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Yamaha's 2015 R3 sportbike lounging on the track (pictures)

Take a look at the budget-but-far-from-cheap exterior of the Yamaha R3 sportbike.

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2015 Yamaha R3

This is it: the 2015 Yamaha R3!

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2015 Yamaha R3

It's Yamaha's most affordable sportbike, but don't call it cheap.

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2015 Yamaha R3

Detailing throughout the machine is quite good, and the styling that apes its bigger brothers, the R6 and R1, looks very nice.

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2015 Yamaha R3

A single disc up front provides stopping, squeezed by a little two-piston caliper.

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A squat, race-style exhaust looks the part.

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Even the swingarm has great, racy styling.

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Put any bike on a race stand and it instantly looks faster.

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Its dashboard has a solid selection of information, including gear, real-time MPG and a fuel gauge.

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Integrated bar risers mean you won't put much weight on your wrists.

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2015 Yamaha R3

Turn signals flap in the breeze on rubber mountings, which means repairs should be cheaper if or when you drop the thing.

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2015 Yamaha R3

It looks the part on the race track.

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2015 Yamaha R3

We had a lot of fun on the YZF-R3, both on the road...

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2015 Yamaha R3

...and on the track.

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2015 Yamaha R3

Twisty, flowing roads are ideal for this bike.

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2015 Yamaha R3

Your choice of colors. Which do you prefer?

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