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Honda CBR300R Announced

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Honda made a short but exciting announcement at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in Chongqing, China concerning its smallest sport bike. The show was used as the world premier for the CBR300R, which Honda describes as a global model. Details are sparse other than it will be produced in Thailand.

The headlight area resembles the CBR500R with two separate lights and the side fairings are also changed up in comparison to the current 2013 CBR250R.

No details were released on the how the displacement will be increased, whether it be a larger bore or longer stroke or perhaps a combination of both. What we do know is that the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is undoubtedly the target with this change.

A Honda press release quotes Chief Operating Officer for Chinese operations, Seiji Kuraishi, speaking of the new CBR300 at the Chinese expo said:

"The motorcycle market in China, which is the largest in the world, has been increasingly diversifying in recent years, and the number of customers who enjoy motorcycles for recreation also is increasing. Against this backdrop, Honda will begin full-fledged business in the area of large-sized motorcycles which provide the joy of riding.

"To be more precise, in 2014, Honda will open stores which will specialize in large-sized motorcycles in Shanghai and Beijing. During this exhibition, Honda is exhibiting the CBR500R, which will be the first model to be sold at the specialized stores.

"Moreover, Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future. The market introduction of this model in China will be discussed in the future.

"For the motorcycle market in China, Honda will continue proposing products that offer the highest level of environmental performance, convenience, the joy of mobility and fun of riding."

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LeatherWings   April 3, 2014 04:39 PM
@DoubleTrouble - LOL. Pirating digital software is not even remotely close to the scope of copying and producing a particular make and model of motorcycle and selling it for a mere fraction of the cost of the original and still being functionally the same. As far as the virtues of Honda producing both a 300 and 500... You have to keep in mind that these bikes are for world markets where there is a much larger demand for a variety of small-displacement bikes. Sure, they both look similar and are designed for commute-ability, but one is a whopping 70 lbs lighter, gets much better fuel economy, and will be more appealing to smaller, newer, or female riders, or for more experienced riders who want an additional, inexpensive lightweight bike for general fun.
DoubleTrouble   October 22, 2013 01:41 AM
...having said that, I honestly don't see the point in having a 300cc and a 500cc version of what is otherwise the exact-same bike. But I'm sure that some will argue that it makes perfect sense. Who knows, maybe Honda agrees with me and it'll be a V4 with "sport" tuning instead of a vertical-twin that's been watered-down to meet EU Learner regs. Basically the same peak HP and torque numbers but a higher redline & shorter gearing, 50% more expensive, a perimeter frame, etc.
DoubleTrouble   October 22, 2013 01:07 AM
This reminds me of the story that the Adobe CEO used to tell about how he was walking through an airport in China and passed a vendor selling Adobe's entire line of software on DVDs for the equivalent of $25. Any halfway-decent bike sold in China is bound to be copied and produced by local manufacturers.
Maxx   October 18, 2013 05:36 AM
Ah,the return of the mini-bikes