No less than Yamaha MotoGP rider, Maverick Viñales, took the wraps off the latest offering from Yamaha Motor Philippines, the 2019 YZF-R3, last February 9, at the Eastwood Open Park in Libis, Quezon City.
Like we said in an earlier story, the styling closely resembles that of the current YZR-M1 MotoGP race bikes of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.
It will be powered by a 321cc liquid-cooled engine churning out 41.5 Ps at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque. The revised engine features a compression ratio of 11.2:1.
It is built from compact and lightweight high-tensile steel tube frame to return a near 50/50 front and rear weight distribution.
This also results in a lower fuel tank and handlebar position.
It has modern 37 mm KYB upside-down front forks with a YZR-M1 inspired top clamp. It has a 298 mm disc in front and a 220 mm disc for the rear brake, and ABS as standard.
Finally, it has a new, fully digital instrument cluster with gear position, real-time and average fuel economy, and an oil change trip meter.
The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 is offered in three colors: Blue, Matte Black and Matte Red, with an SRP of P259,000.