After a refreshment last year, the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 returns unchanged, save for a striking new edition. The standard YZF-R3 returns in Team Yamaha Blue for the same $4999 MSRP. Spend another $300 for ABS, and you add two color options—Matte Silver White and Matt Black.It gets even better if you’re willing to put $5599 on the counter. That gets you the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition, and you’ll look like Valentino Rossi or Maverick Viñales speeding through the canyons.
Underneath it all, the three different price points for the 2020 Yamaha R3 gets you the same basic motorcycle. You’re looking at a counterbalanced parallel twin that loves to rev, a curb weight of just 368 pounds (add seven pounds for ABS, it’s worth it), a compact 54.3-inch wheelbase, Dunlop Sportmax GRP-300 rubber on 17-inch wheels, and KYB suspension.The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 is a versatile motorcycle. It can be adapted quickly for track day duty. At the same time, it is fully ready and able to perform as your 56 mpg daily commuter. While it is a supersport motorcycle, the handlebars rise a bit from the triple-clamp for comfort.On the weekends, it will enjoy doing battle with your buddies in the canyons. You might just embarrass riders on larger motorcycles if you pick the tightest roads you can find.Read our Yamaha YZF-R3 Review.
2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 Specs
Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 44.1mm Compression ratio: 11.2:1
Valvetrain: DOHC; 8 valves
Fuel delivery: EFI
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: 41mm KYB forks; 5.1 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted KYB shock; 4.9 inches of travel
Tires: Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300
Front tire: 110/70 x 17
Rear tire: 140/70 x 17
Front brake: 298mm disc
Rear brake: 220mm disc
ABS: Optional ($300)
Wheelbase: 54.3 inches
Rake: 25.0 degrees
Trail: 3.7 inches
Seat height: 30.7 inches
Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons
EPA estimated fuel economy: 56 mpg
Wet weight: 368 pounds (ABS: 375 pounds)
Team Yamaha Blue
Matte Silver White (ABS only)
Matte Black (ABS only)
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition (ABS only)
2020 YZF-R3: $4999 MSRP
2020 YZF-R3 ABS: $5299 MSRP
2020 YZF-R3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition: $5599 MSRP
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!