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post #1 of 21 Old 10-19-2014, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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2015 Yamaha R3

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-19-2014, 06:09 AM
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Looks like a pretty upright riding position for an "R" bike. Pretty cool.

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It's kind of exciting to see all the new bikes, long over due.

I'll buy the magazine that does a comparison/test between this one and the old RD350 & toss the RZ350 as a bonus -

New R3, 368 lbs wet - about the same, almost identical to the older 2-strokes 350's.

"$4990.00" and I have no idea if that's a good price or not.

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Couple of more "you saw it here first" pictures -

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I love little bikes. I had a 250 Ninja years ago. That thing was a good time. We revved it mercilessly. It always came back for more.

That R3 will probably make 10 more HP than my old 2000 Ninja. That doesn't sound like much, 10 HP, but considering the old Ninjas only made 28ish, the 40 of the R3 is fairly impressive.

I need another bike like I need another hole in my head, but a little Red R3 would be cooler than cool.

Too bad Yamaha discontinued the 250 Raptor. I'd like to have one of those also.

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I was seriously ogling the RC390 until this little fella popped up. For my money, the Japanese reliability and cost of ownership can't be beaten by anything out of Europe. This looks like it would be a hoot to track.

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Here are all of the currently available pictures from Yamaha -

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McBrides Yamaha St. Joseph MO 2015 R3 Pictures


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btw.... do yourself a favor.... DO NOT swing a leg over the FZ-09 at a dealer..... i was there today buying a WR450F and almost bought an FZ-09

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btw.... do yourself a favor.... DO NOT swing a leg over the FZ-09 at a dealer..... i was there today buying a WR450F and almost bought an FZ-09
See, I had the opposite reaction. I went in seriously considering getting one, and then I swung a leg over it and really didn't like it. No way to grip with your legs on the tank, super super narrow, felt like a motard more than anything, and if I was looking for a motard I would look elsewhere. It didn't help that they had a ninja 1000 and a z1000 right next to it that just fit like a glove.

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See, I had the opposite reaction. I went in seriously considering getting one, and then I swung a leg over it and really didn't like it. No way to grip with your legs on the tank, super super narrow, felt like a motard more than anything, and if I was looking for a motard I would look elsewhere. It didn't help that they had a ninja 1000 and a z1000 right next to it that just fit like a glove.
thats why i liked it for that narrow light motard feel. i could see it being such a fun hoon machine.

but i cant be a full traitor on honda.... as i am getting rid of my 250X in place for a WR450F.... so the 919 must stay.

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thats why i liked it for that narrow light motard feel. i could see it being such a fun hoon machine.

but i cant be a full traitor on honda.... as i am getting rid of my 250X in place for a WR450F.... so the 919 must stay.
I test rode a friend's wr250x and it was a hoot but afterwards I was sold on the idea of a wr450f sumo'ed up. Can you get a plate in CA? /derail

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For similar out the door pricing, you could buy an R6 that's a few years old with very livable milage.

Just me, and my opinion.

For new riders, these 300cc Iles are great.

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For similar out the door pricing, you could buy an R6 that's a few years old with very livable milage.

Just me, and my opinion.

For new riders, these 300cc Iles are great.
Or a Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird!

Or a really nice Yamaha FJ1200

Or, well, so many other really great used motorcycles, but hey, I'm old, I have little to no clue anymore....

And I'm good with that

Great point nine1nine!

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I test rode a friend's wr250x and it was a hoot but afterwards I was sold on the idea of a wr450f sumo'ed up. Can you get a plate in CA? /derail
unless it comes with a plate from the factory, you arnt going to make it street legal unless jumping through loopholes.

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I have a used 2008 990 KTM Super Duke that I bought in Oct of 2009. I paid $6500 plus tax for it. Valves are shim on bucket, just like Jap stuff. I eventually replaced the right front Brembo rotor. It was difficult to tell if it was warped from new, or damaged by the previous owner. It cost me $200 to replace it. The fuel injectors got partially clogged. An $8 bottle of Lucas Oil Fuel injector Cleaner fixed that. Total cost of Maintainence, not counting tires and oil changes (3 quarts of oil, not 4): $208. Mods: Rear Spools (it was already drilled and tapped) $25, a tank pad/decal, front fork sliders, and frame plugs. So all in all, mods: aprox $100. So, a grand total of about $308 over 5 years. How many guys have owned a 919 for 5 years for less. And I have a much better motorcycle.

My 2009 KTM XC200W: Mods: hand guards, a skid plate, and a fly wheel weight. Maintainence/ repairs: a spark plug. But it doesn't get ridden all that much. When it comes to woods bikes, that thing is a masterpiece.

So much for "Expensive to own European motorcycles".

I had a WR450F for about a year and a half, several years ago. In a indiana, in the woods, that is WAAAAY too much bike. There might be a few pros that can ride those things in the woods, but the rest of us do much better on a 250. I don't know what kind of riding you guys do in Cali. A 450 might work out there. But for anything but a pretty straight dirt road, it's too much. The damn things will run almost 100 mph! I sold that bike and bought a WR250F. <That thing is s jewel. They're both great bikes. That 450 will wear you out.

The seat on a WR is only very slightly better than a 2X4.

Good luck. You're going to need it.

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The extra 3k on top of the wr450 price for something like the ktm500 wasn't worth it. I had my 250x for almost 11 years loved it but always found myself needing a little more power. The 2012+ wr450 is all new, based on the yz250f frame. Its narrow n light feeling. I like it.

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I had my 250x for almost 11 years loved it but always found myself needing a little more power.
What are you referring to by "250X" ? I was assuming you meant a WR250X but they cannot be 11 years old.

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You're going to get a little more power than your 11 year old 250; like twice the power. I'm sure somebody, somewhere, can use a 450, just not in the woods of southern Indiana. It's not the weight of the 450 that wears you out, it's all that torque, and engine braking. They're great bikes tho. They need almost no mods. Really good suspensions, e start. If you have to plow over a bunch of rocks, that WR450 is the ticket.

Wasn't the X a Honda?

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yes by 250X i mean CRF250X great bike, i feel like a traitor to honda for buying a WR450F from yamaha, but honda has lost their drive to make anything good.

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yes by 250X i mean CRF250X great bike, i feel like a traitor to honda for buying a WR450F from yamaha, but honda has lost their drive to make anything good.
Honda uses focus groups, which means they don't have anyone who is able to make a decision or accept responsibility.

They are trying to match the Germans & Harley in arrongance, that I'll give them

Someone should tell them that's not a good thing, or cool.....

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^its truly sad how much of a decline honda has been on. Almost all of their street motors are repackaged things that have been around for YEARS.... and alot of their dirt stuff is the same.

I gotta hand it to yamaha for actually being innovative, case and point the R3, thats a sexy lookin lil bike.... and things like the FZ07 and FZ09 among other things.

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