2023 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Look Preview

The Tuning Fork company’s 2023 YZF-R3 sports a new color.

The Tuning Fork company’s 2023 YZF-R3 sports a new color. (Yamaha/)

Production motorcycles come in just about every color on the spectrum, but it isn’t very often you see purple as an option. Luckily for those who value variety, Yamaha’s iconic beginner-friendly YZF-R3 sportbike will haunt the streets in Phantom Purple for 2023.

Purple is not all that common on a stock motorcycle, but the R3 is working it.

Purple is not all that common on a stock motorcycle, but the R3 is working it. (Yamaha/)

In case you’re not feeling the new pop of purple, not to worry; returning colors Team Yamaha Blue and Midnight Black are still available.

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There won’t be any chassis or engine changes for the new model year, but that’s OK; the small-displacement Yamaha will stay true to the qualities that make it a superb entry-level motorcycle. Sport-tuned suspension, responsive hydraulic disc brakes, Dunlop GPR tires, and aggressive ergos contribute to its dynamic track capability; a claimed 56 mpg from its 36 hp, 321cc parallel-twin make it an efficient and entertaining commuter.

LEDs illuminate the area of the bike that people in cars will see most often.

LEDs illuminate the area of the bike that people in cars will see most often. (Yamaha/)

For those keeping track of prices, the R3′s MSRP is $5,499, a $200 increase from last year.

Will the 2023 Yamaha YZF-R3′s Phantom Purple attract a new group of riders? What are your thoughts? The comments section is waiting.

2023 Yamaha YZF-R3 Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $5,499
ENGINE 321cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 68.0 x 44.1mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.2:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 36 hp @ 10,700 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 19.8 lb.-ft. @ 9,000 rpm
FRAME N/A
FRONT SUSPENSION Inverted telescopic fork; 5.1 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Monocross single shock, preload adjustable; 4.9 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Floating 298mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 220mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum; 17 in./17 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300; 110/70-17 / 140/70-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/3.7 in.
WHEELBASE 54.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 375 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, limited
AVAILABLE Now
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com

The graphics of the Team Yamaha Blue and Midnight Black R3s carry over from 2022.

The graphics of the Team Yamaha Blue and Midnight Black R3s carry over from 2022. (Yamaha/)

All color options share the same $5,499 price tag.

All color options share the same $5,499 price tag. (Yamaha/)

The view from the cockpit will look familiar. The digital instrumentation features a top-sweeping tach, large speedometer, and gear position indicator among other useful information.

The view from the cockpit will look familiar. The digital instrumentation features a top-sweeping tach, large speedometer, and gear position indicator among other useful information. (Yamaha/)

A 2-into-1 exhaust belts out the parallel twin’s tune.

A 2-into-1 exhaust belts out the parallel twin’s tune. (Yamaha/)

17-inch Dunlop Sportmax tires are spooned around 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels.

17-inch Dunlop Sportmax tires are spooned around 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels. (Yamaha/)

The new Phantom Purple is available now.

The new Phantom Purple is available now. (Yamaha/)
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