Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) had recently launched the CB 300R.it is a street naked sportsbike that is Honda’s new flagship offering in the big volume, sub-500cc premium motorcycle segment. The CB 300R is priced at Rs 2.41 lakhs, ex showroom Delhi. Honda has now told that they might double the production of CB 300R if the demand goes up.
Honda motorcycles India had commenced the booking for this new neo sports cafe motorcycle in January and it received an overwhelming response from the public. The first batch of the motorcycles have already been sold out and the waiting period for CB 300R is now 3 months.
Talking about this to a media house, Yadwinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – sales and marketing, Honda Motorcycles & scooters India has revealed that if they see the demand for the CB 300R is growing, then they will double up the production so that the customer don’t have to wait long. He stressed on the point that doubling production will depend upon the demand of the motorcycle.
The all-new CB300R is available through 22 Honda Wing dealerships in India. The bike can be booked through any of these flagship Honda two-wheeler dealerships in the Indian market for a nominal amount of Rs 5000. The all-new CB300R utilises the same frame that is used by the Honda CBR250R. The bike also gets a similar engine, which has been rebored to 286cc.
The single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine of the CB300R produces a maximum of 31 Bhp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 27.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The main advantage of the Honda CB300R is its weight. It weighs only 147 kg, which makes it extremely easy to ride on the crowded city roads. The Honda CB300R gets a six-speed manual transmission.
The motorcycle is positioned as a naked sportsbike that will be at home both on city streets as well as the highway. Wind protection is minimal though, and speeds of over 120 Kmph can get quite uncomfortable over longer durations. A tall flyscreen is what many CB 300R owners who intend to tour on this motorcycle will strongly consider.
Honda CB 300R will compete with bikes like BMW G 310R and KTM 390 Duke. The KTM Duke 390 produces a lot more power and torque (44 Bhp-37 Nm) than the CB 300R, but is slightly costlier, at Rs. 2.43 lakhs. The BMW G 310R, which makes 34 Bhp-28 Nm, is even more pricier at Rs. 2.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. This makes the Honda CB 300R attractively priced, especially as Honda has a reputation for building reliable and fuss free motorcycles.