This is a topic that is always of interest to me as well. It's basically the first thing I try to learn about any bike. So, great minds, I guess, haha... Anyway, it depends a bit on the model year. Some of the pre-2019 models did have some serious issues. I don't remember what all, but it was enough that I would personally never buy one older than 2019. Some people are much less concerned about such things and wouldn't worry about it.Is there any known major issues with the r3 at certain miles? Had my r3 for 2 years and 10000 miles might switch to a vfr800 but it is conceivable that the r3's could push 100,000 miles reliably. Who has the highest mileage r3.
I stumbled on this old thread. I'm curious if others have similar opinions on the reliability of pre-2019 models. Frankly, if the 2015-2018 R3's have serious flaws, it's news to me. Anyhow, I'm curious what others think. Is this is one person's opinion (and he/she omitted to provide any details to substantiate his/her claim) or is this general and accepted knowledge? And if there are serious flaws, well what are they?Some of the pre-2019 models did have some serious issues. I don't remember what all, but it was enough that I would personally never buy one older than 2019.
There are no issues with any year R3. Recalls for shifter return spring and coolant hose are the extent if it - did not effect all bikes. Permanent corrections from 2017 models onward make these irrelevant. The rumors of pre 19 model 'issues' are silly, as the frame, fuel system, drivetrain, and engine are shared with no major changes made. Front fork, rear shock, tires, LED forward lighting, handlebar/clip-on position, digital dash, and bodywork are the items changed for 19 onward. Many prefer the older fork for its ease of tuning vs inverted - but the consensus is that the fork change improvement was more about the higher spring rate and damping profile than it was about the inverted design, which is mostly cosmetic. Rear shock change in damping and spring is an improvement for some, and an easy update to older bikes. The jury is out on whether the tire change to Dunlop radials was a big improvement, or just a change of vendor when the Michelin Street Pilot bias ply were discontinued in the original sizes. Small section tires are less sensitive to construction changes. Many replace their Street Pilots with Pirelli Sport Demons, which are bias ply. Some, like myself, prefer the riding position (slightly more upright), analog dash, and bodywork of the pre 19 model - not a fan of the new Beluga whale nose, or slab-like sides.I stumbled on this old thread. I'm curious if others have similar opinions on the reliability of pre-2019 models. Frankly, if the 2015-2018 R3's have serious flaws, it's news to me. Anyhow, I'm curious what others think. Is this is one person's opinion (and he/she omitted to provide any details to substantiate his/her claim) or is this general and accepted knowledge? And if there are serious flaws, well what are they?
That's what I thought. I tend to dismiss unsubstantiated claims like that one, but I thought I'd ask just in case. Everything I've been reading about the R3, for all model years, suggests the bike is well built and mechanically reliable, as most Yamahas are.
That's awesome! I am glad you didn't end up with one of the lemons.I own a 2015 R3, (actually purchased it new in 2016) and I'm about to clock 130,000 kilometres (80,778 miles) probably next weekend, no issues. Installed a new shock a while ago, always regularly serviced!
That's interesting..... We have three R3's in our household. All I knew about was the upper radiator hose issue? Thanks for posting-Just because I did not directly provide the evidence in this post does mean that it isn't out there and (in this case, at least) incredibly easy to find. Some or even most early-R3 owners will never experience these issues, and I hope no one has to. But for some, they are a very real problem.
That early Yamaha R3 motorcycles had some serious mechanical problems is not an opinion. It is a DOCUMENTED FACT. I don't just make random stuff up for my own amusement, and frankly, I'm a little tired of people insinuating that I have done something like that. If I present something as a fact, it is a fact, period. If it were not, I would not say that it is, because I am an honest person. It's that simple.
I spent literally two minutes just now doing SIMPLE searches that anyone could do very easily and found MULTIPLE SOURCES of evidence supporting the fact that some early-model R3s DID, in fact, have MULTIPLE, "serious flaws" from the factory.
Aside from the reliability issue, if someone rides motorcycles and thinks that cracked triple clamps or oil pump failures are not serious flaws...well, that in itself is a pretty serious safety concern, and I would urge them to reconsider their attitude toward mechanical defects like these.
Yamaha Issues Double Recall for YZF-R3 (rideapart.com)
Problem with Yamaha R3 oil? : motorcycles (reddit.com)
2015-2106 Yamaha R3 Recall #4: Ignition Switch Problem (ultimatemotorcycling.com)
Yamaha Issues a Recall on the 2015 YZF-R3 (rideapart.com)
The "Issues with Coolant Leaks" Thread | Yamaha R3 Forums (r3-forums.com)
Yamaha YZF-R3 recalled for problem with gear shifter and potential coolant leak (indianautosblog.com)
If you spend some time researching this topic, as I did before purchasing my 2019 model, you will see that there are even more issues and that there is plenty of readily available evidence substantiating them. Some of those bikes will never have a problem; some of them absolutely 100% have or will. I don't understand the reasoning behind attempting to contend that indisputable fact, but to each his own, if it floats the boat and all that...
To Yamaha's credit, Yamaha did what it needed to do to ensure that later models (while still not perfect) did not roll out of the factory with these faults, which is why I purchased a 2019 model and routinely praise it as I do.
As I noted, the updates and recalled corrections made to '17 and later apply to the '19 and later as they share the bulk of mechanical components. 7 references to the same two recalls does not make them more substantial. The third recall was about a rear reflector. The oil issue was a non issue, and the ignition issue was only on very early bikes, all repaired for free.False. See post #12^^.
Spot on. Recalls are free, often proactive repairs to correct an issue with a part discovered, and rarely reflect long term reliability, unless you fail to get the recall work done. Bottom line, get the repair/replacement done at the dealer, done. The recalls so far have been limited to a few VIN numbers or of small batches, so have not proven to be particularly troubling. For those concerned, there are just as many recalls specifically for Gen 2 bikes as there were for Gen 1, so regardless of bike year, check and assure that yours has had all the free work done on it.I don't understand why people are so concerned with recalls...
...in the limited 7 year lifetime of R3 bikes, it doesn't sounds like there are any major chronic failures identified, ones that would be costly to repair, at least not yet.