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Stop speculating about the 2019 R3. Here are the facts

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https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2...MPID=ene101418

Some nice improvements, but I hate the new tachometer.

Note also the 5mph improvement in top speed, even though the engine is unchanged. Instead, 7% Better AERODYNAMICS.

And, there is an error. Since the bars are now 22mm lower, that's 7/8" lower, not 1/8" lower (misprint in the article).

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Some nice improvements, but I hate the new tachometer.

Note also the 5mph improvement in top speed, even though the engine is unchanged. Instead, 7% Better AERODYNAMICS.

And, there is an error. Since the bars are now 22mm lower, that's 7/8" lower, not 1/8" lower (misprint in the article).

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Jim, according to Yamaha's own website, they're using a 41mm (not 37mm) front end. They have the specs for the 2019 model listed. Yamaha may be wrong, but I suspect not. This is a good write-up. Thanks for posting it.

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Jim, according to Yamaha's own website, they're using a 41mm (not 37mm) front end. They have the specs for the 2019 model listed. Yamaha may be wrong, but I suspect not. This is a good write-up. Thanks for posting it.
OR, MAYBE the 41mm forks are like the "sealed chain" on our 2018 Z125s?

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OR, MAYBE the 41mm forks are like the "sealed chain" on our 2018 Z125s?

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You may be right. All I'm able to do is read their literature on specs. But they may have it wrong. And I certainly wouldn't know if I had a 2019 in front of me. Thanks again for the article. I get Motorcyclist magazine, but seldom look at their on-line articles. Good writeup, it reminds me of some of their magazine content before they turned into a coffee table publication.

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Great bike and at a very affordable price. I like everything about the '19 model except the tach. If I was the Yamaha engineer for the R3, I would have left the tach alone and instead provided a decent rear shock with at least rebound damping along with cartridge forks, then raise the MRSP about $400. But they don't listen to me.
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Great bike and at a very affordable price. I like everything about the '19 model except the tach. If I was the Yamaha engineer for the R3, I would have left the tach alone and instead provided a decent rear shock with at least rebound damping along with cartridge forks, then raise the MRSP about $400. But they don't listen to me.
I agree with you. They should have left the tachometer as it was before since it looked way better that way. Another thing which I dislike is the front appearence. I mean, the LED lights are a huge improvement along with the inverted forks but I really wish they kept the front appearence to look the same as the other R3 models but with LED light instead etc.
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The last photo in the article shows two people gathered around an R1 with an R3 to the side ... maybe they're hoping noobs don't notice? lol
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+1...the tach is a turnoff for me too. Keep it old school for us old farts...I can live with the rest digital.


Overall...meh.



I'll keep my '16...maybe flash it and add some other goodies next year.
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I just re-read the article and noticed they changed the stock tires to Dunlop instead of the Michelins. Anyone care to comment on the change? Would it be an upgrade or about the same?


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I just re-read the article and noticed they changed the stock tires to Dunlop instead of the Michelins. Anyone care to comment on the change? Would it be an upgrade or about the same?
I would consider it to be an upgrade as the Michelin Pilot Streets are a bias-ply tyre and the Dunlop Sportmax GPR300's are a radial.

The Dunlops come as stock tyres on the Ninja 400 too. They feel good and I haven't had any slips with them but they seem to be wearing a little quicker than I expected. Will be lucky to get 10,000km out of the rear.
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