Honda CB300F First Ride Review

The recently launched Honda CB300F comes with impressive specs and features. In this post, we take a closer look at the new 293cc bike.

Honda has launched the CB300F with a starting price of Rs 2,25,900 (ex-showroom Delhi). While the Deluxe variant costs Rs 2,25,900, the Deluxe Pro variant comes at Rs 2,28,900. It is completely different from the company’s CB300R. The new motorcycle competes with the likes of KTM 250 Duke, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, BMW G310R, Yamaha FZ 25, and Bajaj Pulsar N250. It might be better than some of these options and more. In our Honda CB300F review, we take a look at the pros and cons of the Honda CB300F.

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Honda CB300F Design

The Honda CB300F features a streetfighter design with a premium feel. It looks more aggressive than the Honda CB300R. The new bike features a premium look with gold-plate USD forks, a gold-finish engine case, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a well-sculpted tank. The muscular design is carried through all the elements. You will get a split-seat, LED tail lamps, LED indicators, and more modern elements. Overall, the Honda CB300F features a modern and sporty design. It looks as big as the BMW G310R. However, it is much sharper than the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250.

Honda CB300F Features

The new bike comes with features like a full-LED lighting system, premium switch gear, aircraft like fuel filler, and slipper assist. You will also get a wide 100mm cross-section tire in the front and a 150mm cross-section tire in the back. Both wheels get disc brakes (276mm in the front and 220mm at the rear). The company has also added dual-channel ABS and traction control. The backlit LCD multifunction instrument cluster shows information like real-time/average mileage, battery voltage, distance-to-empty readouts, gear position indicator, etc. It supports Honda’s smartphone voice control system.

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Honda CB300F Performance

The Honda CB300F is powered by a 293cc air-oil-cooled engine that offers 23.8BHP opf maximum power and 25.6Nm of peak torque. It is paired with a six-speed transmission. The lightweight bike offers pretty good on-road performance. A longer wheelbase also makes it more stable than the CB300R. The smooth engine and transmission allow for a comfortable ride. The ride quality is further enhanced by good suspension, thanks to an inverted fork and 5-step preload-adjustable mono-shock absorber. However, the ergonomics are a little aggressive and you have to sit upright.

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Overall, the powerful bike is tuned for city riding. Even at 25kmph, the bike doesn’t stall. However, the 5th and 6th gears allow for highway riding also at the speed of 100kmph. The Honda CB300F offers good handling even at sharp turns. The ride quality is steady despite road conditions. You can reach high speed without being nervous. While it is not as powerful as KTM 250 Duke or CB300R, it is a great option for city and highway performance. The Honda CB300F is essentially the best of worlds.

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The Honda CB300F comes in two variants – Deluxe and Deluxe Pro. Both variants come with a similar kit. However, the Deluxe variant lacks Honda’s smartphone voice control system. At its price point (Rs 2.26- Rs 2.29 Lakh, ex-showroom). The feature-laden bike sports a world-class design and strong specs. The fuel efficacy is also quite good (40-50kmpl). While it is not as powerful as the KTM 250 Duke and BMW G310R, the lighter build makes up for it. Additionally, you can get a great bike at a comparatively reasonable price tag. Let us know what you think of the Honda CB300F.

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