Honda launched its new naked bike last month which was being waited for since long. The CB300R we are talking about here has been priced at Rs. 2.41 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it rivals the likes of the KTM 390 Duke as its chief rival in that price bracket. According to the people who have had a first-hand experience of the bike, the fit and finish level of the bike is exceptional and it looks like a more premium bike than it actually is. Honda has not yet revealed the ARAI certified fuel economy figure of the CB300R which has left many potential customers asking questions about the bike’s mileage. For the same, here’s a video by Macho Biker which takes us through a through mileage test of the bike.
This is the first time in India that a mileage run on the Honda CB300R has been done on video after the bike’s launch. The stylish naked bike screams aggression from even when standing still. The dual chamber headlight at the front further enhances its muscular look and we give this to Honda for the exciting design they have created.
Talking about the mileage test done here, the test run was done in mixed conditions. The rider rode the bike on both open highways which allowed him to hit speeds of around 100 km/h along with riding in heavy city traffic. According to the video, the bike covered around 32 km since the test began and when it finally stopped. The fuel consumed during this run was 1.15 litres. Dividing these values, we get 27.82 km/l, which rounds off to 28 km/l. That is decent for a bike that has not gone over its knocking period yet and has a nearly 300 cc powering it.
Note that this bike was quite a new unit, apparently lent to the rider by the dealership. What this means that the bike hasn’t gone past its knocking period nor has its first service done. After the first service of the bike, the fuel economy and the performance level both get a bit of a boost. Therefore, the fuel efficiency score of 28 km/l for a new bike under mixed riding conditions is pretty decent. It’s closest rival, the KTM 390 Duke delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 23 km/l but then it has nearly 90 cc more engine displacement.
Talking of the engine and power, the Honda CB300R is powered by a 286cc single cylinder, liquid cooled motor that churns out a good 31 Bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 27.5 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. This is the same engine which was found on the CBR 250R but now has been bored out for increased displacement. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Another important feature of the bike is that it gets dual channel ABS as standard along with an Inertia Measuring Unit (IMU) which distributes braking of the ABS. This is something that is a first in class feature.