Weeks ago, Honda launched the CB 300R sports naked motorcycle. Now, the Japanese two wheeler major has put out a television commercial that will soon go live on TV screens across the country. Check it out!
The Honda CB 300R was launched at a price of Rs. 2.41 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. At this price, the bike seems pricey when compared to the likes of the KTM Duke 390 (which offers a lot more performance) and for that matter, even the TVS Apache RR 310 (a fully faired bike that’s cheaper). The higher price of the Honda CB 300R can be attributed to the fact that it’s merely assembled in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route, unlike the other bikes we referred to above, which are fully manufactured in India. If Honda gets around to manufacture the CB 300R fully in India, prices are likely to drop significantly but that’s unlikely to happen given the low volumes at which the bike is likely to sell at.
Notably, the initial demand for the Honda CB 300R has been very good, and the motorcycle is sold out until the middle of 2019. It remains to be seen if this demand persists even after Honda reopens bookings for the motorcycle sometime in the middle of this year. Also, Honda is selling the CB 300R through only 22 dealerships across India. This is to ensure a premium buying and service experience for CB 300R buyers, and it seems like Honda is treating this motorcycle at par with superbikes that it sells from the same 22 outlets. The CB 300R gets a slew of accessories, which will be made available at these dealerships.
Coming to the motorcycle itself, it’s based on the CBR 250R, with which it shares the frame. Beyond this though, there are significant differences. The styling is totally different, and so are the ergonomics. The riding position is upright, and this is meant to make the motorcycle comfortable for everyday commuting. By adding a headlamp fairing, buyers of the CB 300R can comfortably go on longer tours as well as this move will give good wind protection. As for mechanicals, the CB 300R shares its engine and gearbox with the Honda CBR 300R, which is the international replacement to the CBR 250R.
The Honda CB 300R is powered by a 286cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum of 31 Bhp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 27.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. A six speed manual gearbox is standard. Front suspension is handled by upside down forks while the rear gets a 7 stage adjustable monoshock. The motorcycle gets dual channel ABS as standard, which also has an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to further improve braking performance by maintaining optimum braking pressure between the front and rear brakes. Petal discs are standard on both the alloy wheels. The motorcycle also gets a full-LED headlamp set-up and a fully digital TFT instrument console.