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I'm having a tough time deciding on which color to get:
the blue/silver is a beauty but the red/white gives me that old school Marlboro Yamaha MotoGP styling....










 

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Praise the lord that you don't live in Europe, here the red one is not available :(
 

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Yeah, I'm having a little trouble, but I decided on a blue one and put my deposit down because of the blue wheels. But my R6 has the red pin stripe on the wheels and I could match the paint schemes if I got the red one... I guess I'll do a blue version for the R3. Can't wait!!!
 

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They are a sight when you first see them in person. They didn't have the Raven model but the Yamaha rep said the color was also amazing up close. Sat on the R3 and it is incredibly light just like the Ninja 300 and CBR 250/300. They also had the KTM RC390 and it looks and feels track bred. Seating on the 390 is very aggressive and not as plush as the R3.

 

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I desired a red r3 when I first saw one on line but quickly changed my mind when I saw the blue bike in person!! Absolutely Stunning !!!!!
 

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when you put it that way ;):D



how did you find the ergonomics?
LOVE it!
If you are familiar with the Ninja 300, it's very similar to how it feels. The bars have a little more aggressive reach but very slightly. It's still very upright and the seat is so comfortable compared to the RC390.

Did I mention it feels lighter than the Ninja 300? I'd say it feels about the same as the Honda 300 but has a bit more "edge". Maybe it's the graphics but this thing packs a punch! Haha.

BTW, love the Rainey pic....

But the the Team Yamaha Blue and Silver is superb with the blue wheels.. I think I may have to change my deposit from the Rapid Red to the Blue one...
 

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I desired a red r3 when I first saw one on line but quickly changed my mind when I saw the blue bike in person!! Absolutely Stunning !!!!!
That's exactly how I felt!!! I took more pictures of the Blue one versus the red because it was so gorgeous! The designers really knocked the looks out of the park with its sexiness. Online the silver almost looks white but you really get up close it has a bit of sparkle to it. Amazing. I can't wait until the dealers get their first shipments.
 

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I plan to take the first one I find and can buy for a reasonable price. I have matching helmets for both colors. I do have 2 red bikes already though, so blue would be my preference. Might just be a matter of days now until some start appearing. Anyone know the port of entry? When the Groms came in, they entered at New Orleans, so the first one sold was by a dealer near New Orleans.
 

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I've heard someone say that the R3 gets launched the first days of Feb for the USA. One thing i know for sure is that the R3 will be available in Europe the 20th of April. According to that one America is fantastic, you guys can choose between 3 colours and have more than 2 months advantage on the release. Cheers, just promise me to upload as much pictures as you can :)
 

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I've heard someone say that the R3 gets launched the first days of Feb for the USA. One thing i know for sure is that the R3 will be available in Europe the 20th of April. According to that one America is fantastic, you guys can choose between 3 colours and have more than 2 months advantage on the release. Cheers, just promise me to upload as much pictures as you can :)
and I think that launch date is at best, could be pushed for all we know at this point. just have to wait till we see the pictures roll in :D
 

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Well i´ve contacted two of my local Yamaha dealers and they told me that the import section of Yamaha says that they are able to deliver the bikes the 20th. I´ve considered to buy one from the USA but that´d be risky, partly because i´ve never bought something that big from the USA :(
 

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Awesome pics!!!
The 2nd blue one is now the wallpaper on my phone!!!
Talked to a few dealers in Wa., one said next month (Feb.) And Hinshaw's(the biggest dealer in Wa.) Said March.
But Hinshaw's sucks at getting new bikes.
Like my Cbr500r that I had to get from a different place cause Hinshaw's took forever to get one when it was released.
 

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Did you sit on it? If so how does the riding position compare to the Ninja 300? Specs and visually, it looks very similar. Both have risers on the handlebars to put the handles well above the triple clamp. In addition the R3 wheel base is an inch shorter than the Ninja 300, so I think it is going to feel slightly smaller than the Ninja 300 and you will be riding only very slightly forward. That would work to my favor since I'm just under 5'7". You will not be forced to lean forward to the handlebars like you would in a race bike like the Gixxer 600 for example. The promotional video shows the Texas Tornado and his wife each riding the bike. She appears to be under 5'5", yet she is seated upright and not needing to lean to the handlebars. Actually I don't want an aggressive riding position since it would be a street and highway bike for me and not a race bike.
 

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Did you sit on it? If so how does the riding position compare to the Ninja 300? Specs and visually, it looks very similar. Both have risers on the handlebars to put the handles well above the triple clamp. In addition the R3 wheel base is an inch shorter than the Ninja 300, so I think it is going to feel slightly smaller than the Ninja 300 and you will be riding only very slightly forward. That would work to my favor since I'm just under 5'7". You will not be forced to lean forward to the handlebars like you would in a race bike like the Gixxer 600 for example. The promotional video shows the Texas Tornado and his wife each riding the bike. She appears to be under 5'5", yet she is seated upright and not needing to lean to the handlebars. Actually I don't want an aggressive riding position since it would be a street and highway bike for me and not a race bike.
Yes, the ergos are very comfortable and upright, just like the Ninja 300. It's slightly more forward than the Ninja 300 but not really that noticeable. If you look on Yamaha's website in the photos of the R3 there is a pic of a rider looking very upright while riding on the street.

I mentioned the RC390 and when I sat on that bike it felt like it was track ready. The Ninja 300, Honda CBR300 and the R3 is definitely made for comfortable street riding. I also mentioned earlier that I believe the R3 is lighter than the Ninja 300.
 

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Can anyone tell me if the white (I think) on the Red bike is matt or gloss finish?
haven't seen it in person for myself but what i can tell you from pictures is that it seems to be glossy.
what sort of finish we're you looking for? gloss or matt?
 
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