I hear you. Thank you for your reply. Sorry that I came off that way. I guess that is the problem with forums. You can’t hear intent in the written word. And a ton of unsolicited advice LOL .
I have a lot of experience too and not just motorcycles. As you can tell from my screen name I am an older rider (55) and pretty set in my ways with things I have learned (mostly the hard way lol) along the way. I am mostly here to post up to let people see what I have done. I could give a ton of advice but have learned most don’t want to hear it or you get classified as some know it all. I don’t know everything but do know a lot. Maybe it’s because most think of the R3 as a beginner bike and most here are new to riding. Me? I am just down sizing from liter bikes so I can have more fun riding a somewhat slow bike fast. I also always want my machines to run at their best. That means unrestricted ECU and a proper dyno tune. I have had plenty of generic Flashes that I took to the dyno only for them to be way off from what my bike needs. Anyone who flashes their bike and never checks it on the dyno will never know what they are leaving on the table as far as ride ability and power.
With that said I trust my dyno operator and he has always done right by me. They also do their own flashing dialing it in on the dyno. Even their generic flash for the R3 needed tweaking.
So sorry to ninjabraap for the assumption that it was a put down. Have a great day and ride safe brother.
Exactly, can't hear tone or context online. Some use emojis and things like "LOL", but that still only goes so far.
I too downsized, I've owned a lot of bikes over the years, the smaller the better it seems. My next bike I'm aiming for a CRF150R so even smaller. As for ECU flashes, not all ECU flashes are created equal, and by the same token not all exhausts and velocity stacks (especially for the R3 and Ninja 400). Jesse literally spent hundreds of hours on the Dyno developing both the flashes and the Velocity stacks for the R3, going through each major name racing exhaust. Every bike is going to be unique obviously, just part of having a factory make and assemble bikes. However the amount of HP left is at most maybe 1 hp, if that. Almost no one is going to feel 1 HP difference, so for the price and time, an ECU flash from Norton is going to be the cheapest and easiest, making the best power per dollar spent.
As for advice, thats what these forums are here for. Post to your hearts content, people are here because they want advice and to learn. One thing about these little bikes, not a lot of ego or judgement here. Partly due to what you already realize, it's a popular starting point, but also most of the idiots who are too full of themselves have the mindset of "I wouldn't be caught dead riding a noob bike". Also results in less bragging and BS because on a ULW or small displacement, the BS stops the moment you hit turn 1. It's easy to tell whos fast, and knows what their doing on these bikes and who doesn't. Also realize that when those of us who do have experience post, the point of these forums is for people who are looking for an answer can use the search function to find info. So in essence, every post is a short guide or answer to not just the question you're asking, or topic you're discussing, but someone who'll have the same question later on down the road. So when I posted, I'm both answering your post, and anyone who may be looking for info later on down the line.
I'm still slow by my peers standards, and I know it, but I get out there and have fun, and I happen to know a thing or two more about wrenching than most of the people out pacing me 😉.