Riders looking for their first ‘big’ bike have got a new choice in 2018, with the introduction of the Honda CB300R, which was revealed at the annual EICMA trade show in Milan, Italy, today.
Powered by the 31bhp single cylinder engine from the faired CBR300R, the CB300R features a high specification and styling borrowed from the equally new CB1000R. Together with the CB125R, the trio form Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ range.
The CB300R joins a burgeoning class of bikes that are proving popular both in Europe and Asia. The A2 licence compliant CB300R joins the likes of the KTM Duke 390, BMW G310R, Kawasaki Z300 and Yamaha MT-03 in the battle of the upmarket naked city bikes.
Like the aforementioned competitors, the Honda features a pretty solid spec sheet that includes 41mm upside down forks, a radially mounted four-piston front brake set up and a five-way adjustable rear shock. There’s also a digital instrument readout, LED lights, decent looking Dunlop rubber and sophisticated ABS that works on an inertial measurement unit.
While the 286cc twin cam engine may give something away to its rivals in the outright power stakes, it’s a well proven unit that’s already demonstrated outstanding drivability and fuel economy in the CBR300R. At 143kg wet, the new CB should be a doddle to ride, which is hardly surprising considering that Honda are promoting the new model as the perfect step up from a 125.
You’ll be able to see it for yourself at Motorcycle Live, which opens at the NEC in Birmingham on November 18, when Honda will hopefully be able to confirm UK prices and delivery dates.
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