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  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Hi! Im planning on booking the R3 once I get a decent test ride. Can R3 owners in hyderabad suggest a good dealer ? Have been to two and both are very vague about offering test rides. Has anyone from Hyderabad booked the 2018 R3?

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    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Please mention my name and meet Srinivas at Pearl Yamaha Kondapur
      Quench my thirst with gasoline!

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        Thanks [MENTION=29997]bharatheshk[/MENTION] for the response and suggestion. The banking job indeed has shown its colours and made me older than my actual age. Time to get fit!!! 😃😃

        Also it was good to see a rider on the other side of 40 to be on such a bike as R3. It actually made me let go of getting an HD Street 750 for comfort factor and reconsider R3. Thanks for your inputs.

        Regards

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        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Took a short (4km) night testride of my brother's friend's Yamaha R3, which had done around 7900kms on the ODO. But sadly I think I won't be owning one. Here is what I observed.

          ~Likes
          -Typical Yamaha superb build quality feels like new even after almost two years since he bought it.

          -Sweet looking dash with all necessary info

          -Nice bassy exhaust note at idle and as it revs above 5000rpm it roars like a middleweight Ninja.

          -Feels light not at all heavy like Dominar at idle/parking speeds.

          -Smooth Acceleration and gear shifts

          -Ride Quality was good, absorbed bumps nicely.

          -Front Brakes had a nice bite

          -Brilliant Halogen Headlights. Right out of the box superb lateral and focused throw in low/high beam.


          ~Things not to my expectations and hence cons for me.

          -Now I understood why the MRF tyres were getting all the criticism. The tyres are so bad, just simple downshifts bring rear wheel chatter. What a relief Metzelers will be.

          -I'm a slightly heavy build at 93kgs, 184cms tall with 34" inseam. As soon as I sit on the motorcycle there is absolutely no room for any relaxed posture, to slightly move back to my liking.

          -My crotch is hilariously and dangerously close to the tank.

          -The handlebar is relaxed than R15v2 but not as relaxed as the 2017 Ninja 650. Hence I started feeling pain in my wrists while finishing the ride.

          I wanted a sweet pocket rocket for my usage of 60% city and 40% highways. Right when ABS and stickier tyres were brought in, the R3 became a no-brainer deal, but sadly it's not meant for me. I guess naked motorcycles are the way to go for me, hope the Z650 doesn't disappoint.

          Cheers!

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            Originally posted by jazzysaravana View Post
            Took a short (4km) night testride of my brother's friend's Yamaha R3, which had done around 7900kms on the ODO. But sadly I think I won't be owning one. Here is what I observed.

            ~Likes
            -Typical Yamaha superb build quality feels like new even after almost two years since he bought it.

            -Sweet looking dash with all necessary info

            -Nice bassy exhaust note at idle and as it revs above 5000rpm it roars like a middleweight Ninja.

            -Feels light not at all heavy like Dominar at idle/parking speeds.

            -Smooth Acceleration and gear shifts

            -Ride Quality was good, absorbed bumps nicely.

            -Front Brakes had a nice bite

            -Brilliant Halogen Headlights. Right out of the box superb lateral and focused throw in low/high beam.


            ~Things not to my expectations and hence cons for me.

            -Now I understood why the MRF tyres were getting all the criticism. The tyres are so bad, just simple downshifts bring rear wheel chatter. What a relief Metzelers will be.

            -I'm a slightly heavy build at 93kgs, 184cms tall with 34" inseam. As soon as I sit on the motorcycle there is absolutely no room for any relaxed posture, to slightly move back to my liking.

            -My crotch is hilariously and dangerously close to the tank.

            -The handlebar is relaxed than R15v2 but not as relaxed as the 2017 Ninja 650. Hence I started feeling pain in my wrists while finishing the ride.

            I wanted a sweet pocket rocket for my usage of 60% city and 40% highways. Right when ABS and stickier tyres were brought in, the R3 became a no-brainer deal, but sadly it's not meant for me. I guess naked motorcycles are the way to go for me, hope the Z650 doesn't disappoint.

            Cheers!
            If pain in the wrists are the only thing keeping you away from the bike, please reconsider it. Your hands will get stronger the more you ride, trust me. Happens with every CBR 250/ bent-forward posture bike owner including me. For the first month, you will feel pain as your shoulders and wrists aren't strong enough to take the weight. Soon, they will get tougher.

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            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by jazzysaravana View Post
              Took a short (4km) night testride of my brother's friend's Yamaha R3, which had done around 7900kms on the ODO. But sadly I think I won't be owning one. Here is what I observed.

              ~Likes
              -Typical Yamaha superb build quality feels like new even after almost two years since he bought it.

