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Hey Guys,

Wondering if anyone has timed the 0-60mph or quarter mile on this bike? Cant seem to find that information anywhere yet.

Anyone have anything to compare it against with experience? Other bikes or cars?

They just came in at a dealer near me but no ones ridden yet and there not letting test rides yet.
 

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Hey Guys,

Wondering if anyone has timed the 0-60mph or quarter mile on this bike? Cant seem to find that information anywhere yet.

Anyone have anything to compare it against with experience? Other bikes or cars?

They just came in at a dealer near me but no ones ridden yet and there not letting test rides yet.

Several youtube vids have shown the following concerning acceleration:
1- KTM RC390
2- Yamaha R3
3- Kawasaki Ninja 300
4- Honda CBR300R


The Ninja 300 is more for the tracks, and a little more nimble in corners from what I see, but on the straights, the R3 overtakes it.
Only a few LBS difference between the Ninja and the R3 (R3 being the heavier one).
 

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Not sure as still staying below the 7k-9k RPM range but even then im about even with my friends 98 WRX STi (turbo back and ECU tune) that is untill about 110kmph
 

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Hmm I've searched youtube all over but can't find any 0-60 videos! I must be really bad at this...

To be honest its a case of first bike.. And while small seems responsible I do have a healthy case of concern regarding long term likability if I feel power starved. Im trying to build a benchmark to measure against.

For instance. My 2001 BMW 330 is supposed to be 0-60 6 seconds 1/4 mile 14s and change... It feels pretty quick to me should this bike be comparable or faster?

That and a healthy dose of freeway driving, commuting, planned short day trips. Just want to make sure I'm not buying something to small.

On the other hand, sitting on one the light weight feels so nice compared to something like a ninja 650..
 

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Hmm I've searched youtube all over but can't find any 0-60 videos! I must be really bad at this...

To be honest its a case of first bike.. And while small seems responsible I do have a healthy case of concern regarding long term likability if I feel power starved. Im trying to build a benchmark to measure against.

For instance. My 2001 BMW 330 is supposed to be 0-60 6 seconds 1/4 mile 14s and change... It feels pretty quick to me should this bike be comparable or faster?

That and a healthy dose of freeway driving, commuting, planned short day trips. Just want to make sure I'm not buying something to small.

On the other hand, sitting on one the light weight feels so nice compared to something like a ninja 650..
A stock ninja 300 pulls 6s 0-60 mph and a 14s 1/4 mile (also depends on who's driving). Having a bigger engine, a little bit more torque and power all while being a little bit lighter, the r3 will be better. By how much? Only time will tell...
 

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To be honest its a case of first bike.. And while small seems responsible I do have a healthy case of concern regarding long term likability if I feel power starved.
Honestly if this is really that big of a concern for you, just buy a cheap used 250. Get the skills you need to go bigger, and buy a supersport. You don't need a brand new R3 to do that, and if you plan on drag racing cars (not something I recommend) a 300 is probably going to "bore" you quickly.

That said:

"It's more fun to [ride|drive] a slow [bike|car] fast than a fast [bike|car] slow."
 

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not so much a 0-60

I have no idea of how fast this bike is 0-60. maybe they still have an app you can use to track that as well. I will try it out this weekend if so. but I have gotten it up to 107 mph lol. ran into traffic up ahead so had to slow down.
 

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Cycle World June issue has a full shootout between the bikes.

Their 0 - 60 mph times are as follows:

Honda CBR 300R: 6.3 sec
Kawasaki Ninja 300: 5.6 sec
Yamaha R3: 5.1 sec
KTM RC390: 4.6 sec
 

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To give some perspective, I'm 200 lbs., shifting a
Ninja 300 at 6,000 rpm it smokes normal traffic from a stop. It did an actual 87 mph in fourth gear at the limiter. You can ride these and totally wring their necks on the streets. 3rd gear was over 70 mph for example.

They aren't really slow from a stop unless you are measuring to other bikes.

