The YZF-R3 is Yamaha's latest addition to the smaller supersport category. Yamaha currently offers the YZF-R3 motorcycle in several markets. The motorcycle has witnessed positive feedback from customers as well as experts.
In October 2015, Yamaha managed to sell not even a single unit of the YZF-R3. In previous reports, Yamaha India announced that they had sold 396 YZF-R3 motorcycles during the period of August to September 2015. There are quite a few reasons why we think the YZF-R3 is not doing performing as expected.
Pricing of the YZF-R3 has been a major concern in the Indian market. Yamaha launched the motorcycle at Rs. 3.25 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The premium price tag has put the motorcycle out of reach for several enthusiasts and Yamaha fans.
Yamaha imports the YZF-R3 motorcycle to India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit. A few reports suggest that all allotted motorcycles for India have been sold out post launch. Another reason could be, dealerships who want to sell a single YZF-R3 have to acquire several other models.
The YZF-R3 is an exceptional motorcycle with its inline two-cylinder, 321cc, liquid-cooled engine. Yamaha engineers have extracted 41.40bhp and 29.6Nm of peak torque from the engine. Unfortunately, the motorcycle does not offer ABS (Antilock Braking System) even as an option to customers.