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  • #91
    Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Just went to check the bike out here in Bangalore Wheels, Rajajinagar. They are keeping the display bikes (both black and blue) in 1st floor.

    This is what I felt. My personal opinion, no offense to anybody or discouragement to buyers and prospective buyers, or just being a negative nancy.

    This bike doesn't feel and look premium. I felt the R15 standing next to it looked better and more R6-like than R3. The fit and finish is good, nothing great. There's play in plastics around the knee area, the matte plastic and gloss plastic on the tank wasn't properly flushed in and the switch gears feel slightly better than what's there in Duke/RC except the turn indicator slider, KTMs have a little up and down play. The turn indicators aren't rigidly fixed, betting it would go up and down when you go over a rough patch. The quality is nothing that couldn't have been manufactured in India. The quality matches that of R15. The levers are absolutely amazing, no play at all, though they aren't adjustable. And, the blue paint on the wheels seems too glossy (might be because the showroom guys polish the sh** out of the bikes) and gives it a rather "cheap" feel.

    These might seem like nitpicking but when you're considering to buy a bike with, I'm sure a great 321cc engine, but nothing else going for it except Yamaha brand. No ABS, no slipper clutch, bland looks (subjective), definitely not the best handler and at a price tag of 3.84001 lakhs on-road (Bangalore), these will be at the back of your mind.

    Also, the starter motor sounds like a Royal Enfield Classic 500 starter motor. The exhaust note is bass-y compared to N300 but only slightly.

    Some pics I took. (Excuse the bad quality, this is no professional camera but a mid-range phone's camera)







    The bike's seating position felt uncomfortable for me (6'1), just like CBR250R, my ankle was at max upward position, felt very difficult to shift the gear up and to just rest. Some pictures of it (sales guy didn't focus before taking a picture, sorry for the hazy image). Wanted the pegs to be set a little back with forward slant (This is highly personal, some may prefer this), N300 felt absolutely fine though just like the KTMs.





    The switch gears.









    Very nitpicky picture.



    But hey, it costs this much.



    Again, my personal opinion. ​​

    I'd choose N300 over R3 without much hesitation. It looks better, has a premium feel (when you are paying premium), and with some goods like slipper clutch, more tank capacity, big bike feel. TBH, TNT300 seems to give more premium feel than R3.

    Now to some positives of this bike.

    1. Definitely the engine, a Yamaha twin is sure going to be good no matter what and finally when you are riding, that's what matters, you don't keep checking for niggles in fit and finish when you're on the road enjoying the ride.

    2. The bike look absolutely deadly head-on and from the back. Not so much in angles.

    3. Bike's light and can be pushed around without much hassle.

    4. "Technology you ride is the technology we race." with Rossi and Lorenzo picture is sure to give a positive energy and pride. (Though this bike uses nothing that's used in MotoGP, even R15 beats this bike in terms of features.)

    5. Yamaha brand. With the engine and riding dynamics (from what I've read on the Internet), this bike deserves to be sticker-ed with "46" instead of on Dios. :P

    Finally, all the negatives may vanish when I ride the bike, but as I said, this bike could've been easily manufactured in India, priced it a little low, kept the quality almost same and even provided ABS.

    Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to those who own the bike. Please don't feel bad or angry (on me), this is just my view and you know all these doesn't matter if your heart beats for this bike.

    Last edited by Gunslingin_Ridr; 09-25-2015, 02:26 AM.

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    • #92
      Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

      Originally posted by Gunslingin_Ridr View Post
      Just went to check the bike out here in Bangalore Wheels, Rajajinagar. They are keeping the display bikes (both black and blue) in 1st floor.

      This is what I felt. My personal opinion, no offense to anybody or discouragement to buyers and prospective buyers, or just being a negative nancy.



      Thanks for the honest review from your point of view. Yamaha might have anticipated that since Indian states have this exorbitant tax policies (in kerala it costs 4.10lacs as far as I enquired) their product might not get the warm receival because of the price. So they may have compromised a little bit of everything. I think if they notched up the quality, abs, slipper clutch the bike may have costed around 4.l and in real world scenario the on road will reach at 5 lacs.

