And yet all this is accomplished without impinging on the Yamaha’s novice rider appeal. The ride is still nice and smooth despite the firmer suspension rates, and the revised riding position isn’t uncomfortable on longer rides. And best of all? The R3 still remains the same price as before, with the standard model in Matte Black or Team Yamaha Blue for $4,999, and the ABS version in Vivid White or Matte Black for $5,299. There’s also plenty of cool accessories for the R3 available from Yamaha to personalize the bike to your tastes.