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Howdy,
I see a few familiar names from other 250 forums, but better do the official Intro.


Raced off road since Moses walked and ridden an unhealthy number of roadies including keeping two Historic bikes which are still in the stable 30 years later.


Quit road riding in the mid 2000's then in 2011 bought a new cbr250 and spent 2 wonderful years going round and round for 4000 track kms getting coached by the best while progressing through the 3 levels of track day training at the two tracks in my state.



The cbr never put a foot wrong and cost nothing except wearing out 7 tyres and 10 oil changes,
it really was the best bike Ive ever owned and many new riders don't seem to appreciate the little Honda single and its capabilities.

2013 raced a leased cbr150 and a Ninja 250,
Highlight was taking the Ninja to 3rd place in the competitive 2014 WA 250cc production series.





Parted ways with the Ninja and have a new R3 coming which may be as late as June till it arrives here, so will miss most of the 2015 season.
Will run it in on the road then do some track and tuning days and building to the supp regs for Australian Production racing.
Fairings will be the biggest hurdle but with r25's racing in the Asean cup, something may be available in time.
Keenly following @jbluetooth with the developments from http://www.yamahar3racing.com/blog who is undertaking a similar mission on the other side of the pond.
 

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Welcome to the forum Aufit!
 

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I second your endorsement of the Honda 250r. I own a CB300F and it is a fantastic little bike. In fact it is my go-to bike for just about everything. The r3 will be faster, but I don't know if it will be better. I hear end of March soonest and end of April at the latest, here in Texas from the salesman in San Antonio.
 

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Welcome to the forum. If you're anything like the rest of us you will be extremely happy once these machines are in our possession!
 

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Thankyou for the welcome,


Yamaha supplier called about my bike, and' it will arrive in the first half of 2015, It will possibly arrive before the R1.'
Looking forward to being back on the Tuning fork brand.


In the meantime an Aussie mate is overseas testing in preparation for the Asian Road racing Championship.









He did a round in my state series and is young and fast,
2014 FX300 Champion, 2013 Australian 250cc Production Champion
http://www.brandoracing.com.au/

Had good things to say about the bike, so the homework is being done.
 

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I remember you from the CBR250 forum. You were a stellar contributor there.

Welcome!:cool:
 

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welcome to the boards, keep us in the process I'm sure there will be plenty looking to follow a similar path to tracking the R3..
 

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welcome to the boards, keep us in the process I'm sure there will be plenty looking to follow a similar path to tracking the R3..
On that high of a professional level... there should be a good amount of them eventually in action like that, it's quite the extreme when it comes to tracking.
 

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Its a nice Blue Long weekend in the West.
Did Three x 20km spirited rides just in city traffic and fast freeways and allowed to cool for a few hrs at each destination.


What an amazing engine, Crisp, smooth, and addictive,
hard to be sensible when it just wants to carry the front wheel at 9000 while taking it relatively easy to get clear of traffic.


Luckily the std tyres are so horrible feeling it keeps the rider honest

Even belts out a nice tune.
Never thought I'd say that about a parallel twin.
It's a Yamaha.


Worth the wait.
 

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Welcome, Aufitt. Glad to have another racer onboard! I've got a li'l over 1K miles on my (blue, because it's faster) bike. I like the way it sounds too. I noticed around 6-700 mi the exhaust note deepened a li'l more rumbly...very nice. But I'mma change it out to a full akrapovic race exhaust just as soon as jbluetooth receives them.
 

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Huge support from Yamaha Australia and Five Star Yamaha WA who got me the first one on the road 31st May, put 400km on it first 2 days and then 2 weeks getting ready to ride in a far safer environment.




Saturday 27th June it made a huge impression being the first customer R3 on track in Oz.
Be an understatement if I said it turned heads and had every camera lens on it at Barbagallo,
So many people came back to the pits for a 3rd and 4th look and asked everything about it.
Its a stunning bike from every angle.
by the 4th session I'd Smashed my own PB and was doing 72's easily,





QStarz GPS 10hz datalogger max speed of 176. 47kph (I saw 184-186kph lap after lap so speedo is not far out)
Barbs has a very short steep downhill straight so 190+ kph would be easy with higher revlimiter or gearing.
Going deep into the hardest braking zone in OZ, the ABS didn't pulse all day,
my cbr was so sensitive it was hopeless under heavy braking, Yamaha has done a good job as it doesn't mind the rear wheel getting air with no retarding of front braking performance when the rear gets air.
Minimum speed of 80.54kph, never had to go back to 3rd gear, and ran the basin at 102kph (same as my Ninja 250) in 4th but too many revs, good job I didn't fit the 45T, that would be the wrong direction.
Running 114 links as I prefer longer wheelbase to put more weight on front while keeping stability.




So 4 seconds down on the 300 lap record set recently at ASBK isn't a bad starting point for a brand new bike with road fairings stripped of heavy road gear, on well used DR2's (left over from my Ninja),
I havnt swung a leg over a bike since the final 250 race last year in November, and just a DID ERT2 non Oring chain as the only aftermarket part outside of my own (rushed) development .

I swear Oz gets different bikes to the USA, none of the tests made sense with very contradictory comments, (My guess is whoever pays the advertising wins) but I take a different approach to setup as it has to suit me, and this bike fits like a glove, bars swapped left to right, and turned upside down, race shift, and 100mm back/75mm up pegs on some prototype plates I made with hand tools.


R3 is one of those bikes that feel nothing like the showroom once you are pushing it, Its a Yamaha.
This is true love :)












Got to have hard runs with fellow racers on 250's & 300's in the Fast group 3, if we can sort the regulations to allow the R3 and RC390 then 2016 is going to be a major turning point in Australian proddie racing like the good old days of the 90's....
And mine will be up there chasing down the best of them :)









 

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That's awesome!

Definitely keep us all updated with your progress, both on prepping/modifying the bike and with your race results.

Videos would be great to see if you ever record any runs....
 

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YES! Aufitt on a R3!
definitely looking forward to more of your work on this bike.
Your work back when you had the CBR was awesome
 

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If I could work out how to do pics properly I'll start a thread as have more professional shots, and a whole lot of info R3 owners will find very interesting.
 

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Bought a Cheap cbr250 home with me



Stripped of road gear and cleaned with Lanox MX4







Period 6 250 Historic race bike build.



 
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