Honda CB300R

Welcome to the Honda CB300R review and specification page. The CB300R (new model for 2019) is the spiritual successor to the old CB250 aka “Nighthawk’ thousands of motorcycle riders learnt to ride on. The CB300R is a naked motorcycle styled using the latest Honda design language that updates the ‘traditional’ Japanese and European motorcycle template have been using for decades. This is what Honda calls ‘Neo Sports Cafe’ styling…

In terms design the CB300R looks completely different to the old CB250 yet in the standard red colour scheme you can derive it’s linage. It looks modern and arguably modern enough to last for the next 10 years or so, but is the CB300R a classic design to last 25 years as the last did? – who knows…

In terms of engine and technology the CB300R is completely modern with the latest in the series,  single cylinder 286cc thumper originally introduced with the CBR250R (note the single R) introduced in 2011. This engine has proven reliable but has no tech bragging rights by virtue of having only one cylinder compared to the 250c twin in the CB250 or the older road racer 4 cylinder CBR250RR on the 1990s. Other ‘features’ include twin disc brakes, ABS, USD forks, LED lights and digital instrument panel which is pretty class standard.

Now you may think that the Honda CB125 is the real successor to the CB250 but the main reason why the CB300R is the the real replacement, is that it represents the standard spec motorcycle you would expect in 2019 and beyond! I think anyone considering buying their first motorbike will gravitate to the modern CB300R rather than the old tech CB125, which I consider a ‘beater’ motorbike.  Sure the CB300R RRP is just under $7000 AUD, consider that it’s one of the most powerful LAMS or learner bikes and combined with less weight means more usable performance than the heavier fully faired motorcycles. There are plenty of deals in the LAMS model range too so you are sure to get a better on road deal! For example the CB300R can be purchased as a Demo for around $5500!

Honda CB300R Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve (EFI)
Capacity:  286cc
Power/Torque:  23.1 Kw @ 8500 RPM 27.5 Nm @ 7250 RPM 
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  143kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds
Max Speed less than 100Kph 
Fuel Economy:   10 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 litres per 100km
Seat height:  799mm
Dimensions: L2012mm X W802mm X H1052mm
 Recommended Retail Price:   $6990 (2019)
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