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."