Yamaha R3 Forums banner

1 - 20 of 48 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi everyone! It feels like Christmas in May with everything I've purchased lately so I thought it'd be nice to share what I've decided to do with my R3.


Background:
I'll start with some personal background which might give some insight into why I've decided to go in this direction. About 15 years ago I was really into cars (thanks to my mother for getting me interested in motorsports growing up) which lead me to competing in SCCA Solo II, driving schools, and open track days. During this time I picked up my first wrench, and I even helped my best friend with two race cars (a '90 Eclipse GSX and 2001 Corvette). In 2014 I got to check off an item on my bucket list when I did a school at Laguna Seca. :)
I was always interested in motorcycles as well, but sadly I never got around to learning to ride even though I had a few friends that did ride. Fast forward to June of last year when I decided to take the MSF course and get my first bike, which was the R3 in late July. Since then I've put a few thousand miles on the bike and recently I found myself "wanting more." The natural, new rider reaction was to start looking at superspots. After my last mod, adjustable levers from Jesse/@jbluetooth; at www.yamahaR3racing.com, I started to read through his blog and watch his videos. This lead me to reading about the race builds here. At this point I realized I have no need for "more bike," rather I need to learn to be a better rider and look into track days (is racing in my future?). Lucky for me there's a track about an hour drive away that offers motorcycle days as well as rider instruction. Now I have a reason to throw money at the bike for my pleasure and for the purpose of doing track days. :nerd:

The Bike And Build:
Mods so far have been mostly cosmetic to make the R3 more "mine."
Previously Installed: Yamaha frame sliders, Vagabond fender eliminator, front LED signals, relay, bar ends, and spool sliders from TST, integrated tail light from Hard Racing, Driven D Axis grips, and adjustable levers from YamahaR3Racing.com (replaced another set I had from Spears Racing).
New Parts: M4 full exhaust with titanium canister, YamahaR3Racing block off plate, BMC race air filter, Bazzaz Z-Fi with custom map from YamahaR3Racing.com, Vortex Racing clip-ons, Woodcraft bar ends with lever guard mount, Vortex V3 grips, NortonFab Motorsports (YamahaR3Racing.com) 2nd Generation Adjustable Rearset Riser Kit for OEM Rearsets, Vesrah RJL front brake pads, and Bridgestone S20 Evo tires.

If you haven't noticed the trend I have purchased the majority of my new parts from Jesse. He has been extremely patient with me, and incredibly helpful when it comes to getting what I need. I've learned so much from him, and continue to pick his brain as I grow. I will continue to give him my business; he more than deserves it!

While I realize that suspension upgrades would have been a better use of my money I am currently in the process of major weight loss (over 40lbs since purchasing the R3 and not stopping anytime soon) so I'm waiting to reach my "goal weight" or at least be closer before doing anything major with the suspension.

Clip-ons and tires will be installed next week; leaving town tomorrow. I'll follow up with a "ride review" once I get plenty of time with the new mods, but I'll start out by saying I love the new positioning of my legs with the riser kit from just sitting on the bike while on a stand.

I'll get pictures up ASAP!! I need to do some resizing first; I'm too sleepy to bother right now, but SOON(tm). :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
And here we have a few pics :D

No picture of the exhaust uninstalled as it came directly from M4, which is in Dallas and got here overnight, and I was too impatient to wait for the rest of the parts :p

I'll be posting about the rearset bracket install as there are a couple tricks to get the right side to install properly :)
 

Attachments

·
r3-forums.com Vendor
Joined
·
780 Posts
Awesome work Rachael, and awesome work on the 40 lbs! I didn't realize you had come so far already, keep it up!! I love the way that titanium can M4 looks with the blue/silver bike... I'll never get tired of that hehe
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Congratulations on a good looking bike, i'm envious you live so close to a track.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ruby

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Been a while since I updated; I've been traveling quite a bit, and the weather hasn't been the best lately. Finally had a chance for some longer rides so I can say I'm extremely happy with the upgrades so far. The engine feels much smoother with the Bazzaz. Can't say my butt-dyno can tell a difference in power, but it feels better and sounds amazing. Also, I'm actually quite pleased with the new riding position. I find that my body is more relaxed than I was with the stock position. The new brake pads have really good bite; definitely worth it.

Got a few more parts today: GB Racing case covers. I was a little worried about the water pump cover as you have to replace the coolant drain plug. Luckily I hardly lost any coolant, less than an ounce. I was definitely prepared for it all to come out, but only had a small amount of coolant seep from the upper left bolt, and very little came out of the drain plug. It was a quick and easy install.

I'm also waiting on a couple more things I decided to add: braided front brake line and a toe guard. I'll have more pics to share once that's all installed.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
One more update before my first track day, which is tomorrow.

As I mentioned I had a front brake line (from Jesse) and a Graves rear toe guard (also from Jesse) to install, I also added a factory radiator guard. The toe guard has to be drilled and doesn't come with any mounting hardware. Another big thank you to Jesse for providing mounting hardware!!

And while not bike related I did acquire a GoPro so I'll hopefully have some videos of my first track day :D

And pics ;)

Brake line & toe guard:


Radiator guard:



And just because:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
810 Posts
Noticed you routed the brake line in front of the fork. I would move it so it is behind the fork in order to avoid any contact our pulling problems while turning. Especially tight turns where you go to the steering stops.

Just unbolt the caliper to fix it. No need to remove the line.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Noticed you routed the brake line in front of the fork. I would move it so it is behind the fork in order to avoid any contact our pulling problems while turning. Especially tight turns where you go to the steering stops.

Just unbolt the caliper to fix it. No need to remove the line.
Thanks for the tip!
 

