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Yamaha stays in the entry-level sportbike game with its YZF-R3 in 2024, however the model will receive no significant updates. Last year’s $5,499 price tag carries over as well, with Team Yamaha Blue or Vivid White colors to choose from.

The YZF-R3 remains unchanged in 2024.
The YZF-R3 remains unchanged in 2024. (Yamaha/)

The R3 joined the growing pack of small-bore sportbikes for the 2015 model year and quickly became a front-runner among the competition. The high-quality amenities, comfortable cockpit, and solid class performance put it second in our four-bike comparison later that year.

Shortcomings in suspension and handling were addressed during the update in 2019 when engineers added a new KYB fork and triple clamp and stiffened the rear suspension settings. Handlebar position was changed and the fuel tank was lowered as well. They also upgraded to Dunlop GPR-300 tires, addressing all issues we had with the first iteration of the platform. We found handling to be markedly better thanks to the changes during our first outing on the 2019 model, making the R3 one of the most fun and capable bikes in the segment.

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Pricing remains steady at $5,499 for a new YZF-R3.
Pricing remains steady at $5,499 for a new YZF-R3. (Yamaha/)

Updates have been sparse since then, with some bodywork changes introduced in 2022, some unique colors here and there, and a WorldGP 60th Anniversary edition.

Even though things remain the same once again in 2024, the enjoyable 321cc twin engine and lithe chassis configuration continue to make the R3 a blast of a bike on surface roads and the track.

One of the most fun and approachable sportbikes on the market.
One of the most fun and approachable sportbikes on the market. (Yamaha/)

2024 Yamaha YZF-R3 Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$5,499Engine:321cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:68.0 x 44.1 mmCompression Ratio:11.2:1Fuel Delivery:EFIClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:DiamondFront Suspension:USD fork, 5.1 in. travelRear Suspension:Monocross single shock, preload adjustable; 4.9 in. travelFront Brake:298mm disc w/ ABSRear Brake:220mm disc w/ ABSWheels, Front/Rear:17 in./17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300; 110/70-17 / 140/70-17Rake/Trail:25.0°/3.7 in.Wheelbase:54.3 in.Seat Height:30.7 in.Fuel Capacity:3.7 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:373 lb.Warranty:12-month

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Title: 2024 Yamaha YZF-R3 Preview
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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.


Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.




Volvo Driving Experience.


Dodge Thrill Rides.


Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.




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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
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