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Thanks everyone for the good wishes and positive vibes! I haven't been around as much as I'd like recently; it's been a busy summer working on this bike, building the website, racing and testing the bike and different parts, and developing some new parts, but I look forward to the future and what it holds for the R3 and us R3 lovers.

Many of you already know about my website, www.YamahaR3Racing.com, but for those of you who don't, my goal with YamahaR3Racing.com is to provide the best, most complete, and most concise collection of information about building and racing the Yamaha R3 available.

I'm also a dealer and carry all of the parts for racing the Yamaha R3 that have been deemed to be the best options available by myself or others whose opinions I trust, through thorough on track testing.

I have been operating a not-for-profit rider education program and track day assistance program in San Diego for the past 5 years. I love helping new riders learn about their bikes and learn key riding techniques. But what I really love is helping riders who want to get better, experience their first track day. I truly believe that the Yamaha R3 is going to slowly re-populate the small bike race grids across the country and I want to do my part to help give new racers a hand and advance motorcycle road racing across the US and the world.

It's a lot of work to build this website and gather information, and it's expensive to test and tune different products, and document everything. But I know how amazing and helpful it is when you're able to find the answers to any question you have at the click of a mouse. All I ask in return, is that you give back a little by giving my store a chance when you are in the market for parts for your R3. I don't intentionally carry the most expensive brands or the cheapest. I do my best to find the best value products available and offer those. And I will always have the lowest allowable prices on everything I carry and free shipping on everything that I can. If I miss something and you find a better deal, all I ask is that you give me a heads up and a chance to beat the price for you to keep your business. Help support me and the other vendors who are giving back.

Thank you everyone, let's make this forum and the R3 community awesome!

Currently I carry the following brands along with my own product designs:

Akrapovic - exhaust systems
M4 Exahust - exhaust systems
Bazzaz - fuel management, quickshifter, and traction control
Dynojet Powercommander - fuel mangement, ignition timing, and quickshifter
Annitori - quickshifter
Woodcraft - hard parts
Vortex - hard parts
Sato Racing - hard parts
Galfer - brake products
Traxxion Dynamics - front fork suspension
Penske Racing Shocks - rear shock suspension
BMC - high flow air filters
Moto-D - hard parts, stands and trailer systems, and riding accessories and clothing

My focus is the Yamaha R3, but if you have other bikes, or friends looking for equipment, I carry all of these brands' full line of products and will offer the same low prices on everything, just give me a call or send me an email if you need something for another bike that isn't on the website.

Cheers,
Jesse Norton
YamahaR3Racing.com
 

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Thanks everyone for the good wishes and positive vibes! I haven't been around as much as I'd like recently; it's been a busy summer working on this bike, building the website, racing and testing the bike and different parts, and developing some new parts, but I look forward to the future and what it holds for the R3 and us R3 lovers.
Cheers,
Jesse Norton
Love the "How to" section on your website. I'm not a racer and will probably never be one, but your site offers plenty of useful info for us casual riders, too. Keep the How to's coming!
 

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Love the "How to" section on your website. I'm not a racer and will probably never be one, but your site offers plenty of useful info for us caual riders, too. Keep the How to's coming!
Thanks mikiee! I definitely will! I have so many photos and "How Tos" to finish and upload it's overwhelming lol but I'll do my best to get new info up as often as possible while maintaining an organized site that is easy to find what you are looking for.

You definitely don't have to be a racer to appreciate information. Almost all motorcycle evolution and development comes from racing. It's the racers that test and test and test and beat the crap out of everything to figure it out and break it so someone has to make it better :)
 

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Cheers, Jesse!

I think a lot of us feel like we already know you.......
I will be glad to say I know Jesse personally now lol. I always end up at his house buying his stuff, weather its the products he sells, or his old stock bike parts (I lowsided at Chuck and needed some street parts lol).

Very cool dude indeed.
 

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I will be glad to say I know Jesse personally now lol. I always end up at his house buying his stuff, weather its the products he sells, or his old stock bike parts (I lowsided at Chuck and needed some street parts lol).

Very cool dude indeed.
Nice to get to meet you in person too Jason, I'm bummed I missed you at Chuckwalla Friday but I'm so happy you were able to get out there and have some fun. Too bad your bike got a little dirty, but hey, it happens. Learn and move on!
 

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Your site was one of reasons I got the akrapovic slip on . I mean I saw it on other sites but your site had the best real photos and unpacking pics . Plus the photos of the items on the scale was a nice touch and kind of made my mind up when I could physically see difference in weight of akra slip on and the stock exhaust . Also when I saw the weight of the Carbon akra slip on it confirmed my decision for the gp slip on
 

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What rear shock and front fork do you recommend for the R3, and what tyres. I think getting rims is way to costly, so all i can do is change the suspension , mayble lighten unsprung mass with titanium bolts etc. Rims forged aluminium or magnesium would cost more than the suspension.
All i want is to better the grip and suspension.
 

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What rear shock and front fork do you recommend for the R3, and what tyres. I think getting rims is way to costly, so all i can do is change the suspension , mayble lighten unsprung mass with titanium bolts etc. Rims forged aluminium or magnesium would cost more than the suspension.
All i want is to better the grip and suspension.
I'm in the middle of doing a 3 part test of the different Traxxion Dynamics suspension options. I will be doing a big writeup on stock suspension compared to the damper rod fork kit with cartridge emulators, with the Penske rear shock, and then with the AK-20 cartridges installed. Right now I'm running the damper rod kit with cartridge emulators ($350) and the Penske rear shock ($925) and the bike is fantastic. I imagine it will only get better and be more adjustable with the AK-20 cartridges, but I will have to wait to give you my honest feedback on the difference when I switch to that setup in a couple of months.

