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Upgrade 2015 & 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 Performance with Reusable High-Flow K&N Air Filter

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 K&N air filter

The 2015 Yamaha R3 makes peak horsepower at a high-revving 10,750 RPM and a high-flow low-restriction performance air filter from K&N, number YA-3215, can help improve YZF-R3 performance

For years the only sport inspired motorcycles offered in the U.S. less than 600 cubic centimeters were the small Ninja 250 and 500 models from Kawasaki. This was quite a departure from 40-50 years back when Japan began exporting motorcycles to the U.S. Back then, manufacturers like the Honda Motor Company produced small displacement motorcycles which appealed to, and could be purchased by, young first-time riders. Over time though, Japanese motorcycles evolved into very specialized machines, full of technology, and with oodles of power on tap.

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R was originally introduced by Kawasaki in 1983 and went basically unchanged for 25 years. But the fully redesigned 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, and subsequent Ninja 300 replacement, seemed to light a fuse within the motorcycling community and there became an exponential increase in demand for entry level sportbikes. Soon all the major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers began to fight for a piece of the pie. Better late than never, the Yamaha Motor Company introduced the Yamaha YZF-R3 to U.S. consumers for the 2015 model year.

2015 K&N Yamaha YZF-R3 replacment Air Filter Flow Chart

K&N’s in-house air filter filtration efficiency testing, following the ISO 5011 protocol, ensures that K&N replacement air filters provide high airflow without sacrificing engine protection

The 2015 and 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 packs a punch in a relatively small and affordable package. Powered by a 321 cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected parallel twin engine, the 2015 Yamaha R3 makes peak horsepower at a high-revving 10,750 RPM. Considering the fact that internal combustion engines are essentially a giant air pump, anything that can be done to eliminate restrictions on the intake and / or the exhaust will improve performance. With that in mind it would only seem logical to upgrade your 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 with a high-flow low-restriction performance air filter from K&N.

Improve 2015 & 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 performance with K&N air filter

K&N 2015 & 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 replacement air filter YA-3215 is designed to install just like the factory air filter without any need for modifications or fuel management changes

A K&N high-flow replacement air filter is different from the factory or standard replacement air filter in that K&N uses cotton gauze filter media woven to exacting specifications. Cotton, by nature, is more breathable than the paper or foam media used for most motorcycle air filters. The ability to get more air into an engine with less energy wasted on drawing in air can result in improved performance, quicker acceleration, and better throttle response. Fortunately K&N’s in-house air filter filtration efficiency testing, following the ISO 5011 protocol, ensures that K&N replacement air filters can provide high airflow without sacrificing engine protection.

Besides improved performance, a K&N replacement air filter offers years of reusability. The cotton air filter media and sturdy construction of K&N replacement air filters allow them to be washed and reused time and again. Most K&N replacement air filters are designed to install just like the factory air filter and without any need for modifications or fuel management changes. Plus K&N air filters are backed by a 10-year/million mile limited warranty and will pay for themselves over time.

K&N 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 replacement air filter YA-3215 is designed to fit and function in the following Yamaha motorcycles:

2016 YAMAHA YZF R3
2016 YAMAHA MT03
2015 YAMAHA YZF R3

K&N 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 replacement air filter YA-3215 is designed as a direct air filter cross reference to the following manufacturers’ part number:

BMC Air Filters FM5282001
Yamaha 1WDE44510000

Find additional 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 performance upgrades from K&N, such as high-flow Wrench-Off replacement oil filter KN-204 & chrome Wrench-Off oil filter KN-204C, using the Search By Vehicle tool. This tool can also be used to find performance parts for other vehicles. Use the K&N Dealer Search to find an authorized K&N dealer in almost any part of the world.


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K&N Engineering in Riverside California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit knfilters.com.