Honda CBR300R makes European debut

New, more powerful CBR lightweight will replace 250

HONDA'S new CBR300R maded its European in Milan today ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show.

The new model replaces the CBR250R, with 37cc and 4.4bhp extra, taking Honda’s entry-level sports bike to 286cc and 30.4bhp.

The single-cylinder engine makes a claimed 19.9lbft of torque, up from 17.5.

Honda says the CBR300R’s styling mimics the Fireblade's in its headlights, faring, tank and seat unit, ‘giving a more direct taste of the CBR brand itself’. In contrast, the 250 took its styling cues from the VFR1200F, the firm says.

The changes should make it a more tempting offering to A2 licence holders, restricted to 47bhp, as a cheaper alternative to Honda’s CB500 range.

The engine is essentially the same as the 250’s but with a longer stroke, remapped fuel injection and a heavier balancer shaft to counter vibration.

Honda is claiming 85.3mpg and over 240 miles from the 13-litre tank.

The steel diamond twin-spar frame, suspension and cast aluminium wheels are the same as the 250’s, while Honda says the riding position has been ‘subtly altered’.

The 300 also gets ABS as standard, where it was a £150 option on the 250.

The CBR300R is available in white, red or black, with prices to be announced.

The bike will make its UK debut at the Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 23.