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Hi guys. I don't have an R3 yet but it's a bike I'm considering getting within the next few months or by the end of the year. I'm not a new rider, I've actually owned a 2003 zx6r for almost a year and a half now. It was my first bike though and I feel like I missed out on the beginner, smaller bike phase...

I haven't had a chance to go to a dealer to look at an R3 or sit on one yet so all I know about the physical size of it is the listed dimensions and the seat height.

I'm 5'7" with a 30" inseam and can almost get both feet down flat on my 2003 zx6r, which has a seat height of 32.7". It felt big when I first got it but I'm generally used to it by now. Would I be able to flatfoot the R3 easily since its seat is a whole 2" lower? I really want this to be a bike I can feel 100% confident on in any situation. I know flatfooting isn't necessarily important, and even now I only put down one foot at lights, but it would be a huge plus if I could plant both feet firmly on the ground with this bike.
 

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Hi guys. I don't have an R3 yet but it's a bike I'm considering getting within the next few months or by the end of the year. I'm not a new rider, I've actually owned a 2003 zx6r for almost a year and a half now. It was my first bike though and I feel like I missed out on the beginner, smaller bike phase...

I haven't had a chance to go to a dealer to look at an R3 or sit on one yet so all I know about the physical size of it is the listed dimensions and the seat height.

I'm 5'7" with a 30" inseam and can almost get both feet down flat on my 2003 zx6r, which has a seat height of 32.7". It felt big when I first got it but I'm generally used to it by now. Would I be able to flatfoot the R3 easily since its seat is a whole 2" lower? I really want this to be a bike I can feel 100% confident on in any situation. I know flatfooting isn't necessarily important, and even now I only put down one foot at lights, but it would be a huge plus if I could plant both feet firmly on the ground with this bike.
With a 30" inseam ( me same same) you'll definitely be able to flat foot the R3
 

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R3's tank and seat are MUCH narrower than your ZX6R. Couple that with the 2" lower seat and you shouldn't have any problems touching down. In the beginning you may miss the power of the ZX, but I suspect you'll come to love the R3 in very short turn. Alot of us have previously (or still do) owned bigger bikes, but we all really love our R3s.
 

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Yeah, good idea to give small bikes a try, for many places like crowded cities its just more enjoyable to ride a nimble light bike.
 

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Had mine for a month now and only done 400 Kms so far. I find that after about 30 minutes my back side goes numb. This is the first bike I have ridden in 12 years though.
 

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The best part is the confidence inspiring feel of the bike. You could still get in trouble on it but overall it is forgiving and as an experienced rider you should really enjoy it
 

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You'll flat foot no problem, I'm maybe an inch taller than you, same inseam, and have no issues at all. I came from a similar situation, my first bike was a 2005 SV650s which put out maybe 75 or so horsepower, no the R3 isn't as fast in a straight line, but it isn't meant to be. If you set your expectations straight as far as 0-60 times on this bike, and top speed (things start to slow down a lot around 90mph) you will have a blast.
 

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LOL My first race, my pitmate had to pull me back out of the pits because I couldn't reach the ground enough to back up. I have never been able to flat foot any of my previous bikes except for my lowered/stretched Hayabusa lol.

Leaving work in a few minutes to go pick up my red R3, but really don't care if I can flatfoot or not. But my girl needs to be able to as she is still learning.
 
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