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      • #93
        Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

        Originally posted by tanay View Post
        What is the OTR at Bangalore? Pacer Yamaha @ Hebbal says its 3,94,080/- isn't it on the higher side? I thought it was ~3.85?
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        • #94
          Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

          Originally posted by Gunslingin_Ridr View Post
          Just went to check the bike out here in Bangalore Wheels, Rajajinagar. They are keeping the display bikes (both black and blue) in 1st floor.

          This is what I felt. My personal opinion, no offense to anybody or discouragement to buyers and prospective buyers, or just being a negative nancy.

          This bike doesn't feel and look premium. I felt the R15 standing next to it looked better and more R6-like than R3. The fit and finish is good, nothing great. There's play in plastics around the knee area, the matte plastic and gloss plastic on the tank wasn't properly flushed in and the switch gears feel slightly better than what's there in Duke/RC except the turn indicator slider, KTMs have a little up and down play. The turn indicators aren't rigidly fixed, betting it would go up and down when you go over a rough patch. The quality is nothing that couldn't have been manufactured in India. The quality matches that of R15. The levers are absolutely amazing, no play at all, though they aren't adjustable. And, the blue paint on the wheels seems too glossy (might be because the showroom guys polish the sh** out of the bikes) and gives it a rather "cheap" feel.

          These might seem like nitpicking but when you're considering to buy a bike with, I'm sure a great 321cc engine, but nothing else going for it except Yamaha brand. No ABS, no slipper clutch, bland looks (subjective), definitely not the best handler and at a price tag of 3.84001 lakhs on-road (Bangalore), these will be at the back of your mind.

          Also, the starter motor sounds like a Royal Enfield Classic 500 starter motor. The exhaust note is bass-y compared to N300 but only slightly.

          Some pics I took. (Excuse the bad quality, this is no professional camera but a mid-range phone's camera)

          The bike's seating position felt uncomfortable for me (6'1), just like CBR250R, my ankle was at max upward position, felt very difficult to shift the gear up and to just rest. Some pictures of it (sales guy didn't focus before taking a picture, sorry for the hazy image). Wanted the pegs to be set a little back with forward slant (This is highly personal, some may prefer this), N300 felt absolutely fine though just like the KTMs.

          Again, my personal opinion. ​​

          I'd choose N300 over R3 without much hesitation. It looks better, has a premium feel (when you are paying premium), and with some goods like slipper clutch, more tank capacity, big bike feel. TBH, TNT300 seems to give more premium feel than R3.

          Now to some positives of this bike.

          1. Definitely the engine, a Yamaha twin is sure going to be good no matter what and finally when you are riding, that's what matters, you don't keep checking for niggles in fit and finish when you're on the road enjoying the ride.

          2. The bike look absolutely deadly head-on and from the back. Not so much in angles.

          3. Bike's light and can be pushed around without much hassle.

          4. "Technology you ride is the technology we race." with Rossi and Lorenzo picture is sure to give a positive energy and pride. (Though this bike uses nothing that's used in MotoGP, even R15 beats this bike in terms of features.)

          5. Yamaha brand. With the engine and riding dynamics (from what I've read on the Internet), this bike deserves to be sticker-ed with "46" instead of on Dios. :P

          Finally, all the negatives may vanish when I ride the bike, but as I said, this bike could've been easily manufactured in India, priced it a little low, kept the quality almost same and even provided ABS.

          Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to those who own the bike. Please don't feel bad or angry (on me), this is just my view and you know all these doesn't matter if your heart beats for this bike.

          Ofcourse nothing offensive in that. When we term anything as "My personal opinion and no offence" , its not offensive at all. . but when you say that multiple times its evident that you know that you will be getting some replies

          What you did there was nitpicking. when you go to find fault, you will find it.Period. even the slightest play or bend or dust will feel like a flaw. this isnt the way you review a bike.

          Terming subjective things as negative is not a right way to judge a product. Probably its not your cup of tea, but definitely does not make it negative. Like you first half of post says - the No Premium look, play in plastics, turn indicators aren't rigidly fixed, starter motor sound, and so on. rather you can say you didnt like it because of a particular reason.

