2019-2020 CB300R

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

  1. strongbad

    strongbad Been here awhile

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    Honda separates fused loads into two separate fuse boxes--one for hot-all-the-time loads and the other for keyed loads. Both boxes have spare fuse positions...
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  2. motorboy1

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    That's a good name for that part and yes you can't use it when you pull the licence plate holder in-to me it's a small price to pay because the bike looks so much better
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  3. KeimadO

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Gonna try it and post pictures here, if I can.
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  4. acap650

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    I was thinking the same, CB500R would be my next bike, especially if they would have shaved a few pounds like they did with the CB300R. Looking at 300s now but I would want to use it for travel and not sure about the 300 on 80mph interstates.
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  5. AwDang

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    It would be more appealing with the CRF450 power plant.
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  6. alex4515

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    Isn’t that the same one that’s in the 450RL? I remember hearing about flameout issues and short maintenance intervals but could be mistaken.
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  7. AwDang

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    So, it would be a high spec ultralight. KTM already has even more problems out of the 390’s

    it isn’t necessary for every model to be a toaster. There are people who will willing accept more maint/issues in exchange for higher performance.
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  8. HunterSon

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    So oil changes every 1000km and valves every third oil change for a street bike? I can’t imagine who would want that for the street.
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  9. GeoKrpan

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    The current Honda CB500F weighs 100 lbs more than the CB300R. Not enough of a power increase for the added weight. There are far more powerful bikes at that weight.

    The CB300R is a street bike, a really good one, not a freeway bike.
  10. acap650

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    My benchmark has been the original SV650 at 365lb dry with 65 RWHP, I had both the naked and sport. Since then bikes in this class have all gone up in weight. Perhaps the KTM 500 twins will be in the ballpark but I'm not a KTM fan.
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  11. GeoKrpan

    GeoKrpan Been here awhile

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    I'm looking at my bike after having slid the triple clamps down 3 cm and I'm thinking clip on bars.

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    These CNC machined clip ons are only $42 on ebay so there's not much at stake except for my labor, if it doesn't work. They are available in 41 mm size.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/313596502107?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338678874&toolid=20006&var=612412422629&_trkparms=ispr=1&amdata=enc:1LhLVhnUqRX2qAVnth4zTGw83&customid=s%3AGS%3Bgc%3A24d6d6cfa00113419695b7846dd2faff%3Bpt%3A1%3Bchoc%3A1&customid=s:GS;gc:24d6d6cfa00113419695b7846dd2faff;pt:1;choc:2

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    I slid the triple clamps down 1 cm, then 1.5 cm, then 2 cm, then 3 cm. I'm seeing no downside, only good. 3 cm is as low as it can go without squashing hoses and cables. I must be more careful to turn the bars to the left when parking.

    The clip ons would increase the reach about an inch and lower them about an inch. A positive I've noticed after having slid the triple clamps down 3 cm is that the bar falls into my hands more readily, making throttling, clutching, and braking better.
  12. GeoKrpan

    GeoKrpan Been here awhile

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    The KTM 490 is certainly something to look forward to. The Kawasaki 300 and 400, and Yamaha 300 parallel twins don't seem to suffer from excessive porkiness from adding a cylinder.
  13. motorboy1

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    Totally agree-the people that want to run this bike 70+ mph have the wrong bike-there is a YouTube video series by Mr Fish he tests a lot of bikes and prefers the 300R to the 500F and from someone (me) that has had two of the 500's I agree some what- it's the light weight of the 300R that I much prefer
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  14. GeoKrpan

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    The Mr. Fish vid is a factor on why I chose the CB300R, he loved it. So did Adam Waheed of MC Commute.
  15. HunterSon

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    I would disagree, the CB500F power feels substantially more than the CB300F in all situations. I do like both bikes but you do have to really have to wring the neck of the 300R. It is much lighter bike but once you are above 50 kph it becomes less of a factor. My MT-09 weighs less than the 500 and makes nearly 2 1/2 times the hp and is a riot, but for me the joy I get out of riding seems to peak at around 50 hp and 400 lbs. I have owned all three at the same time.

    That being said, if Honda would make a single cylinder CB500R with about 45 hp and 350 lbs they would have my money in a heartbeat. In the meantime, my DR650 makes a pretty good compromise.
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  16. GeoKrpan

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    Yep, totally agree, a CB500R single cylinder would be tasty, the rebirth of the GB500? Adding a cylinder seems to add too much weight. It would be more vibey but not as bad as the Husqvarna 701s, which according to Adam Waheed are way too. They weigh around 370 lbs and have 75 hp.

    I think 40 lbs was shed on the transition from the CB300F to the CB300R. Could Honda do this for the CB500F?

    I have a quick turn throttle tube and Healtech quick shifter on my CB300R. They really do lessen the sensation of wringing.

    A friend has an XSR900. He's rather disappointed in the handling on the tight, twisty roads here. Then again, he's a beginner.
  17. GeoKrpan

    GeoKrpan Been here awhile

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    I ordered the above clip ons, what the heck, give it a try.

    They arrive by Oct. 8.

    In the meantime I'll order some new grips too.
  18. GeoKrpan

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    I ordered the Van's grips in black, 7/8".


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  19. U4IC

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    Who sells the Van’s grips?
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