2014 Honda CBR300R

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. The Killstar

    The Killstar Ted Simon Acolyte

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    Is that IN Seattle or on the way? My brother is actually riding his Bonneville from Washington DC to Seattle so his lady friend can go to grad school. I will be sure to forward this info on.
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  2. SilkMoneyLove

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    Mercer Way is on Mercer Island. Pull it up on the map or Google it and you will see why I mention it.
    I lived in Wallingford and Greenlake areas. Both are still nice areas as far as I can tell. Was just riding there in September.
    Also, I recommend taking the lady friends to Snoqualmie Falls. It is a great view and very romantical for the wiminz plus it isn't that far of a ride.
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  3. The Killstar

    The Killstar Ted Simon Acolyte

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    Cheers!
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  4. sfrider300

    sfrider300 Been here awhile

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    Off topic but set aside several non-weekend hours to circle the Olympic Peninsula. Some of the best riding I've ever done, anywhere. To go that far and not do it would be criminal.

    To get back on topic, I'd like to think the little CBR will be good for this kind of trip, covering, say, 400-500 miles a day on mostly fast sweepers (as long as we're hypothesizing, let's be optimistic). I would think the power is sufficient, but the issue might be comfort, and not sure how enjoyable a 360 lb faired bike would be in a stiff cross wind.
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  5. dlmarquez

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    For the last 20 years or so the selection of 250-500cc streetbikes has been atrocious..cheesy 250cc cruiser-clones
    now we have the ninja 300, cbr250/300r, forthcoming KTM 390 duke, rumored triumph 250-350 single, rumored sub -500 BMW, and hopefully something from the Yamaha, Aprilia, and Ducati camps!
    yehaw!
    I am thinking that the wee duke may be my ticket to paradise!
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  6. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Don't forget the promised Triumph 350. Where's that rumour sitting ?

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    Like this.
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  7. The Killstar

    The Killstar Ted Simon Acolyte

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    Rideapart is leaking that we're looking at sub 350lbs and plus 5 HP. I've ridden around on an 1100cc cruiser with only 50hp and had a good time. 300-350 miles a day is about perfect for me. More than that and you're missing out on the voyage. Logging miles just isn't as fun as stopping every 50 or so for pics and bullshitting.
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  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I just got a newsletter from some forum or other.. said it was a 250.
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  9. dlmarquez

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    to paraphrase one of my favorite Devo songs....we are gonna have freedom of choice!
    CBR250R
    Triumph street thumper
    KTM duke 390
    rumored sub 500cc beemer
    Ninja 300
    waiting on Ducati, Aprilia, and Yamaha!!!!
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  10. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    That's disappointing. I wish they'd make a 350 and 500. Enough power for modern traffic.
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  11. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's still not official so.. who knows.
    300 is the new 250, so anything is possible.
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  12. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    You should check out the article on Rideaparts website...
    "It’s been rumored that this bike could form a platform for multiple models, some as large as 350cc and form the lynchpin of Triumph’s efforts to it’s expand global sales volume to 250,000 units annually by 2016."
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  14. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    4.5 HP should make a difference. I loved my 250 but I also wished I had another 5 HP on tap. Problem solved with the 300. It should be a great little bike.
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    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    "Honda claims an output of 30.4 hp at 8500 rpm and 19.9 ft-lb. at 7250 rpm."

    Just from a business standpoint, why would Honda intro a bike almost 5hp under it's direct competition? In bikes this small 5 hp makes it around 17% less than the Ninja 300. I mean the CBR250 may have edged the Ninja 250 on the FI basis, possibly on low end torque. But now that Kawi has stepped up it's game....Honda should be dropping a 350 just to keep up. Possibly they want to keep a well defined gap between it and the 500's and they felt a 350 would be to high?
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  16. The Killstar

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    I think that's exactly it. Honda's not trying to put a track competitive bike out there, but a fun affordable bike that is built well and reliable.

    I think they've shown with their superbikes that they can and will make track-ready bikes, but just not with the 300s or 500s.
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  17. SilkMoneyLove

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    Honda is also known for reliability. They may not have wanted to stress the original 250 design too much by jumping 100cc. Baby steps.
    900, 919, 929, 954, 1000. We have seen this before.
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  18. Nanabijou

    Nanabijou Been here awhile

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    Klay - you should come out with us this summer for a small displacement tour (camping) we're planning. Bring the DR200 if you still have it. I'll let you take more spins on the CBR150R. :)

    Mike
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    Just as before. The CBR is a fuel efficient all around daily driver. The Ninja is the faster toy but uses 20% more fuel and is priced much higher in India and East Asia where the majority of CBR250R sales are.
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    It was only possible to add another 37 cc's to the stroke of the existing engine without a complete redesign. If you want a bigger highway bike then you can buy one of the very reasonably priced Honda 500's.
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  20. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    Honda should announce the CBR300R this Tuesday. :D