If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced bike in South America, particularly in Brazil, good news! Honda’s just announced updates to its XRE300, keeping this budget-friendly adventure machine in the lineup for another generation.
What’s an XRE300?
The XRE300 is one of those small-capacity bikes that moves the majority of the world’s motorcyclists from A to B, without availability in Canadian/American/Euro markets. Honda makes these bikes in Brazil, and sells them throughout Latin America. You can buy them in Mexico, so it’s possible many inmates have seen them in action on Baja trips, or in Copper Canyon. If you’ve rented a bike on a trip south of the US, it’s possible you’ve actually ridden one. Due to their reliability, these bikes are popular with adventure tour operators.
This machine uses an air-cooled 291 cc single-cylinder motor that’s able to run on either ethanol or gasoline. The motor is fuel-injected, with DOHC four-valve head. Max output is roughly 25 horsepower, and 20 pound-feet of torque. Fuel capacity is just over 3.5 gallons, curb weight is around 325 pounds, and top speed is almost 85 mph.
In Brazil, there are three versions of the bike: A base “dual sport” version, a “rally” version and an “adventure” version. They’re all pretty much the same thing, with some changes in bodywork. Depending where you’re shopping, MSRP is around $5,000 USD after currency conversion.
Along with civilian purchases, this bike is also a popular military/police mount throughout Latin America.
What’s new for 2022?
For 2022, Honda gives the XRE300 a good dose of Bold New Bodywork. There’s a new frame-mounted fairing, restyled front fender, and dual LED headlights, signals, and taillights. There’s no buzz about mechanical upgrades, although it’s possible Honda tweaked the bike and that info hasn’t trickled down yet.
Even if the changes are mostly cosmetic, it’s still good to see Big Red keep this bike in the lineup. Riders looking for a machine that will take them across Latin America, with a consistent parts supply, could do a lot worse.