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  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Finally I read this thread after owning R3 for 5 months now, before the thread was even started! Now, if you want to go into the details of R3, views from different owners are summed up very nicely here, Yamaha R3 Ownership Review | MotoHive

    The issues that R3 has are still not resolved by Yamaha, and many of my friends have already given up on some, like the bike swaying to the left and terrible vibrations (especially if you're touring or using normal fuel). SVCs and engineers are clueless about what is causing these issues; they are giving multiple explanations and some of our bikes have become a subject of hit-and-trial for troubleshooting for Yamaha.

    What seemed like the most practical bike, turned out to be practically the most useless for me. Thanks to the behavior between 5.5-6.5 K rpm which deserves a special mention.

    I'm curious to know how the new bikes behave though. Because as far as the first few lots are concerned, I think R3 is the worst Yamaha ever. And perhaps the only one that vibrates. With normal fuel, vibrations reach the seat and the pillion alike. Definitely not expected from a manufacturer like Yamaha and what a poor support from them!
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    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by Nikhil Rathi View Post
      Finally I read this thread after owning R3 for 5 months now, before the thread was even started! Now, if you want to go into the details of R3, views from different owners are summed up very nicely here, Yamaha R3 Ownership Review | MotoHive

      The issues that R3 has are still not resolved by Yamaha, and many of my friends have already given up on some, like the bike swaying to the left and terrible vibrations (especially if you're touring or using normal fuel). SVCs and engineers are clueless about what is causing these issues; they are giving multiple explanations and some of our bikes have become a subject of hit-and-trial for troubleshooting for Yamaha.

      What seemed like the most practical bike, turned out to be practically the most useless for me. Thanks to the behavior between 5.5-6.5 K rpm which deserves a special mention.

      I'm curious to know how the new bikes behave though. Because as far as the first few lots are concerned, I think R3 is the worst Yamaha ever. And perhaps the only one that vibrates. With normal fuel, vibrations reach the seat and the pillion alike. Definitely not expected from a manufacturer like Yamaha and what a poor support from them!
      Wow, that's totally unexpected from this bike. I personally get very mind vibration at revs over 9-10k but that also is probably wind and not the machine itself. I also don't have issues with regular fuel sold here in India which unleaded 91 octane I believe.

      If you could demonstrate the difference between a new and old bike, you might have a solid case against Yamaha and they should be forced to fix your issue, considering your bike is still covered under warranty.

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      • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by Nikhil Rathi View Post
        Finally I read this thread after owning R3 for 5 months now, before the thread was even started! Now, if you want to go into the details of R3, views from different owners are summed up very nicely here, Yamaha R3 Ownership Review | MotoHive

        The issues that R3 has are still not resolved by Yamaha, and many of my friends have already given up on some, like the bike swaying to the left and terrible vibrations (especially if you're touring or using normal fuel). SVCs and engineers are clueless about what is causing these issues; they are giving multiple explanations and some of our bikes have become a subject of hit-and-trial for troubleshooting for Yamaha.

        What seemed like the most practical bike, turned out to be practically the most useless for me. Thanks to the behavior between 5.5-6.5 K rpm which deserves a special mention.

        I'm curious to know how the new bikes behave though. Because as far as the first few lots are concerned, I think R3 is the worst Yamaha ever. And perhaps the only one that vibrates. With normal fuel, vibrations reach the seat and the pillion alike. Definitely not expected from a manufacturer like Yamaha and what a poor support from them!
        Strange. Haven't felt either of issues. What I have definitely felt is that if the engine isn't warm enough it doesn't pull cleanly, there is some lag around 6-7K rpm. Goes away as the engine warms up. Get in touch with someone higher up in Yamaha.

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        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by Nikhil Rathi View Post
          ..

          I'm curious to know how the new bikes behave though. Because as far as the first few lots are concerned, I think R3 is the worst Yamaha ever. And perhaps the only one that vibrates. With normal fuel, vibrations reach the seat and the pillion alike. Definitely not expected from a manufacturer like Yamaha and what a poor support from them!
          This is exactly why I refrain from buying bikes of the initial lots!

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          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

            So went to check out the R3 at Adarsh Yamaha, Adchini, New Delhi. They had one black R3 on display and she looked fab. No TDs as expected. Tried out the ergonomics and she felt light and only marginally bigger than the R15. Build quality was typical yamaha, no complaints there.

            Now coming to the financial part, i have attached the price list. Its 3.71 on road:
            1. They have mentioned accessories worth 9k that is included in the on road price. On questioning they only mentioned it constituted stuff like elbow and knee guards etc.??? On further pressing they said it can be excluded but with permission from "management"!
            2. Even with finance option, they are asking for a downpayment of atleast 1.75-2 lakhs using their preferred financiers!? I have put in a separate enquiry with HDFC on this though as i find this absurd.

            Could anyone share their thoughts on these two points... Cheers

            P. S. Please let me know if you have trouble viewing the price list
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            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by robbie View Post
              So went to check out the R3 at Adarsh Yamaha, Adchini, New Delhi. They had one black R3 on display and she looked fab. No TDs as expected. Tried out the ergonomics and she felt light and only marginally bigger than the R15. Build quality was typical yamaha, no complaints there.

              Now coming to the financial part, i have attached the price list. Its 3.71 on road:
              1. They have mentioned accessories worth 9k that is included in the on road price. On questioning they only mentioned it constituted stuff like elbow and knee guards etc.??? On further pressing they said it can be excluded but with permission from "management"!
              2. Even with finance option, they are asking for a downpayment of atleast 1.75-2 lakhs using their preferred financiers!? I have put in a separate enquiry with HDFC on this though as i find this absurd.