          Quoting you "These might seem like nitpicking but when you're considering to buy a bike with, I'm sure a great 321cc engine, but nothing else going for it except Yamaha brand. No ABS, no slipper clutch, bland looks (subjective), definitely not the best handler and at a price tag of 3.84001 lakhs on-road (Bangalore), these will be at the back of your mind."
          Trust me. None of the guys who bought this or any other bigger bike thinks much about these. What matters for most if how the bike behaves in city and highway or how is the service quality or how are spares priced and so on. ABS probably most will think about, yes this i agree. if you are comparing of handling with the RC on tracks then true, r3 is not best. otherwise ride both in city you will have different opinion. and FYI its 3.96 something on road now. thanks to RTO.

          Quoting you "the starter motor sounds like a Royal Enfield Classic 500 starter motor" okay this was offensive lol - sarcasm

          The gear shifter can be adjusted according to the riders needs . Its a toe shifter so that space is lesser than usual. It was same in R15 too. The footpegs of R3 shouldnt be going further back. Its a tourer and not track bike. Probably you wanted it, RC has it. i dont see a neg thing again. or probably not your cup of tea you mean.

          Your choice of N300 is good. Its a great bike. i personally love the acceleration sound its like a jet taking off. dont nitpick anything there though enjoy the slipper clutch an ABS (oh oops, sorry i forgot that it does not have ABS at 4.35L sarcasm )

          Quoting you "TNT300 seems to give more premium feel than R3. " - first time ever someone has said this one.

          Quoting you "4. "Technology you ride is the technology we race." with Rossi and Lorenzo picture is sure to give a positive energy and pride. (Though this bike uses nothing that's used in MotoGP, even R15 beats this bike in terms of features.)"
          I would definitely want to know the features you are talking about. please do put some light on this.

          Last but not the least

          Quoting you again "this bike could've been easily manufactured in India, priced it a little low, kept the quality almost same and even provided ABS."
          Its not "Easily" manufactured in india when they are selling 200 bikes a month. Ninja could have been "easily" made here too in that case.

          Disclaimer: no offence, no nothing. nothing at all... all personal views for another personal views.
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          • #95
            Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

            Originally posted by Gunslingin_Ridr View Post
            I felt the R15 standing next to it looked better and more R6-like than R3.to be sticker-ed with "46" instead of on Dios. :P
            Originally posted by Ron Syl View Post

            What you did there was nitpicking. when you go to find fault, you will find it.Period.
            Agree 100% for both above quotes.

            yes there are some quality related compromises on plastic and indicators , but what excites everyone is the thing under those plastic ..which is where characteristics of Yamaha known.

            as far as i know, the persons who brought R3 90% of them are R15 owners previously.

            if same bike would have launched for less than 3L OTR then none would have dared to say anything about R3 [plastics], its the additional 80K which is making everyone to think hard on bike. remember in India everyone wants VFM products , its fact and no one can help it
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            • #96
              Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

              Originally posted by Ron Syl View Post
              Quoting you again "this bike could've been easily manufactured in India, priced it a little low, kept the quality almost same and even provided ABS."
              Its not "Easily" manufactured in india when they are selling 200 bikes a month. Ninja could have been "easily" made here too in that case.
              This part I whole-heartedly agree with!
              If one wants a bike made in India, priced a little low, almost at par with R3's quality as well as equipped with ABS, tadaaaa..... there is a bike which is called KTM RC 390!

              One is spoilt for choices unlike some 2 years back. Yes, there is scope for improvement in every product and with the amount of competition out there, I expect every manufacturer serious about doing business in India would pull up its socks and deliver.

