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i think it's safe to say that i survived my first itch to upgrade or upsize my r3!!! i was just walking around our local motorcycle shop(always a bad idea) and when i saw this 2015 fz 7 pearl white its used but only got like 1200miles in it.. price was $4.9k i started thinking about trading my r3 for it since i am almost done paying it off.. and after wondering and just sitting on it i decided to leave and go to work... and then it all sinked in... i can't really trade my r3 its too special its too nice its just what i need.. i barely have 1000 miles in it and under 7 months of owning it... i know im still gonna put more miles on my baby.. i just wanted to share this experience of mine.. i don't know if you guys had a same experience like mine.. thanks for listening or taking time to read this!!
 

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I don't see it as "surviving" the itch, rather you learned that the R3 brings something special and unique to the table that bigger bikes just can't. In reality the best of both worlds is owning the R3 + a bigger bike :)

another thing you can do is go to the race track. A small bike on the track is loads of fun.
I want to do a track day because I feel like it will be a huge skill boost for me, but I'm also paranoid that I'll **** up and low side and cause damage to the bike :(
 

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I don't see it as "surviving" the itch, rather you learned that the R3 brings something special and unique to the table that bigger bikes just can't. In reality the best of both worlds is owning the R3 + a bigger bike :)



I want to do a track day because I feel like it will be a huge skill boost for me, but I'm also paranoid that I'll **** up and low side and cause damage to the bike :(
Best advice from me is to ride well within your skill and not try and "stay" with other people above your level. I push myself at the track but also know where my limits are.
 

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another thing you can do is go to the race track. A small bike on the track is loads of fun.
thanks!! that actually is my plan.. probably after a year i plan on making my r3 a track bike and get another bigger bike just to cruise around town and long rides.. :)
 

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I don't see it as "surviving" the itch, rather you learned that the R3 brings something special and unique to the table that bigger bikes just can't. In reality the best of both worlds is owning the R3 + a bigger bike :)





I want to do a track day because I feel like it will be a huge skill boost for me, but I'm also paranoid that I'll **** up and low side and cause damage to the bike :(

yup that would be the plan!! make the r3 a track bike and get another one for cruising around! :)
 

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Once you get rid of the stock tires the itch will go away for good.
i hope so i just dont want to waste the tires.. probably when it gets used more... any advice on which one? i hear a lot of good things about the s20? and the corsa rosso II?
 

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i hope so i just dont want to waste the tires.. probably when it gets used more... any advice on which one? i hear a lot of good things about the s20? and the corsa rosso II?
No experience with the Rosso II. I have only ever used Q3s and S20 EVOs on any of my bikes (besides stock tires that is). I like both but prefer the S20s a bit more. In the end I doubt you will be disappointed in either tire, so just buy which ever one is cheaper and has a rebate available (manufacturers usually have them every year.

EDIT: Havent actually checked to see if Q3s are available in our stock size, but I jsut threw it out there cause I like them on my other bikes as well.
 

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i barely have 1000 miles in it and under 7 months of owning it...
Geez! I've put 7k on mine in since Aug. 5th 2015 (5 months and 30 days using convertunits.com)... Now I'm starting to feel bad that I have so many miles on it but it's SO much fun to ride this thing!
 

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Rosso II's were a great improvement overstock so much grip and the bike loves to turn. Even increased my top speed from stock tires. Wet grip was confidence inspiring too. Used tires are a waste of money.
 

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I survived my first itch to move up as well a few weeks ago. One of my buddies was moving back east and gave me a ridiculous deal on a 2013 R6, but I said no thanks. I know the R3 is more than enough bike for me as of right now, I can't wait to do a track day with it.
 

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In reality the best of both worlds is owning the R3 + a bigger bike
THIS is exactly where I am currently at.
Except I already have the "bigger" bike, but now I want an R3.
I test rode one a few months ago, and for some reason it reminded me of my old CR250R 2-stroke dirt bike. The R3 was so narrow and light. The little engine rev'd hard. It didn't have much torque, but it was still fun to ride.

I keep thinking about the R3. I don't ever want to get rid of my literbike, but I think a new R3 would be nice sitting next to my CBR.
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I was on the fence about getting an FZ07 or an R3, but the more I think about it, the R3 might be the better choice.
 

