The state of motorcycling in the United States is forever changing and because of this manufacturers are being forced to introduce new and more creative products in an attempt to draw new consumers to the sport. A major byproduct of this being that enthusiasts and beginners alike have a much wider selection of machines to choose from and also have the opportunity to select a bike tailored to their personal riding needs. A prime example of this is the all new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3. This small displacement 300cc motorcycle was created as an answer to the American markets call for a peppy commuter bike with long range comfort and stylish appeal to an emerging young motorcycle crowd. Brian Van reviews the R3 in the above video “The First 500” and discusses how over the season he has grown to love this smaller bike and actually prefers riding the R3 on the street to any of his other high performance sport-bikes, including the all new YZF-R1 that Van uses as his primary track bike.
Motorcycling for many is a lifestyle and the common person operates on a strict budget that requires a motorcycle purchase that is within reason. This means that the top of the line Yamaha, Honda or Ducati are just not going to be in the budget. In this scenario many riders are forced to determine what aspects of riding they value most, whether it is the styling, performance or comfort of a motorcycle. The Yamaha R3 encompasses many of these characteristics but folks are often deterred by the stigma that surrounds small displacement motorcycles like the KTM 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 or the Yamaha R3. The stigmas are however nothing but a result of inexperience with smaller motorcycles and the idea that bigger is always better. This is one of the primary reasons that the $5000 Yamaha R3 is no doubt one of the smartest buys a consumer can make when shopping around for a new sportbike. Additionally the styling and comfort are really an unexpected surprise from this awesome tiny machine. When it comes to style the sharp front fairing and world of available accessories allow the consumer to turn this great motorcycle into a loud, quick and attractive street bike that would fit well into any crowd. The European market has been taking advantage of the sub-500cc street bike market for many years and it is in our humble opinion that the introduction of these new sport bikes could potentially change the way the U.S. looks at motorcycling forever. Watch as Van ventures into all of the reasons why this Yamaha YZF-R3 is not only his favorite of 2015 but his overall choice for for the street bar none. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUHEihtOQNE