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The YZF-R3 is Yamaha’s fully-faired entry-level sportbike and is inspired by its larger supersports.
The YZF-R3 is Yamaha’s fully-faired entry-level sportbike and is inspired by its larger supersports. (Yamaha/)

Ups

Point-and-shoot handlingCompact dimensions and friendly character make it a great beginner sportbikeGreat brake lever feedbackBeautiful World GP 60th Anniversary Edition

Downs

321cc engine falls behind the larger-displacement competitionNo assist-and-slipper clutch, a feature common to both its competition and larger siblings

Verdict

The popularity of the YZF-R platform is undeniable. As the entry into that lineup, the peppy, race-derived YZF-R3 is one of Yamaha’s top sellers thanks to sharp handling and beginner-friendly character. But is that enough when competitors’ engines grow to 400cc? A point to consider when shopping for a small-displacement sportbike.

Overview

Yamaha began competing in the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix in 1961, and has been learning technological and cultural lessons that inform its motorcycle development ever since. That research, and its results, is carried on today by the tuning fork’s supersport lineup, from the YZF-R1M to the YZF-R3. To commemorate the dawn of its racing heritage, Yamaha decked out its YZF-R series in World GP 60th Anniversary livery for the 2022 model year.

From its slippery bodywork to details like YZR-M1-inspired top clamp and forged aluminum piston technology pulled from the YZF-R1, Yamaha’s littlest supersport is clearly just as serious about its purpose as the more powerful Rs. While the R3 shares these similarities, its tractable 321cc engine makes it attractive to riders who may feel intimidated by the larger iterations. The R3′s refined chassis and communicative brakes make it especially responsive both on the track and on winding roads.

The World GP 60th Anniversary Edition has unique paint, a gold fork, gold rims, gold tuning fork emblems, and special badging on the airbox cover.
The World GP 60th Anniversary Edition has unique paint, a gold fork, gold rims, gold tuning fork emblems, and special badging on the airbox cover. (Yamaha/)

Updates for 2022

Bodywork graphics have changed for this year, but only slightly, not counting the addition of the World GP Anniversary Edition.

Pricing and Variants

Midnight Black and Team Yamaha Blue return as the two primary color options for the base model, which rings in at $5,299. The YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition, at $5,499, looks particularly good in 60th anniversary Yamaha Heritage White and Rapid Red chain-block livery.

Competition

Competition is in its DNA, which is fortunate as this superbike-derived R3 has loads of tough rivals in the Kawasaki Ninja 400, KTM RC 390, Honda CBR300R, and Suzuki GSX250R.

A 321cc parallel twin lurks beneath streamlined bodywork.
A 321cc parallel twin lurks beneath streamlined bodywork. (Yamaha/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The R3′s 321cc parallel twin is mild mannered enough to provide riders with an education on managing a motorcycle’s power; the question, for some, is whether it’s enough to entertain riders as they grow, like Kawasaki’s Ninja 400. When we put these two head to head, we concluded that the R3′s lower displacement can indeed hold it back in the eyes of the competition-oriented. That said, the engine is engaging, and loves to be revved high in the 9,000 rpm range as seen by its run on the dyno, where it made 36 hp at 10,700 rpm and 19.8 pound-feet of torque at 9,000 rpm. In our earlier run of the R3, we applauded the bike for its impressive roll-on acceleration at speed and the aggressive sound from the 2-into-1 exhaust.

One odd omission remains an assist and slipper clutch, a feature seen on the YZF-R7 and many of the R3′s rivals. This can hinder the bike from reaching its true potential, because it requires smooth clutch actuation from its rider to keep the chassis stable.

Handling

In the same comparison as mentioned before, Cycle World found that the R3 really shines in its chassis and brake feel: “Refine your downshift technique and the Yamaha will reward you with a confidence-inspiring

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By: Staff
Title: 2022 Yamaha YZF-R3
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/yamaha-yzf-r3-2022/
Published Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:48:08 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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