2015 Yamaha R3

I had been hearing from my track days buddies that one of the best ways to get better at PIR is to get a small bike and do small tracks. So one of the bikes I went after in the off season was a Yamaha R3 for my 2018 track day season. I found a used 2015 Yamaha R3 that only had 2000 miles on it and was completely stock with zero upgrades. What were some of the reasons that I chose this bike?

  • It has Fuel Injection, so no manual choke and better tuning options;
  • It feels a little bigger than the Ninja;
  • A couple more ponies than the Ninja (to haul my bigger butt down the track);
  • Yahama is a trusted brand that I've owned for years;
  • Comparison tests had most choosing the R3 as the best all around of the small bikes;
2015 Yamaha R3 Leaning

Custom Painted R3 Fairing Kit

These are the preview photos we were sent prior to the clear coat. As always, click the photos to see the larger versions.

Yamaha R3 Fairings
Yamaha R3 Fairings Right side, directly after mounting them.

See our iFairings section for more.

Slip On and Fender Eliminators

Slip On Exhaust (Stainless)

Product ID: WY300 (2015+ Yamaha R3 Slip On Exhaust)

Fender Eliminator

Product ID: 1Y300 (2015+ Yamaha R3 Fender Eliminator Kit w/Lic Light & Signals)

These are photos when the stock fairings. As always, click the photos to see the larger versions.

Competition Werkes
2015 Yamaha R3 Werkes
R3 Competition Werkes FE
R3 Competition Werkes Slip Ons 2

See and hear the exhaust with links from our Competition Werkes section for more related photos and videos.

R3 Protection Kit

The following parts are all made of UHMW-PE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) and a aircraft grade aluminum 6061-T6.

Engine Stator Clutch Case Cover Savers

Part #N78-15C

Frame Sliders No Cut

Part #N78-15

Front and Rear Axle Sliders

Part #N78-15F and #N78-15R

Exhaust Frame Sliders

Part #N78-15ES
T-Rex Racing
R3 Sliders
R3 Case Covers
R3 Big Slider
R3 Front Axle
R3 Strapless 2
R3 Left Side

R3 Crashed

RDR Review Video and Photos 1:26 minutes

See close up photos of the installation of T-Rex sliders, engine case covers, axle sliders, exhaust slider, spools, and their strapless tie downs setup for my 2015 Yamaha R3.

See our T-Rex Racing section for more related photos and videos.


Woodcraft Technologies

Yamaha R3 Rearset Assembly

Part 05-0403B STD Shift + Folding Toe Pieces (shifter and brake)
R3 Rearsets
R3 Rearsets WC
R3 Rearsets Mounted

See our Woodcraft section for more.

Bridgestone Tires

Bridgestone Tires

Adam Black

Adam attends various track day events and races providing excellent services to the riders. He was our tire guy for the 2018 season. I ran Bridgestone RS10 on the R3.

Bridgestone RS10 for R3

See our Bridgestone Tires for more.

Tank Grip

Stompgrip for R3

See our Stompgrip section for more.

2015 Yamaha R3 - RDR Evolution

Day 1

Original Yamaha R3 Body I searched for an R3 that had this color scheme, and found a totally bone stock bike... ready for upgrades.

Some Mods

R3 I blacked out the original red wheel stripes and added my wide stripes to the wheels. With Competition Werkes fender eliminator and slip on.


2015 Yamaha R3
2018 Friends

NEXX North America (helmets); iFairings (custom color matched fairings for the R1, R3, and Ninja); Competition Werkes (exhausts, fender eliminators, integrated lights for R1, R3, and Ninja); Bursig (stands, paddock wizard); T-Rex (R1, R3, Ninja protection, strapless tie downs); Woodcraft (rearsets R1, R3); Helite (air vest), 2-Fast (PIR and Pacific Raceways); Portland Karting Association (Mac Track); Stompgrip (body grips); Trailer prep: Condor (chocks, tie downs, and more), Western Interiors (custom floor), Heroic Racing (custom suit and gloves), Dave Moss Tuning (R3 setup), Adam Black (Bridgestone tires)