Earlier this year, we told you that Honda was working on developing a naked version of the CBR300R to cater to the growing demand of street-fighter motorcycles and now the Japanese manufacturer has registered the design patent of a naked motorcycle at the EU’s office for harmonisation in the internal market. The design was registered on the 20th of December, 2013 and the bike shares its components with the fully faired CBR300R while the looks are inspired from other naked Hondas. The naked motorcycle could be called CB300F upon launch.
The design showcases a naked version of the Honda CBR300R and shares its components heavily with the fully faired version. The naked CBR300R has also taken cues from the CB500F street-fighter which is quite evident from the headlight design. The side profile and the rear however, are true to the CBR300R itself. You can also notice a single-cylinder engine with components like the frame, 5-spoke alloy wheel design and the swing-arm similar to the CBR300R. The naked version also gets an elongated muffler to improve the aesthetics of the motorcycle.
The naked Honda CBR300R motorcycle will be powered by the 286cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that will develop around 31 PS of power from the CBR300R and will have a top speed lower than the fully faired version. The CB300 comes at a time when the demand in the middle-weight motorcycle market is increasing domestically and Honda could definitely take a share from the pie. The KTM Duke 200 and Hyosung GD250N are also competing in the same segment.
The Honda CB300 will also make economic sense as it will be priced lower than the fully faired version and will be made alongside the CBR300R when launched in the future. Last month Kawasaki too registered the naked version of its 250cc, single-cylinder Ninja RR Mono, and it now looks like the naked Ninja 250 will have company when launched. While the time frame of launch is unknown, the CB300 could come to the country only after the CBR300R is launched, which is likely only next year.