Hi everyone! It feels like Christmas in May with everything I've purchased lately so I thought it'd be nice to share what I've decided to do with my R3.
I'll start with some personal background which might give some insight into why I've decided to go in this direction. About 15 years ago I was really into cars (thanks to my mother for getting me interested in motorsports growing up) which lead me to competing in SCCA Solo II, driving schools, and open track days. During this time I picked up my first wrench, and I even helped my best friend with two race cars (a '90 Eclipse GSX and 2001 Corvette). In 2014 I got to check off an item on my bucket list when I did a school at Laguna Seca.
I was always interested in motorcycles as well, but sadly I never got around to learning to ride even though I had a few friends that did ride. Fast forward to June of last year when I decided to take the MSF course and get my first bike, which was the R3 in late July. Since then I've put a few thousand miles on the bike and recently I found myself "wanting more." The natural, new rider reaction was to start looking at superspots. After my last mod, adjustable levers from Jesse/@jbluetooth; at www.yamahaR3racing.com
, I started to read through his blog and watch his videos. This lead me to reading about the race builds here. At this point I realized I have no need for "more bike," rather I need to learn to be a better rider and look into track days (is racing in my future?). Lucky for me there's a track about an hour drive away that offers motorcycle days as well as rider instruction. Now I have a reason to throw money at the bike for my pleasure and for the purpose of doing track days.
The Bike And Build:
Mods so far have been mostly cosmetic to make the R3 more "mine."
Yamaha frame sliders, Vagabond fender eliminator, front LED signals, relay, bar ends, and spool sliders from TST, integrated tail light from Hard Racing, Driven D Axis grips, and adjustable levers from YamahaR3Racing.com (replaced another set I had from Spears Racing).
M4 full exhaust with titanium canister, YamahaR3Racing block off plate, BMC race air filter, Bazzaz Z-Fi with custom map from YamahaR3Racing.com, Vortex Racing clip-ons, Woodcraft bar ends with lever guard mount, Vortex V3 grips, NortonFab Motorsports (YamahaR3Racing.com) 2nd Generation Adjustable Rearset Riser Kit for OEM Rearsets, Vesrah RJL front brake pads, and Bridgestone S20 Evo tires.
If you haven't noticed the trend I have purchased the majority of my new parts from Jesse. He has been extremely patient with me, and incredibly helpful when it comes to getting what I need. I've learned so much from him, and continue to pick his brain as I grow. I will continue to give him my business; he more than deserves it!
While I realize that suspension upgrades would have been a better use of my money I am currently in the process of major weight loss (over 40lbs since purchasing the R3 and not stopping anytime soon) so I'm waiting to reach my "goal weight" or at least be closer before doing anything major with the suspension.
Clip-ons and tires will be installed next week; leaving town tomorrow. I'll follow up with a "ride review" once I get plenty of time with the new mods, but I'll start out by saying I love the new positioning of my legs with the riser kit from just sitting on the bike while on a stand.
I'll get pictures up ASAP!! I need to do some resizing first; I'm too sleepy to bother right now, but SOON(tm).