India-spec Yamaha R3 spotted with a saree guard – Spied
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Will be locally assembled with kits manufactured in Indonesia.
A spyshot of what is believed to be the CKD-spec Yamaha R3 has surfaced online, revealing the small changes made. Firstly, it sports a saree guard – a passive safety feature if the pillion is donning a saree. But it looks rather odd when it’s fitted to a sportsbike that has been styled dynamically.
To keep prices competitive, the Yamaha R3 will have a certain level of component localization as evidenced by the locally-sourced MRF Zapper S tyres (Michelin is the supplier to the global spec R3).
The Yamaha R3 packs a 321 cc twin-cylinder engine producing 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque. Noteworthy performance-oriented features include racing-derived forged pistons, carburized connecting rods and a direct drive camshaft. The twin-cylinder engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 321 cc Yamaha R3 weighs 169 kg (wet weight) and is equipped with a 298 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm disc for the rear. However, reports suggest that ABS will be offered as optional equipment. As for the suspension, it features the standard telescopic forks up front and a mono shock setup at the back.
The Yamaha R3 will enter into a competitive segment that comprises of established rivals like the KTM RC390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300. Prices are expected hover around the INR 3 Lakh mark (ex-showroom).
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