Came across your forum researching the R3. I have a new SR400, but I am wanting something that you can start with a button. My back has been giving me some problems with the SR, so I am going to sell it and get either a R3 or a FZ07. I sat on a R3 yesterday and it felt great. I am wanting to stay with a bike that is less than 400 lbs and is a Yamaha. I am fixing to give a couple dealers a call to get an OTD price. I am in central Texas and will be dealing with dealers in Austin-Houston areas.