Every time we throw a leg over a Yamaha R3, we come away impressed with its strong but manageable power. Riders of all levels will get a kick out of it – which might explain its popularity in lightweight racing classes. A low seat height and nimble chassis sweetens the deal for newbies. The R3 is a great place to begin your sport-riding journey for just $4,999 or $5,299 with ABS.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Ride Review + Video