Honda has launched the new and improved CB300R in India. The neo-retro naked bike has been overhauled and costs the equivalent of P190,000. The 2022 version of the Honda CB300R is the first model of the CB300R to be built in India. The previous model was imported into India via the CKD route and received only local assembly before being rolled off showroom floors.
The exterior of the 2022 model is largely identical to that on the previous model, but Honda has made a few tweaks to give it a fresh look. Matte Steel Black and Pearl Spartan Red are among the new hues, along with a gold finish on the fork and blacked-out headlamp housing and radiator shrouds. The exhaust pipe has also been restyled to give it a more sporty look. In addition, the 2022 model has full-LED headlights and a new LCD display with a gear position indicator and shift light.
The middleweight naked roadster is powered by a 286cc four-valve DOHC single-cylinder engine producing 31.1 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. For comparison, the previous model produced 30.45 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. The engine is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, with a slipper clutch added for the 2022 model.
Meanwhile, the chassis remains the same, with the same frame, USD fork, and 7-step preload adjustable monoshock as before. The braking system is identical as well. Honda has put the bike on a diet, too, as it now tips the scales at 146 kilos, a mere one kilogram reduction from the previous model. The redesigned Honda CB300R is now available across Honda dealerships in India. The new CB300R is expected to make its debut in other Asian markets, too, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Do you think this bike would be a good fit in the local market?