Honda Canada announced it will offer the new CB300R that recently debuted at EICMA. The CB300R will arrive in Canadian showrooms this spring as an early 2019 model as a replacement for the CB300F. As of this writing, American Honda has yet to confirm whether the CB300R will be coming stateside.
The 2019 Honda CB300R is equipped with the liquid-cooled 286cc Single powering the naked CB300F and the CBR300R sportbike. The chassis, meanwhile, is completely new, and the styling shares the same “Neo Sports Café” aesthetic as the new CB1000R that also debuted at EICMA. Honda Canada did not release any performance figures, but in Europe, the CB300R claims 31 hp at 8500 rpm and 20.3 lb-ft. at 7500 rpm.
Honda designed a new frame combining tubular and pressed steel, and added a steel plate swingarm designed with an irregularly shaped cross-section. According to Honda, the frame and swingarm are designed to offer high longitudinal rigidity while mitigating control torsion from wheel deflection.
Unlike the CBR300R’s and CB300F’s 37mm telescopic forks, the CB300R uses a 41mm upside-down fork with 5.1 inches of travel (half an inch more than the other 300 models). The rear suspension system is mostly similar, with a Pro-Link monoshock with spring preload adjustability and 4.2 inches of travel (0.1 more than the CB300F’s rear suspension).
The CB300R also gets a radial-mount four-piston caliper with a 296mm front rotor and a single-piston rear caliper with a 220mm disc. An IMU-controlled ABS system comes as standard.
The 53.2 inch wheelbase is shorter than the CB300F’s which should improve handling. A claimed curb weight of 315 pounds – 40 pounds lighter than the CB300F – should also make a noticeable difference with the CB300R. A big part of that weight difference, however, is due to a smaller fuel tank. The CB300R carries just 2.6 gallons of gas (compared to 3.4 gallons on the CB300F), which Honda claims will provide a range of about 186 miles.
At 31.5 inches, the CB300R’s saddle is 0.6 inches higher than on the CB300F and CBR300R which may be a concern to riders with shorter legs.
Other features of the CB300R include full LED lighting, rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar, and LCD instrumentation with speedometer, tachometer, fuel level gauge and gear position indicator.
The question remains, however, whether the CB300R will be offered in the U.S. American Honda has already confirmed the CB300F for the 2018 model year, but that announcement was made in September before the CB300R debuted.
If you’re Canadian, however, you’ll be able to get your hands on the CB300R in a couple of months. Canadian pricing remains to be determined.
|CB300R vs. CB300F (Canadian Specifications)|
|2019 Honda CB300R||2017 Honda CB300F|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, single cylinder||Liquid-cooled, single cylinder|
|Displacement||286 cc||286 cc|
|Bore & Stroke||77 mm x 63 mm||77 mm x 63 mm|
|Valve Train||Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder||Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Delivery||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Final Drive||#520 O-ring-sealed chain||#520 O-ring-sealed chain|
|Front Suspension||41 mm upside-down fork; 130 mm (5.1 in.) travel||37 mm telescopic fork; 118 mm (4.6 in.) travel|
|Rear Suspension||Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 107 mm (4.2 in.) travel||Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 103 mm (4.1 in.) travel|
|Front Brakes||296 mm hubless floating disc with radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper. 2-channel ABS.||296 mm disc with 2-piston caliper. 2-channel ABS.|
|Rear Brakes||220 mm disc with single piston caliper. 2-channel ABS with IMU||220 mm disc with single-piston caliper. 2-channel ABS.|
|Seat Height||799 mm (31.5 in.)||785 mm (30.9 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1,352 mm (53.2 in.)||1,380 mm (54.3 in.)|
|Curb Weight||143 kg (315 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride||161 kg (355 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride|
|Fuel Capacity||10 liters (2.6 gallons)||13 liters (3.4 gallons)|
|Color||Candy Chromosphere Red||Mat Crypton Silver Metallic|