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Hey guys, soon to be new rider here in NE Florida. Grew up racing four wheeler's, and after 39 years finally venturing into 2 wheels. Avoided bikes when i was younger, every time I sat on one i said, ill kill myself, so set a goal to re look at them when i was more mature. "ish" 0:)

Kind of going with what I know from ATV's start small build skill. And the 300's were the first i could look at serious for what I wanted, and hoping something I could keep if decided to move up to the 6's. Hey no shame in my game, my friends with their liter bikes are already starting the jokes. pssshh Very excited, but have very little hours on 2 wheels. Choosing the R3 because I think it looks **** good, felt nice to sit on, good experience with Yamaha products in the past, and should grow into what I really enjoy from mc's, turning, cornering.

This is also the first sport type bike I have ever ridden, but seems mostly the same minus the legs/foot placement really, and i really wanted the more upright position (not as young as i used to be :eek:

Also found lots of useful and good information from this site helping me decide, so thank you.

Should be getting one next week or 2 so ill post some pics when i get it :)
 

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Welcome to the forum from another old guy. I got the R3 for the same reasons, I never really rode a sport bike seriously and I wasn't sure I'd like it. When I was younger I raced motocross and wanted to try sport bikes. I knew nothing about street bikes, and still know very little, but now I know I really like riding them.

The R3 is a great bike and I love my bike, but beware because if you are like me , you will soon realize that you want more power. I usually ride a YZ450 motocross bike and the R3's power just doesn't give you the same thrill of power. It handles great, but the WOW factor isn't there in the power dept.

After 6 months of weekend rides and a few track days I am already thinking of getting an R6. If you've ridden and raced in the past, you may end up like me, wanting more power. I think if I did it again, I would have started with a 600. The lower power probably kept me from getting into trouble and saved my bacon a few times, but within 3 days of riding I felt like I would have no problem handling more power, it was the braking and cornering that took time to get used to. That would be the same on either bike.

I noticed your avatar has a mini cooper, The R3 is like a base model Mini cooper, light weight, handles great but not the fastest thing out there. For a little more money you can get double the power, excellent handling and lots of::D:D:D:D
 

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Welcome from England.
 

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thanks brother, yeah i had debated going a little bigger.
But My goal long term was to get a smaller bike that would be fun and i could keep, then eventually get like a 650 etc. What i enjoy the most out of bikes is the turning and ease tossing it. lol I also live in the Jacksonville Fl area, so very few turns lol, and really crappy traffic so def want to stick to something very forgiving on response right now. But good traffic bike.

Will def bring it to JenningsGP once i get up to speed on it.

First thing I planned to do was change the tires, read a lot of horror stories about the stocks, and our roads get really slick really quick around here. Suggestions? Was looking at the Pirelli Diablo lines?
 

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thanks brother, yeah i had debated going a little bigger.
But My goal long term was to get a smaller bike that would be fun and i could keep, then eventually get like a 650 etc. What i enjoy the most out of bikes is the turning and ease tossing it. lol I also live in the Jacksonville Fl area, so very few turns lol, and really crappy traffic so def want to stick to something very forgiving on response right now. But good traffic bike.

Will def bring it to JenningsGP once i get up to speed on it.

First thing I planned to do was change the tires, read a lot of horror stories about the stocks, and our roads get really slick really quick around here. Suggestions? Was looking at the Pirelli Diablo lines?
Welcome!

As sort of a reference, I rode in San Diego before getting stationed somewhere else. They say SoCal roads get slick in the rain, so I am not sure who has slicker roads, San Diego or Florida. I have ridden that stock tire in the rain without problems, but yes I do like the S20s much more. I have taken the stock tires and gotten my knee down on them, if that is any reference on how they stick. People make it sound s if you will be riding on ice or something. As a commuting tire they should do just fine, but either way, put some miles on them and if you dont like them, get new ones and sell the OEMs.

If you really have no twisties at all to ride on, the 650 might be a better ride. I owned one. I only started riding in 2013. First bike was an EX 500, a few months later got the itch for a new bike, and got a 650. Moved to a ZX6R and switched it up to an R3. If you have all those years of 4 wheeling then you probably have some kind of throttle control and the 650 should be fine. I really like the R3 more than the 650 for my type of riding, which includes 20 mile daily commutes through SoCal traffic, 150ish mile canyon runs on the weekend, and the occasional track day. The 650 was a good bike and is great for commuting, and probably capable of doing all my R3 can do, but for me, its just not as nimble as the R3, its not as easy to throw around, jsut doesnt want to lean over as much. Maybe for a bigger person, it would react differently. I am 5' 11" 138 if that means anything. That bike weighs in at 465. The R3 is almost 100lbs lighter.
 

