2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 Review

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By Ryan Adams

2019 Yamaha R3

Editor Score: 82.0%

Engine 16.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 7.0/10
Instruments/Controls 3.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 82/100

The 2019 Yamaha R3 feels incredibly nimble as I flick it back and forth effortlessly between corners along a mountain road. As we snake our way up into the dense fog surrounding Palomar mountain in San Diego County, dodging gravel and mud that was spread across the roadway from the week’s downpour, I’m thankful for the precise handling the R3 offered. It easily changes direction, almost too easily I think to myself as I close into a tight right-hander just before the apex.

The small displacement sportbike category is an important one for most manufacturers playing in the segment. Not only are they the conduit by which OEs hope to bring new riders into the fold, but also bikes like the R3 can be halo products in other markets around the world. Not to mention, these bikes are wonderful tools for track enthusiasts to hone their skills on at a lesser cost and risk than larger, more powerful motorcycles.

The 2019 Yamaha R3 looks great from every angle.

The R3 is particularly important to Yamaha when considering it has been vying with the MT-07 as the best-selling street motorcycle for some time now. In less than four years, more than 20,000 R3s have been sold making it the current leader in sales for Yamaha U.S. For 2019, the R3 has undergone a complete styling revision to bring it more in line with the looks of its older siblings, the R6 and R1. Looks aren’t the only things to have changed though. Let’s dig a little deeper, past the fairings, to see how Yamaha has developed one of its most important models

Improving on a familiar platform

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