News 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Buyer’s Guide: Specs, Prices + Photos

2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Buyer’s Guide: Specs, Prices + Photos

The 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 goes all-ABS this year, as the non-ABS version is no longer available. Otherwise, the Yamaha R3 is unchanged other than some color shuffling. Team Yamaha Blue and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition (at a $300 premium) return, and are joined by two highly contemporary treatments—Matte Stealth Black and Electric Teal.

Still powered by a 321cc parallel-twin, the YZF-R3 is not quite as dedicated to sport riding as the YZF-R1 superbike. The ergonomics on the R3 are a bit upright, with the clip-on slightly above, rather than below, the top triple-clamp. This keeps the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 a comfortable motorcycle for street duty. Although the suspension is non-adjustable—except spring-preload for the shock—it works for a wide variety of riders and conditions. The R3 is adaptable for track days, though you will want to stiffen the suspension and upgrade from the longer-life Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tires.

For someone looking for a stylish around-town sport motorcycle capable of embarrassing larger sport motorcycles when the twisties get especially tight, the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 is an outstanding choice. It’s difficult to beat the feeling of an agile twin that revs to 12,500 rpm, and barely busts the $5k price barrier.

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2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Specifications


  • Engine: Parallel twin
  • Displacement: 321cc
  • Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 44.1mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.2:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 vpc
  • Fuel delivery: EFI
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final drive: Chain


  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable KYB inverted fork; 5.1 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable KYB shock; 4.9 inches
  • 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: Standard


  • 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: 375 pounds


  • Team Yamaha Blue
  • Matte Stealth Black
  • Electric Teal
  • Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition (+$300)

2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Price: $5299 MSRP

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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