Performance – The Duke 390 has been dominating the Indian market ever since its debut back in 2013. It offers a lot of bang for your buck, for the kind of performance it delivers. The 373cc motor produces 43 BHP and 37 Nm of torque in a lightweight package of just 163 kgs, which is maddening. The Duke hits the ton from nought right under 6 seconds while the slipper-clutch works like a gem too. We have always been a fan of the high-compression high-revving motor but the refinement isn’t the best when compared to the Japanese motor. Both the powerplants in comparison here are liquid-cooled but the Duke dissipates more heat as compared to the Honda CB300R. The Honda, on the other hand, has a smaller block of 286cc, resulting in less power and torque figures at 30 BHP and 27 Nm. It also has a better tune to suit the low-end in the rev range compared to the Duke 390.
CB300R does have an exhilarating motor but not as much as the Duke 390
Thus, it is easier to ride the CB300R in city traffic with a calmer and more refined engine. The throttle response on both the motorcycles is quick but the CB300R feels a lot more responsive than the Duke. It is, however, slower than Duke 390 with 0-100 km/hr timing of around 7 seconds. Both the motorcycles get a 6-speed gearbox but the CB300R misses out on a slipper-clutch. While both redline close to 10,000 RPM, the exhaust note of the CB300R is a lot more pleasing than the Duke 390. One can expect similar mileage figures from both the motorcycles, which is between 26-30 km/l but the CB300R has a 3-litre smaller fuel tank than the Duke giving it a lesser riding range.