Part of Honda's new 'Sport Naked' family, the CB300R offers riders the same 'Neo Sports Café' minimalist, bare-boned attitude as its 1000cc stablemate (CB1000R)
The CB300R is the ultimate lightweight machine, tipping the scales at only 143kgs, it's ideal for newer riders keen to develop their riding skills or riders who just want a stylish, agile commuter.
It's also a great introduction to Honda, with the brand's engineering prowess, design philosophy and high build quality firmly on display.
The CB300Rs lightweight frame is constructed from a mix of tubular and pressed steel; the swingarm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross-section. Both are designed to achieve high longitudinal rigidity and control torsion from wheel deflection without excess rigidity or weight.
To ensure the responsive 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is low maintenance, it's been designed with the minimum number of moving parts. Details like the low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug help increase fuel efficiency.
The 41mm USD forks also complement the CB300R's handling, with compliant damping and supple spring rate. The single rear shock offers 5-step spring preload adjustment. Both front and rear floating discs are modulated by 2-channel ABS.
The high specification system works through an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front to rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the riding conditions.
Valuable features more usually found on much larger machines such as the tapered rubber-mounted aluminium handlebar, LCD instrument display and full LED lighting, exude quality and add to the pride of ownership.