I've been thinking about this more and more lately. I love the R3. Nimble, perfect for my commute and my needs in general, and cheap on insurance. Not going to lie though, recently I'm just wishing for a little more. I think its because I'm currently at home for the summer, and I take the train to Chicago every morning. At school during the year, I'm commuting 10-20 miles a day. The R3 is perfect for that, but being a weekend warrior for the summer is making me wish for a little bit more out of the little time I get to spend on the bike. It also doesn't help that there are a billion supersports zipping around. Hearing that inline 4 exhaust makes my heart throb, lol.
Its funny though, as much as I want something more, I'm extremely hesitant to upgrade. Deep down I know that the R3 is perfect for my needs, at least right now. There is a fantastic deal on an '07 Daytona 675 near me that I am itching to pull the trigger on. Trouble is, I know I don't need it, I'nervous about having such an absurd amount of power (though confident enough in myself that I can handle it responsibly and safely), and I don't want to spend $800+ annually on insurance, lol. I'm genuinely stuck and can't make up my mind!!
Ultimately, I think my answer is that I am not really sick of riding the R3, but sometimes I want to ride something else. The real solution is owning two bikes, but that isn't feasible for me right now. So at the end of the day I either take a step back and keep enjoying what I love about the R3 or bite the bullet, buy a bigger bike and accept some of the negative aspects I am feeling with regard to that.
In terms of whether you will be sick of the R3, well, only you can answer that! It will depend on what you want out of the bike. The R3 is really great at fulfilling certain needs, but if you ever want more power/torque and the experience/sensations those come with, there is only so much tithe R3 can give.
edit: I should also note that the R3 is a fantastic beginner bike, the BEST of the 300 class IMO. The only reason I wouldn't recommend starting on an R3 is if you are 100% sure you will upgrade after a year or so. If that is the case, I would only get an R3 if it was used. If you know you want a bigger bike form the get go then get a used Ninja 300, CBR 300/500 or used R3, save some cash, learn, and then sell that. I'm still fine with the fact that I bought new, but if I upgrade and sell it I know I'd have basically "wasted" at least $1k to ride the R3 rather than get a used Ninja for much cheaper.
Also, per my thoughts on upgrading, I WANT to upgrade, but I by no means think that I have outgrown the R3 skill-wise. I have learned a ton on it over the last 3k miles and feel confident/responsible enough to jump up to a 600, but I know I could till hone my skills much further on the R3 (and likely will!)
Last edited by vercify; 06-01-2016 at 09:25 PM.