• GBR-covers
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    HOW-TO: Install GB Racing Engine Covers on your Yamaha R3

    The GB Racing engine covers are an extremely valuable part of equipment that will provide the ultimate crash protection for your engine and OEM engine cases. These sacrificial bolt-on pieces are a perfect fit and designed specifically for your bike. The installation process can be done relatively quickly with some basic tools. One of the main advantages of the GB Racing covers is that you do not need to remove your OEM covers. The reverse wear indicator is also a nice touch since it allows you to visually determine if your case is still usable after a crash.

  • Motion Pro Coolant Recovery Tank
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    HOW-TO: Install a Coolant Recovery Tank on a Yamaha R3

    The Motion Pro Coolant Recovery Tank is a great way to improve and simplify the serviceability of your Yamaha R3. This product allows you to re-locate the coolant recovery container closer to the radiator and also allows you to quickly and easily inspect the coolant level visually. This is a very easy installation process. Once you have your fairings off the bike, it should take you approximately 15-20 minutes to remove the OEM reservoir and install the new Motion Pro recovery tank.

  • TST Captive Chain Adjusters
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    HOW-TO: Install the TST Captive Chain Adjusters on a Yamaha R3

    Changing the rear wheel on your R3 is such a painful experience since the end cap on your swingarm keeps falling whenever you try to remove or re-assemble your rear wheel. Additionally, the wheel spacers and the rear caliper are constantly falling or moving, adding even more frustration to the wheel removal process.   The TST Captive Adjusters will simplify the process of removing and installing the rear wheel on your Yamaha R3. In addition, the optional Delrin sliders are, in my opinion, a must-buy option since they can reduce the damage to your swingarm in case of a low side.    If you already have a rear motorcycle stand,…

  • Main image - kickstsand removal icon
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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…

  • FastFrank- Captive Caliper Bracket
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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…

  • Ohlins steering damper
    Bikes

    HOW-TO: Install an Öhlins Steering Damper on a Yamaha R3

    Yes! I am replacing my beloved GPR stabilizer for the Öhlins SD001 steering damper! Many of you have asked if a steering damper is necessary on a small bike like the R3. My take is that I’d rather be safe than sorry, hence my decision to have a damper. Some race organizations also mandate that all bikes have a steering stabilizer. The installation process was a lot simpler than I expected. The Graves damper mount kit (available here: https://www.gravesport.com/products/yamaha-r3-steering-damper-mount-kit.html) is definitely a must for this installation. It took me approximately 1.5 hours to install this unit. To complete the work, you will need to remove the front/upper fairing. The Öhlins…

  • Change the Spark Plugs on your R3
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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…

  • Febur Secondary Radiator
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    HOW-TO: Install a Febur Auxiliary Radiator for the Yamaha R3

    In this video, I am documenting the process of installing a Febur secondary radiator for my 2018 Yamaha R3. The installation process is not overly complicated and upon completion, your bike should be running a little bit cooler. When the engine gets too hot, it loses power and causes accelerated engine wear. This auxiliary radiator from Febur should, according to Febur, reduce the operating temperature by a few degrees and will hence improve the performance of the bike. The Febur radiator comes with all the necessary material to complete the job. It includes the hoses required to connect the OEM radiator to the Febur unit and to also route coolant…