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F3 is a good place to start. Enjoy!
 

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I like the S20's , I upgraded at 200 miles. They don't cost alot, they stick in the corners and are predictable. 2000 miles on mine and plenty of tread left. Don't get me wrong I really like my bike, very fun to ride. I just don't like getting passed on the straights at trackdays. Cornering is probably the same on r3's or 600's, its getting passed by everyone on the straights that I don't like.
 

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Cornering is probably the same on r3's or 600's, its getting passed by everyone on the straights that I don't like.
I dont know if it is the same or not. I am not fast or anything, but I noticed on our track day, I was passing a few 600's and liter bikes in the corners. Sure you can say those guys are unskilled or whatever, but every now and then, a corner would get really congested with traffic, and as I would come up to the corner, felt like "why did everyone slow down that much?
 

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Thats true, you were faster than alot of 600's and liter bikes in the corners. I'm soo jealous that you can drag a knee. I'm not even close.
 

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Thats true, you were faster than alot of 600's and liter bikes in the corners. I'm soo jealous that you can drag a knee. I'm not even close.
Man I miss riding with you guys! Are you heading out to the track this month? Danny bought his tickets and told me he was going alone. Not sure if he asked our normal group but if anything I think you would be the only one who might actually go.
 

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hey sorry been a few, been nuts lately and *Update still looking.

I only have 2 yamaha dealers in Jacksonville (only 1 with R3's), and they like ripping the navy guys off, been giving quotes of like 6400 otd. Thats just bs, not getting ripped off. Think also Bike week coming up isnt helping me much =/

5800 is the max ill go OTD, wont budge. Might have to try the Orlando or even Tampa dealers, they have been advertising them really aggressive but im sure it's just to get you in the door. like 3900 - 42000 ranges. Hopefully I will have a bike pic eventually =/
 

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hey sorry been a few, been nuts lately and *Update still looking.

I only have 2 yamaha dealers in Jacksonville (only 1 with R3's), and they like ripping the navy guys off, been giving quotes of like 6400 otd. Thats just bs, not getting ripped off. Think also Bike week coming up isnt helping me much =/

5800 is the max ill go OTD, wont budge. Might have to try the Orlando or even Tampa dealers, they have been advertising them really aggressive but im sure it's just to get you in the door. like 3900 - 42000 ranges. Hopefully I will have a bike pic eventually =/
Go through CL as well, both for private sales and for dealership deals.

That 6400 OTD is a bit high. Set a price, walk in with cash, put it down on the table and talk. You can also use the Costco auto buying program to save money. Makes it haggle and hassle free, price is predetermined and makes the process last about 30 minutes. I paid a few hundred below MSRP both times with costco and both times received a $200(or $250?) gift card. so look into that. Go to the manufacturer site and look what deals are available that month. Kawasaki at the time had 2 rebates for me, one for bnew bike of that weight class, and a second for military members.
 

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craigslist is crickets, cycle trader is useless pretty much, costco does not have any arranged pricing for yamaha as far as orlando. only honda and kawi, and navy federal credit union only has honda.

No really never move to Jacksonville Florida, our so called football team isn't the only thing that sucks lol

I'm on nights right now, so messaged orlando dealers etc last night see if any bite on tuesday. If i walk in and someone wants to sell the bike at a fair number, its a done deal. . as long as it's blue :)

See what happens you know.

And thank you guys for the welcome.
 

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Welcome from an even older guy. Chances are good you're going to love this bike every which-way. Liters usually live their street lives getting short-shifted ... sad. This little demon will scoot or scream on your command. It's a *way* more engaging experience.
 

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craigslist is crickets, cycle trader is useless pretty much, costco does not have any arranged pricing for yamaha as far as orlando. only honda and kawi, and navy federal credit union only has honda.

No really never move to Jacksonville Florida, our so called football team isn't the only thing that sucks lol

I'm on nights right now, so messaged orlando dealers etc last night see if any bite on tuesday. If i walk in and someone wants to sell the bike at a fair number, its a done deal. . as long as it's blue :)

See what happens you know.

And thank you guys for the welcome.
If you are using Costco, Costco itself wont have the price. You go to the website, fill out the form, and they send a notice to 1 or more dealerships that participate. You will then get an email and they will either call you up, or you can call them first since the email has their info. You are then supposed to go there, show your costco card to prove you are a member and they show you the price sheet.
 

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boom, done :) Got it. well tomorrow it comes home !!!!!!!!!

they went for 6480 . i said 5700 OTD, back and forth lol I won, I'm fine with that price. could have pushed for less but my goal was max 5800, and my salesmen was awesome so wanted to make sure everyone won :))))))
 

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