CBR300R on sale in August

In America, anyway…

HONDA has announced that the CBR300R is going on sale in America in August as a 2015 model despite the fact that the bike still isn’t available over here yet.

Originally intended to be available in the UK in March this year, having been revealed as part of Honda’s 2014 model range at last year’s bike shows, the CBR300R has been subject to a delay for undisclosed reasons, with the machine not expected to appear in dealers until the end of the year.

The newly-revealed US marked version gets the usual extra side reflectors to meet that country’s regulations, and a new black-and-yellow paint scheme joins the all-red, all-black and red-white-and-blue options seen already.

Both ABS and non-ABS versions are heading to America, and specs for the bike appear to match those expected over here, with 286cc in the up-sized CBR250R engine thanks to a 76mm x 63mm bore and stroke (the CBR250R was 76mm x 55mm).

With 30.4bhp expected from the new engine, the Honda could have its work cut out to beat the forthcoming Yamaha R3, due in 2015 as a big-bore version of the recently revealed R25 which already manages 36bhp from 250cc thanks to its higher-revving, twin-cylinder layout.
In America, prices for the CBR300R start at $4,399, with ABS versions costing $500 more. That’s only $200 more than the CBR250R cost in 2013. It suggests that when the 300 finally does appear over here, we can expect a list price somewhere near that of the older bike, which was was £4,199 for the ABS version when last on sale.

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