Japanese two-wheeler giant Yamaha is popular for developing and offering class leading performance and quality motorcycles. They had earlier showcased the YZF-R25 during the 2014 Auto Expo. The manufacturer later on followed it with the launch of the motorcycle in Indonesia.
They had also confirmed that they would be launching a larger YZF-R3 for more developed markets. This motorcycle would be more premium and have key safety features like ABS as standard equipment.
Now Yamaha India has imported two YZF-R3 to India for R&D purposes. This means that the Japanese manufacture is contemplating launching the more premium motorcycle for India. This is will surely have motorcycle enthusiasts jumping with joy.
We believe Yamaha India has taken this step as they have noticed that their competitors are leaving the quarter-litre segment and moving forward. Honda is also expected to launch the CBR300R in India by replacing their CBR250R. Austrian manufacturer KTM is already offering its Duke and RC 390 models.
Kawasaki has already launched their supersport Ninja 300, as a premium motorcycle. Yamaha would also like to be with its competitors and makes sense to come up with the YZF-R3, rather than the previous plan of launching the YZF-R25.
The YZY-R3 by Yamaha sports an in-line two cylinder engine. This 321cc mill will be liquid cooled and paired to a slick 6-speed gearbox. It will produce 41.40 horsepower, along with 29.6 Nm of peak torque. This bike features ABS as standard safety equipment.
If Yamaha goes forward with this plan they will have to localise parts aggressively, to ensure competitive pricing. So far only KTM has successfully been able to localise their Duke as well as RC range of motorcycle. In this category the most expensive motorcycle is Ninja 300 by Kawasaki and Yamaha would like to have a product that will sell volumes.