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post #1 of 14 Old 08-22-2016, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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R3 or MT-03

Just wondering what you guys think R3 or MT-03 for street riding and commuting.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-23-2016, 05:13 AM
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in terms of looks, the R3 looks better.

The R3 riding position is also not aggressive that it makes it tiring when riding it for long. Its surprisingly more upright than other bikes. However the MT-03 will be more relax. but if you want a "sportbike" look, the R3 is perfect enough, it has the looks and comfort.
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I commute on an MT-03 and it is great. I prefer to sit a little taller especially when filtering.
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MT03 has slightly more upright ergonomics, but the R3 is honestly the perfect middle ground. For me at least.

Dont forget that the R3 gives you fairings, vastly better headlights and in my opinion better mirrors.
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I found the MT03's posture rather similar to R3, not very significantly more upright than the R3 at all, but i'm with R3 because i dislike MT03's mirror, front signals and no windshield
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I had a days ride on the MT recently, it was fun to try it out.

My R3 riding position is much sportier than stock, but the MT felt like it was a fair bit more upright than stock R3. I could be wrong though, my R3 hasn't been stock for a good 15k miles. The upright position of the MT made my back ache after a few hours

The MT didn't feel like it had as much gust to it, but that could be a perceived thing, due to my mods on my R3 making it feel quicker.
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Highway commuting? R3. City/traffic light commuting? I say MT03.

Sadly, some people have no business riding a motorcycle.

2015 Z1000 / 2015 FZ-07 / 2015 R3
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Still waiting for a chance to see the MT03 or FZ3, and ride it. May have to get the little honda 300f, but with the latest recall on the Honda, the Yamaha sounds like a safer buy.
Just need the bike for around town and maybe around the Sunshine State.
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I think definitely R3 for highway driving. For commuting, I'd say it's probably the same for both.
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R3 is the better lane splitter by a mile; therefore, R3 wins for recreational riding and commuting. Being able to fold those mirrors in only adds insult to injury.
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