The Honda CB300R has been launched in India. It has been priced at Rs 2.41 lakh. The bookings of the bike opened a few weeks ago and Honda claims it already has a waiting period of 3 months. The Honda CB300R has a cafe racer styling, that minimalist with a modern twist.
The bike is being positioned as a middle-weight category (it’s actually lighter than some commuters at a kerb weight of 147 Kg). It will compete with other 300-400 cc bikes like the Bajaj Dominar, KTM 390 Duke and even the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa 300.
It comes in two colours of red and matte grey. Deliveries start in March 2019.
The CB300R is a naked bike with cafe-racer like styling. It comes with a 286 cc, single-cylinder fuel-injected, liquid-cooled motor that puts out 30 bhp of power and 27 Nm of torque. It comes with a six-speed transmission that has a slip-assist wet clutch.
The bike will come with dual-channel ABS with 376 mm front disc and 300 mm rear disc brakes. It features a single round headlamp that has dual LED bars within it. All lights on the bike are LED units. It has a ground clearance of 151 mm and a seat height of 800 mm. This should make it suitable for medium height riders.
The instrument panel is a full LCD unit that is integrated with the front fork head. It gets upside down shocks in the front and an adjustable mono-shock at the rear. It is shod with 17-inch wheels on the front and rear, with 110 mm and 150 mm width tyres front and rear respectively.
The fuel tank, though, may be a bit of concern for those looking at long rides. It has a capacity of only 10 litres, giving it a range of about 300 km.
The Honda CB300R comes into an increasingly competitive market. It has been priced at a bit of a premium compared to the KTM and Bajaj bikes. Can it hold its own?
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