2015 Honda CBR300R | First Look

Honda is stepping up its beginner-bike game with the CBR300R, and it's coming to the U.S. this fall!

By Brian Hatano, Photography by American Honda

Light in weight, fun to ride, confidence-inspiring for beginners and fun to flick through the curves for experienced riders was how we described the CBR250R just a few months ago (February 2014 Motorcyclist, "Get Off On the Right Foot" small-bike comparison). Road Test Editor Ari Henning concluded that the CBR as the best all-around entry-level bike with the caveat that its performance might not be quite enough for heavier riders or suburban dwellers who need to keep up with 80-mph traffic.

We love small bikes so we were pleased when Honda announced this morning that a 2015 CBR300R would become available in August 2014 with a standard MSRP of $4,399.

A quick comparison of specs shows the new CBR engine adds 37cc's of displacement over the CBR250R engine with a new crankshaft and con rod arrangement that ups engine stroke from 55mm to 63mm. A Honda-provided curb weight claim of 357 pounds (364 for the CBR300R ABS) is just one pound heavier than our measured wet weight of 356 pounds for the CBR250R.

"We're unveiling some exciting new models along with returning favorites," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "The new CBR300R is a fun and affordable option for street riders."

Honda says that the new CBR300R's engine delivers a 17-percent boost in peak power compared to the CBR250R. With a full sport fairing, dual headlights and new exhaust system, the CBR300R takes its styling cues from Honda's larger-displacement CBR series. New seat shaping and side covers provide an easier reach to the ground. With more power, nimble handling, affordable price and low operating cost, the CBR300R makes every ride a fun one.

Colors: Black, Red, Pearl White/Red/Blue, Matte Black Metallic/Yellow; Price: $4399 for the standard model, $4899 for ABS version; Availability: August 2014

powersports.honda.com/2015/cbr300r.aspx

2015 CBR300R/CBR300R ABS SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 76.0mm x 63.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistor with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: #520 O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension  
Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel
Brakes  
- Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc
- Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc
  Optional ABS (CBR300R ABS)
Tires  
- Front: 110/70-17 radial
- Rear: 140/70-17 radial
Wheelbase: 54.3 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 25° 30'
Trail: 98mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 30.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy: 71 MPG
Colors: Black, Red, Pearl White/Red/Blue, Matte Black Metallic/Yellow
Claimed Curb Weight: 357 pounds (CBR300R) / 364 pounds (CBR300R ABS)
(Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)

By Brian Hatano
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