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The entry-level sportsbike segment had two options until recently, the KTM RC390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Both motorcycles are have their own merits and have done well for their respective manufacturers. Yamaha was missing from the action, as its R15 owners had no option but to look elsewhere while graduating from the R15. The YZF-R3 was long overdue, and is finally here. As a product, the R3 has turned out to be what we expected – a good looking entry-level sportsbike that’s also refined, fast and handles well.
It slots in between the RC390 which is at one end of the spectrum and the Ninja 300 which is at the top echelon of its segment. But is the Yamaha good enough to beat the KTM’s ridiculous value for money and equipment list, not to mention the fact that the KTM is a razor-sharp track tool? The Ninja 300 on the other hand has received praise all round for its refinement, comfort and premium feel. Does the R3 have what it takes to outclass the Kawasaki?
While we would have loved to thrash the trio at a racetrack for this comparison test, that wasn’t possible which is why we headed to the hills, the next best place to enjoy sportsbikes like these. Watch the video to see how the action unfolds, and does the R3 actually trump its well-acclaimed competitors.
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