The 2018 Yamaha R3 was a rather small update to the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer’s 300-cc sportbike, at least for those looking for changes in the design. However, Yamaha is already hard at work testing the new R25/R3 as images from Macantua reveal.
The new R25/R3 comes with significant changes, especially up front with new LED headlamps with what appears to be an intake sitting between them. Whether or not this a functional unit or a decorative piece like the one on the R15 V3 is still unknown. Also seen are the upside down front forks, which are painted gold. The rear end of the upcoming Yamaha R3/R25 looks almost identical to the current motorcycle on sale in India.
The R3 has a more relaxed riding position compared to the R15 sold in India and it is quite evident on these test bikes, snapped in Indonesia, that Yamaha plans to retain that with no changes evident to the seat or the handlebars.
The 2018 Yamaha R3 is powered by a 321-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 41.4 bhp @10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque @ 9,000 rpm that is sent to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox. When Yamaha launches the new R3, a bump in power could be expected but isn’t a sure shot guarantee. The current R3 uses a diamond frame chassis with telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear along with 298 mm and 220 mm brakes front and rear to bring itself to a stop. The 17-inch wheels are fitted with Metzeler Sportec Interact M5 tyres.
The 2018 Yamaha R3 was revealed in India at Auto Expo in February, with the bike launching a short time later. The new facelifted R3 motorcycle from Yamaha is first expected to arrive in Indonesia in the form of the R25 later this year. With the current motorcycle still a new thing in the minds of the Indian buyers, we don’t expect the new R3 to arrive in India anytime before 2019. However, with its main rival Kawasaki upping its own game in India, Yamaha could bring the new R3 to India earlier in the new year than expected.
Image Source – Macantua.com
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