Honda finally unveils the newest addition to its streetbike family, the CB300F. With the carving that are borrowed from two of its racer siblings, the Honda CBR300R & the CBR250R, CB300F is lighter, narrower and nimble.
The 300F is equipped with a286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four-stroke engine which is being called the “bored out version” from the 250R. The engine produces 31 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 27 Nm of torque at 7250 RPM. Added plus point is the fuel-inject which takes the fuel economy to a whole new level of 71 mpg. Power is sent to the rear wheel bay a six-speed transmission, the suspension consists of 37 mm telescopic front forks and a 5-step, spring loaded monoshock fitted on the rear end. It utilises a single 296 mm disc brake in the front and a 220 mm disc brake at the rear, lacking ABS even as an option as was offered with the 300R.
An eye-catching addition, or shall I say reduction to the bike is in the height. A lower seat height of 30.7 inch provides an upright and commanding position for the rider. Improved ergonomics, lighter body and naked aesthetic styling instills confidence among new riders. The rear set footsteps and the wide handlebar are designed keeping the riders comfort in mind which makes it suitable for touring enthusiast.
The features are definitely an upgrade. Another stat that adds to the desirable factor is the starting price of just $3999 making it a very cheap bike. Even the most sporty competitor in this segment, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 doesn’t even holds a candle when it comes to price. Honda has announced the release in U.S. by September this year end.
Some people may feel that its looks might be a shortcoming, as it offers a clean look which only a small section of enthusiast tend to enjoy. A simple light bike that is definitely worth the money, but most still feel that Honda seems to be forgetting that some people don’t want “nice” bike.