2016 Yamaha YZF-R3


2016 Yamaha YZF-R3


Introducing the easiest way to enter the world of Yamaha R-series superbike performance.


  • POTENT TWIN-CYLINDER POWERPLANT: Large 321 cc twin-cylinder engine offers excellent performance whether navigating cross-town traffic, hitting the twisties, or on the racetrack.
  • ENVIABLE YAMAHA R-SERIES STYLING: Yamaha supersport-inspired styling with a full fairing in a chassis that makes it perfect for first time riders or experienced riders who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine. And three beautiful coloring options are available which means there is a color choice that is right for you.
  • ADVANCED ENGINE DESIGN: Forged pistons—just like the R1 and R6—are very lightweight while providing exceptional strength. And innovative Yamaha features like the offset cylinders reduce friction for more power.
  • BALANCED SPORTBIKE ERGONOMICS: The YZF-R3 features clip-on handlebars and a riding position that provides a great balance of comfort and sporty riding position.
  • COMPACT, CONFIDENT RIDER SEATING: With a flat seat design and a seat height of only 30.7 inches on the YZF-R3, it’s easy to get both feet firmly on the ground and inspire confidence, especially for beginner riders.
  • POTENT TWIN-CYLINDER POWERPLANT: 321 cc, liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel-injected engine delivers excellent power and performance throughout the rpm range.
  • HIGH-REVVING SPORTBIKE HERITAGE: With a compression ratio of 11.2:1, the engine develops maximum power at 10,750 rpm for an exciting ride.
  • RESPONSIVE ENGINE ARCHITECTURE: With a 180 degree crank design, the engine provides minimized vibrations and a smooth running engine character through the rpm range.
  • MODERN FUEL INJECTION: Downdraft induction fuel injection system provides easy starts and smooth performance in all conditions.
  • ADVANCED CYLINDER CONSTRUCTION: Yamaha’s all-aluminum DiASil cylinder is used to ensure excellent heat dissipation, with an innovative offset cylinder design that reduces horsepower loss and improves both power and fuel efficiency.
  • STRONG AND LIGHTWEIGHT PISTONS: Forged aluminum pistons—the same technology used for the R1 and R6—means lighter weight and excellent strength at higher temperatures, ensuring reliability at higher rpm.
  • ADVANCED FRAME: Steel frame and swingarm designed around Yamaha’s extensive chassis expertise for a light and nimble, yet solid handling character.
  • POTENT BRAKING SYSTEM: Powerful 298 mm floating mount front disc brake ensure excellent stopping power, while a 220 mm floating disc handles the braking performance on the back.
  • PLUSH, CONTROLLED SUSPENSION: 41 mm KYB® front suspension offers 5.1 inches of travel for rider comfort and control.
  • SPORTBIKE-SPEC ALLOY WHEELS: 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels are both strong and high in style while reducing unsprung weight.
  • THOROUGH INSTRUMENTATION: The multi-function meter informs the rider of gear position, fuel capacity, real time and average fuel economy, water temp, clock and an oil change trip meter.
  • YAMAHA R-SERIES STYLING: Legendary Yamaha R-series styling and performance come standard! Great styling matched to excellent engine performance and chassis design are the hallmarks of Yamaha’s R-series—and YZF-R3 carries on the heritage with great results.

General Information

Manufacturer Yamaha
Model Year 2016
Model YZF-R3
Model Code YZFR3GL
Stock Number C2606
Color Team Yamaha Blue / Matte Silver



Front - Hydraulic, 298 mm

Rear - Hydraulic, 220 mm


Front - 110/70-17

Rear - 140/70-17


Length 82.3 in.
Height 44.7 in.
Width 28.3 in.
Weight Wet - 368 lbs.
Wheelbase 54.3 in.
Seat Height 30.7 in.


Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain


Engine DOHC inline 2-cylinder, 4-valves per cylinder
Displacement 321 cc
Bore x Stroke 68 x 44.1 mm
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Carburetion Fuel injected
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
MPG Rating 56 mpg
Ignition Digital TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Clutch Wet multi-plate
Cooling Liquid



Front - 41 mm KYB® telescopic fork; 5.1 in. travel

Rear - KYB® single shock; 4.9 in. travel

Rake 25° (caster angle)
Trail 3.7 in.


Additional Colors Intensity White / Rapid Red, Matte Gray
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)