              -Sweet looking dash with all necessary info

              -Nice bassy exhaust note at idle and as it revs above 5000rpm it roars like a middleweight Ninja.


              I wanted a sweet pocket rocket for my usage of 60% city and 40% highways. Right when ABS and stickier tyres were brought in, the R3 became a no-brainer deal, but sadly it's not meant for me. I guess naked motorcycles are the way to go for me, hope the Z650 doesn't disappoint.

              Cheers!
              I was also confused between new R3 and Z650 (I know they belong to 2 different segments and we cannot compare). If you ride 10000-12000km per year, then Insurance + tires + maintenance alone will be around Rs.60000/ per year for the Z650 as per the following link.

              Dreaming about buying your first large capacity motorcycle? We walk you through the best entry-level big bikes under Rs 7 lakh such as the Harley-Davidson Street Rod, Kawasaki Z650 and Benelli TNT 600i.


              That is making me to move away from the Z650.

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              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                [MENTION=38907]Jazzy[/MENTION]aarvana, I am same build and height but heavier and I found r3 really good because of narrower tank, z650 with wider tank , contributed to a wider posture and more tail bone pain for me

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                • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by jazzysaravana View Post
                  Took a short (4km) night testride of my brother's friend's Yamaha R3, which had done around 7900kms on the ODO. But sadly I think I won't be owning one. Here is what I observed.
                  I wanted a sweet pocket rocket for my usage of 60% city and 40% highways. Right when ABS and stickier tyres were brought in, the R3 became a no-brainer deal, but sadly it's not meant for me. I guess naked motorcycles are the way to go for me, hope the Z650 doesn't disappoint.

                  Cheers!
                  A big factor on our roads is ground clearance and i think Z 650 with your build could scrape at a lot of places, so please check out both before you decide.
                  Yamaha RX 135 5 Speed - 2000 -(current)
                  Yamaha R15 v1 - 2009 - 2016 ( Sold )
                  Yamaha R3 - 2015 - (current)

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                  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by leech View Post
                    If pain in the wrists are the only thing keeping you away from the bike, please reconsider it. Your hands will get stronger the more you ride, trust me. Happens with every CBR 250/ bent-forward posture bike owner including me. For the first month, you will feel pain as your shoulders and wrists aren't strong enough to take the weight. Soon, they will get tougher.
                    Thanks for your suggestion bro I get what you mean, six years ago I used to own the 2012 Duke 200 and R15v2(brother's).

                    Though I loved the less windblast and superior control on r15v2 but the pain in the wrists was there always, hence I used to prefer the upright ergos of Duke akways. I initially thought the R3 would be more relaxed(like Ninja 650) than R15v2 but that was not the case. It's almost the same only.

                    I also feel the CBR250R has slightly more room for taller people than R3.
                    Originally posted by Ayyachamy View Post
                    I was also confused between new R3 and Z650 (I know they belong to 2 different segments and we cannot compare). If you ride 10000-12000km per year, then Insurance + tires + maintenance alone will be around Rs.60000/ per year for the Z650 as per the following link.

                    Dreaming about buying your first large capacity motorcycle? We walk you through the best entry-level big bikes under Rs 7 lakh such as the Harley-Davidson Street Rod, Kawasaki Z650 and Benelli TNT 600i.


                    That is making me to move away from the Z650.
                    Yes bro, what I actually came to mean by that Z650 comment was that naturally I'm a naked street machine type guy. I thought due to my initial expectations after a long break I might like relaxed ergonomics of faired motorcycles like R3 but that's not the case I think.

                    How I wish Yamaha also had the MT-03 the naked brother of R3, I would've felt more home on it I believe.

                    Yes the maintaining costs of Kawasaki are expensive now after splitting from Bajaj, no two sides to it.
                    Originally posted by akmblr View Post
                    [MENTION=38907]Jazzy[/MENTION]aarvana, I am same build and height but heavier and I found r3 really good because of narrower tank, z650 with wider tank , contributed to a wider posture and more tail bone pain for me
                    Cool, good to see you feel at home in the R3. Yes, but the wide handlebar of Z650 type motorcycles also give you superb handling in traffic and also have relaxed rider ergonomics.
                    Originally posted by bharatheshk View Post
                    A big factor on our roads is ground clearance and i think Z 650 with your build could scrape at a lot of places, so please check out both before you decide.
                    Yes, I'm very aware of that issue. Sorry I should've made my intentions more clear on that Z650 comment. What I came to say was I naturally will feel home in naked motorcycle.

                    The Versys 650 should be the buy in their middleweight segment due to this ground clearance issue.

                    Quoting from the post I made on Z650 thread.

