You get a lot of hardware for your money with the CB300R

Verdict – The CB300R potential buyers will face a big dilemma when they see the expensive pricing in comparison to its competitors and the performance it offers. Although, if we overlook this, the bike is full with top-quality touches and features for its segment, let alone the other Honda motorcycles. The engine is full of vigour and zest and struggles only in its top-end. It is extremely agile and fun to ride if you’re ready to forego a comfortable experience. The reliability is almost never a concern for this brand and the same echoes in here. If you’re into some touring, the bike’s small 10-litre tank capacity is going to be highly disappointing. The ones who are not into the dramatization that the KTM Duke 390 comes with, this sleek machine may be well of an option for you.

Honda has equipped the CB300R with top-notch hardware including Showa USDs and Nissin brake callipers

What’s Cool

* Full of high-quality touches
* Quite compact yet accommodates all kind of riders
* The engine is refined and provides a great low-end punch

What’s Not So Cool

* Barbeque grille is an eye-sore
* There is no slipper clutch, even as an option
* The cluster misses out on range, gear position and side-stand indicator

Would you consider the CB300R over the Duke 390?

Honda CB300R Specifications

* Engine: 286cc, Liquid-Cooled, Single-Cylinder
* Power: 30.9 BHP @ 8000 RPM
* Torque: 27.4 Nm @ 6500 RPM
* Transmission: 6-Speed
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Fuel Consumption: 25-30 km/l
* Frame: Diamond Type
* Tyres: 110/70/17 (Front), 150/60/17 (Rear), Michelin Tyres
* Suspension: 41mm USD Telescopic Forks (Front), Adjustable Monoshock (Rear)
* Brakes: 296 mm Disc (Front), 220 mm Disc (Rear), Dual-Channel ABS

Honda CB300R Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: 2028 mm x 888 mm x 1053mm
* Wheelbase: 1344 mm
* Seat Height: 800 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 10-litres
* Kerb weight: 147 kgs (dry)
Testers’ Note:

“The Honda CB300R definitely looks striking but is a bit small in size. The refinement and sound from this motorcycle is very good although Honda should have launched it sooner and definitely at a more attractive price point. With Honda being at the forefront in launching a locally manufactured quarter-litre bike in India (CBR250R in 2011), getting the CB300R via the CKD route makes little sense and that shows in its sales as well.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.

[wp-review id=”240410″]