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Looking for a commute sports bike

Hello fellow motorcyclists:
I'm currently shopping around for a $4000-$5000ish new sporty motorcycle for mostly commuting (no highway, just 13 miles in and 13 miles back) and hitting the occasional close canyon twisties every so often, but I've been out of the game for a few years (about three) since I had my last motorcycle, a big ole' Harley Davidson Road King.
I've been riding since I was 18 and I've had many motorcycles from Honda Super Cubs to 750s to R1s but my supersports days are over as are my Harley days (too expensive).
Are the newer Yamaha YZF-R3s and CBR 300s any good? Like has the quality gone down or up between the two? They look fantastic (I'm leaning R3) but I'm wondering if they've gotten better or worse than older 300s (which 15 years ago were pretty enemic) but lack of power is not that much of an issue since I'm not going to be riding on the freeway.
Also I'm a little taller rider, 5'11 ish, I know taller riders can fit the more upright position on the R3, but how cramped is the CBR?
Thanks
 
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