2015 Honda CBR300R/CBR300R ABS - First Look

With an extra 37cc and a fresh new look, Honda’s new CBR300R arrives in August.

2015 Honda CBR300R studio side view

We knew the CBR300R was coming; the only question was when. Well, that time is just about here: The 2015 Honda CBR300R goes on sale in August, priced at $4,399 for the standard model and $4,899 for the version with ABS. For the record, the 2014 CBR250R remains on sale, priced at $4,199/$4,699, respectively.

We'd opt for the new CBR300R in a heartbeat. It's only $200 more expensive, yet it's liquid-cooled 286cc single produces a claimed 17 percent more power than the engine in the CBR250R. A new crankshaft and connecting rod increase the stroke of the new engine from 55mm to 63, bumping displacement by 37cc. That, together with remapped PGM-FI fuel injection, should translate to added power across the rev range and crisper throttle response.

Honda sees the new 2015 CBR300R as a great beginner bike that will also appeal to experienced riders. Based on our good experience with a long-term CBR250R, we'd have to agree. Further aiding the new CBR300R in this mission is a full fairing and dual headlights, which are evocative of the CBR1000RR, plus a new exhaust designed to enhance performance and create a throaty sound.

Other details on the 2015 Honda CBR300R include a new seat and side covers that make for an easier reach to the ground, plus an available accessory seat that reduces seat height by an inch. Genuine Honda accessories—each backed by a one-year warranty—include a carbon-look chain guard, chrome bar ends, a carbon-look lower fairing, color-matched seat cowls, a carbon-look front fender, a rear seat bag, a carbon-fiber tank pad, and a bike cover. The final list of accessories, says Honda, is still being determined.

Looks like a comparison test with the $4,999 Kawasaki Ninja 300, powered by a 296cc parallel twin, should be happening soon...

SPECIFICATIONS
|2015 Honda CBR300R / CBR300R ABS
ENGINE TYPE|286cc liquid-cooled single
BORE & STROKE|76.0mm x 63.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO|10.7:1
VALVE TRAIN|dohc; four valves per cylinder
INDUCTION|PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
IGNITION|Computer-controlled digital transistor with electronic advance
TRANSMISSION|Six-speed
FINAL DRIVE|#520 O-ring-sealed chain
FRONT SUSPENSION|37mm fork; 4.65 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION|Pro-Link single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE|296mm disc, dual-piston caliper
REAR BRAKE|220mm disc, single-piston caliper (ABS on CBR300R ABS)
FRONT TIRE|110/70-17 radial
REAR TIRE|140/70-17 radial
WHEELBASE|54.3 in.
RAKE (CASTER ANGLE)|25° 30’
TRAIL|3.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT|30.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY|3.4 gal.
ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY|71 mpg
COLORS|Black, Red, Pearl White/Red/Blue, or Matte Black Metallic/Yellow
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT|357 lb. (CBR300R) / 364 lb. pounds (CBR300R ABS)

Studio right-side view (Pearl White/Red/Blue)

Studio right-side view (Red)

Studio right-side view (Matte Black Metallic/Yellow)

Studio right-side view (Black)

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL

2014 Honda CBR300R - EURO MODEL