Honda CB300R Review
What Is It?
The Honda CB300R is an A2 licence friendly naked bike with a dash of retro styling and is closely related to the popular CB125R.
Engine: 286 cc Single Cylinder, 31 bhp
Economy: 85 mpg, 190 miles
Top Speed: 100 mph
Seat Height: 799 mm
Wet Weight: 143 kg
|✓||Looks great, goes well, light, handling, dash, comfort, economy|
|×||Budget for a new end can, no gear position indicator|
I came to motorcycling late. I didn’t take my licence until the age of 60. My first bike was a 2015 Honda CB500X, which I still own and is my go-to for touring, but I am fortunate enough to be able to ride a bike for pleasure, so can take advantage of the mostly empty roads during the week. I'm a member of the Honda Owners Club and also belong to the MCN #ride5000miles initiative.
Why did I buy a CB300R?
I wanted something a bit smaller and lighter that I could just hop on and go. I did consider the CRF250 Rally, but it would just be a smaller version of what I have already, plus I can't see me riding green lanes, so I think it would have been a waste. The CB300R is a completely different style of bike and I absolutely love it.
My local Honda dealer, Hatfields’ (where I bought the CB500X) did me a nice deal on the CB300R. I almost bought an ex-demo one, but managed to get a brand new bike for only a little more.
I've had the bike a little over 2 months, bought in mid-January 2019, just in time for the bad weather. I have still managed to clock up almost 600 miles and its just had its first service, which cost approximately £140. I've taken it out on some very slippy roads and its been absolutely fine. The dashboard is an LCD, white on black and is easy to read even in bright sunlight. It has speed, fuel gauge, rpm, water temperature. It flashes a white led on the dashboard when it thinks you should change up. No gear indicator though.
Being a naked bike there isn't any wind/rain protection, but this hasn't been a problem for me so far. The headlights are a very bright LED setup, as is the tail light. The front indicators are on all the time the ignition is on (as running lights).
What's it like to ride?
Very flickable, good in the corners, enough power for most situations (although I don't think I would like to take it for too long a ride on the motorway!). It will easily reach 70 mph and has a bit left. My rides tend to be a maximum of 5 hours and I have found the seat is okay for this period of time. I have short legs (30 inch) but don't have a problem with the seat height. I didn't buy this for power. I bought this as a second bike to basically go out and ride purely for fun. It’s economical (approx 80 mpg) and fun. It’s just what I wanted.
Things I Like
- Riding position
Things I Don’t Like
In reality, very little. It would have been nice to have a gear indicator but I manage (my CB500X doesn't have one either). The stock exhaust is HUGE, so I have replaced with an Arrow after-market exhaust. The tail is ugly in my opinion and it may get changed.
I wanted a fun second bike that didn't cost the earth to buy, maintain or run, with enough power to ride B roads at 60mph and that was a completely different style of bike to my CB500X. I wouldn't use the CB300R for touring, but for trips of a 1/2 day or a day its perfect.
- Tony A, 2019
How Does It Compare?
- Honda CB125R: Closely related and uber popular 125cc version with 13 bhp