              Could anyone share their thoughts on these two points... Cheers

              P. S. Please let me know if you have trouble viewing the price list
              The accessory and the finance part is all bull**. Go ahead with your preferred financier. And tell the dealer that you belong to the largest community of bikers in India and have a direct relationship with Yamaha. And they said no such extra accessories are to be forced upon the customer.

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              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Put some Kms on the Odometer today. Total Distance done : 610 Kms. Talking of the issues, here are my 3 cents

                1. Coolant leak problem - Well documented on US forums as well. Took my bike to SVC on Friday and wasted 2 hours in traffic. Issue not resolved till now as it is again leaking. ( This is after a trip to SVC. Initially things were even messier)

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                2. Vibrations : May be it is a bit early (still run-in) but vibrations are prominent in 5k - 6k RPM range. Sounds unrefined in this RPM range

                3. Tyres : Absolutely pathetic. Have an Air pressure leakage issue as well on my front tyre. Took to 2 shops for identification of the problem but none could diagnose. It is losing significant pressure (6 psi over a day). Also, grip provided by the tyre is not that great.
                Last edited by biker_boy; 02-13-2016, 10:19 PM. Reason: Few details added

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                • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Originally posted by adyscorpius View Post
                  J M Motors in Noida is giving test drive of Yamaha R3.. I got one from them and was sold. Bought the bike the next day for 3.65 lakhs including zero dep insurance. They had both colours in stock.
                  Did you go with finance? If yes, may i know how much downpayment you made? Also is it UP registration or can they also provide DL registration?

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                  • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    Originally posted by biker_boy View Post
                    3. Tyres : Absolutely pathetic. Have an Air pressure leakage issue as well on my front tyre. Took to 2 shops for identification of the problem but none could diagnose. It is losing significant pressure (6 psi over a day). Also, grip provided by the tyre is not that great.
                    On the slow air pressure drop issue, debugged the cause and apparently, the wheel is leaking air pressure and not the tyre. The rim doesn't seem to be damaged but I am no expert here.

                    The video can be found here



                    Thinking of highlighting the poor quality issues with Yamaha higher-ups. Anyone having email addresses of Yamaha Indian Sr. management, please share.

                    Thanks

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                    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Originally posted by biker_boy View Post
                      On the slow air pressure drop issue, debugged the cause and apparently, the wheel is leaking air pressure and not the tyre. The rim doesn't seem to be damaged but I am no expert here.

                      The video can be found here



                      Thinking of highlighting the poor quality issues with Yamaha higher-ups. Anyone having email addresses of Yamaha Indian Sr. management, please share.

                      Thanks
                      seems like slight bent on rim although its not physically visible, don't worry you will get replacement of it. try not to do jugaad by hitting and correcting it untill you bring this to yamaha notice [not the SVC]
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                      • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Originally posted by nagoo View Post
                        seems like slight bent on rim although its not physically visible, don't worry you will get replacement of it. try not to do jugaad by hitting and correcting it untill you bring this to yamaha notice [not the SVC]
                        Yes. Have not ridden the bike since the debug. Wrote an email to Yamaha today. Awaiting reply from them and then only will involve the local SVC.
                        Last edited by biker_boy; 02-14-2016, 08:03 PM.

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                        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          Originally posted by Deathmate.Zed View Post
                          This is exactly why I refrain from buying bikes of the initial lots!
                          Thats a good point there.
                          But here in the case of R3, It was revealed in October 2014 in Europe and we Indian's got the bike in Aug 2015. Well, that's around an year to churn out whatever issues it had.
                          We get exactly the same thing what they get, not considering tyres and saree guard. If many bikes has common issue, its big Time Yamaha look into it very very seriously. But I really think the issue is for a very few number of bikes, so and so we can ignore it.
                          But if thats not the case, then its very unlike Yamaha.
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                          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            I have covered almost 350 kms till now and 90% was on highway rest was in the city, didn't faced any issue till now. Happy in terms of touring and super happy in city after riding duke 390.

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                            • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                              Originally posted by Deathmate.Zed View Post
                              The accessory and the finance part is all bull**. Go ahead with your preferred financier. And tell the dealer that you belong to the largest community of bikers in India and have a direct relationship with Yamaha. And they said no such extra accessories are to be forced upon the customer.

                              Sent from my XT1052 using xBhp Connect mobile app
                              So i had mailed yamaha india about my concerns yesterday and they called me up today:

                              1. Accessories are completely optional and not yamaha policy. They are going to follow this up with the dealer and will update me tomorrow.

                              2. Regarding finance they have asked me to approach bussan finance directly or go with my preferred provider.

                              3. Its yamahas official policy not to offer test drives of the R3. Dealers can offer it at their discretion and risk.

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                              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                A small comparison between R3 & Duke 390 from my side:

                                1. Bike is smooth, refined and has little vibes but not much i think it will vanish after first service. ( I know duke is single cylinder )

                                2. Engine heat is much less wrt to duke in city rides.

                                3. Acceleration is linear wrt mad hooligan power of duke 390 which makes it difficult to ride duke in city.

                                4. Headlights are alot better wrt R15.

                                5. Riding posture is perfect neither too extreme nor too straight.

                                6. Tyres are ok i mean If u are commuter and tourer then MRFs will do the job whereas metz in D390 offered excellent grip.

                                7. Seats are alot comfy and I feel like sitting on a sofa after riding D390.

                                P.S. - Above points are according to my point of view after owning both the bikes. However i will keep thread updated as I clock more kms.

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