2 up the Ninja was fine too, requiring restraint for the most part. Overall, about the same as the older Ninja 500, better fueling and gearing but about the same.

The main reason I'm considering another bike in this crop is 2 up riding. My ?Ninja was set up for touring and two up stuff.
 

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The 1/4 mile times from the June Cycle World issue are as follows:

Honda CBR300R: 15.15 sec @ 82.89 mph
Kawasaki Ninja 300: 14.61 sec @ 87.55 mph
Yamaha R3: 14.15 sec @ 90.00 mph
KTM RC390: 13.67 sec @ 92.67 mph
 

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My old Suzuki GS400S (air cooled twin cylinder 1984) was known to do 14,16 sec. I just went for a demo ride this morning for the R3. First thing, the blue one is a very good looking bike. I'm 5'-11', and feel very comfortable. Keep in mind that i had a WR250X. The first surprise: the lack of torque and sound when going from a stop. I even tough i stalled the bike because i didn't hear the motor running. Same case was for the Ninja 300. But the fun i had when keeping the rpm high. It's very fun to ride hard little bikes. Keeping the engine between 7-11000 rpm is a blast. And it sounds great at those rpm.

The combo seat-suspension is better for me than the Ninja's. More comfortable. No turbulence by the fairing, no vibrations reaches the mirrors. A very great bike. For passing slower traffic on highways, you have to keep in mind that there's not much torque in the middle of the powerband. So, downshift 2 times and go over 9000 rpm.

For someone who ride 100% in cities, i would prefer the Honda 300 because it has more torque at ''normal'' rpm.

2 up riding? Sure it can do it ... depending of the weight of the riders. But i really don't see myself doing it. Doing solo long trip on the R3? Oh yes! Small bikes are very capable to do so.

On my way back to home, i had as much fun on my FZ-07, but in another way. Would i trade in the 07 for a blue R3? No way. But, in 2 years, a used blue R3 would be hard to resist.

To all of you, R3 owners, have a great riding season.
 

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My first Reel ride on this blast of a bike..

We dit a 340km drive on all types of roads, small and narrow back roads only suited to go 50-60km/h
some city.. highway´s at 80 and the freeway at 130km/h

Stretch from Silkeborg "56.179769, 9.557876" <-> Lykken "57.365998, 9.716689"

My companey on this tripp was a R6 and CBR600 bouth seasoned drivers.
What a Blast that was, i may be new to MC´s but this small bike sure impressed me Big Time.
One time i had it going 170km/h at 11k/rpm. just for a short burst of overtaking.
Ok Feeling on handeling and not much shaking only mirros was a bit fuzzy but culd live with that for sure.

After this one tripp i can understand the truble with stock tires..
two times i felt like rear tire went away on the small back roads, and i am still only on the "Chicken-Line @ Rear tire" haha
But on the highway and freeway with more strigt lines to drive, no problems what so ever.

Good distance on the tank and a Lot of Fun for Cheap - This Newbie Sure is a Happy camper with my feet stuck in the sand and ocean in sight.
This bike will serve me werry well in the time to come for sure - TY Yamaha for getting me back on Two Wheels haha :)
 

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Yamaha R3: 14.15 sec @ 90.00 mph
..That's pretty quick for a "beginner" vehicle.
stock wrx sti do around 13.5, ford lighting and i think the srt4 neon does 14.00 to put that in perspective
 

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0-60 time is fast enough :).
I have been riding for about 10 years on the street, ever since I could LEGALLY do it ;)
I am mostly a harley rider, everything from 883's to road glides.
Occasionally I would ride 600's & 750's. The fastest bike I rode was a Hayabusa (1300cc). And it is fun to go 0-60 in under 3 seconds....
But, I really do enjoy my R3, it is fast enough, handles well enough, and is small enough for easy lane splitting.
Sure it is slow against a big boy supersport, but in everyday traffic it is more than quick enough to out run 99% of the cars / people trying to kill you.
 
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