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Honda planning CRF300L dual-sport bike in India?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda has filed design patents for the 2021 Honda CRF 300L in the Indian market. But the brand does not appear to have filed a patent for the CRF300L moniker at the intellectual property office. The brand has not yet revealed any details if it plans to launch the CRF300L in India. Hence, a timeline could not be speculated. 

Honda CRF300L Engine & Mechanical Specifications

The 2021 Honda CRF300L comes with a EURO5-compliant, 286cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine in the international market. The four-stroke DOHC engine produces 27.3 PS of power and 26.6Nm of torque. The CRF300L replaces the CRF250L in the international market, the quarter-litre dual-sport motorcycle used to produce 24.7 PS of power and 22.6 Nm of torque. Thus the new Euro5 compliant machine makes 10% more power and 18% more torque compared to the predecessor. 

The CRF300L also comes with a new air intake system, new inlet cam timing and a new exhaust system. The motorcycle also features a 6-speed gearbox that comes with shorter ratios for the first five gears. The gearbox also features a taller 6th gear for more relaxed high-speed cruising. The new model also features a new Assist & Slipper Clutch that reduces clutch lever load by 20%. The 2021 Honda CRF300L rides on a steel semi-double-cradle frame. The chassis sits on an upside-down front suspension and a mono-shock at the rear. 

Launch Timeline

Patent applications such as these are often made, and it is not guaranteed that the motorcycle will debut in India. But speculations are that Honda could launch the CRF300L via the CKD route, positioning it in the mid-size adventure segment. The segment has recently gained quite a bit of popularity, and Honda already has a contender in the form of the Honda CB500X. But the motorcycle is beyond the reach of many and marginally powerful than the KTM 390 Adventure, which also offers a superior electronics package. 

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