Currently I'm on a CBR125, which I dearly LOVE, but towards the end of last season I started finding myself interested in longer rides, highway riding and just a general craving for more power.
Luckily, there is an excellent batch of small displacement sport bikes on or about to be on the market. The Toronto Motorcycle Show was my first opportunity to evaluate the CBR300R, R3 and RC390.
As you can see I'm a smaller guy at 5'8 140 lbs so ergonomics are an important factor to me. I have to say I felt right at home on the 300R, aside from the added girth it wasn't to dissimilar from my 125. Feet to floor was extremely easy, flat foot on the CBR vs toes on the R3 and mid foot on the RC. I'm actually not a fan of the R3's ergonomics as well, I found it rises too much in the tail section, creating an awkward pitch for my frame. The RC, although its much racier and demanding on the wrists and shoulders was actually my favourite as a total package. The bike is nice and slim between my legs and the small seat really secures you in the cockpit.
I will readily admit, the CBR is not my first choice, the RC is, however logic may not let me purchase a KTM. With a $6000 or so price tag that is ostensibly equal to MSRP + insurance on a new 300R. Plus the Yamaha rep did point out to me that the RC is more 'exposed' then either the R3 or CBR300R, in the event of a drop the euro bike will be far more expensive. Not to mention the two closest dealers are each an hour away from me, in different directions. While I have a Honda store literally up the street.
But the one major factor that is slowly drawing me towards the 300R is the robust community. Already there are owners coming up on their second season with the bike, plus the guys who were on the original 250s. There is comfort for me knowing that I wont be the guinea pig for Honda like I may be with Yamaha and KTM...
If you're interested I'm also on the R3 and KTM sites as well