The Tuning Fork Company makes a solid effort for a slice of the entry-level sportbike market with its YZF-R3. Yamaha had its work cut out for it ’cause this all-important market is hotly contested by nearly every other streetbike manufacturer in the world and the pressure is on to get brand-loyalty instilled in the incoming riders. Engine displacement breaks the 300 cc mark with 40-plus horsepower and 20-plus pounds of torque, and at only 368 pounds wet, this is plenty of power for some cheap thrills on the road. The rest of the bike seems well put together at a glance, but today I am going to dig into the guts of the thing and see what all Yamaha has in store for us and how well it stacks up against similar models on the market right now. There’s very little rise or pullback in the bars and jockey-mount foot controls, a setup that encourages an aggressive, forward-leaning riding position but leaves room for a more casual, if not completely upright, upper body position. What the bike lacks in brute power, it makes up with crisp handling, and its behavior in the corners makes the YZF-R3 a lot of fun to ride even for experienced riders. A set of 41 mm, KYB front forks provide a plush, 5.1-inch ride that winds up feeling just a trifle soft for hard corners, and comes completely unadjustable so what you see is what you get. At the heart of this sporty ride is a rev-loving, two-cylinder, parallel-twin mill that delivers rather docile performance at lower rpms but comes alive when you get closer to the five-digit mark. A 68 mm bore and 44.1 mm stroke gives us a 321 cc total displacement with an 11.2-to-1 compression ratio. Dual over-head cams time the four-valve heads with lightweight, forged pistons in offset cylinders to reduce friction along the piston skirts. As far as engine management goes, we have electronic fuel injection and a Transistor Controlled Ignition, but nothing in the way of traction control or variable riding modes. A six-speed transmission sends power to the rear wheel via chain drive, and surprisingly, couples to engine power through a standard, non-slipper clutch. What all this technical stuff boils down to is 21.8 pounds of grunt at 9,000 rpm backed up by 41.4 horsepower at 10,750 rpm with a top speed around 112 mph. Individual results may vary slightly. This is plenty fast enough for public roads. This bike has an aftermarket exhaust and many many accent pieces. Like all our bikes this will be fully serviced, inspeced and detailed at the time you take delivery. See this and other great deals at www.cyclehunters.com Haldeman Auto/cyclehunters.com 102 Old Ebenezer Rd Lebanon Pa, 17046 717-273-1809
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