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Greetings from Southern California,

Last week was the first time I had ever gotten on a bike. The experience has been amazing so far and I just wanted to reach out to the community and say hello. Yesterday I passed my DMV test and within the next few days I will be buying a R3 as my first bike.

If anyone has any info on what the "must have" mods/kits/tires etc are for the bike it would be much appreciated. My #1 priority is safety.

Thanks in advance :D
 

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Tires - just did this myself. Transforms the bike especially on our terrible beat up freeways. Track straight, doesn't hop around. Can hold a line with one hand. No matter how much praise and trust people put in the stock tires, they are absolutely awful.

Supabrake II Rear brake light modulator http://www.vizi-tec.com/supabrake-2/
You can find this on eBay. No cutting, easy plug and play install.

From my experience on SoCal freeways these clearly do the most for me.

(and just for plain looks, a fender eliminator. TST and Yoshimura look the best to me)

Looks like you are in 619 so you should be seeing some great pricing. $5k out the door is certainly right within your reach.

Edit: and as much as I dont like the look, the reflective wheel tape increases visibility from the sides dramatically in low light.
 

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Greetings from Southern California,

Last week was the first time I had ever gotten on a bike. The experience has been amazing so far and I just wanted to reach out to the community and say hello. Yesterday I passed my DMV test and within the next few days I will be buying a R3 as my first bike.

If anyone has any info on what the "must have" mods/kits/tires etc are for the bike it would be much appreciated. My #1 priority is safety.

Thanks in advance :D
Welcome from a former 619 resident.

There are no "Must-Have" mods for the bike, its a great bike for beginners and experienced riders alike out of the crate.

Regardless of what bike you buy, most people end up doing a fender eliminator.

Sliders to protect it from slow speed/stopped falls. Expect them to break from lowsides/highsides/fast crashes.

Spools/Slider spools to do maintenance/protect swingarm in a lowside.

Make sue you do a proper brake bed in when you get your bike, otherwise you may not like them, like alot of us. They get better after a proper bed in. EBC, Galfer and a few other companies have god instructions on how to bed in pads.

For a beginner, the stock tires should do just fine. Personal preference really. I wanted more grip cause I do canyons/track as well as commute. I have gotten my knee down on stock tires, so dont think they are super bad or anything like that. Some people have taken them to the track, and some reviewers have done reviews on the bike with oem tires at the race track.

Focus more of your money on gear.
A good leather jacket. try CL or Cycle Gear for their BILT and SEDICI stuff if you are on a budget.
Helmet and gloves obviously.
Kevlar reinforced pants with CE pads for everyday commuting.
Leather pants for track/canyon days.

Join a local forum and meet up group. San Diego Sport Bike Meetup Group is a good one. So is SCS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UptStEPxU8
 

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Really, the only "must-have" mod for the R3 is a FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT.
After that.... it's up to you. :nerd:
 

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Welcome and drive safe!
 

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Welcome from England i can't really add anything to all that good advice you've just been given so get out there and enjoy yourself.
 

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Really, the only "must-have" mod for the R3 is a FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT.
After that.... it's up to you. :nerd:
Yesss. Took a pic of my R3 last night and the OEM fender was sticking out like a sore thumb. :crying:
 

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Thank you all for the info. I will definitely be getting the TST R3 Fender Eliminator Kit for my bike. Its pretty ideal timing since they are having an awesome promo sale for the forum members until the 13th.
 
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