                    "I'm not sure why the recent fascination with many manufacturers to come up with the India unfriendly "130mm" ground clearance. The new Street Twin-Triple, Ninja 650-1000, Z650-900, etc have this clearance issue. It's a bit annoying to slow down almost to a halt before going over speed humps. One of my friend's own the Street Twin and this issue is manageable with a rider, but with pillion its an absolute no. It not only scrapes but hits bumps with a strong thud."

                    R3 and Apache RR310 have the trump card here due to superb ground clearance for our roads.

                    Thank you all for your inputs, hopefully I will find a motorcycle soon to my riding pedigree.

                    Cheers!
                    Last edited by jazzysaravana; 02-27-2018, 11:30 PM.

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                    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Mumbai OTR price is Rs. 4,02,500 courtesy Kamala Yamaha. Waiting period is maximum 60 days and sadly no test ride vehicle available.

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                        Originally posted by mandarw86 View Post
                        Mumbai OTR price is Rs. 4,02,500 courtesy Kamala Yamaha. Waiting period is maximum 60 days and sadly no test ride vehicle available.
                        In Pune, they have no clue about the availability of this bike. Leave alone quoting OTR and waiting period
                        Last edited by manishh; 02-28-2018, 05:25 PM.

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                        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          After waiting for more than a year for the launch i am sad to see that even after launch the guys at yamaha are least bothered in selling the Yamaha R3.. They dont know about the bike. Dont care to cal back regarding enquiries. Have no clue about the colours on the 18 version let alone the test ride vehicles and the works. Pathetic attitude on the part of Yamaha India. Booked the Dominar instead for the time being while yamaha gets their head out of their asses..

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                          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Hi Guys,

                            I took a test ride last Saturday @Monarch Yamaha - Pune. The person to contact is Mr. pramod Gokhale (9442208011) who is also the owner of the outlet I believe.
                            As far as test ride is concerned, a BS3 Blue R3 is available. Mr Pramod and folks at Monarch were quite enthusiastic for providing the test ride.
                            For pricing and finance queries, they didn't have a specific answers. They told me that the OTR-Pune would be 3.95L and finance from HDFC @12% is available.
                            Down payment would be 1.5L. They told me that these values should not be taken as final and some revisions are expected in coming weeks.

                            Regarding the test ride, I would be graduating from Karizma R. Here are my thought:-

                            1. Since the test ride bike is ridden (hard and abused) by many people, the engine did have some harshness in it.
                            I had ridden a friend's R3 2 years back and it felt way smoother.

                            2. The exhaust note is superb and is addictive!

                            3.The bike looks gorgeous (surely makes you go weak on your knees). Have a seat on it and it feels very compact.

                            4. Filtering through the traffic was not an issue and liner power meant no jerking around. R3 rides feels like a commuter bike (in a good way) in the city traffic. I felt it was easier to filter through the traffic than my Karizma. The only issue was the fairing mounted mirrors that I was not used to.

                            5. I have read through the ownership review available here and on the Motohive.in website and surely believe that besides the fuel costs, maintaining a R3 would be easier on the pocket. Courtesy to sensible prices of the spares.

                            6. The bike soaked the bums beautifully and I felt the grip from MRFs were manageable. I rode the R3 on the same route as I did on my Karizma on the way to the showroom making a mental note of the condition of the tar on the road.

                            All of the above points are in favor of R3. As of now, only the below point (a major one for me) is against it.

                            The seating posture did feel aggressive and I felt my weight on my wrists just after <5km test ride. I suspect that a couple of hours ride will cause neck and back pain for myself. Just after the test ride when I hopped back on my Karizma, I felt @home and ready to ride for next 500kms.

                            But again, from the ownership reviews itself, there are R3 owners who have covered unimaginable distance on this beautiful machine. I am going to take some time and do more test rides to be ascertain.

                            As of now, the pain in my writs over powers the glitter in my eyes and big wide smile after staring at the R3.

                            Cheers,
                            Rushikesh Ware
                            thebikingdiaries.in
                            Last edited by rushikesh.ware; 02-28-2018, 08:22 PM. Reason: Spelling Mistakes
                            Rushikesh
                            TheBikingDiaries.in

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                            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Hey guys just wanted to ask r3 owners that how long does the yamalube oil last...???
                              At what interval do you drain the oil ...???

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                              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                Originally posted by rushikesh.ware View Post

                                I took a test ride last Saturday @Monarch Yamaha - Pune. The person to contact is Mr. pramod Gokhale (9442208011) who is also the owner of the outlet I believe.
                                You mean Monarch Yamaha, Tilak Road? Must visit soon. Do they have R3 BS IV version on display? Any timeline for arrival?

                                As for finances, if you have an FD, you can take up to 90% loan against it at just 1% above the FD interest (so less than 8% as of now) - it is much cheaper that way and no hypothecation hassles as well.
                                Last edited by manishh; 02-28-2018, 11:40 PM.

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