Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India (HMSI) has begun delivering the CB 300R naked sportsbike to customers around the country. Currently, the Honda CB 300R is sold through 23 Wing World dealerships that the brand uses to sell premium two wheelers across India. The demand for the Honda CB 300R has been high, so much so that Honda is sitting on orders that will take 3 months to be fulfilled. Honda has also bumped up assembly of the motorcycle to meet demand. Notably, the Honda CB 300R is assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. This is the reason for the premium price tag of Rs. 2.41 lakhs, ex-showroom Pan-India.
Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,
Indian middle weight biking enthusiasts welcomed the Neo Sports Café inspired Honda CB300R with a lot of enthusiasm. Overwhelmed by the response since its launch in February, we have revised our production plan to meet the additional demand.
This high price tag means that the Honda CB 300R is only slightly cheaper than the KTM Duke 390 – a higher capacity motorcycle that offers much more power and torque. Honda is banking on its brand, and traditional strengths of high reliability and low maintenance costs to move the motorcycle.
As for the technical specifications of the Honda CB 300R, the motorcycle is powered by a 286cc, liquid cooled, 4 valve, single cylinder four stroke engine with 30.4 Bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 27.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine gets twin overhed camshafts and fuel injection as standard. A six speed manual gearbox is also standard with this motorcycle.
One thing that the Honda CB 300R has going for it is its light kerb weight of just 147 kilograms. This makes the motorcycle manageable even for new riders, and also gives the motorcycle a very good power to weight ratio. Designed to be a city bike during the weekdays and a corner carving machine during the weekends, the Honda CB 300R has easy going yet sporty ergonomics. An upright riding position makes the motorcycle a good city bike. As for suspension, the bike features upside down front forks and a monoshock rear. Braking is handled by twin disc brakes, one each on the front and rear wheel.
Dual channel ABS is standard, along with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that adds another layer of safety. Honda also offers a range of accessories that can be fitted to the motorcycle at the dealer level. The range of accessories affords quite a bit of personalization for the Honda CB 300R.