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Hi everyone,

New poster from Australia here. Currently own and ride a Ninja 300, which I really love, but I'm following the development of the R25/R3 very closely.

Don't know if I'd seriously consider switching to another 300cc bike (probably just go to a bigger bike once I'm on my unrestricted R license) but I'm keen to see what Yamaha do in this segment. More competition is always good, as it puts pressure on the other brands to pick up their game and keep their prices down.

And, if Yamaha do a good enough job and the performance of the R3 is superior to the Ninja 300, you never know, I might just jump on one for the remainder of my LAMS (restricted engine power/weight) period. ;)

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Hi everyone,

New poster from Australia here. Currently own and ride a Ninja 300, which I really love, but I'm following the development of the R25/R3 very closely.

Don't know if I'd seriously consider switching to another 300cc bike (probably just go to a bigger bike once I'm on my unrestricted R license) but I'm keen to see what Yamaha do in this segment. More competition is always good, as it puts pressure on the other brands to pick up their game and keep their prices down.

And, if Yamaha do a good enough job and the performance of the R3 is superior to the Ninja 300, you never know, I might just jump on one for the remainder of my LAMS (restricted engine power/weight) period. ;)

Cheers.

Welcome to the show @Red Hat! How new is your Ninjette? I mean its more than likely you could still get excellent trade in value for your 300 on the R3 :D
 

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Hi everyone,

New poster from Australia here. Currently own and ride a Ninja 300, which I really love, but I'm following the development of the R25/R3 very closely.

Don't know if I'd seriously consider switching to another 300cc bike (probably just go to a bigger bike once I'm on my unrestricted R license) but I'm keen to see what Yamaha do in this segment. More competition is always good, as it puts pressure on the other brands to pick up their game and keep their prices down.

And, if Yamaha do a good enough job and the performance of the R3 is superior to the Ninja 300, you never know, I might just jump on one for the remainder of my LAMS (restricted engine power/weight) period. ;)

Cheers.

Hey Red Hat,


Welcome to the forum. Ninja 300 was my first choice, but when I heard about R3/R25 I waited and plan to pay off all my debt before it came out first. You must be a linux user per your name lol.



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Red Hat ! How new is your Ninjette? I mean its more than likely you could still get excellent trade in value for your 300 on the R3 :D


Thanks for the welcome everyone.

@barrett - to be honest, by the time the R3 is actually on sale here, I'll hopefully be off my LAMS restriction and be looking at 600s and 650s (my heart is saying get a ZX6R/R6/CBR600RR etc while my head and my wallet is saying get a Ninja 650/XJ6F/CBR650F etc). Still, I will keep an eye on the development of the R3 as a fun little alternative.

@Race3 - It varies depending on your location. In my state of Qld, you have to hold an 'RE' (restricted to a 'Leaner Approved Motorcycle Scheme' or 'LAMS' approved bike) license for a minimum of 12 months. Once that year is up, you then have the choice of sticking with the RE license (and riding LAMS bikes only) or going back and being assessed for an 'R' class license (i.e. unrestricted, so you can ride any sized bike).
 

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What ever you get, keep us posted on it, im sure people here won't mind hearing about that even if it's not an R3.
 

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ahh that is not a bad idea

here we can get our license and proceed to buying a 1000cc the same day and riding it home.
 

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Thanks for the welcome everyone.

@barrett - to be honest, by the time the R3 is actually on sale here, I'll hopefully be off my LAMS restriction and be looking at 600s and 650s (my heart is saying get a ZX6R/R6/CBR600RR etc while my head and my wallet is saying get a Ninja 650/XJ6F/CBR650F etc). Still, I will keep an eye on the development of the R3 as a fun little alternative.

@Race3 - It varies depending on your location. In my state of Qld, you have to hold an 'RE' (restricted to a 'Leaner Approved Motorcycle Scheme' or 'LAMS' approved bike) license for a minimum of 12 months. Once that year is up, you then have the choice of sticking with the RE license (and riding LAMS bikes only) or going back and being assessed for an 'R' class license (i.e. unrestricted, so you can ride any sized bike).
Seems like the r25 and/or the r3 could launch around the time of EICMA 2014.
 

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Doesn't seem like that will happen, since we sort of know when it will drop, it might be best to buy it once warm weather arrives again, no point buying in nov and wasting your warranty months with it in the garage.
 

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I look forward to seeing R3 in Yamaha showrooms. If the price is reasonable I will take one for a test ride and if it's what they claim it to be I will buy one.
Big bikes are heavy on weight and fuel, and they don't have the agility of a well made responsive bike like a R3 or similar size bike.
 

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Doesn't seem like that will happen, since we sort of know when it will drop, it might be best to buy it once warm weather arrives again, no point buying in nov and wasting your warranty months with it in the garage.
So does that mean that you'll be looking to buy in the spring?
 

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Is there anyone who has actually had a test ride on a YZF R3 yet? Interested to know what the handling and the performance is like.
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hi Red Hat, I just brought my R3 as my first bike. In saying that I have ridden many different models whilst on my learners as I never bothered to get my license for many years. I test road the Ninja 300, duke 390 rc390 and the R3. Whilst I like the torque of the single cylinder duke it wasn't for me. The RC390 was similar to the duke due to the same engine being used in both bikes. I do believe the RC's engine management was a little different to appear faster. I didn't like the constant leaning over on the RC390 but. Im only 165cm so I wasn't a big fan. I did find the Ninja and the R3 to be comparable but, the R3 has the extra 20cc's but its a nice comfy ride. power and torque isnt that much different and unless you are really going to at it you wont notice too much.

In saying that I love the R3. Its in my opinion a much better looking bike. They styling leaves the ninja for dead (in my opinion anyway.) where you will struggle at the moment is after market parts available in Australia. If you are looking to change it up straight away , be prepared to import or search ebay.
Best thing to do is ride one. Go down and test ride it. Your trade in on the ninja should be pretty good (depending on condition and kms) Second hand lams bikes still sell for good money.

Good luck with your decision to buy or not. But definitely test ride one.
 
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