We have got to know that Japanese bike maker giant Honda has announced a delay of nine months in the commencement of production of the recenty unveiled Honda CBR300R. The Honda CBR300R made its world debut at the EICMA 2013 late last year and would replace the CBR250R in many countries, including India. While the manufacturer has refused from revealing the reasons for delay, it is now for sure that the Honda CBR300R launch in India has been pushed ahead by more than a year. It may be noted that earlier, Honda CBR300R launch in UK was to happen in March 2014, which has now been postponed to early 2015. Honda CBR300R production will take place at Honda’s Thailand facility.
The CBR300R is visually quite similar to the CBR500R and the new bike doesn’t sport the 250′s Y-shaped headlight. Instead, much like the 500R, it comes with a set of twin headlights. Apart from a much different front fairing, the bike also sports a different looking end can, tank and side panels.
The Honda CBR300R is powered by a new single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine that is based on the 250R’s engine. The 300’s engine has a displacement of 286cc and has a 76 mm bore and a 63 mm stroke. While the bore has remain unchanged, the longer stroke, in our opinion, would make the bike a more accomplished tourer than the CBR250R. The CBR300R’s engine has a max power of 30.4 bhp @ 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 27 Nm @ 7,250 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. While the CBR300R’s peak power is sufficiently less than that of the Ninja 300, max torque of 27 Nm means that the bike is as torque-y. At 164 kgs, the bike is 10 kgs lighter than the Ninja 300.
Suspension duties are courtesy telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock unit. There are good chances that the suspension, the wheels, tyres, brakes and the C-ABS unit have been carried over from CBR250R.
High amount of parts sharing should mean that the bike would go on sale at a price point not much higher than that of the 250R. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more details on the Honda CBR300R.