Honda in the recent past has filed a patent for many interesting motorcycles here in India, but none of them have actually reached the showrooms. Now, the Japanese manufacturer has filed a patent for the CB300R naked street bike in our country. But we don’t think it is ready to hit our streets anytime soon, or may be never.
This new CB model, the CB300R was revealed last year around the EICMA event. If launched, this bike would be a rival to the likes of KTM Duke 390, BMW G 310 R, Mahindra Mojo, and the upcoming Kawasaki Z400. So this also gives us a pricing reference if at all Honda does launch this motorcycle in our country, which will be in the range of INR 2-3 lakh.
Powering the CB300R is a 286cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled, 4-stroke motor producing 31 HP of power and 27.5 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. With a kerb weight of 143 kg, this is a light motorcycle built for the urban jungle. The bike rides on a tubular steel chassis, steel-late swing arm, USD front fork, rear monoshock, ABS with front & rear disc brake, LED headlamp & tail lamp, split seats, etc.
The CB300R also gets an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) which ensures better brake force distribution.
Honda’s current performance bike for the masses is the CBR250R, which is not really doing any good to wow potential customers because it is dated in the looks as well as performance department.