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As the title is. I wonder how much you thin the R3 will rev at certain speed? (lowest possible)
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- 30 mph
- 50 mph
- 60 mph
and so on ;)
Any guess?
 

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You probably don't want to ride in 6th gear at only 30 mph. I would be using 3rd or 4th gear probably at 30 mph. The R3 will probably be very similar to the Ninja 300 which revs at 8200 rpms at 80 mph with the same redline as the R3...12,500. The engine will not be working hard at 80 mph in other words. As far as top speed goes, it is hard to get these small bikes up to redline. I never could on my Ninja 300. In other words top speed will likely still be under redline unless you are going downhill, in which case you probably could get to redline.
 

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As the title is. I wonder how much you thin the R3 will rev at certain speed? (lowest possible)
fex,
- 30 mph
- 50 mph
- 60 mph
and so on ;)
Any guess?
According to a review from a press review of the bike @ 120km/h(75mph) its at 7,500

R3 Reviews


I’m up to 120 km/h (7,500 rpm in top) as the sharp left-hander comes up and I roll off the throttle, squeeze the front brake, drop it down two gears and swoop into the turn. The exhaust has a surprisingly satisfying bark on the over-run
 

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I can also attest to that reported peak speed/rpm, also seen some other sources report that being just about it.
 

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R3 is not the motorcycle you want if this is a consideration.
Dynos show nothing below 5000, and wont do anything decent until 7000.
I suggest the cbr500 tractor would be far more lazy.


Lugging an engine is far worse for it than running it at redline 24/7.
 

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In one of the recent reviews they did mention 1st gear is short which would be very similar to the Ninja 300...too short if you ask me. Apparently 6th gear is tall...also like the Ninja 300 because the reviewer mentioned going 30 mph in 6th gear and opening the throttle. He claimed the bike did not hesitate, but accelerated smoothly. I find that hard to believe. I think there would be some shuddering.
 

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The R3 can cruise easily at 80 mph in sixth gear, with plenty more revs available to overtake slower vehicles. Redline is a lofty 12,500 rpm. For kicks, I lurched down to 25 mph in sixth, opened the throttle, and the engine pulled cleanly up the revs. A progressive throttle pulley means ham-fisted new riders won’t get into as much trouble when they accidentally go WFO, though experienced riders would likely prefer a more direct pulley. That said, fuelling is spot-on. Riders young and old will appreciate the R3’s power – it’s still tame enough for a beginner, yet manages to be entertaining for an older rider who may be stepping down to something more manageable.
http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/yamaha/2015-yamaha-r3-first-ride-review.html
 

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Rev band

I took mine to 50mph and top gear was just around 5000rpm.
 

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Just to let everyone know. You can go from 60mph to 80mph in 6th gear no problem.
No need to shift down, like the 250's.
Was over taking car in 6th gear on the Free Way no problem.
It's not as fast as my 500 in 6th gear but close.
 

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In one of the recent reviews they did mention 1st gear is short which would be very similar to the Ninja 300...too short if you ask me. Apparently 6th gear is tall...also like the Ninja 300 because the reviewer mentioned going 30 mph in 6th gear and opening the throttle. He claimed the bike did not hesitate, but accelerated smoothly. I find that hard to believe. I think there would be some shuddering.
Seems like these bikes have an assymetrica enginel design.
It greatly improves low RPM torque.
Honda did the same thing on their 2013 and up Rebel 250s.
I upgeared the bike by almost 50% without lugging (only clutch slip issues), where as a regular bike usually doesnt take more than 20% upgearing.

I do baby my Rebel, but I think if the R3 engines have the same optimizations as the Rebel, you can rev that engine from 3k up smoothly.
It may go smooth, but at low revs, it doesn't have a lot of power, and probably will climb slowly until 5 or 6k rpm, before pulling hard!
 

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Rode the wife's r3 home last night on the freeway. Was doing about 7k rpm at 65mph.
 

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Hey guys, did any of you experienced any trouble of shifting into a first gear while stopped at the intersection light? It only happens from time to time but it behaves well while driving. By the way, I only have 200 miles on my R3.

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I have about 500 miles and I sometimes also have trouble selecting 1st gear after sitting at a light in Neutral.
I usually then release then re-squeeze the clutch and that has always allowed 1st to be selected.
I've also occasionally had shifts from 1st to 2nd instead select Neutral, which is very disconcerting as it's often with cars accelerating behind me.
Hopefully these are just operator errors and not mechanical issues, but time will tell
 

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R3 Obsession and mjhorwitz, try rolling your bike either forward and backward to slip into first gear while at a stop. My Ninja 300 had a positive nuetral finder and wouldn't allow you to shift past neutral or first and was harder to get into first. Tip they told us at my MSF course when it's hard to get past N just roll the bike a bit so the gears can slip into place

on topic...I cruise at 80mph in 6th gear around 7500rpm,
 

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I've also occasionally had shifts from 1st to 2nd instead select Neutral, which is very disconcerting as it's often with cars accelerating behind me.
Hopefully these are just operator errors and not mechanical issues, but time will tell
Try adjusting your shift lever height. More times than not, this will fix the "missed gear" scenario. Try lowering your foot shift lever.
Do us a favor too please. Report back and let us know if this did or didn't help your particular problem.
 

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I have about 500 miles and I sometimes also have trouble selecting 1st gear after sitting at a light in Neutral.
I usually then release then re-squeeze the clutch and that has always allowed 1st to be selected.
I've also occasionally had shifts from 1st to 2nd instead select Neutral, which is very disconcerting as it's often with cars accelerating behind me.
Hopefully these are just operator errors and not mechanical issues, but time will tell
Hi, just a quick question. I am a new rider and all the people I have spoken to have said always stay in first gear at a stop. This will help if you need to take off really quick. (Maybe a car can not brake in time and is about to run into) May I ask why you sit in Neutral? Is there a benefit to it?

Thanka for answering in advance.
 

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Look, I sit in neutral at lights because my left hand cramps up holding in the clutch. I understand the reason behind sitting in first and in theory it's fantastic. But in 10 years, I was only recently run into from behind by a woman that had already come to a complete stop behind me and decided to proceed forward dispite the light still being red. I could have been sitting in first gear and it wouldn't have helped as I only keep an eye on the car behind me until it stops. We'd been sitting for at least a minute then all of a sudden BLAM I'm on the ground. I support staying in gear until the car behind you has come to a complete stop but after that it's a little pointless. I've got like 30,000 miles on 2 wheels, 25k of that in the last 3 years and I have never had to "accelerate away quickly" at a light. Unless you sit there with your head turned looking behind you the entire time, you won't know if you NEED to accelerate away anyway. It's not realistic.

It's like riders who say that its safer to go 10mph over the speed limit on a motorcycle than to proceed at the speed limit with traffic. No, it's not. There is no study that shows that. There are studies, however, that show excessive speed to be a leading CAUSE of motorcycle accidents. Speeding isn't the solution, it's the problem. Lane splitting is an excuse to get ahead of traffic, it has nothing to do with safety. In fact, in traffic you're less likely to get into an accident than if you riding between people's doors at a light.
 
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