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              • #97
                Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                Originally posted by nagoo View Post
                Agree 100% for both above quotes.

                indicators ,.
                Oh damn ! and those indicators!! i hate the 'simple' design. Ninja300 indicators are something they should have kept as benchmark

                Indicators, rear brake lever. those both should have been better.
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                • #98
                  Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                  Atlast i found some time to go and check the R3 at Vinayak Yamaha,Domlur. no test drive was given,stating that they fear people may crash and they don't have parts.
                  Coming to the bike, the bike is just "OK". Everything is "OK" about it. Average build quality and fit and finish. And to be frank, it doesn't ooze that premiumness i had in my mind. if one wants to get this bike for posing around, one might be disappointed.
                  Anyways, i am waiting for testdrive because looks are not everything.I seriously hope the engine should be an hoot to ride.
                  But i loved the instrument cluster, I mean that wouldn't even look out of place in aa 600cc class bike.It has a crisp and clear display.Also, the bike just looks awesome when seen head on.
                  The price is Rs 3.85 lakhs. For people interested in finance- Interest rate 13.99%,for 3 year max(Yamaha finance).
                  Also i would also echo Gunslingin_Ridr view ,the level of detail and finishing is better in TNT 300 than R3.
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                  • #99
                    Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                    @Ron Syl - Yeah, the things I've mentioned are my personal views. Because I was one of those who was waiting for R3 since a year or so. I've had FZ for like 4 years now and I'm not a Yamaha hater, in fact I was pushing my brother to buy R3 before I went to check the bike out.

                    Also to clear things out, all the things I mentioned was in comparison to N300, which felt absolutely well built. I'm not comparing things with KTMs (the switch gear however was the only thing that I could compare to without going 5 km from the Yamaha showroom to check out N300's).

                    I've ridden TNT 300 and almost decided on that bike. The levers, overall fit and finish of the bike doesn't make it seem to be a Chinese manufactured bike. It's up there with N300. R3 however makes it look like they didn't pay attention to small details like Benelli did. As @Divya Sharan said, R3 compares to RC390 in terms of overall quality, but N300 is a notch above.

                    And the features I meant when I said in point 4 was lack of Deltabox frame, having normal suspensions (N300 has 37mm telescopic forks though and even N650, CBR650F have 41mm telescopic :<), steel swingarm, no cross-plane crankshaft (which was highly expected to be in R3 and it still is for the new R6). N300 doesn't have such features too. All these may seem like what a normal buyer would never think and doesn't even matter for normal riding (Star City would also be fine, if we think about commuting) but when they market it like that, it's kind of funny.

                    But I believe there are a lot of bikers out there who think about these first and jump to deciding whether to book it or not. I was one of those who wanted the acceleration, maneuverability, components used, ABS before the sound and premium-ness.

                    I also believe Indonesian manufacturing capability isn't that much higher than that of India's. All that's needed is quality control and absolutely amazing products can be made in India (No Modi promotion here. lol :P), just my view.

                    And as I said in the 1st point of the positives, the engine is what matters. Choosing a bike is always personal just like music, you can't say one is better than the other but that doesn't mean the lyrics and music can't be criticized.

                    Many people upgrading from R15 to R3 might say something about the Yamaha brand, but if you look at the bike itself without the brand, it doesn't offer anything better than N300 and even less than the KTMs (comfort maybe, that also may depend on the person). And Yamaha after sales service isn't something to brag about, trust me I know.
                    Last edited by Gunslingin_Ridr; 09-25-2015, 09:32 PM.

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                    • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                      Gyus, [MENTION=77622]Gunslingin_Ridr[/MENTION] and Ron Syl

                      I think this is R3 owner's review and experiences thread and we should allow the owners to put their views and experiences with bike. We did lots of discussions about the bike without experience it ride.

                      [MENTION=77622]Gunslingin_Ridr[/MENTION], I am in the same boat where you are now, but I want to hear something new from the owners so I can think positive about R3, otherwise we have still other options open.
                      Watch India's 1st Mivv GP exhaust on YZF R15.

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                      • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                        Guys,

                        If the thread is inactive that means the bike is awesome. [emoji14] if you want activity check D390 thread..
                        Regardless, Life shall go on.

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                        • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                          How well do the headlamps work at night? Do they have sufficient light throw?
                          Asking this question because
                          R15 has terrible headlamps. They are as good as riding without lights
                          Hoping it is not the same case here..

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                          • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                            Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
                            3.95 L with zero depreciation policy. Much needed and recommended!
                            Can someone elaborate on zero dep policy? Do we need to specify and pay extra at the time of taking the vehicle?
                            I thought for first year it was by default 100%. I took it for 2nd year when I renewed for my car.

