Yamaha YZF-R3 (2015) Real World Review


Yamaha YZF-R3

I have about 46,000 miles riding experience and the R3 is by far the most fun bike to ride.

- Rating: 8 / 10
Light, fun, easy to ride at low speed, comfort, suspension, economy, ABS
×Brake lever isn't adjustable, stopping power, lots of heavy steel bits
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What Is It?

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 is an A2 licence friendly sports bike which is closely related to the new generation MT-03 naked bike. It was updated in 2019.

Engine: 321 cc Parallel Twin, 42 bhp

Economy: 60 mpg

Range: 180 miles

Seat Height: 780 mm

What Is It Like?

Yamaha YZF-R3

2015 Yamaha R3

I passed up the new gen R3 in the Spring of 2015 for the MT-09, believing it did not really fit in my collection of bikes, fully knowing I was going to own a second Yamaha that would change five years down the road.

Then my riding skills improved to a point where I wanted a very light, nimble and performance driven motorcycle, so the R3 was my first choice.

It was harder than I thought to buy one because all the 2015 gen R3s where owned by younger guys, all of which didn’t want to get off the couch to sell them. I finally found one near me, however it took a lot of coaching on my part, even though it was advertised for sale lol.

Last November I began riding it and have put more than 5,000 miles on it.


The bike had 14,000 miles on it when I bought it and needed three of the four recalls, new brake fluid, oil, air filter change, new tyres, low beam and a good clean under the fuel tank.

I had every intention to put on and have...K&N air filter, M4 racing exhaust, Bauce racing ECU flash, Diablo 3 tyres, two more bar end mirrors, fender elimination and now it suits my riding style.

Plus there are so many mods you can do to this motorcycle. TST has the largest inventory of parts that will make any R3 into a favourite for anyone, street or track and they can even sell you one track ready.

Yamaha YZF-R3


The R3 loves to rev around 7,000-8,000 rpm, with usable rpm to 11,000 no problem. Shifting is way more fun than the MT, it's the lowest insurance class here and I can get over 220 miles on a 14 litre tank of fuel.

My inseam is about 30 cm so I sit flat footed on it and it's easy to move around on or off.

To Sum Up

I have about 46,000 miles riding experience and the R3 is by far the most fun bike to ride. The stock brakes have been criticised, but for riders 80 kgs and under I am not seeing a problem with them.

- Michael H, 2019

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Yamaha MT-03 - The second generation MT-03 is essentially a naked version of the R3, with a more relaxed riding position.

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