/h in just 3 short seconds. At this time, the rpm reached 9,000 rpm, the gear shift light flashed continuously.

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_14.jpg

Continue operation. Clack! Number 3. 100km/h, 11,000 rpm. Clack! Number 4. 120km/h. At this speed, the wind seems to want to push you backwards, the sound of the 2-cylinder engine screaming right under the cold fuel tank. By reflex, I was about to flick my foot up to the next number because the numbers in front of me were still jumping quickly with no signs of slowing down, when I suddenly realized that the roundabout was only about ten meters away. Let go of the accelerator and slightly press the brake pedal, the rear wheel freezes for a split second, the “squeak” sound from the tire grinding against the road surface begins to get louder due to the lack of ABS. I clicked and released the brake pedal, avoiding the “fish tail” disaster and rushed into the roundabout at a speed of 60 km/h.

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_15.jpg Feel the Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_16.jpg Yamaha YZF-R3 appears “stubborn” even when cornering at a speed range of 60 km/h.

At the end of the turn, gently pull the throttle and approach the curb. Downshift quickly, you will hear the sound of excess fuel exploding in the exhaust throat, making clear “Bump” and “Bump” sounds like the only thing remaining after exciting acceleration scenes. The 750m distance was behind us in just half a minute.

4. Conclusion

The appearance of the Yamaha YZF-R3 sport-city model is truly a highlight for the motorcycle market in general and the manual clutch segment in particular. With 150 million, it is clear that it is difficult for consumers to find a “machine” with 321 cc power like the YZF-R3 while still gathering the values ​​in terms of quality and brand.

Feeling Yamaha YZF-R3: One who keeps up with the times Yamaha R3_17.jpg

This is an opportunity for customers (especially men) who are “bewildered” to enter the “addictive” hobby with a gentle warm-up, before moving on to higher segments. As for “hard-core drivers”, the YZF-R3 is suitable for daily use of manual transmission vehicles, is not too bulky, does not have to endure the heat from 4-cylinder machines but still has “excess” speed. Necessary to move in crowded cities.

Yamaha YZF-R3 technical specifications:

  • Wet Weight: 169 kg
  • Length x WIDTH X HEIGHT: 2,090 x 720 x 1,135mm
  • Wheel axle distance: 1,380 mm
  • Saddle height: 780mm
  • Undercarriage distance: 160mm
  • Fuel tank capacity (nominal): 14 liters
  • Tire size front/rear: Previous: 110/70-17; After: 140/70-70
  • Engine Type: 4 stroke, 2 cylinder, DOHC
  • Cylinder capacity: 321 cc
  • Maximum capacity: 42 horsepower at 10,750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 29.6Nm at 9,000 rpm
  • Gear: 6 gear levels

The Anh (TTTD)

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