The BigWing premium dealerships position the Honda CB300F, a new naked streetfighter, as their entry-level model, below the CB300R neo-retro cafe racer. The motorcycle has a lot going for it because, according to the brand, it has a newly designed engine and a diamond frame. However, is it really worth Rs. 2.28 lakh (ex-showroom)? Let’s investigate!
The Honda CB300F’s design was influenced by that of its larger sibling, the CB500F, which is sold in foreign markets. However, it was clear that it was a development of the Hornet 2.0 and had a generally sleek stance with aggressive-looking body panels and fuel tank extensions, a small back end, neatly integrated headlamps, and a split seat.
With a 1,390 mm wheelbase, you can move around while riding, and sitting lower on the seat appeals to a wider range of customers, including those who are short. The Honda CB300F does have the tools to handle typical Indian roads, as evidenced by the single-piece sporty handlebar, and has a seat height of 789 mm and 177 mm ground clearance.
Honda CB300F Engine
The new 293.52 cc single-cylinder oil-cooled, two-valve engine that powers the CB300F produces 24.1 hp and 25.6 Nm of maximum torque. A six-speed transmission connects the engine to the transmission. As soon as you get on, you’ll see that this motorcycle is ideal for city riding and has excellent low-end and midrange performance.
The motorcycle can be easily flicked thanks to the light front end, and the roomy 14.1-liter fuel tank allows for good knee grip. The low and middle rpm ranges are where the naked streetfighter performs seamlessly and reacts to your inputs.
You don’t need to shift as frequently, especially in traffic, because the gearing is not as tall as in the CB350. Additionally, the well-composed chassis allows for good high speed stability, and the standard assist and slipper clutch make life easier during aggressive downshifts.
Honda CB300F Top Speed
The Honda CB300F can reach speeds well above 120 kmph in fourth gear as the rev range increases, but its top speed of 139 kmph is woefully inadequate. The engine’s characteristics are refined, but it falls short of the H’ness and CB350 RS in every way.
The Honda CB300F fails to strike the right notes due to the muted top-end performance, as the fifth and sixth gear performance is a miss rather than a hit and the engine feels stressed past the 130ish mark. Suzuki Gixxer 250 is approximately Rs. 50,000 less expensive and the vastly superior KTM Duke 250 is only approximately Rs. 10,000 more expensive.
The more expensive CB300R, in contrast, is lighter, produces better performance, has top speeds well above 150 kmph, and has a distinctive design. The Honda CB300R’s overall fit and finish are respectable enough, but the LCD instrument cluster’s size could be a little bit larger given the variety of data it displays, including a gear indicator and range.
Both the rider and the passenger seats are very comfortable, but the seat finish could have been more luxurious. The five-step adjustable rear monoshock suspension and upside-down golden-colored front forks effectively absorb bumps and provide pliant handling on a variety of surfaces.
You are able to brake late into corners thanks to the dual-channel ABS system and Nissin callipers (276 mm front and 220 mm rear). The 17-inch MRF RevZ radial tyres were put through rigorous testing in both dry and extremely wet conditions, and they stand out as one of the motorcycle’s best features for providing good traction.
Honda CB300F Price
The Honda CB300F is for riders looking to upgrade from smaller Honda motorcycles like the Hornet 160R or the most recent 2.0, but keep in mind that it is still a bit pricey at Rs. 2.25 lakh for Deluxe and Rs. 2.28 lakh for Deluxe Pro (ex-showroom). There are better options available for those looking for an everyday urban naked!
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