Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Specification Comparison

Honda CB300R has finally been launched in India. Check out the specification comparison report when we put the bike against KTM Duke 390.

Honda just launched its new premium offering, CB300R in India. It is inspired by a neo-sports cafe-racer design and is actually a naked roadster. It is priced at Rs 2.41 Lakhs (ex-showroom Pan-India).

It will be bought to India as a CKD unit, that’s why the premium pricing. The bookings for the bike began last month and currently, it faces a waiting period of 3 months.

The bike is available only in 1 variant but with 2 colour options – Matte Axis Gray Metallic & Candy Chromosphere Red. The bikes are available only at the 22 Honda Wing World dealerships across the country.

In this price range, it competes with the likes of KTM Duke 390. However, it has a lot more to offer than the Honda CB300R.

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So, let’s put CB300R Vs Duke 390 to see which one is the better at this price.

Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Prices

Honda CB300RKTM Duke 390
Price (ex-showroom)Rs 2.41 LakhsRs 2.40 Lakhs

CB300R goes for Rs 2.41 Lakhs, whereas Duke goes for Rs 2.40 Lakhs (ex-showroom). A very minor difference between both the bikes.

Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Engine Specifications

Honda CB300RKTM Duke 390
Engine286cc liquid-cooled DOHC373cc liquid-cooled DOHC
Power32 BHP42 BHP
Torque27.5 Nm37 Nm

CB300R gets a 286cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine that puts out 32 BHP and 27.5 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed wet, multi-plate clutch.

Duke 390 gets a 373cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine that is much more powerful than the Honda bike. The engine produces 42 BHP and 37 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch.

There is a difference of nearly 10 horses between both the bikes, which is somewhat significant. It could easily create a difference in the top speed by 20-30 km/hr.

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2018 CB300R

Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Mileage and Riding Range

Honda CB300RKTM Duke 390
Fuel Tank Capacity10 Litres13.4 Litres
Mileage (claimed)35 kmpl30 kmpl
Riding Range (as per claimed mileage)350 kms410 kms

CB300R gets a small fuel tank of 10 litres. With an expected mileage of 35 kmpl, it will deliver a riding range of around 350 kms.

Duke 390 gets a 13.4 litre fuel tank, which offers more 3.4 litres of capacity. However, Duke 390 gives an estimated 30 kmpl, which offers a riding range of around 410 kms.

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Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Features

Honda has given CB300R some premium features to portray its modern-roadster image. Following are the features onboard:

  1. Two-bar LED headlights
  2. Dual-channel ABS
  3. Fully Digital Instrument Cluster
  4. Split Step-up Seat
  5. Low-placed Handlebars

On the other hand, KTM has also loaded Duke 390 with enough features. Following is its features list:

  1. LED Split headlamps
  2. LED turn indicators
  3. Bluetooth smartphone integration
  4. Riding Modes
  5. TFT colour screen
  6. Dual channel ABS
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Also Read: KTM 390 Adventure spied with touring accessories; launch by late-2019

Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Dimensions

Honda CB300RKTM Duke 390
Ground Clearance155mm185mm
Weight147 kgs148 kgs
Seat Height800mm830mm

CB300R is 2028mm long, 888mm wide and 1053mm tall. The ground clearance stands at 155mm and the wheelbase at 1344mm. It gets a low seat-height of 800mm. The bike weighs 147 kgs, which is somewhat lighweight.

Duke 390 is a bit longer than CB300R. It is 2145mm in length, 760mm in width and 800mm in height. It gets a bigger wheelbase of 1357mm and a taller seat height of 830mm. However, the kerb weight is similar, of 148 kgs.

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Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Suspension and Brakes

Honda CB300RKTM Duke 390
USD telescopic forksWP USD Forks
Rear Suspension5-step adjustable monoshockWP Monoshock
BrakesFront and Rear Disc with Dual-ABSFront and Rear Disc with Dual-

For suspension purposes, the Honda bike uses Upside-Down telescopic forks at the front and a 5-step adjustable monoshock at the back.

Duke 390 uses WP sourced USD forks and WP Monoshock at the rear.

CB300R and Duke 390 both use front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS as standard fitments.

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2018 KTM 390 Duke White Colour Model

Honda CB300R Vs KTM Duke 390 – Design

CB300R is inspired by the cafe-racer design but in a modern way. Bits like round LED headlamps, lowered handlebars, the exposed frame, sharp tank shrouds, bold fuel tank and the roadster appeal are a mix and match of both the modern and retro worlds.

Duke 390, on the other hand, is completely modern and funky to be precise. In front of it, the Honda bike looks a lot mature and calm. Duke’s heavy graphics, exposed trellis frame, orange alloy wheels and the Robo LED headlamps display that it is a beast and not a calm person.

Summing up, CB300R is a classy and elegant motorcycle, but Duke 390 is a funky, sporty and millenial-biased motorcycle.

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