Inline 4's are generally VERY smooth and some don't even need a balance shaftI've seen some criticism of the budget Hondas made in Thailand (500/650) being a bit buzzy, just wondered if the R3 was the same, or better.
Would an inline 4 be smoother? I have a full licence but don't need a big bike, sadly the smallest I4's seem to be 600's.
The type of shoes or boots can effect how much vibration you feel through the pegs, also. I always add gel insoles to my motorcycle shoes and boots. Could be why I feel no significant vibes through my R3's footpegs.The R3 has solid footpegs whereas the Honda has rubber isolated ones.
I can feel a little vibration in the pegs and bars at higher RPMs but it is tolerable. I tend to "lock in" my feet pretty tight which amplifies the vibration because my inner ankles are hugging the heelguards.
Some fun reading: http://www.tonyfoale.com/Articles/EngineBalance/EngineBalance.pdf
Edit: In particular, note in the PDF the differences between a "twingle", a 180° and a 270° parallel twin, WRT vibration and balance.
The Honda CB300 series are singles.Singles are normally much more vibey than twins. Having multiple cylinders cancels out some of the vibrations. Add in the balance shaft that most bikes have and there usually isn't much buzz in the bars or seat.
My CBR250R was very vibey, causing a buzz in the fairing panels and some numbness in my hands after a long ride.
My R3 isn't vibey at all. Can't feel it in the hands or seat, no fairing buzz, etc.
Gel palm gloves can also reduce any vibeyness that is there.
Hey Warlok9, could you give a comparison of both bikes (Vstar 650 and R3) as far as power/torque and get up and go in general? ThanksComing from a v-twin 650, I don't notice the vibes on the r3 if there are any. I suspect if you are coming from a 4 cylinder then you might notice more vibes more than you are used to.
Yeah, sure. My old bike was actually a Suzuki sv650s. Still hard to compare because I'm still breaking in the r3. The Sv is just a lot more powerful as you would imagine. Great bike for its time. 0-60 in about 3.6 secs. The R3 should be able to do a 5 second 0-60 I'd imagine.Hey Warlok9, could you give a comparison of both bikes (Vstar 650 and R3) as far as power/torque and get up and go in general? Thanks
I agree, I tend to feel a Buzz up my Nuts LOL))), but after riding a bit, you tend to not notice it.I've noticed that when the buzzing is constant, like you want to maintain a constant speed on the road, that the body seems to automatically numb the buzz.
like, I can feel the buzz for the first 10 seconds, but after, it feels like it's disappearing.
Well, if it's as enjoyable as you make it sound, I might need to get one sooner than later.I agree, I tend to feel a Buzz up my Nuts LOL))), but after riding a bit, you tend to not notice it.