The CB300R tips the scales at just 143kg wet and gives Honda’s new lightweight star a performance advantage. Mix in a free-revving 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, plus a unique new style and presence and the CB300R’s intention to excite and inspire young riders is clear to see.
A brand new frame mixes pressed and tubular steel for a tuned rigidity balance that gives great feedback. The CB300R also features 41mm USD forks with radial-mount 4-piston caliper, hub-less floating front disc, IMU-based ABS and Dunlop radial tyres.
Valuable features more usually found on much larger machines such as the tapered rubber-mounted aluminium handlebar, LCD instrument display and full LED lighting, exude quality and add to the pride of ownership.
• Responsive single-cylinder DOHC 4-valve engine • 23.1kW peak power/27.5Nm peak torque • Underslung side-exit exhaust • 6-speed gearbox
• The CB300R’s compact 286cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine – shared with the CBR300R – is a diminutive jewel that has won many fans for its free-revving and responsive nature. And while that free-spinning character can get the adrenaline pumping as revs rise, it’s also an engine that works well in ‘real-world’ road riding conditions, both around town and out on the highway. To reduce maintenance costs – an important factor for younger riders – the engine is also designed with the minimum number of moving parts. Details like the low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug help increase fuel efficiency.
• Industrial minimal styling takes cues from the 2018 CB1000R • Lightweight frame mixes tubular and pressed steel • 41mm USD front forks and irregular-cross section steel swingarm • Radial-mount 4-piston caliper and hubless 296mm floating front disc • Full LED lighting and LCD instrumentation • IMU-based ABS
The CB300R’s frame – which helps underpin its minimalist style, drawn on the same Neo Sports Café lines as the new 2018 CB1000R – is constructed with tubular and pressed steel; the swingarm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross-section. Both are designed to achieve high longitudinal rigidity and control torsion from wheel deflection without excess rigidity or weight.