Here we go,
At the Toronto Motorcycle Show I had my first encounter with the three bikes on my list, the KTM RC390, the Honda CBR300R and the Yamaha R3. I've joined all three forums to help hash out the pros and cons here. All three bikes certainly carry advantages over one another.
Starting at ergonomics, I'm a little guy at 5'8, 140 pounds soaking, so seating position is paramount to me.
RC is the raciest, CBR300 is the comfiest and R3 seems to be a compromise between the two. Its not just ergonomics that the R3 seems the go between both bikes. Price and power are also two factors where the Yamaha does an excellent job of balancing.
My problem with the R3 is that when touching feet to the ground, the R3 is higher up in the rear section (noted similarities between the R1 and R6), as I mentioned I am a smaller guy and really didn't find the stopped position to be comfortable one bit.
Overall I do like the R3, and it would be my top choice if not for the absolutely perfect fit I had with the RC390. Unfortunately the RC looks like it will be priced in the $6000 range. The rep also did mention that in the event of a drop the R3 will be much cheaper to repair then the KTM.
The Honda isn't bad, but I'm on a CBR125 now and the ergonomics feel more like a standard then a sport bike, I'm looking to get away from that.
Will be keeping tabs, a decision won't be made until the end of the season regardless...
If you're interested I'm also on the CBR and KTM sites as well