While we don’t know if either the 2018 Honda CB125R or the 2018 Honda CB300R will make it to the American shores, they were announced today at EICMA in Milan. Sharing a family resemblance with the also-just-introduced 2018 Honda CB1000R, the little CBs are also a product of Honda’s Neo-Sports Café Concept.

2018 Honda CB125R


Honda calls the CB125R an example of a motorcycle pared down to its bare essentials – to a state where less-is-more. This paring down is also a key component of the Neo-Sports Café Concept styling. So, function and style are pursuing similar paths.

The CB125R’s 124.7cc SOHC 2-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is derived from the CBR125R and delivers 9.8kW (13.1 hp) at 10,000rpm, with peak torque of 10Nm (97.4 lb-ft) at 8,000rpm. The frame is a tubular and pressed steel unit. A 41mm inverted fork and a single rear shock handle suspension duties.

The front brake is a single 296mm hubless floating disc embraced by a radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper. A 220mm disc a single piston caliper is all that is needed in the rear. The two-channel ABS works in conjunction with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The radial tires are a 110/70R–17 front and a 150/60R–17 rear.

To keep with the modern styling, all lights are LED units.

2018 Honda CB300R


Positioned as the Honda to move up from a 125cc bike to, the CB300R is powered by the same 286cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine as the CBR300R and produces a claimed 23.1kW (31 hp) at 8,500rpm and 27.5Nm (20.3 lb-ft) at 7,500rpm. The power makes its way to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox.

2015 Honda CBR300R First Ride Review

The frame is constructed of a mixture of tubular and pressed steel with a 41mm USD fork up front and an irregular-cross section steel swingarm. The rear suspension offers five-positions via a ramped adjuster. Braking comes courtesy of a radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper squeezing a 296mm hubless floating disc. Out back, 220mm disc a single piston caliper take care of stopping duties. Two-channel ABS is standard fare. All this rides on 110/70R–17 and 150/60R–17 radial tires, front and rear, respectively.

The riding position should be comfortably standard thanks to the aluminum fat bar-style handlebar. The seat height is a reasonable 31.5 in. The 53.2-in. wheelbase coupled with a 24° rake means that the CB300R should be quite spritely as it works its way through urban traffic.

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  • c w

    Dear Future MSF Students,

    Your non-Rebel option awaits…

  • Born to Ride

    Love this new design direction, bring on the new CB500f too!

    • Junker

      And for good measure, a 750 with some guts. Oh, i know, with a new VFR engine… I’m fantasizing. A twin will be fine.

  • Campisi

    Why bother selling the CB300f when you have this in your stable?

    • appliance5000

      Yeah – how does that work?

  • pidginTM

    Good, weird that 125 looks better than 300 though.

  • Junker

    Wow, Honda has found the old magic with their new styling. I had all but given up that I would ever like the modern standards, and the Z900RS was at the top of my list. The retro-looking bikes will still get some buyers, I guess, but hopefully the Transformer class is on the way out, thank God. With Honda’s new modern style and the myriad retros out there, who is going to buy an FZ-style now?

    • appliance5000

      Me – it is an honest expression of modernity. This bike too is a nice design without pandering. Choice is good.

      Full and/or lazy retros give me a rash. You want old, buy old, and send a postcard from the road.

  • Old MOron

    Wow, with bikes like these and the Versys 300, the new rider ranks just have to grow. They have to!

  • Joe

    Small typo on the 125:

    10Nm (97.4 lb-ft) at 8,000rpm

    I think that’s supposed to be 9.74 lb-ft.

    Good looking little bikes!

  • lennon2017

    This can be such a fun bike for so many people. If you’re taken with that small cb360 cafe job on craigslist, but freaked about carbs, and tank rust, and drum brakes, and fork seals, and malfunctioning dials, inaccurate dials, petcock nuisances, oil seeps, etc, here is a template that will serve nicely with very few mods (bars, tail tuck, fender elim?) and supreme reliability and more highway prowess, even if the top end is about equal. What’ll the price be? $5999?

  • Grant

    Any updates on if the CB300R is coming to the US?