Unlike the BS4 model that was imported as CKD, the new Honda BS6 CB300R will be manufactured locally
With a growing preference for 200cc-500cc motorcycles, Honda will bring back its popular CB300R. It is expected to launch in January 2022. This will be the smallest capacity bike in Honda’s range of large bikes in India. CB300R was launched in 2019, but was discontinued when stricter emission standards went into effect.
Details Honda BS6 CB300R
As revealed at India Bike Week 2021, the 2022 Honda CB300R is largely the same as the BS4 model. Some key features include round retro-style headlight, flat and wide handlebars, exposed frame, rugged-style engine guard, sculpted fuel tank, split seat, and thick upturned exhaust. The new BS6 CB300R gets USD gold forks, which significantly enhances its sporty character. By comparison, the BS4 had metallic-toned USD forks.
The new CB300R continues the blacked-out look and feel. This theme is evident with the blacked out parts such as the headlight housing, engine, frame, and alloy wheels. The exhaust comes in an exciting contrast of black with chrome accents.
Color options may be updated for the new Honda CB300R. The BS4 was available in Candy Chromosphere Red and Matte Axis Gray Metallic color options. Another key change could be a new LCD multifunction meter. It could be a lighter and thinner unit compared to the BS4. A new range of Bluetooth-based connectivity functions could also be offered.
2022 Honda CB300R BS6 Specifications
The new CB300R will use the same engine as before, which has been updated to meet BS6 emission standards. In its BS4 format, the bike was powered by a 286cc liquid-cooled engine. It generates 30.4 hp of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 27.4 Nm of maximum torque at 6,500 rpm. In its BS6 form factor, the engine delivers a maximum power of 22.9 kW / 30.7 hp at 9,000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed multiplate wet clutch transmission.
The engine’s responsive and free-revving profile ensures that it can adapt to the needs of both urban commuting and road trips. The engine is equipped with a counterweight, which further enhances the overall driving experience.
The bike uses a light but strong steel frame, integrated with USD forks in the front and rear monoshock suspension. It has 17-inch wheels at both ends, shod with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tires. Braking functions are performed by a 296mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. Two-channel ABS is offered as standard.
By making the bike locally, Honda should be able to launch the BS6 CB300R at a competitive price. Just before the BS4 model was discontinued, the bike was available at Rs 2.41 lakh. BS6 CB300R will continue to race the KTM 390 Duke (~ Rs 2.87 lakh) and BMW G310R (~ Rs 2.60 lakh).
Like its predecessor, the new Honda CB300R will be sold through the company’s Big Wing outlets. It will have a better reach now as Honda is working to expand the Big Wing dealer network across India. This is part of the company’s plan to aggressively target the middleweight motorcycle segment.