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I have almost completed 600 miles on my R3. Quality is good for price of bike and category, but their are a few trim issues around seat and fuel tank that could be better.

I also find that the paint is very thin on the nose, it can chip easily.

The rear foot pegs if you put down and lift up and not careful it can chip the frame where the peg is situated, once it makes contact with frame it takes black paint off. They could have put a rubber piece to protect frame.

I suspect these few niggles are due to indonesian build/assembly and not at parent factory in Japan. But i guess the bike was built on a budget.

In terms of usability , it is perfect for beignner and low speed manuevres. It does well on the free way , only at high speeds can it strain a little.

Exhuast is way too quiet, i am fitting an akrpovic slip on, bike just does not currently have the sound to go with the looks.

I will learn on this bike and upgrade in a year or two. This bike will teach me well and is forgiving for a new rider.

The seat position is very comfortable, I am quite tall, so i cannot duck in behind the front cowl so easily with handle bars being high up. So on freeway you do feel like a brick in the wind. I guess compromises need to be made, but it is a nice bike to cruise when you dont feel like racing.

Well done Yamaha, i will stick with the brand. The new R6 in 2016/2017 will be my new aspiration and by that time i should be ready.
 

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I'd agree with most of this. I'm definitely having a good time learning on this bike, and it is a really sexy machine too. Above 60mph I wish it had more power on tap, but it does highway just fine regardless. It does lose that zippy acceleration once it gets over 60 or so.

The only thing that would make this bike better would be if they made it with a little 250 or 300cc inline 4. Other people might consider that a con, but it would have made it a perfect bike for me. Unfortunately nothing like that exists on the US market. Back in the 80's they had little cbr250rr's making about 65hp in some other countries.
 

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I'd agree with most of this. I'm definitely having a good time learning on this bike, and it is a really sexy machine too. Above 60mph I wish it had more power on tap, but it does highway just fine regardless. It does lose that zippy acceleration once it gets over 60 or so.

The only thing that would make this bike better would be if they made it with a little 250 or 300cc inline 4. Other people might consider that a con, but it would have made it a perfect bike for me. Unfortunately nothing like that exists on the US market. Back in the 80's they had little cbr250rr's making about 65hp in some other countries.
If you keep tucked, it'll get right on up past 100 pretty quick - ask this guy (no motor mods):

http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/761-spears-racing/58818-spears-racing-new-lap-record-miller.html

The CBR250RR would make about 45 hp, and would rev to 19,000 - I'd love to get my hands on one of them - unfortunately, not legal in most race orgs in the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CBR250
 

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If you keep tucked, it'll get right on up past 100 pretty quick - ask this guy (no motor mods):

http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/761-spears-racing/58818-spears-racing-new-lap-record-miller.html

The CBR250RR would make about 45 hp, and would rev to 19,000 - I'd love to get my hands on one of them - unfortunately, not legal in most race orgs in the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CBR250
If they built it with todays tech, it would probably make around 60 or so? If the weight was similar to the R3 it would be such a blast to ride. Priced around $7500 or less I think it would be popular. 10 years ago everyone wanted bigger bigger bigger. Now I think a lot of folks want a nice compromise in the middle. mfrs must be seeing something, with the r3, cbr300, ninja300, and ktm 390, where a few years ago the ninja 250 stood alone.

The r3 was the best thing available in 2015, and if we're being honest the bike is way more capable than most of us riding it.
 

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The seat fit is my gripe: the forward "prongs" that extend into the tank do not follow the contours of the body--they flare out away from it. Maybe mine warped at the factory?
 

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If you keep tucked, it'll get right on up past 100 pretty quick - ask this guy (no motor mods):

http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/761-spears-racing/58818-spears-racing-new-lap-record-miller.html

The CBR250RR would make about 45 hp, and would rev to 19,000 - I'd love to get my hands on one of them - unfortunately, not legal in most race orgs in the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CBR250
It's just a rumor still, but most of their cover story bikes have actually been put into production. 2 cyl or 4 cyl, who knows. I vote for 4!

http://www.motoroids.com/news/scoop-4-cylinder-honda-cbr250rr-coming/

And then there's this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Ptvfmb7d0
 

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i think the only complain I have for the bike(function-wise) is the handlebar. I tried to put my hand in 200different ways and just cannot find a comfortable position to stay in(given that I'm only 5'5", maybe i'm too short for the "target" population). And the vibration at a higher rpm bugs me quite a bit if riding at stable speed for period of time too
 

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i think the only complain I have for the bike(function-wise) is the handlebar. I tried to put my hand in 200different ways and just cannot find a comfortable position to stay in(given that I'm only 5'5", maybe i'm too short for the "target" population). And the vibration at a higher rpm bugs me quite a bit if riding at stable speed for period of time too
These aren't cheap, but they convert to pipe handlebars and give you a wide range of adjustment. Plus they move the bars back and up, which should be better for shorter riders.

http://japan.webike.net/ps/#!search&p.ref=product-search&p.m=6651&p.sk=1&p.c=1030&p.k=hurricane pipe

I'd throw a photo here but I've used up my allotment for attachments...
 

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The R3 has no vibration I can feel.


Remember if you'd brake an eggshell between your gloves and the grip,
ya holding on too tight.
 

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If they built it with todays tech, it would probably make around 60 or so? If the weight was similar to the R3 it would be such a blast to ride. Priced around $7500 or less I think it would be popular. 10 years ago everyone wanted bigger bigger bigger. Now I think a lot of folks want a nice compromise in the middle. mfrs must be seeing something, with the r3, cbr300, ninja300, and ktm 390, where a few years ago the ninja 250 stood alone.

The r3 was the best thing available in 2015, and if we're being honest the bike is way more capable than most of us riding it.

I own an MC22, it has around 43-44rwhp in the highest state of tune (which is stock, its one bike you cant improve on factory)


It was $11,000 plus on road in the 90's, more than a 600, as much as a 750 and 900cc. back then.
Today it would be 25-30k and to pass emmisions be lucky to break 40hp (like the 96-99 MC22's.


I can run faster times on my R3 at this stage than any MC22 as at my tracks. this may change when I get on mine but it wont handle anywhere near as good as the R3 without lots of money on old suspension.
 
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