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  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    R3 still speaks to me due to its smoothness and twin cylinder power, but now tvs have upped the game, 310rr looks to bridge the gap between the 200s and 390s, its perfectly placed in between, I'd take tvs any day over bajaj, ktm are still a good proposition, I honestly will take the Duke 390 over the g310r, but I'm not too sold on the rc, ok now what if Honda launch the 300r in a similar price range and updated cosmetics , bet people will say it's overpriced even though if it's priced with tvs, but that's another argument for another day, but at the moment rr310 looks to be the talk of the town, I'm very curious to see how it does on the long run.

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    • Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by s1d View Post
      Have you gone thru the cbr250 thread from its initial days? The R3 had a couple of major issues (that Yam later issued a recall for).
      These are machines, and nationality doesn't make them immune from breakdowns . I'd rather have a pulsar that breaks down than a 650, i know what's easier to fix and move on.
      Now, comparing a single KTM to a twin and that too faired twins.. one point being, the heat felt will be lesser due to the fairing and the other being it is a single that pumps out more power than its class rivals, so yeh expect more 'heat'.. It's just their character and not that it has a poorly designed cooling system! Putting in all that power and performance in a light weight package is not an easy task ! And yes, if you ride these ktm's in choc-a-bloc traffic it is bound to cause some heat discomfort but I am glad many more folks use ktm's as their daily ride compared to the bunch that owns a 650 or an n300/r3
      I think Bajaj+ktm has put more smiles on peoples faces than any Jap has ever did in India to date. (no offence to the RX and RD's ! They were probably the last ones that created magic for us desi folks). And btw, i own a couple of Japs and the Austrian but I do not judge them based on their nationality. I'd ride anything on two wheels and respect it , with me buying what suits my preference. (of-course i wish to buy almost every motorcycle out there someday )

      Coming to what TVS has done, they have learnt from Bajaj+ktm that local manufacturing AND price (which is affected depending on import vs local) is the key to get our folks interested in their products. They have nailed it with the 310rr, and I've seen folks who are contemplating giving up their n300 and r3 for the 310rr!!
      Only time will tell if the 310rr is going to be 'reliable' in the long run.. many folks are already hooked on to it purely from it's looks, pricing and performance(on paper). A bit late but a very good move from tvs, going to suck up a lot of potential rc/r3/n300 buyers !! Hopefully doesn't disappoint.
      Already gave up my ninja recently due to unavailability of spare parts and sky rocketing service costs which were increased post bajaj-Kawasaki breakup.(1600 per hour to be precise)
      RR310 seems like a good package and would definitely love to buy one.

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      • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
        If Jan 18th is the deadline, then you should book the Akula right away. R3 would *probably* be launched with few goodies (ABS, upgraded headlamps) at the auto expo. That means one can't buy it before March/April.
        And if you feel that R3/N300 are "just one extra cylinder" then you should better off be buying a single cylinder motorbike.
        [OT]

        That's the problem with this forum, people share opinions without understanding the comment. I mentioned that I'll wait for any update on the launch plans till Jan'18 mid. If there's an update on the launch plans I'll wait more, like I've for past 7-8 months.

        As for the R3 compared to RR310,
        1. Even with goodies like ABS and upgraded headlamp, the only difference would be the "extra cylinder engine" (a very capable one, I am not questioning that) and it's inherent advantages (smoothness, reliability from Japs) and disadvantages (cost). But cost is not a deciding factor for me, as I was planning to buy the R3 in June'17 itself.
        2. Quality wise, as per the initial reviews, TVS has really upped the game and probably matched the likes of R3/N300.
        3. Reliability, would be able to comment on it after some ownership reviews start coming in, but same was true for R3 as well, when it was launched with a brand new engine from Yamaha's stable. And, considering the fact that RR310's engine is developed under BMW/TVS JV, it's more likely to be a reliable unit.
        4. Handling - R3 is a sports tourer (and decent on tracks in stock form), RR310 is somewhere between RC390 and R3 in terms of handling and ride quality. It may not be as relaxed a tourer as R3, but would do better on track.
        5. Heating issues - There is a mention of engine heating in stop-go traffic for R3 as well in this thread itself, but it's still far better when compared to RC390. For RR310, the owners would be the better judge of that.

        When motorcycles are compared, they are compared as a package (let's keep price out of the equation for now) and not just the engine. And how that package addresses one's requirement. No motorcycle is perfect and can tick everything on the list of personal preferences. And in the current market scenario, the only thing that is differentiating R3 from RR310 is the twin cylinder engine. But buyer's can make a compromise on that, considering the package which TVS has launched and the ignorance or neglect of Yamaha towards Indian customers.

        For me, the preference is a twin cylinder engine, but at some point I've to make a decision, I can't wait for Yamaha to launch the R3 forever, considering there's a quite closer alternative available in the form of RR310.

        Also, given how the market is evolving in our country. Yamaha and Kawasaki will have to re-think their strategy for a country like India.
        Last edited by abhinesh4r15; 12-14-2017, 12:14 PM.

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        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

          BUT this is an ownership thread. Not a shootout or 'What Bike' thread hence kindly refrain from such comparos else take them to the appropriate section to discuss!
          Quench my thirst with gasoline!

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          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by Sarvajit View Post
            BUT this is an ownership thread. Not a shootout or 'What Bike' thread hence kindly refrain from such comparos else take them to the appropriate section to discuss!
            Absolutely! marked my previous post as OT.

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            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

              A teeny-weeny update from my side.
              [MENTION=41586]Divya Sharan[/MENTION] We all know how sentimental motorcycles are, let them stay that way for better or for worse. Though comments can be taken in a wide variety of connotations on a public forum, it's just the rudimental emotions attached to a person's belief with respect the the "brand" he trusts. Let's respect his or her decisions, after all, they wouldn't throw their money just for the sake of it.

