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post #1 of 27 Old 06-19-2015, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Is the r3 a good and capable bike for interstate riding

HI I AM ABOUT TO BUY MY FIRST BIKE.. I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF THE R3 IS GOOD FOR INTERSTATE RIDING OR AM I BETTER OF WITH A FZ 07?

i would love to hear everyone input specially well seasoned riders!!
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I'll tell you this much, the FZ07 isn't good for interstate riding.

I rode 3 hours on the freeway once and either your back will hurt trying to tuck in for a long time with no tank to rest your chest on, or your body will be tired from all the wind hitting you. Getting a windscreen will alleviate the problem but I didn't buy a FZ07 just to put on an ugly windscreen.

The R3 is just slightly better as far as wind goes but at least you can rest your chest on the tank so the R3 is better for interstate riding.
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One of the most surprising things about the R3 was how capable and comfortable it feels on the freeway. The low front end and small shield makes far less wind noise than bikes higher priced. I never feel I am going to underpowered for any freeway situation really.
My 1st month with the bike I put 1806 miles on the bike, mostly freeway.

The FZ07 needs to a fully faired bike badly, its a bit ugly to me.
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HI I AM ABOUT TO BUY MY FIRST BIKE.. I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF THE R3 IS GOOD FOR INTERSTATE RIDING OR AM I BETTER OF WITH A FZ 07?

i would love to hear everyone input specially well seasoned riders!!
Having been on both, like what others have reported, the R3 would be much more ideal.
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I traded my fz07 in for my r3 so I have owned both. The r3 is a better highway bike. I thought the fz07 did fine on the interstate though. The seat is lower on the r3 and it's 30 lbs lighter which for me is the big advantage of the r3. The fz07 has much better acceleration throughout its range. In wind, advantage still goes to the r3. Fairings and the fly screen really help.
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You want a bike for interstate riding?
The R-3 will go forever on the interstate at 65mph comfortable. From about 70mph to 105mph the wind is kind of annoying for long distances more than 50-100 miles. Your ass wont get sore, your neck and upper back muscles will, from the wind buffeting your head around.
You want a bike for interstate riding you need a full windshield.
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thanks for all your inputs on this matter!!! t sure helped a lot!!
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I own both an R3 and a FZ/MT07, first of all the two bikes are chalk and cheese. the 07 it a torque machine and great for cut and thrust city rides but also has the power to cruse at 130k+ speeds all day, if you can stand it, the seat is way to hard after 3 hours and the wind buffeting will tire you out in less than that. The R3 is smooth and silky but lacks the low down grunt, I would be a little hesitant to ride at 130K speeds for long trips on the R3 as I think it may be asking too much for 320cc bike. a better option would be a FZ6R or diversion as an inter-stater.
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Yes it sure is. I just rode from Toronto to Philly and it was so much fun. Never felt too my wind drag or the lack of power to pass someone. I'm a 5'6 and 120 pounds. cant wait to ride back on Wednesday
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Oh yeah, the FZ6R 's inline 4 is about as sweet as honey. I use to ride one, if only it had not been so freaking heavy ( 470 pds full of fuel) I would still own one.
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