Yamaha R3 gets modified to look like R1 M race machine

The motorcycle sports HID projector headlamps with LED DRLs. Image and story credit to Elixir Prince.

The Yamaha R3 has clearly demonstrated that it serves as a great canvas for motorcycle modifiers to exercise their creativity. Following an example which has been tastefully modified to look like the AMG edition of MV Agusta F3, we have stumbled upon yet another neatly executed mod-job.

This one is inspired by Yamaha’s flagship litre-class superbike, the YZF-R1 M. Rather than going for repainting of the fairing and a part of fuel tank, the custom bike builder has opted for wraps and decals to achieve Yamaha’s trademark silver-blue combo.

The most striking feature of this R3, however, is the brilliantly modified front fascia which now incorporates mean looking HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights which is visually closer to the R1 M. The new headlamp unit certainly renders a whole new character to what is already a well-styled motorcycle.

The only visible mechanical upgrade comes in the form of a new brake master cylinder. The front wheel is painted blue while the rear one remains black. Rest of the motorcycle remains stock.

The Yamaha R3 is powered by a 321 cc in-line twin-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which churns out a healthy 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque. The fuel-injected motor is paired with a 6-speed transmission.

The motorcycle adopts a diamond-shaped tubular frame which is supported by telescopic front fork and rear monoshock suspension system. Both front and rear wheels are retarded by a disc each. The Metzeler Sportec M5 tires measure 110/70R-17 (front) and 140/70R-17 (rear).