The Yamaha YZF-R3 will be bidding farewell to the Indian market at the end of this month. The Yamaha YZF-R3 will be discontinued and will not be upgraded to BS6 norms. Yamaha has already entered the BS6 era and won’t be adding Yamaha YZF-R3 to its collection. A major reason for the motorcycle missing the upgrade is the fact that Yamaha has not updated the R3 internationally to Euro5 norms, and it continues to be Euro4 compliant since the European norms do not require it to be upgraded. Yamaha dealerships have already stopped taking bookings for the motorcycle with only a handful of stocks available at limited dealerships. Those looking to get their hands on one, make sure to register one before March 31, 2020.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 comes to India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kit and is a low-volume product for the manufacturer in the country. Hence, it would make limited sense for the company to upgrade the model to BS6 emission norms that will be specific to Indian market. The discontinuation though could be temporary. We could see the bike making a comeback as early as 2021.
Customers preferred more affordable options like the KTM RC 390 and the TVS Apache RR310. Also, the fact that the KTM RC 390 is over Rs 1 lakh cheaper and is more feature-loaded compared to its two rivals further weakened the case for the Yamaha YZF-R3. Add to that the fact that the blistering performance and the track-oriented nature of the RC 390 instilled the youngsters to go for it and they were quite comfortable sacrificing the ‘everyday usability’ factor against the extra price.
Now, as the international-spec Yamaha YZF-R3 model is yet to be updated, we can’t expect it to land in India anytime soon. And with the not-so-great sales numbers, we don’t see Yamaha India updating it to meet the BS6 emission norms. That said, the bike will no longer be available here for an uncertain amount of time. While most of the dealerships that we spoke to don’t have any unit left, you can still try your luck at your nearest store in case you are willing to buy one.