Light weight – the CB300R tips the scales at a wet weight of just 144kg – gives Honda’s small-bore superstar an immediate performance advantage. Mix in a free-revving 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, with new assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for 22YM, plus the unique Neo Sports Café naked bike presence and the CB300R has the perfect formula to excite and inspire young riders.
The frame mixes pressed and tubular steel for a tuned rigidity balance that gives great feedback. For 22YM the CB300R now features, as standard equipment, 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks (the same high-quality specification as fitted to the CB650R, with spring rate and damping changes) as well as a radial-mounted 4-piston caliper, hubless floating front disc, IMU-controlled ABS and radial tyres.
A tapered steel handlebar, updated LCD instrument display and full LED lighting exude quality and add to pride of ownership.
- New 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
- Radial-mounted 4-piston caliper and hubless 296mm floating front disc
- ABS works through Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
Underpinning the CB300R’s minimalism is its tubular and pressed steel construction diamond-style frame. 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.
The chassis’ core strength is anchored by the pressed steel swingarm pivot plates and swingarm, allowing the frame to deliver agile handling with stability and feedback; rake and trail are set at 24.2°/90.2mm. 24.7° / 93mm
41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks are a major new upgrade for 22YM. A pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damper performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. The rear shock offers 5-step spring preload adjustment.
A 49.6% front/50.4% rear weight bias provides a positive feel for front-end grip and easy steering which is also helped by the low, 144kg wet weight and compact 1,352mm wheelbase. Seat height is set at 799mm.
Braking is managed by a 296mm hubless floating front disc, worked by a radial-mounted Nissin 4-piston caliper, the rear 220mm disc via a single-piston caliper. Both are modulated by 2-channel ABS. The high specification system works through an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front and rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle behaviour.
A 150/60R-17 radial rear tyre matches the 110/70R-17 radial front.
Styling & Equipment
- Unique Neo Sports Café style puts the hardware on display
- New seat material improves comfort
- Full LED lighting and LCD dash with updated gear position indicator
Styling is true to Honda’s Neo Sports Café naked bike design language, putting the CB300R’s blacked-out hardware on display. It’s also brutally neat; the cutaway tail unit is barely there, and supports separate rider and pillion seat. The seat features a new revised cover thickness for additional comfort and both rider and pillion footpeg hangers are aluminium.
A thin (23.5mm and weighing just 230g) full function LCD instrument display provides speed, engine rpm and fuel level, with gear position now highlighted in its own, negative form for 22YM. Warning lights are arranged across the top. Full LED lighting – including indicators – gives a premium feel and contributes to mass centralisation. The headlight uses a dual bar light signature, upper for low beam and lower for high beam and the taillight is extremely thin.
The 10L fuel tank is hidden underneath an angular cover and shrouds and houses an aircraft-style filler cap. With fuel economy of 30.2km/l (WMTC mode), the CB300R can cover over 320km from full.