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Hi everyone, I just want to share what my colleague discovered with his R3. He just recently bought the new yamaha R3 weeks ago. He recently discovered while washing his R3 that the rims were made from China. I don't know if this is true but I decided to go to the nearest Yamaha store to confirm if this is true and to my disbelief the rims does says "Made in China". I'm not sure if this would affect the overall build of the bike but since we all know that Chinese quality are not that good. I asked the Yamaha sales person where the bikes were manufactured and he said It came from Indonesia. I guess Yamaha supplied from China and manufactured in Indonesia that's why its relatively cheap compared to the Kawasaki Ninja... but anyways, I would like to hear from you if you have the same Rims. Does this affect the overall build of the bike? (we never know if there are Chinese made parts throughout the bike)..

Any response is greatly appreciated.
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Omg we're all dead.
Dont worry my friend. not all R3 have this..
I talk to a R3 enthusiast from Thailand and asked him about this. He said hes R3 does not have the "Made in China" mark but instead it have a "Yamaha [Serial Code] on it...
 

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Mine have the ABS sensor ring where that is.
And a few things look different.
The R3 here does not have ABS system... If only Yahama here offers ABS system that would be great
 

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Not surprising they are made in China, particularly given the price-point of the R3 - many of the major bike manufacturers source wheels through the People's Republic, including Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki. There have been no reported issues with poor quality, failures or other wheel related problems that I am a aware of. That dog don't hunt.
 

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I don't know why people automatically presume made in China with low quality. Many US manufacturers set up factories there. Under the right equipment and quality control, supervision etc, there isn't a issue.

The problem is due to the laws there everything they learn gets used to make knock off products. Improper equipment, training, quality control etc. Know you have your junk products.
 
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I don't know why people automatically presume made in China with low quality. Many US manufacturers set up factories there. Under the right equipment and quality control, supervision etc, there isn't a issue.

The problem is due to the laws there everything they learn gets used to make knock off products. Improper equipment, training, quality control etc. Know you have your junk products.
Sorry for being inappropriate but i have encountered so many fake stuff in my entire life that were made in china. Even their food are now being faked (OT). maybe thats the reason why I automatically presume chinese stuff are low quality?... anyways, i dont think Yamaha will jeopardize its quality just because the Rims are made in china. They run the bike in extreme quality control before we get our hand in their product.
 
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I wouldnt buy food made in China, at least not knowingly. Take a quick peek at the labelling. Other things, like a $3 HDMI cable, sure. If it breaks it breaks. I've got 4 other ones that are actually good quality floating around the house somewhere. As far as the rim, I believe it. But I am pretty sure that for liability's sake, Yamaha has some strict QC going on in their factories, or wherever they do their inspection. Someone who also did a fork swap on their 650 used a Chinese made rim on his track 650. He did so cause it costs the same amount brand new than a ZX6R wheel would used (you use a ZX6R wheel instead of the 650 wheel due to larger wheel bearing). No problems with his rim so far. Granted I am sure the wheel sees far less mileage now that it is track only, but there are no reported problems as of now. I won trust everything made in China, but some things out of there are fine, just use your good judgement on what you want to trust, and then give it a good look through.

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Someone has posted pics of the RC390 rims shattering and they attributed that to the fact that 390 rims were made and QC'd in India.
 

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China has some world-class foundaries and some places have the best multi-million dollar CNC equipment (typically Japanese origin). It all comes down to QC and following process. Pay them enough, insist on quality and the Chinese are up to it. But they are legendary for also cutting corners if nobody's watching and for running the equipment "after hours" to make knock-off products, or to resell failed items as the genuine article peddled on such places as Alibaba and Ebay.

The made-in-India "Brembo" (supposedly under license but different name) are inferior to the real thing, as expected. Doing castings right isn't hard since it's well understood process for decades. For the KTM wheels it could be someone got greedy with the FE analysis, or the pour was out of spec, or the supplier of the raw material cheated (or was cheated in turn by upstream) and unless you test EVERY SINGLE BATCH which adds cost, you can't say you have end-to-end QC. The vast majority of QC is spot checks, so things will get missed.
 
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Hi everyone, I just want to share what my colleague discovered with his R3. He just recently bought the new yamaha R3 weeks ago. He recently discovered while washing his R3 that the rims were made from China. I don't know if this is true but I decided to go to the nearest Yamaha store to confirm if this is true and to my disbelief the rims does says "Made in China". I'm not sure if this would affect the overall build of the bike but since we all know that Chinese quality are not that good. I asked the Yamaha sales person where the bikes were manufactured and he said It came from Indonesia. I guess Yamaha supplied from China and manufactured in Indonesia that's why its relatively cheap compared to the Kawasaki Ninja... but anyways, I would like to hear from you if you have the same Rims. Does this affect the overall build of the bike? (we never know if there are Chinese made parts throughout the bike)..

Any response is greatly appreciated.
If this thread is not acceptable, Admins and moderators can delete this thread.
Peace out!
I owned this photo my friend.. I wonder who your colleague is.. ?
 
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