Congrats dude !
I am planning to purchase a motorcycle next month, i am unable to decide which one i want to go with, i am looking at Yamaha R3 & KTM RC 390.
I have 4 years riding experience on a 200 cc motorcycle, planning to upgrade to a 300-400 cc motorcycle now.
I tried to test ride the R3 but the dealership guy wasn't ready to give me the bike since it was brand new which he had & he said i had to purchase the bike to test ride it, he would accept return if i don't like the motorcycle later (i was like are you crazy do i have to do all the paper work to test ride a bike?
Anyways please share your experience hopefully it helps me to figure out which one to go with.
I rode the RC390, I bought the R3!
My observations on the RC390:
Very cramped riding position
Very poor build quality (gaps in/misaligned panels, thin spots on paint, rear fender out of alignment, turn signals not straight)
Uneven idle ( has stalling issues, too)
Runs very hot (legs get toasted)
Significant vibration (it's a single)
Really styled for racing or posing
Cheap looks/feel of the passenger seat (squishy, rubbery)
Uncomfortable rider seat (pushes you up into the tank & too far forward)
Throttle can get stuck on WFO on some (particularly seen on some used on the track)
Wheels have an issue with fracturing https://www.google.com/search?q=390...u5oQSPw4P4BQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1280&bih=637
Runs close to $7,000.00 Out The Door
Nice design (it's a great looking bike)
"Cool Factor" of having a unique looking bike/very few on the road
Some quick R3 observations:
Great riding position, not cramped
Very good build quality
No idle issues, no stalling
Runs cool, no issues, no toasted legs
Very little vibration (just a bit around 5,800 RPMs up to 6,300 RPMs on mine)
Has race styling a la the R6 & R1 but more upright and comfortable seating position (a 250 mile ride was not a problem with a couple short stops)
Nice looking passenger seat, but probably not comfortable for all but very short rides (replace with rear seat cowl at first opportunity!)
Comfortable rider seat
NO throttle issues and no wheel breakage issues, at least so far and I wouldn't expect any from a Yamaha
Nice design, great looking bike (this is subject to individual tastes, obviously)
None that I can see except that the rear shock is too soft, turn signals move around like Bobbleheads, the grips and levers are CHEAP! and possibly, for some, no ABS is an issue.
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