A few images, believed to be of the naked version of Honda`s CB300R, have been doing the rounds for quite a few months now. Now there are confirmed reports that the bike is infact very close to being production ready and will be seen in US dealerships by the end of 2014. A document from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) confirms this along with two other models CB300RA and CB300R. The CARB is responsible for certification of the bikes for emission norms as regulated by the law in the US. The CB300RA is the ABS equipped version of the CB300R.
For power, the CB300F will use the same engine as the CB300R which is a 286cc single cylinder engine which produces 30.8PS of power at 8,500 rpm and max torque of 27 Nm at 7,250 rpm. The bike uses programmed fuel injection or PGM-Fi for getting the fuel to the combustion chamber and has a 6-speed gearbox to power the rear wheel. There are disc brakes at the front as well as the rear but ABS is not offered on the CB300F even as an option.
The CB300F will share many parts with the CB300R such as the exhaust system, footpegs, mudguards and the seat. The handlebars will be different and will not be clip-ons for a better riding position. The overall design is definitely inspired from the elder brother, the CB500R with the headlamps and fuel-tank additions looking almost similar.
Worldwide the CB300R will replace the CB250R in the coming few months and the Indian market will get it by the end of 2014. The CB200F will however not make it to Indian shores in this year. Going by the success naked bikes like the Duke twins from KTM-Bajaj are achieving, this seems like a miscalculation from Honda. We will have to wait until mid-2015 for confirmation about the CB300F for the Indian market.
Upcoming naked bikes for the Indian market include the Mahindra Mojo 300, the Kawasaki Z250 and our very own Pulsar CS400.
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