The Yamaha R3 was launched in India back in August 2015. At the time of launch, the company had revealed that they had sales target of about 300 units per month. But that has not been the case.
Winner of 2016 Indian Motorcycle of the Year award, sales of Yamaha R3 have been far below expectations. There are a few months when sales of R3 have been 0 units. Yamaha has now discontinued the R3 from India. This is not because of low sales, but due to the implementation of BS4 rule.
India has banned the sale of BS3 compliant vehicles from 1st April 2017. With the R3 being a BS3 compatible vehicle, it cannot be sold any more in India. Unless Yamaha launches BS4 variant, the R3 will remain missing from the company line-up.
Carrying forward the R series DNA, the R3 sports twin headlamp, a sporty fuel tank, split seats and meaty tyres. The riding position is neither too relaxed nor too intense. The motorcycle derives its power from a 321 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor which is tuned to deliver a healthy 42 PS at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed unit.
The Yamaha R3 is locally assembled with CKD kits coming from Indonesia.
Pitted against the likes of KTM Duke 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Yamaha R3 is now available across nearly 100 select dealerships in India. The sportsbike carries a price tag of INR 3.5+ lakhs
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The Yamaha R3 is held together by a diamond tubular frame which is suspended by conventional telescopic front fork and monoshock rear suspension system. The India-spec motorcycle comes shod with MRF tyres and both wheels are retarded by a disc each.