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Planning on buying an R3..Any advice

I am over 50 years old and just looking to pick up a play bike as I mostly ride my cruiser(2016 Kawasaki VN900 Custom).I have owned a couple of the Ninja 250's and 300's over the years.Just wondering how the R3's have held up since hitting the market.Any problems to be aware?Any recalls yet?How do you like yours?
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I've had the bike for more than a year and 14000kms. I've not faced any major issues but still I had a display issue because of water entering through key hole. Used Wd40 and sorted that. Changed the tyres to pilot street radial, other than that it is stock.
If you are buying new lot the oil pump replacement(recall) is not required.

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I've had the bike for more than a year and 14000kms. I've not faced any major issues but still I had a display issue because of water entering through key hole. Used Wd40 and sorted that. Changed the tyres to pilot street radial, other than that it is stock.
If you are buying new lot the oil pump replacement(recall) is not required.

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I will be buying used.Recall on the oil pump??
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I found the recall.Thank you.
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I will be buying used.Recall on the oil pump??
Recall was a thing several months ago, just need to make sure that it is done in your pre owned bike. If you could search in the forums you could find more info.

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/rec...source=recalls

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I've covered 14,000 pretty hard miles in the last 9 months. Everything from 18 straight hours on the highway to daily commuting to the track.

Only issue I've had was the steering head bearing which was replaced for cheap while on a trip. I expect to easily get 50,000 miles out this bike without much issue just like all the other yamahas I've had in my family.
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Well I picked up a 2015 (black) with a bit under 7000 miles on it.Just unloaded it so a picture will have to wait for now.Anyone have a set of stock levers (brake,clutch) that they want to part with cheap?
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Congrats on the new toy! Other than the aforementioned oil pump gear recall, the R3 has proven to be very robust in hard riding. The main things to swap out and change right away (depending on preference) would be:

1. Brake / clutch levers. I have the ones by YamahaR3racing.com (vendor on the site). Excellent quality and looks
2. Stock tires - most have said they are less than adequate. I find them to be okay for street riding but I also don't ride it very much.
3. Brake lines. Most have said the stock brakes lack feel so braided lines are a good upgrade.
4. Tail. The horrid stock tail is the worst thing ever (IMO). TST Industries (vendor on the site) sells a great one as do many others.

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The one good thing about the stock tires is: they last a long time.
I don't mind stock levers. If you like to "two-finger" your levers, then get some shorties.
Tail tidy is a must.

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The one good thing about the stock tires is: they last a long time.
I don't mind stock levers. If you like to "two-finger" your levers, then get some shorties.
Tail tidy is a must.
I'm fine with the stock levers too, and I've adopted the "two-finger" technique.

Agree with everyone else on ditching the rear fender. I swapped out tires early on too, for some hypersport tires. Otherwise, it's a good bike as-is. I've put 12600 km since April, no issues.

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