Yamaha India recently showcased some high performance motorcycles such as MT-03, R7, MT-07, MT-09, R1M and R3 at dealer events. While no official announcement has been made of these bikes, few dealers are starting to accept pre-orders for the Yamaha R3. It’s worth noting that Yamaha hasn’t officially started taking preorders yet, so these preorders are unofficial.Dealers charge any of the following $5,000 and $25,000. The motorcycle will be launched in the Indian market by the end of this year and sold through Blue Square dealers.
Powering the Yamaha R3 is a 321 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine. It develops 41 bhp at 10,750 rpm and peak torque of 29.5 Nm at 9,000 rpm. The gearbox in operation is a 6-speed unit.
Suspension duties are performed by upside-down telescopic forks at the front and preload-adjustable monoshocks at the rear. Braking duties are handled by 298 mm discs at the front and 220 mm at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is also available. The 17-inch alloy wheels are shod with Dunlop Sportmax tyres. The former measures 110/70 and the latter measures 140/70. The front/rear weight distribution on this motorcycle is close to 50/50.
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Along with the R3, Yamaha is also expected to introduce the MT-03, a naked street fighter version of the R3. It uses the same engine, but has slightly looser ergonomics compared to the R3’s clip-on handlebars and rear-mounted footpegs.
The Japanese motorcycle maker recently opened its 200th Blue Square showroom, marking a major milestone in the company’s retail expansion plans. The showrooms will be dedicated to retailing the high-volume motorcycles that were shown to dealers earlier this year. Blue Square showrooms are Yamaha’s premium dealer network, launched in 2019. These showrooms are designed to consolidate the brand’s traditional and premium image in the market and provide customers with a better purchasing experience. Yamaha also confirmed that it plans to expand Blue Square dealerships to 300 by the end of 2023 in preparation for the onslaught of new products.
First published date: Jun 24, 2023 at 10:07 AM CST