The Yamaha R3 was launched in India on August 11 amidst much fanfare with a sales target of 2,000 units in the first year and it seems the twin-cylinder fully faired compact sportsbike is poised to reach the target much earlier than projected.
Yamaha India commenced dispatches of the motorcycle on August 20th and has clocked 140 units by end of the month. The company is assembling the R3 in India out of CKD kits sourced from Indonesia at a rate of 10 units per day.
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 3.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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.
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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. Yamaha India is reportedly contemplating an ABS version and will soon talk a call on this regard.