Yamaha YZF-R3 Review

2015_yzfr3Welcome to the Yamaha YZF- R3 showroom and spec review. The all new 2015 YZF-R3 is now for sale in Australia and marks the first genuine competitor to the traditional learner and entry level  ‘sports’ styled motorcycles Honda CBR and Kawasaki Ninja series.

The YZF-R3 looks good in real life and different to it’s main competitors so should be applauded. Furthermore true to its sporty intentions the Yamaha offers for the YZF-R3, performance accessories in terms of Akrapovic slip ons and racing fill exhaust system. The racing system cuts nearly 5kg off the weight and adds power and torque while the slip on exhausts cuts up to 2kg off the kerb weight. Prices quoted where $400 – $850 for the various systems which is quite resonable for genuine performance increases.

Overall the YZF-R3 and another good model to look at in your search for a new commuter or learner motorcycle.

Yamaha YZF-R3 Key Specifications
Engine:   2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  321cc
Power/Torque:  Approx 30 Kw @ 10700 RPM 29 Nm @ 9000 RPM
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  169kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   14 litre fuel tank
Approx 3 litres per 100km
Seat height:  785mm
Dimensions: L2090 X W720 X H1135mm
Wheels: 110-70-17F  140-70-17R
 Recommended Retail Price:  Est $5900 AUD (2014)

Kawasaki Z300

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Kawasaki Z300

Welcome to the 2015 Kawasaki Z300 review, the latest naked or more accurately half faired motorcycle entry in the learner and commuter motorcycle class. The Z300 is essentially a naked version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 so nothing further needs to be explained as to what it is! Since I’ve already ridden the Ninja 300 we presume that it will the same experience.

The Z300 specifications are essentially the same as the Ninja 300 except in weight. The lack of additional fairing means lighter weight and less weight in this class means more performance. Mind you it’s only a few kilos but its better than nothing! Aerodynamics are also important for performance and there is enough of a fairing to direct wind around the bike. Mind you its not as light as I expected.

In terms of looks the Z300 alludes to the design language of the Z series aka Z1000 however let’s be honest it’s more ER-6 than Z. (Maybe they’re referring to the 2006 Z?) Since the Z300 treatment is not quite there yet it is still one of the better looking small capacity semi-naked motorcycle currently available. I think the best looking naked/half faired motorcycle in this class is the KTM Duke series. The Z300 also looks better in real life than in pictures.

If this style of motorcycle is what you are looking for I think the Z300 has all the right specifications to be a good choice if you can find one at the right price. That said I prefer the Ninja 300 because it does look better.

Kawasaki Z300 Key Specifications
Engine: IL2 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 296cc
Power/Torque: 29Kw @ 11,000 RPM 27Nm @ 10,000 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Weight: Approx 168Kg 
Performance: 0-100kph 8 seconds Approx
Max Speed 160Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Under 5 litres per 100km
Seat height: 785mm
Dimensions: L2000 x W715 x H1100 x WB1400mm 
Recommended Retail Price: Approx $7500