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Apr 15, 2019

Sportbike Intro: 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3, Yamaha's best selling model in the American market in 2018. In cold, damp-to-wet conditions, upgrades to the suspension and tires were clearly better. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


      Nevermind the oft-repeated Internet theory that the sportbike market is dead and that everybody is going to be riding naked bikes in the future, despite stellar new sportbike models launched by BMW, Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha in recent years.

       But it turns out that part of that was an anomaly in sales reporting, which had been dumping U.S. sales figures for several lightweight sportbike models into the naked category, inflating the figures. That’s now been corrected, according to industry sources, and suddenly the future of sportbikes isn’t looking quite so grim. Because it’s now official: Yamaha’s best-selling model in the American market in 2018 was the YZF-R3 sportbike, and for 2019 it delivers better performance for the same price...

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 Sportbike Intro, in the April 2019 Issue of Roadracing World

Inverted forks, radial performance tires, restyled fairing, new clip-ons, upgraded suspension – the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 is a significantly better sportbike than its predecessor, poised to battle for supremacy in the increasingly competitive ultra lightweight sportbike category. Read the inside story of Yamaha's latest sportbike in the April 2019 issue of Roadracing World!

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