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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-07-2018, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Consider racing F3

I have bee racing an Aprilia RSV4, but want to get a smaller bike also to race in some other classes. Considering getting a new 2014 F3 675 for under $8000. Would like input good//bad, known issues, from any riders tracking/racing this bike. Have already looked at video reviews.

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Just make sure you have the battery upgrade done.
Damper is a must.
Don't hit the rev limiter.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-07-2018, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Definitely would get damper- required for us anyway. What is issue with hitting rev limiter?

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-07-2018, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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What is the battery issue, problem with stock stator?

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Personally if your looking to race the bike I have to ask, Why a bike that is known to be less reliable, and everything costs more than your average bike out there? Given if your wanting to represent the brand, and want something different on the grid, and have the $ to keep her going, ok i can understand that.

But back on track... the stock battery is shit, and anything that is not top of line, high CCA, can contribute to the guaranteed going to fail at some point sprag clutch.
Suspension work is not cheap on this bike...
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The F3 is not a good option if you want cheap racing, if you want to race it no matter what, congratulations! We have run an F3 for three years in New Zealand and a couple of Moto America races in 2017, first invest in a kit radiator, it will lower water temp by 30 deg C, look at upgrading the cylinder head, ie valves, valve guides , retainers and springs, if you do not, it is almost certain that something will let go. Talk to a mechanic who DOES KNOW the F3, not the guy from the tractor or lawnmower or Harley shop, Bruce Meyer is a good option if you are East Coast , US. Good luck! https://www.facebook.com/helicraftracing/
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Thanks for the responses. I knew there was some possible issues, but if the overall opinion is that it is unreliable and an engine overhaul is recommended just to race then will like likely get a different middle weight bike.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 06:26 AM
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I purchased a new 2014 F3 in 2016 and had many issues. The main one being that a valve dropped. On the other hand, the shop I take my bike to get serviced has been tracking a 2014 F3 since the day they got it new until now and their engine us still going.

I had my engine replaced with a 2018 engine under warranty.

If you do get it then keep all the stock parts so if you have engine failure you can warranty it.

My other issues were:
Sprag.
Front wheel speed sensor cable.
Expanding gas tank.
Rear brake issue from fluid getting way too hot.
Exhaust valve.

Most of those issues you will avoid since tracking it.
Sprag...get lithium ion battery.
Exhaust valve...I'm sure you will run a different exhaust.
Front speed sensor...redo the wires for it. The way my cable was routed and zip tied caused the wire to be worn through with zip tie.
Gas tank...line the inner tank with some sort of liquid protector.
Rear brake...bleed it as it shows in service bulletin for it and use the highest quality broke fluid you can. Since I have done that I have had no issues with it.

I would get the F3 and hope valve drops so you have engine replaced with new engine 🙂
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Get the F3, the valve drop doesnt occure as much as we think....I think Just a quick google search for an F3 thats for sale.

2013 675 - 30.952km
2013 675 - 26.500km
2013 675 - 19.900km
2013 800 - 11.500km
2012 675 - 13.100km
2012 675 ORO - 10.477km
Forum member JanSasori has I believe a 2013 675 and he is rocking 42.000km+

Early year models which had most valve drop problems are also rocking good mileage.
Thats just F3's for sale in my small country. Just imagine how much of these F3's a rocking around the world with even more mileage on the clock.
As mentioned dont hit the rev limiter. Peak power is at 15.000rpm keep it safe and shift at 13.000/14.000rpm
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 12:44 PM
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The F3 I was going to buy has been at the dealer for almost 3 months waiting for a warranty sprag. I passed on it and bought an S1000RR. I love the looks and sounds of the F3 but I'm not down with the problems. Hopefully some day they will have things ironed out, cause I'd love to have one!!!

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