The new Honda CBR300R is probably quite capable on its own, though not as exciting as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 or KTM RC390...
For 2014, Honda have replaced the very successful CBR250R with the new CBR300R, probably in a bid to keep up with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the recently unveiled KTM RC390. Not a huge step forward (or it’d be treading on the CBR500R’s toes…), but the CBR300R does enough to keep things interesting for beginners.
With a 37cc increase in displacement, the Honda CBR300R’s 286cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine now produces 30bhp at 8,500rpm and 27Nm of torque at 7,250 revs. These figures compare favourably with the CBR250R’s 26bhp and 24Nm of torque, but the new KTM RC390, with its single-cylinder 373cc engine, which produces 43bhp, would blow the CBR300R into the weeds.
“The CBR300R’s single-cylinder powerplant offers many benefits for any rider. Because the number of moving parts is kept to an absolute minimum, the engine is more fuel efficient, and small details like the low-friction piston rings and iridium spark plug help reduce running costs,” claim Honda. That, plus the 30km/l mileage and 390km range from one full tank of fuel (13 litres) might make the bike attractive to a lot of younger riders. Or at least the ones who aren’t tempted away by the KTM RC390’s extra dose of style, power and performance.
With its 37mm telescopic forks, Pro-Link monoshock rear suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 110/70 (front) and 140/70 (rear) tyres, 2-channel ABS, styling cues from the bigger Fireblade and 164kg kerb weight, the CBR300R is a reasonably attractive proposition, if nowhere near as exciting as the Ninja 300 or the RC390. Colour choices for the 2014 CBR300R include white, black and red, and Honda’s list of optional extras for the bike include bits like a single seat cowl, tail pack, tank pads, light alloy front fork bolts, immobilizer alarm and various faux carbon bits. Prices, TBA.