              Let's keep the thread flowing with what's relevant to the R3.

              Cheers!
              VJ
              Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
              The girl said, 'NO!'


              And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


              THE END

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              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Update was pending from long time.

                Completed 25,000kms on 8th November 2017, Currently odo stands at 27,100kms. In between these things at around 23,000 kms met with an unfortunate accident. While coming back from Bhilai on one of the sunday evening, I was standing at traffic signal, waiting for lights to get green. Suddenly with s strong jerk I was at road for few seconds I was not sure exactly what happened. Then I saw three guys lying on road, I picked my bike up and parked it at the side of the road. I realized that these three guys on splendor are fully drunk and they rear ended me, initially i thought it is a car. I was completely fine without any single scratches. I checked the bike, first i saw that exhaust muffler was missing, pillion foot peg's half part was missing, rear brake reservoir was broken, rear brake pedal mount was broken. I tried to search my exhaust but couldn't find it. By that time my friend arrived at the spot, we again searched that spot but couldn't find the exhaust, seems like someone stole it when incident happened.

                I parked bike at my friend's house at bhilai, he dropped me back at my home at raipur. We analysed the damage nect morning and according to that placed order for spare parts at bhilai svc, most expensive part was exhaust muffler (around Rs.24,500/-), I ordered brake pedal assembly and Right side pillion foot pegs mount. I decided to source aftermarket exhaust and to install ktm brake fluid reservoir. i got akrapovic gp slipon from one of the fellow R3 owner as he was not using it.

                All these things took 10 days to arrive and bike was at friend's house, when parts arrived, gave bike at bhiliai svc. Work done on bike was very poor. I also changed chain sprockets (Rs. 5,500/-)at that time, life of another 2,000kms was left. Also changed coneset which costed around Rs.3,000/-. Total bill was around Rs.12,000/- including labour.

                Bike is running good without any issues, but service at bhilai svc was not at all good, I did my sixth service at bilaspur svc which is excellent. Service cost was Rs. 2100/- including all labour. Service and spare costs is the highlight point of R3.

                By the way changed tyres to MRF Masseter at the rear and MRF FC1 at the front. Here are some pics:

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                Last edited by Chandan92; 12-13-2017, 11:41 PM.

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                • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by abhinesh4r15 View Post
                  Absolutely! marked my previous post as OT.
                  I don't think your post was OT, R3 is being discussed in comparison with Apache 310, nothing wrong in that IMO.

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                  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Its been a long time since I last posted a video here.
                    The following video is a ride to Gudibandhu near Bangalore.
                    We had 2 riding Groups, YRC: Yamaha Riders Group and R3OG: R3 Owners Group
                    Hero Honda Splendor (June 2001- Present)
                    Yamaha YZF R3 (Jan 2016 - Present)
                    TVS Scooty Zest 110 (Oct 2017 - Apr 2018)
                    TVS Ntorq 125 (May 2018 - Apr 2019)
                    KTM Duke 125 (Apr 2019 - Dec 2019)

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                    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                      Update was pending from long time.
                      Glad that you are safe. If thats what happened, people steal even at such unfortunate incidents; its a shame for us.

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                      Originally posted by Finney View Post
                      I don't think your post was OT, R3 is being discussed in comparison with Apache 310, nothing wrong in that IMO.
                      Honestly this thread was dead for long time until the RR launch


                      <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< START WIDE AND FINISH TIGHT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                      TVS Apache RR 310 : 2018
                      Hero Honda HUNK : 2011-2018

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                      • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                        Update was pending from long time.

                        By the way changed tyres to MRF Masseter at the rear and MRF FC1 at the front. Here are some pics:
                        Glad to see, that you're okay!
                        Your R3 pics, just makes me want to curse Yamaha India even more. I just want to bring this beauty home as soon as I can!

                        How is your experience with Masseters?
                        Last edited by abhinesh4r15; 12-14-2017, 12:13 PM.

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                        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by abhinesh4r15 View Post
                          Glad to see, that you're okay!Your R3 pics, just makes me want to curse Yamaha India even more. I just want to bring this beauty home as soon as I can!How is your experience with Masseters?
                          Masseters are good, i wish MRF launches masseter for front too. Rear is as good as michelins which I was using it earlier (First 2,000kms was done on stock MRF tyre set which I changed to Michelins which ran about 21,000kms). Michelins were good especially in wet surface but after
                          15,000 kms it used to lack grip even after doing 21,000kms tyre looked like new. Set of new MRF tyre set costed me Rs.6,100/-.Some more pics of bike:







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                          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by Chandan92 View Post
                            Masseters are good, i wish MRF launches masseter for front too. Rear is as good as michelins which I was using it earlier (First 2,000kms was done on stock MRF tyre set which I changed to Michelins which ran about 21,000kms). Michelins were good especially in wet surface but after
                            15,000 kms it used to lack grip even after doing 21,000kms tyre looked like new. Set of new MRF tyre set costed me Rs.6,100/-.Some more pics of bike:

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                            Hi Chandan,

                            Can masseters handle the speeds which this bike can do? Any idea on the speed rating of the tyre?

                            Thanks,
                            NS

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                            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by Nitish Singla View Post
                              Hi Chandan,

                              Can masseters handle the speeds which this bike can do? Any idea on the speed rating of the tyre?

                              Thanks,
                              NS
                              Hi nitish,

                              Yes masseters can handle high speeds, speed rating is H (210kmph).

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                              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Doing a south India trip tomorrow Dec 29th 2017. Three day trip from Coimbatore to Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari to Cochin and back to Coimbatore on my Yamaha YZF R3. I will keep u guys posted.

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