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                              Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
                              This part I whole-heartedly agree with!
                              If one wants a bike made in India, priced a little low, almost at par with R3's quality as well as equipped with ABS, tadaaaa..... there is a bike which is called KTM RC 390!

                              One is spoilt for choices unlike some 2 years back. Yes, there is scope for improvement in every product and with the amount of competition out there, I expect every manufacturer serious about doing business in India would pull up its socks and deliver.

                              Happy Eid and a weekend to all!
                              Personally, I think the market is still not ripe for 250/300s.
                              There is only one affordable and locally made single: CBR250R. It may become a 300, but still sadly, only 29ps. Suzuki may make a single too in the same range.
                              Some faired single imports are coming: Benelli TNT25, Hyosung 250 single. They are neither that powerful (compared to our R15s/P220s/ZMA/ZMRs), nor affordable.
                              Mahindra Mojo and Hero HX250 again, run of the mill 250s. Not sure what their top speed/cruising speed will be compared to N300/R3.
                              So, were forced to look at the import segment. And shell out more.
                              We need more locally made powerful options, between 2-3L. Twin cylinder, good quality.
                              Who's gonna wait for some Manufacturer to take that plunge? Knowing pretty well it may not be used for commuting.


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                              • Re: Yamaha YZF R3 Owners Reviews and Experiences

                                I don't get why the other thread was closed and this started when almost everyone is saying the same things. Except maybe the owners. Who mostly seem to be happy.
                                Let me address a few things. One, I rode a cbr 250r for almost four years and never, ever, needed ABS. Ever. I did have a few scares but never did it get out of control. And trust me I was always pushing it to its edge. What I felt was the need for more power and better suspension. Tried doing something for the both but eventually moved on to ninja 650. Then felt the need for ABS. So much so that I was thinking of selling it off. Then change the tyres, brake lines and brake pads. Keeping it now. Don't think there is a better tourer than it. In that price range.

                                Point being somethings can be sorted. After market parts exist for that. Other things can't be. Take z800. Brilliant engine. Gearbox and pretty good suspension. But 231 kilos. 231! You will spend a lot of money and maybe lose five kilos. Weight can't be lost easily on bikes. Engine characteristics can't be changed.

                                Ninja 300 is brilliant bike. No questions. Just a bit expensive. And lacks low end power delivery. Now, if you are going to the hills and love riding in the twisties, and if you don't, stop wasting bandwidth here and go buy a bullet, you will realise that low end torque is pretty rewarding. Because you might need to brake a lot and then choosing the right gear becomes important. And that's when something with good low-end torque will get ahead. In spite of you having more power. That's how I used to manage staying ahead of my friend on ninja 250, me being on cbr, even if it was only till the next straight.
                                RC390 is again a godsend for anyone who is in early twenties, wanting to learn and enjoy biking. But it's fit and finish, tank range and seating position are all poor. The last I say because to get to a track you will still need to ride till it and your ass won't forgive you. If you can live with that. Go for it. Eyes closed.
                                R3 is a better built, smoother, sharper, faster CBR. You could even make it better. There are rear sets, there will soon be slipper clutch too, exhaust, levers and tyres.
                                Coming to tyres, anyone thinking of changing thr stocks? Pirellis? Or Michelin pilot sporty? Anyone has any experience on the Michelin? Info will be welcome.
                                Disclaimer: i have booked one. Am keeping the ninja too. I want something sharp and nimble for city ride and for the hills. Also my assumption that it is is based on countless reviews. Mostly international. All of which claim RC is sharper but R3 is better overall to live with. Between ninja and r3 there is lesser confusion. R3 is rated better. As a kawasaki owner I really think kwackers are good for India. But for what I need it for Yamaha is a better choice. Then there is also a personal reason to get a Yamaha for Rossi as a gift in anticipation for his tenth championship. Here's hoping to that.
                                P.P.S: figure what you want a bike for. Find the one that seems to fit, or at least is a good base and then mould it according to yourself. Of all the things I have read here, apart from ABS, everything can be sorted. Lastly stop being so cynical about the quality of plastics. It is a bike, not an artificial inflated boob, there is more to it.

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