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    HOW-TO: Remove the Kickstand from your YZF-R3

    An easy mod that will reduce the weight of your bike by approximately 3 pounds. This is one of the first modifications that you will want to do if you plan on converting your bike to a track-only machine. You will need to have a bike stand or wheel chock to do this work. Removal of the front sprocket cover and the bodywork (i.e. left fairing) will also be required. Removal of the kickstand is not simply a mechanical operation, you will have to bypass the kickstand switch by either buying a bypass connector or cutting 2 wires and connecting them securely together. If you don’t feel comfortable with splicing…

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    HOW-TO: Install a FastFrank Rear Caliper Bracket on your R3

    The Fast Frank Racing Rear Caliper Bracket Kit will greatly simplify the process of changing the rear wheel on your Yamaha R3. With this modification, you will no longer need to get an extra pair of hands or some zip ties to hold the rear caliper in place while you try to slide the wheel in place. The captive bracket kit from FastFrank will ensure that the caliper remains in place while you mount your rear wheel. The installation process is not very complex, but you need to be confident in your abilities to re-assemble the rear caliper. Since filming this video, I have had the opportunity to disassemble and…

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    HOW-TO: Spark Plugs replacement on your Yamaha R3

    Changing the spark plugs on your motorcycle is vital to the overall service routine and should be done regularly. Yamaha recommends replacing the plugs at 7000 mi (11,000 km) and subsequently every 6000mi/10,000km). Since I am on the racetrack quite often in the summer months, I chose to replace my sparks at least once a season. If you are riding the bike on the street only, you can most likely get away with changing the sparks at the suggested mileage intervals (vs. yearly)  The manufacturer model for the spark plug is NGK CR8E, and the recommended spark plug gap is 0.7 to 0.8mm (0.028-0.031 in). When installing the plugs, the…

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    HOW-TO: R&G Radiator Guard Installation on a Yamaha R6

    This video is documenting the process of installing the R&G Radiator Guard on my 2009 Yamaha R6. The process will be the same for the YZF-R6 from 2006 to 2016. The installation process is fairly easy and can be done in approximately 60-90 minutes (time will vary based on the type of fairings). This is a very inexpensive mod that will protect your radiator from flying debris.

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    Review & Installation of the RS1 Hit-Air Wearable Airbag Vest

    In this short video, I am explaining how the Hit-Air RS1 airbag vest works and I am also documenting the process of attaching the coiled wire to the frame of the bike. This is a new installation of the coiled wired on my R3 project bike. However, I have been using this airbag system for the last four years. I used this vest with all my race bikes, and I am convinced that this is the optimal setup for track days. I specifically chose this model because you don’t need to charge any batteries. You can re-pack the system yourself in case of an incident (as long as the airbag…

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    HOW-TO: Optimize your Quick Shifter with a Perfect Shift Arm Kit

    The Norton Racing Perfect Shift Arm kit contains a universal shift arm and eight different offset lengths to set the shift arm position exactly where you want it to be. This shit kit will allow you to adjust the clearance and optimized the shift angle. In my opinion, this modification is a must if you installed an aftermarket Quick Shifter and/or upgraded your rearset.  Before installing the Perfect Shift Arm kit, my shift knuckle was at the very edge of the spline, and the module of my HM QuickShifter was almost touching my rearset mounting plate. This kit from Norton Racing allowed me to properly adjust the knuckle, which is now fully seated on the spline.  Additionally, I was able to choose a spacer that extended the distance between…

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    Installing Decals, Stompgrip pads & a Seat on my R3

    In this video, I am documenting the process of installing decals, some Stompgrip tank grips, and a Graves race seat on my Yamaha YZF-R3. Installing decals on a bike is so satisfying! If you take your time and do it right with high-quality decals, you can transform the look of your machine. I love my daily vehicles to have a clean look with very minimal badging and decals, but it’s a different story for my race bikes. I love the vibrant splashes of colors from the decals on race fairings. Installing decals isn’t very difficult once you figure out how to align and center the decals on your bodywork. You…

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    Flash the ECU on your R3 with the Norton Racing Race Spec ECU Flash (FTECU)

    If you want a big performance improvement on your bike, this is the solution! This flash from Norton Racing will result in faster revs, increased torque, and increased top end horsepower. I strongly recommend that you take the time to install the smog block off plates and AIS Removal kit at the same time. After watching this video, If you don’t feel comfortable re-flashing the ECU, you always have the option to mail your ECU to Norton Racing and get them to flash it for you.