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Honda is readying CB300R for India. Launch imminent

After a deep sleep of 7 years, I mean Honda went into a deep slumber after launching CBR150R in 2012, has finally awakened with more sense. Even since Honda relaunched CBR250R last year, everyone seemed to lost trust in Honda. But as a matter of fact, Honda has confirmed the launch of CB300R in India. The price they have signaled towards is less than Rs 2.5 Lakh.

Bookings are now open in select dealerships for an amount of Rs 5000.

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Rs 2.5 lakh, for this NEO Sports Cafe’? Because Honda has decided to bring CB300R via CKD route and will assemble here in India. Thailand is where Honda has intended to import Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits which will attract a mere 15% import duty. The launch of Honda CB300R in India will happen much sooner than anyone would have expected.

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Honda CB300R will be a Pocket Rocket with just 143 Kg weight

The pricing will be such that it will undercut Rs 2.44 Lakh price of KTM 390 Duke in India. One can easily expect CB300R price to be in the vicinity of Rs 2.2 Lakh ex-showroom which is near the price of TVS Apache 310RR.

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Honda CB300R get its propulsion force from 286 cc single-cylinder, 4-Valve, fuel-injected, liquid cooled engine. 31 bhp @8500 rpm and 27.5 Nm @7500 rpm which will be enough considering weight of just 143 Kg. which is lighter than KTM 200 Duke.

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Power to Weight ratios of popular bikes

390 Duke – 263.8 bhp/tonne

CB300R – 216.78 bhp/tonne

BMW G310R – 208.2 bhp/tonne

TVS Apache 310RR – 195.26 bhp/tonne

Dominar 400 – 189.56 bhp/tonne

KTM 250 Duke – 183.85 bhp/tonne

200 Duke – 168.9 bhp/tonne

Also Read: Upcoming Bikes in India in 2019 – Part I

Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,

“Driven by the need to discover and challenge new frontiers, the CB300R is for true enthusiasts willing to try new ideas and experiences. Not only will it add more adrenaline to daily riding, Neo Sports Café styled CB300R is sure to turn around heads on the streets. The CB300R will be Made-in-India and priced below Rs. 2.5 lacs (ex-showroom) for customers to experience Honda’s superior technology and the thrill of riding. We welcome all our customers for the bookings starting today.”

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CB300R is loaded with fetures like LED lights all around, even in turn indicators. A fully digital meter will provide plethora of information. The frame is rigidly built tubular and pressed steel. The bike has minimalistic looks. Suspension duties are taken care by 41 mm USD forks at front and 7-step adjustable rear monoshock. Both suspensions are made by Showa for international markets. A 40 Degree taper angle is provided at the handlebars which will help maneuver in congested traffic conditions.

296 mm wave disc with 4-piston caliper in the front and 220 mm wave disc at rear with 2-piston caliper provide necessary braking force. Dual channel ABS will be available as standard.  IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) will be imparting finely-balanced, front-to-rear operation. IMU is like having Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) in a motorcycle.

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It comes with 17-inch wheels at both ends which are shod with a 110/70-17 tyre at the front and a 150/60-17 tyre at the rear. Given its price, the 2019 CB300R is ready to unsettle the KTM Duke 390BMW G 310 R and even the Royal Interceptor 650 when seen from a price perspective.

The all-new CB300R will be available in two colors – Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. Stay tuned for more information like launch date and price of on Honda CB300R.

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