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.
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.
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.
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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