At the moment I'm running the Pirelli Rosso 2 140 rear tire and Supercorsa 110 front, again, I'll be changing to the Bridgestone GP slicks here in a couple months and can give you my feedback from the difference, but the Pirelli are miles ahead of the stock tires.

Are you looking for a track setup or street setup?
 

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I'm in the middle of doing a 3 part test of the different Traxxion Dynamics suspension options. I will be doing a big writeup on stock suspension compared to the damper rod fork kit with cartridge emulators, with the Penske rear shock, and then with the AK-20 cartridges installed. Right now I'm running the damper rod kit with cartridge emulators ($350) and the Penske rear shock ($925) and the bike is fantastic. I imagine it will only get better and be more adjustable with the AK-20 cartridges, but I will have to wait to give you my honest feedback on the difference when I switch to that setup in a couple of months.

At the moment I'm running the Pirelli Rosso 2 140 rear tire and Supercorsa 110 front, again, I'll be changing to the Bridgestone GP slicks here in a couple months and can give you my feedback from the difference, but the Pirelli are miles ahead of the stock tires.

Are you looking for a track setup or street setup?
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I am not going to take off lights and make racer exclusively for track. I want it to be street legal, but i ride from home to the track often as it is not far from my house. I also use it occasionally for weekend fun runs and coming to work once a week , just to get the bike ridden.

I basically wanting to lean it far enough with confidence. I actually like the plush ride, but i notice that it does chatter on hard braking, i dont feel that confident going really fast around corners with standard setup and tires. Our bikes here in south africa come standard with ABS, so i am really happy with brakes, no need to change that. Tyre i am debating if worth it, as my tires are good , but if it makes really alot of difference maybe will try the pirellis. Just need to save up abit, maybe wear down my tyres abit more first. I am not in the mood to change to race slicks each time i go to track, so need a street tire biased towards track, as i only use bike in warm weather, not in rain.


I am getting the PC5 installed in 3 weeks time with autotune, but i am getting a custom map done on dyno first and then the autotune will be set to just modify the existing map based on temp , humidity and fuel quality. Our fuel quality can vary from station to station. I am also getting a BMC street filter fitted. But have to wait for it before i can do the PC5 . Its only 3 weeks time so not that long.

The ohlins suspension is crazy prices.

Andreani Fork Cartridge Kit is also crazy priced.

Looking for something alot cheaper that can do the trick

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I am not going to take off lights and make racer exclusively for track. I want it to be street legal, but i ride from home to the track often as it is not far from my house. I also use it occasionally for weekend fun runs and coming to work once a week , just to get the bike ridden.

I basically wanting to lean it far enough with confidence. I actually like the plush ride, but i notice that it does chatter on hard braking, i dont feel that confident going really fast around corners with standard setup and tires. Our bikes here in south africa come standard with ABS, so i am really happy with brakes, no need to change that. Tyre i am debating if worth it, as my tires are good , but if it makes really alot of difference maybe will try the pirellis. Just need to save up abit, maybe wear down my tyres abit more first. I am not in the mood to change to race slicks each time i go to track, so need a street tire biased towards track, as i only use bike in warm weather, not in rain.


I am getting the PC5 installed in 3 weeks time with autotune, but i am getting a custom map done on dyno first and then the autotune will be set to just modify the existing map based on temp , humidity and fuel quality. Our fuel quality can vary from station to station. I am also getting a BMC street filter fitted. But have to wait for it before i can do the PC5 . Its only 3 weeks time so not that long.

The ohlins suspension is crazy prices.

Andreani Fork Cartridge Kit is also crazy priced.

Looking for something alot cheaper that can do the trick

Cheers
Also our track days cost about R450.00 , based on current exchange rate that is about 35 US dollars for 5 hours on track. So not expensive at all.
Obviously would cost more if i entered races . They do sometimes fun races for street bikes, would attend those when they are available.
Would need a track only bike if wanted to start racing competively, not keen on that as of yet.
 

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Decided gonna do just the BMC street filter and the PC5, no auto tune.

Will rather save money from autotune for new tyres.

What would be best front and rear tyres for street and track use in dry
 

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Decided gonna do just the BMC street filter and the PC5, no auto tune.

Will rather save money from autotune for new tyres.

What would be best front and rear tyres for street and track use in dry
I think skipping the autotune is smart, save your money, just buy the PCV from me or Gregg or somewhere else that gives you a good map with it for your bike and you'll be set.

As for the suspension, figuring out what advantages you get out of what you spend is part of the goal of testing all these suspension configurations. Definitely change the front forks first, that's the weakest link. The damper rod kit w/ emulators has done a fantastic job for me so far, especially considering the simplicity and price. I just installed them in a couple hours and have been riding the crap out of it since. They can certainly handle a pretty fast race pace, so if you're looking for a good budget friendly option that will take care of the front forks, that's my recommendation. The rear shock is also bad, but not nearly as limiting as the forks. I recommend doing the forks first, you will feel the biggest improvement for less money. Then, when you get fast enough to feel the rear shock limiting you, or you have the money, change the rear shock and raise the ride height of the back of the bike. All of the aftermarket shocks will give you a huge improvement, and there isn't much difference in price. I'm using the Penske because I've used them a lot in the past and they work very well. I've talked to several very fast riders who like the Penske over the Ohlins, but any of the quality shocks (Penske, Spears/JRI, Ohlins, etc.) will be good enough that you won't be able to tell the difference until you are near the front of the pack in the races.

As for tires, if you want a good track/street tire, I'm maybe not the best person to ask, as I never ride on the street anymore. Watch the tire review by Ari Henning:
http://www.yamahar3racing.com/2015/08/tire-shootout-for-small-sport-bikes-by-ari-henning/

I think the Rosso 2 would certainly be a good choice, but there are probably others.
 
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