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Good read but definitely not the only bike I need lol. A real motorcycle enthusiast knows all bike are beautiful and we must have all of them lol.
 

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"The dash consists of a big rev-counter dial on the left of a digital speedometer, with a gear indicator and fuel gauge. It also has something of a that'll-do look about it"

I'd say we have the best display compared to the others
 

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To all current R3 owners: what do you think about the brakes (and especially the front brake)? Does it have enough stopping power? And do you have to move the lever a lot before it starts braking?
 

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To all current R3 owners: what do you think about the brakes (and especially the front brake)? Does it have enough stopping power? And do you have to move the lever a lot before it starts braking?
you can adjust the lever regardless.
 

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To all current R3 owners: what do you think about the brakes (and especially the front brake)? Does it have enough stopping power? And do you have to move the lever a lot before it starts braking?
Brakes seem good to me, but I haven't really broken them in yet (as I suspect is the case during these press events). They should get better when the pads are properly bedded. Unfortunately I haven't been able to ride it somewhere I can properly bed the brake pads without being run over by a soccer mom in her SUV... I'm hoping to go for a proper ride on my next day off.

As for lever/pedal feel, I don't have to give much input before they begin to grab. Honestly though, the engine braking is so strong I haven't needed to use the brakes seriously (mostly round-town riding so far). I'm sure that will change as I get comfortable riding again and the bike is past break-in.
:D

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The ABS, which comes as standard, activated a couple of times running into corners but otherwise I wasn't aware of it. When it did step in it was with relative subtlety.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-yamaha-r3-review/26529.html#ixzz3XR6gxApD
Wait... what?

Colours: blue, black
Ah I see. We got a red one, so we couldn't have ABS in the States. Seems legit.
 

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I own a modified Honda Rebel for the city. 250cc, great on gas, revs like a car, at 3k rpm doing 40mph.
I would like an R3 or a CB500X for the interstate, to replace my aging GS500F.

None of these sub 400cc bikes are for long distances, at high speeds, but then again, doing 300mi on a motorcycle a day can be a painful experience, which you'd much rather do in a car.
Especially considering that over such a distance you are almost guaranteed to get caught in a rainstorm somewhere. (At least here in FL).

So, motorcycle rides are great for upto 300mi, and more is better to do that in a car!

If I could redo my bike experience, I would have a Sym Wolf 150 for the city (100mpg), and an R3 or cb500x for the interstate.

Get an Elio or slingshot for cross state riding.
 

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None of these sub 400cc bikes are for long distances, at high speeds, but then again, doing 300mi on a motorcycle a day can be a painful experience, which you'd much rather do in a car.
Especially considering that over such a distance you are almost guaranteed to get caught in a rainstorm somewhere. (At least here in FL).

So, motorcycle rides are great for upto 300mi, and more is better to do that in a car!
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Something is wrong there,


I live 500km from the city and my cbr250 could do it under 4hrs and get off much fresher than when I do the same 5-6hr trip in a big comfortable Ford Fairlane.
Have done Home /city/return within daylight hrs many times on heaps of bikes, the 250 was no different as 160kph is still enough to impound any bike.
Also 1350km in a day was no problem for the 250 as well.


One Aussie rode Sydney to Perth and return , some 8,000km in 98hrs.
http://wombattler.com/100ccc-on-a-cbr250r-newcastle-perth-newcastle-in-98hrs/
 

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I own a modified Honda Rebel for the city. 250cc, great on gas, revs like a car, at 3k rpm doing 40mph.
I would like an R3 or a CB500X for the interstate, to replace my aging GS500F.

None of these sub 400cc bikes are for long distances, at high speeds, but then again, doing 300mi on a motorcycle a day can be a painful experience, which you'd much rather do in a car.
Especially considering that over such a distance you are almost guaranteed to get caught in a rainstorm somewhere. (At least here in FL).

So, motorcycle rides are great for upto 300mi, and more is better to do that in a car!

If I could redo my bike experience, I would have a Sym Wolf 150 for the city (100mpg), and an R3 or cb500x for the interstate.

Get an Elio or slingshot for cross state riding.
That would be an nice couple of bikes to have.

I have a buddy with a Honda Grom and a CBR600, he loves the difference in experience between the two.
 

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Realistically speaking,
my butt and shoulders tell me a 300 miles away trip, or about a days riding is the max for me.
And that already is with at least 2 or 3 breaks.
I mean, 300 miles to, and 300 miles back, so it's 600 miles.

Sure, a 250 can do it. It can do 10k miles too, provided you stop regularly for oil changes...
The problem is an oil change on my ole butt isn't going to help getting me further! :D
 

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Brakes seem good to me, but I haven't really broken them in yet (as I suspect is the case during these press events). They should get better when the pads are properly bedded. Unfortunately I haven't been able to ride it somewhere I can properly bed the brake pads without being run over by a soccer mom in her SUV... I'm hoping to go for a proper ride on my next day off.

As for lever/pedal feel, I don't have to give much input before they begin to grab. Honestly though, the engine braking is so strong I haven't needed to use the brakes seriously (mostly round-town riding so far). I'm sure that will change as I get comfortable riding again and the bike is past break-in.
:D

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Wait... what?



Ah I see. We got a red one, so we couldn't have ABS in the States. Seems legit.
ABS is mandated under EU law...
 

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ABS is mandated under EU law...
I thought that the EU requirement was as of 2016? It's pretty likely to be mandated in the US within the next few years too.

The point was that in the States ABS isn't even an option for the R3, unlike it is on every other 300 sport by every other manufacturer... I read a review of the R3 and the writer claimed Yamaha told him it would add weight and complexity, so it wasn't added. Obviously it wasn't too weighty or complex for the EU version... Why isn't it even offered as an option in NA? It didn't really factor into my decision to buy, but the fact that it is missing completely is probably going to cost some sales in the long run.
 

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To all current R3 owners: what do you think about the brakes (and especially the front brake)? Does it have enough stopping power? And do you have to move the lever a lot before it starts braking?
I would have been happier if it was dual front brake and maybe a little bigger disc in the rear... feels a bit spongy and not very responsive unless squeezed pretty good.
 
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