We loved it from the first time we rode it and the feeling's increased every time we've ridden it since. The new Yamaha R3 impresses on every ground. It's a great looking motorcycle and feels very well put together with quality levels unseen in the segment.
But those aren't the reason why it's our Bike of the Year. No, that would be down to the performance from its powerful but beautifully refined parallel twin engine and the dialed in chassis. It's a motorcycle that can peacefully potter around town all day or tear it up on a racetrack. It's one of the nicest bikes we've ridden all year.
The 2016 CNBC TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards were judged by a panel of experts on a range of criteria (read more about our judging methodologyhere) including how well they suit the role, value for the money they demand and also how involving they are to drive. No matter the category, we at OVERDRIVE value driver/riderinvolvement. A vehicle has to put a smile on its pilot's face, no matter the power or price and that's definitely one of the criteria in our judging process.