By Wade Thiel
The Yamaha Lineup Is Diverse and Interesting in 2020
Yamaha’s lineup of motorcycles gets more interesting every year. The company has made headlines with the Niken in the past and this year they added some new models to the lineup. The high-powered motorcycles are at the peak of the performance spectrum.
The company has several new models and many very good returning bikes. There are some that are less exciting than others, but there’s a place in the market for all of these models. With that in mind, let’s take a look.
Note: we have also included bikes from Yamaha’s naked lineup under the “sportbike” designation for ease of categorization (and because every brand seems to do things a bit differently and we’re trying to make an apples to apples comparison).
2020 Yamaha YZF-R3
The 2020 YZF-R3 is the entry-level Yamaha sportbike. It offers next-generation styling that features all up the sportbike R-series line. The R3 is a good bike for the new rider who wants a sporty machine that’s also rider-friendly.
The R3 offers a good 321cc parallel-twin that’s liquid-cooled. The bike is perfect for commuting, for a twisty road, and even more than competent on the highway. The bike features a lightweight diamond type steel frame, with a narrow and compact footprint overall. It’s nimble, quick, and a lot of fun.
2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition
The 2020 YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition takes the racing spirit of Yamaha’s MotoGP team and combines it with the R3’s sporty body and specifications. The bike offers up the Monster Energy MotoGP styling.
The motorcycle features a 321cc liquid-cooled inline twin-cylinder engine. It’s the same that’s int the regular R3, and it is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. If you’re a huge fan of the racing team, then …read more