·
r3-forums.com Vendor
Joined
·
780 Posts
Noticed you routed the brake line in front of the fork. I would move it so it is behind the fork in order to avoid any contact our pulling problems while turning. Especially tight turns where you go to the steering stops.

Just unbolt the caliper to fix it. No need to remove the line.
I wouldn't stress over moving it. It works fine both ways. I run it in front of the fork like this, that's how my "How to" shows to do it. With the length and shape of the line and fittings, this provides the cleanest install in my opinion. There's plenty of room for full range of motion. But obviously guys do it inside the fork too, so it seems to work fine both ways. I just didn't like how I would have had to twist and align the line to get the fittings to line up when you go inside the fork.

Jesse
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
Updates

Sooooo, things have changed a bit so I need to update this thread. 0:) I've had multiple track days now, and I'm making out to the local track almost every other week. Needless to say, I'm addicted. Because of this, the R3 is no longer a street bike.

After my first couple of track days I saw a need to change the clipons, again, to something more forward and lower. While the Vortex felt good I still felt cramped when it came to getting down on the tank and moving around for turns. I went with Woodcrafts and mounted under the triple tree along with the Graves steering stop. This was the first move to taking the bike off the street as the steering stop limits maneuverability quite a bit at slow speed. A few more times on the track, and I decided to go ahead just dedicate my riding to track...at least until I get a second bike. ;)

While I love Jesse's rearset risers I decided to go all out with a set from Sato. My first time out I could really tell the difference from the factory rearsets, and any reservations about spending $500 for foot controls went out the window. Unfortunately, I made a stupid mistake and forgot to locktite a single bolt connecting the shift lever to the shift rod. Luckily, nothing came loose all day until my last session. After the checkered flag flew I was just cruising around back towards the pits when I started feeling something hitting my left foot. I looked down and noticed the the shift rod dragging along the track surface and the shift lever swinging freely. Back in the paddock shifting the bike back into neutral, from third, by hand so I could load it on the trailer wasn't much fun. :p When replacing parts I decided to change to GP shift as well.

Also, at the same time that I ordered the rearsets I decided to get track fairings. I didn't have allot of time to work on the bike till this past week so they sat in a box for about a month. So this week I finally spent about three days mounting and painting them. Talk about a major project! I had no idea it would take so much work, but it's well worth it.

Finally, talking to Jesse about what else to do with my R3 he suggested a steering damper and slipper clutch. TBH, I hadn't really considered the damper, but after doing some research I decided to pull the trigger. It also helps that it was the less expensive of the two options ;) A slipper clutch is definitely in my future though, along with a quick shifter and Bazzaz AFM.

Tomorrow will be my first day on track with the damper and new bodywork. I can already tell that the taller seat height will be a blessing! Tomorrow can't come soon enough!!

I'll try to get some pictures in the sun tomorrow as the paint has a bit of sparkle to it under the sun. :cool:








PS I do have suspension bits on order (damper rod kit with emulators and Jesse's revalved R6 shock), but it seems Traxxion Dynamics is rather backed up so I don't have estimate as to when I'll be receiving those.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
Ruby,

What pushed you over the edge to get a steering damper? What made you get a linear vs a rotary? I just can't pull the trigger on it yet. Need reasons!

I installed the yoyo slipper from Jesse. I love it, and will need it when I switch to GP shift like you.

He also got me into a Penske shock with Andreani fork rebuild, so I'm excited to hear your experience with your setup.

Are there any 12 step programs to ween us off the R3 addiction?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Ruby,

What pushed you over the edge to get a steering damper? What made you get a linear vs a rotary?
Honestly, I was just looking to spend some more money. My birthday is this month so I wanted to treat myself. :p A big part of it is that the track I ride regularly is very bumpy. I've had a few instances where the front got twitchy at corner entry and mid corner because of the bumps. Another thing is the ability to just add some stability mid-corner. I know this is something that is more due to poor rider ability/technique so the damper is just a band-aide, but it made a big difference in my confidence when I went out this past Monday.

Save your money on the slipper. Instead go to YCRS. They now offer a one day class for @ $500. That will be good for any bike you ride.

While a slipper is really nice. If you aren't racing I don't think I would spend that kind of money.
I'll admit that I totally agree with you that training would be a much better way to spend money. I have had the rear lock up momentarily or chatter a little bit due to poor rev matching. The main reason I'd get a slipper is to lessen the probability of that happening. It doesn't happen often; of the maybe 20 laps I did on Monday it happened twice. I guess it's a peace-of-mind thing, for me.

Love the build and first hand experience with everything! What are you doing with your old risers? I'd love to take them off your hands =D
Thanks! I actually already sold the risers to someone, sorry :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
810 Posts
I'll admit that I totally agree with you that training would be a much better way to spend money. I have had the rear lock up momentarily or chatter a little bit due to poor rev matching. The main reason I'd get a slipper is to lessen the probability of that happening. It doesn't happen often; of the maybe 20 laps I did on Monday it happened twice. I guess it's a peace-of-mind thing, for me.
I agree that the steering damper is a safety issue. Plus many race orgs are now making them mandatory before being allowed on track.

The slipper is just going to cover up a skill deficiency. It is going to take time to get better at it. I know it seems like piece of mind, but fixing the real problem is what you really need to do.

When/if you get a new bike you are going to have to address the problem then. Or end up spending another $800 for a slipper for that bike.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
The slipper is just going to cover up a skill deficiency. It is going to take time to get better at it. I know it seems like piece of mind, but fixing the real problem is what you really need to do.



When/if you get a new bike you are going to have to address the problem then. Or end up spending another $800 for a slipper for that bike.


Good point! Practice, practice, practice! :)
 
1 - 20 of 48 Posts
Top