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Howdy folks! I found this forum while surfing around for information on the new R3.

I will probably never own an R3 myself, because I already own an R1 which I am quite happy with (and stacking the miles upon)

 

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I bought the R1 when it had just below 10,000 miles on it. It currently has about 50,000 miles on it.
I do use it to commute, but I have never lived more than 10 miles away from work (I currently live 4 miles from work).

I should take it back up the mountains one day.....maybe this spring
 

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I bought the R1 when it had just below 10,000 miles on it. It currently has about 50,000 miles on it.
I do use it to commute, but I have never lived more than 10 miles away from work (I currently live 4 miles from work).

I should take it back up the mountains one day.....maybe this spring
What was the condition of the bike when you originally picked it up? Was it ever dropped?

I hope you're at least taking some detours on your way to work, when I used to work close to home, it's what I had to do, was an necessary as the need to breathe :D
 

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The bike was in fair shape when i got it. It had apparently lived outside a lot of the time down a gravel road. The owner had to get rid of it to mitigate some trouble he'd gotten into riding the bike recklessly.

Every bike you own for years and ride regularly will require maintenance. Much more so than a car. Besides tires, fluids and brake pads I have had to perform the following maintenance:
- 2 chain replacements
- Patching up rusted/melted connections on the wiring harness for the instrument cluster
- Replacing (or just cleaning) the starter motor
- Replacing the oil level sensor
- Resealing the thermostat
- Removing the oil/water pump and replacing the seals
- Replacing the ignition and entire lock set
- Replacing the spark plugs (maybe 4 times so far)
- Replacing the battery

My advice to prospective bike owners:
1. Get some swingarm spools
2. get some good bike stands
3. Get a good ratchet set and T-handle allen keys
4. Strongly consider a torque wrench and a breaker bar

Unless you have a lot of money to spend on $50/hr mechanic's fees, you will want to do minor maintenance yourself
 

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Welcome to the forum Tarzan.
 

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You can find $50 an hour mechanic fees? That's a steal bro. Where do you live?
Edit: Duh. Atlanta.

Nice R1. I've had a few myself. :cool:
 

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$50/hour mechanic fee's... that's enough to make me run and fear it like the plague :D
I wouldn't even pay $50. But around these parts it usually starts around $75.
 

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Howdy folks! I found this forum while surfing around for information on the new R3.

I will probably never own an R3 myself, because I already own an R1 which I am quite happy with (and stacking the miles upon)



Welcome!


A lot of miles on your bike, good stuff.


I never say never, lol. I purchased 2 Ninja 250's when I already had my ZX14. Different tools for different jobs, all fun but in different ways.


I currently have 3 different rides, one is a Ninja 300 but am also really liking the look of this new R3 too. I'm not in the market right now but who knows what the future holds. :D
 
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