How Does the New Honda CB 300R Fare Against Its Rivals In India?

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Honda’s new launch, the CB 300R was launched yesterday at a pan-India ex-showroom price of INR 2.41 Lakh. With what the bike is offering, in terms of power, it slots itself in the territory of the Bajaj Dominar, the TVS Apache RR 310 and the KTM Duke 250. The pricing places it close to the KTM Duke 390, however, head-to-head, the orange bike is way more powerful and better equipped. Read ahead for a spec to spec comparison of these machines, which could help you decide which bike would suit your needs better but first, let us have a look at the ex-showroom prices of these machines.

  • Honda CB 300R: INR 2.41 Lakh
  • Bajaj Dominar: INR 1.63 Lakh (2019 edition to be launched soon)
  • TVS Apache RR 310: INR 2.23 Lakh
  • KTM Duke 250: INR 1.81 Lakh

TVS Apache RR310 ownership Aditya Nadkarn 4

Coming to the first difference, the visuals. The Honda offers a uniquely designed package, called the neo sports café, which makes it appear unlike anything else on the road. That said, the Duke is quite a looker with its mean angles and upright stance. On the other hand, with its part naked, part sports-tourer appearance, the Dominar too is unique for the way it looks. The Apache RR 310 with its wind-cheating bodywork is probably the best looker here, but looks are subjective and the rest of them are naked motorcycles anyways. All bikes get a digital display providing a tonne of information like your gear, the time to shift, and much more.

Honda CB300R India Candy chromosphere Red (1)

Coming to the powerplants these bikes are equipped with, which in all 4 of the bikes are single cylinder units. The Dominar is the winner in terms of power but also is the heaviest machine, have a look at the numbers. The Honda is the lightest vehicle in the segment and offers the best torque to weight ratio. The Duke and the Apache, on the other hand, strike a balance between power and weight and stand in the middle of these two bikes in terms of weight.

The Honda CB300 is built around a diamond-type frame, whereas the KTM Duke 250 and the Apache RR 310 are based on a more go-fast friendly trellis-type architecture. The Bajaj Dominar 400 is the only bike here to be based on a perimeter frame, which is typically the architecture used for high-capacity motorcycles.

Engine CapacityPeak PowerPeak TorqueGear BoxWeight
Honda CB 300R286 cc30.9 hp27 Nm6-speed147 kg
Bajaj Dominar373 cc34.5 hp35 Nm6-speed182 kg
TVS Apache RR 310312 cc33.5 hp27.3 Nm6-speed170 kg
KTM Duke 250249 cc30 hp24 Nm6-speed166 kg

Bajaj Dominar 400 Twilight Plum

Moving further, let us talk about the suspension and brake setup of the two bikes. A major differentiating factor between the Honda and the KTM over here is the fact that the Austrian bike comes with a WP suspension setup. The Honda, on the other hand, offers a better IMU controlled ABS system. The Dominar (to be updated with USD forks soon) too offers conventional forks up front but offers dual-channel ABS as standard, which the Duke misses out on. The Dominar also happens to be due for a facelift which will add a USD setup and radially mounted callipers when it comes out. The Apache RR 310 comes fitted with a sorted suspension system which works really well on the road and is ready for the track too.

In terms of features, the KTM Duke 250 is the only motorcycle here to come fitted with a conventional halogen headlamp, whereas all others get full-LED illumination. All the bikes feature fully-digital instrument clusters though. The CB 300R comes with a 10-litre fuel tank, while the Apache, Duke and Dominar can take up 11-litres, 13.5-litres and 13-litres of petrol respectively.

Front SuspensionRear SuspensionFront BrakeRear BrakeABS
Honda CB 300R41 mm USD ForksMonoshock296 mm, radially mounted calliper220 mmDual Channel, IMU controlled
Bajaj Dominar43 mm Telescopic ForksMonoshock320 mm230 mmDual Channel
TVS Apache RR 31041 mm USD ForksMonoshock300 mm Petal-type disc240 mmDual Channel
KTM Duke 250WP 43 mm USD ForksWP Monoshock300 mm, radially mounted calliper230 mmNot available

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So here are the differentiating factors between these four, very well equipped bikes. It is very difficult to choose a winner out of these, as all 4 bikes offer a different experience to a rider and excel at what they were built for. The featherweight CB 300R sure stands a chance against these machines and is surely worth your attention. Stay tuned for a detailed review of this machine, coming out very soon.

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