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THIS is exactly where I am currently at.
Except I already have the "bigger" bike, but now I want an R3.
I test rode one a few months ago, and for some reason it reminded me of my old CR250R 2-stroke dirt bike. The R3 was so narrow and light. The little engine rev'd hard. It didn't have much torque, but it was still fun to ride.

I keep thinking about the R3. I don't ever want to get rid of my literbike, but I think a new R3 would be nice sitting next to my CBR.
:nerd:
I was on the fence about getting an FZ07 or an R3, but the more I think about it, the R3 might be the better choice.
Just wait a bit longer, and pray a little more. Maybe Honda will release it this year. This would look nicer next to your CBR. I was really hoping to pick this up in Japan (next duty station, for the third time lol) but no word on a release date yet:

 

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Just wait a bit longer, and pray a little more. Maybe Honda will release it this year. This would look nicer next to your CBR. I was really hoping to pick this up in Japan (next duty station, for the third time lol) but no word on a release date yet:
Yeah, that is a hot little bike, no doubt.
I remember the old 250RR that was an inline 4-cylinder. Sucker rev'd to 20,000 rpm's. Sounded sick through the GP style exhaust. But you know how it is, everything is a trade-off. The more rpm's... the more valvetrain maintenance.

The R3 is about as small as I would go.
If I was going to design a bike for Honda, it would be a CBR500R, but I would add one more cylinder to the engine, to make it a 700cc TRIPLE. Increase the redline and add fully adjustable suspension. Honda would sell a ton of them.
 

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OK so I thought I would not want to go back to a bigger bike from the R3. I might have to eat my own words. Its a bigger engine but technically still in the same displacement class. This bike is looking better and better by the minute, and there are quite a few of them available where I am going. Only thing I dont like so far is that they are carburated. The bike looks really good on paper, lightweight, good power, USD forks with adjusters for comp/reb/preload, dual 4 pot brakes, single side swingarm.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.goobike.com/&prev=search
 

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OK so I thought I would not want to go back to a bigger bike from the R3. I might have to eat my own words. Its a bigger engine but technically still in the same displacement class. This bike is looking better and better by the minute, and there are quite a few of them available where I am going.
The link didn't work right on my end, but you must be talking about that RVF400?
Those things are about as rare as a leprechaun riding a purple unicorn.
I have never seen them in the American market. Not that I was "looking" for one, but never seen one pop up anywhere.
Honda should re-introduce that model with modern tech. They would sell a ton of them. The CBR500R is cute, but it's too tame.
 

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The link didn't work right on my end, but you must be talking about that RVF400?
Those things are about as rare as a leprechaun riding a purple unicorn.
I have never seen them in the American market. Not that I was "looking" for one, but never seen one pop up anywhere.
Honda should re-introduce that model with modern tech. They would sell a ton of them. The CBR500R is cute, but it's too tame.
The link is the Japanese equivalent of cycle trader. Google goobikes.com

Luckily for me, I am getting stationed again over there lol. There are 5 I think in the area I m getting stationed at. 31 across the country total listed on that site. I am not sure if going back to a carburated bike is the right thing to do but everything else checks out fine.

-lightweight bike
-stock bike puts down more HP than the R3
-forks are already cartridge forks, so no need to update that
-rear shock is linkage, so its easier to find a replacement from another bike
-single swingarm looks pretty neat
-skinny(ish) rear tire. I actually have grown to like the 140 tire. RVF rear is 160

only cons I have so far are
-carburated
-older bike, comes with older worn out hoses, wires, body work etc.
-the two airducts look kind of funny to me.
 

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only cons I have so far are:
-carburated
-older bike, comes with older worn out hoses, wires, body work etc.
-the two airducts look kind of funny to me.
Yeah, that bike screams 1995.

What I really want is a hybrid. I want to take an R6, an FZ-07, and an R3 and blend them together. Put the FZ-07 engine in the R3 chassis, and use the suspension from the R6. Add a slipper-clutch and dual brake calipers/rotors up front, and call it the Yamaha R7!
:D
 
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