2018 CB300R

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    When it comes to the design I think that Honda has done a great job and also the design off the exhaustpipe really nice done but It would be great if the increased the volume to 400-650.
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  2. ExTex

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    I think Honda already has 500cc and 650cc bikes,
    but yes, 400c would be nice, if they could keep the low weight.

    ride safely
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  3. strongbad

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    I couldn't agree less. If you want bikes in that displacement there are plenty to choose from in all different categories at many different price points. If you want a lightweight, high-spec 25 to 35 hp bike that doesn't look like it was made with parts from Home Depot, you have nothing in the US to choose from. The bikes we get in that category are either whales, or ugly parts-bin bikes, or ugly parts-bin bikes that are whales.

    Look at the front brake of this bike. It's got a hubless floating disk brake with a Nissin 4-piston caliper and 2-channel ABS. Look at anybody else's front brake in this category and it will scream cheap. Even KTM's 390 Duke has a front brake that screams cheap. I see similar nice touches everywhere I look on the CB300R, especially the swingarm, which also looks like it was designed rather than sawn off an extruded square steel tube bought at Lowe's. BMW paid similar attention to detail on it's G310GS but it weighs 375lbs! Dang. The frame tubes must be solid steel! If I see one, I don't know whether to wave, or point and shout, "Thar she blows!"
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  4. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    I have had several honda motorcycles and the last one I had was a cbf 500 from 2007 which I bought brand new 2008. Honda manufactures bikes with dead reliable technology. I mostly like thumpers and twins.

    I wouldn't mind to buy a small thumper due to the price and fuel consumption, which would make suitable for long distance riding and so on but I would rather buy the same bike with a single cylinder engine but with a 400-650 cc engine.

    I like that this honda bike has a round front light and not some freaky designed front lamp. Al to gather I think it is a damn nice bike.

    I actually visited to a dealer yesterday to take look at the ktm 390 but unfortunately the dealer had locked the steering lock so I could not get a fair idea off the sitting posting off the bike but I think that the cb300r much better looking bike.

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  5. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 FZ1

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    2.6 gal tank. Small? Light on at 100 miles? Only weakness. The 300F held 3.4
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  6. dkazzed

    dkazzed Been here awhile

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    It’s unfortunate they chopped off close to 100km in range. I typically do 295km on a tank and fill up 10 to 10.5L into the 13L tank and it’s a nice range, but that’s about 205km on the CB300R. Not completely horrible.

    On the highway doing 110-130km/h, my range dropped to 225km range on the CB300F which would mean 160km on the CB300R. Not much at all.

    But I think Honda is really positioning the CB300R as an urban and corner carving bike, not endless 130 km/h.
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  7. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    that's how they're getting it so lite
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  8. Mobiker

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    If its 40 pounds lighter than the F, they lost a lot of weight other than from a smaller fuel tank. 0.8 gallons only weighs around 5 pounds.
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  9. dkazzed

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    0.8 gallons of fuel is about 5 lb. a bit less material for the fuel tank too but not by a whole lot. I’m guessing at least half the weight savings are coming from the new frame.
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  10. tastroman

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    If a full tank only gets me 130 miles that will probably be a deal breaker for me. It's looks great in pictures but I think of these sub 500cc bikes as practical and range is part of the recipe, at least for me.
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  11. strongbad

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    Honda is claiming 30.2km/liter for the 300. That's 71mpg US which seems pretty conservative. If so, that's 180 mile range.

    Amazingly, they claim 48.4km/liter for the CB125R. That's 113 mpg US for 290 mile range! I really like the CB125R. It's a featherweight at only 277 lbs. Way lighter than other bikes in its class, including the KTM 125 Duke. I'll bet it will go 70mph flat out. If it were sold in the States, I would have a hard time deciding between it and the CB300R. It looks better than the CB300R. The tank cowling is better styled and fitted, and the short exhaust looks better and shows the cool banana swingarm on the starboard side better.
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  12. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 FZ1

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    A 125 thumper in the US. Perhaps a moped or skateboard is a also up your ally?
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  13. dkazzed

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    I had a CBR 125R and occasionally got it up to 133 km/h indicated on a flat road, more often 110-120 with no wind, 100 with a headwind. The fastest I’ve done ever was 146 km/h, full race tuck down a moderate grade on a freeway. The 11.5 HP liquid cooled unit is quite a bit more powerful than the air cooled Grom, plus it had a proper 6 speed transmission. I was doing 2.8 L/100km 82 MPG US on mine but keep in mind I spent half of the time on the freeway.

    I know someone who imported a CBR 150R motor for his 125 and saw about a 10-15 km/h improvement in top speed. That engine produces something like 15-16 HP.
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  14. dustin2

    dustin2 VFR800

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    I enjoyed mine quite a lot. Great fun and easy on local highways with an impressive fuel range. I even managed a late night emergency journey down the I5 to Seattle when some friends dropped their keys down a storm drain.
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    dkazzed Been here awhile

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    That sounds fun! My only trips outside Metro Vancouver was up to Squamish, now that was a beautiful ride. I loved that bike so much and regretted having to sell it. Commuted on Hwy 1, 91, and 99 on it no problems, kept up with traffic or in the case of the Hwy 1 HOV lane, passed all those single occupant cars stuck in traffic.
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  16. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    Thank the motorcycle gods for round headlights. This thing looks seriously cool. I want a small displacement bike, but with a fairing. But to be honest, all I really want right now is a Honda Monkey...
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  17. damasovi

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    We are getting this 300 in Mexico, maybe late April 2018, price? TBA but around $95,000 or $5,000 USD (exchange rate 19 to 1) and in case that we get this bike and comes with a small tank, maybe the 250 Twister 2018 will be another possibility
    it does have 4.3 galon tank and 6 speed gear box, but I would prefer the 300, even with the higher price


    We have to wait a bit!
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  18. strongbad

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    This is the first Honda-produced video showing someone actually riding the bike:

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