The Yamaha R3 medium-displacement fully faired motorcycle has been elected as the Indian Bike Of the Year (IMOTY 2016) by a jury comprising automotive journalists from print media.
Interestingly, all the top three finalists of the IMOTY 2016 – Yamaha R3, Honda CBR650F and Benelli TnT 300 – are CKD motorcycles with meager local content. This year’s short list consisted of over dozen motorcycles including the Mahindra Mojo, Benelli 600i, TnT 899, TnT 1130, TnT 600 GT, Bajaj CT 100 and so on.
According to the jury, the nominated motorcycles were judged on various parameters such as fuel economy, technical innovation, styling, price, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, value for money and suitability for Indian riding conditions. The evaluation session at Lonavala was followed by a voting.
The Yamaha R3 is being imported into India from Indonesia in the form of CKD kits. The motorcycle is powered by a 321 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor which generates 42 PS power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm torque at 9,000 rpm. Paired with a 6-speed transmission, the motorcycle is capable of some serious speeds.
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The R3 is equipped with regular telescopic front fork and rear monoshock. The 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in 110/70-17 (front) and 140/70-17M (rear) tyres. Braking is courtesy of 298 mm disc upfront and 220 mm unit at the rear. ABS is not on offer even as an option, but still, it is the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2016!