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Honda CB300R [2018-2019]

Honda CB300R [2018-2019] is a bike with the last known price Rs. 2,41,001 in India. It had 1 variant and 2 colours. It and was powered by a 286 cc BS-IV engine. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement286 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight147 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,41,001

Honda CB300R [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Honda CB300R [2018-2019] Summary

CB300R [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 286 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 147 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 10 litres
Seat Height 800 mm
Max Power 30 bhp

About CB300R [2018-2019]

The Honda CB300R is based on the CBR300R but the styling is based on the current CB1000R, which means a neo-retro café-racer type look that is quite fetching. It has a 286cc single cylinder liquid-cooled engine that generates 30bhp and 27.5Nm. All-LED lighting and CBS with ABS are some of the features that the CB300R has. The fuel tank holds 10 litres, and the kerb weight is a low 143kg. The brakes are radially mounted 4-piston calliper in the front and a floating calliper at the back. Tyre sizes are familiar ones: a 110mm wide front and 150mm wide rear. The suspension is quite conventional with inverted forks in the front, and has only preload adjustment for the rear.
The CB300R is available in either black or red. It competes with the likes of the KTM 390 Duke, BME G310R and further up the price ladder, the Kawasaki Z250. The price is Rs 2.4 lakhs ex-showroom India, despite it being a CKD product.
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Honda CB300R [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Light weight aids in handling
    • Offers great braking performance
    • Strong mid-range acceleration 
  • Could be Better

    • A bit unstable at high speeds
    • Can be uncomfortable for taller riders
    • Limited sales reach

BikeWale's Take

The Honda CB300R is one of the lightest 300cc motorcycles in India which results in very nimble handling. This is coupled with an engine packing a strong mid-range acceleration which makes the CB300R a fun-to-ride motorcycle. 

Honda CB300R [2018-2019] Review

What we have here is one of the Neo Sport Cafe design’s lovechildren; the Honda CB300R. It forays into the premium 300cc segment that Honda never ventured into in the country previously. We find out how the CB300R is to ride and if it is as premium as it looks. 


Pros- Refined engine, good brake feel, has modern features, unique styling

Cons- Uncomfortable for taller riders, the high-speed ride isn't great

The modern world is looking back in time for inspiration and eyeing the ‘70s and ‘80s era for the most part. While the revival of bell-bottom pants is unlikely (and thankfully so), motorcycle manufacturers have been cashing in on the modern-classic trend. Jumping on that bandwagon, among others, was Honda. It unveiled the ‘Neo Sports Café’ concept or ‘NSC’ to the world at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2017 and followed it with three motorcycles based on the same design in the consecutive month at the 2017 EICMA.

And what we have here is one of the NSC’s lovechildren; the Honda CB300R, which arrived in India only recently. The motorcycle forays into the premium 300cc segment that Honda never ventured into in the country previously. And before I turn this into a mushy history lesson, let’s focus on the motorcycle of the hour.


While looks are subjective and to each his own; one can’t help but address the CB300R as a handsome motorcycle. The chiselled fuel tank, beefy fork tubes, aluminium-finished radiator shrouds and the huge slash-cut exhaust add visual flair to the motorcycle. Complementing its attention-grabbing stance is the low-slung LED headlamp. While the CB300R does turn heads, and might even compel you to look twice, the only eyesore is the large saree guard on the left. But since it can be unscrewed and removed; I won’t rant about it much. 

So I scouted the motorcycle part by part, paying attention to the styling and surprisingly, apart from the round headlamp, there is absolutely nothing about the design of the CB300R that comes close to being retro! Every other aspect of its design is modern and up to date. But then, so is the build quality of the CB. The switchgear looks and feels premium, the panels are well fitted and the overall quality of components is what you can expect from a near Rs 3 lakh rupee motorcycle. 


The motorcycle looks as big as its sibling, the CB1000R from afar. Get closer and the scale of the CB300R comes to realisation. It is a compact motorcycle and going by numbers, it is even more compact than its closest rivals. Now for an average-sized rider, this wouldn’t pose an issue, however, for someone towering close to 6 feet 2 inches, the CB300R would seem like a 150cc motorcycle. Given that the CB300R is a global product, it is peculiar that Honda chose to size the bike in such a way. 

However, the compact size makes the CB300R a breeze to ride in the city. The handlebars are wide and the foot pegs are pushed a bit rearwards which makes for a slightly bent forward and commanding riding position. Its tank recess is supportive for the thighs and the seat is well accommodating with a firm cushioning. It also gets wide rear-view mirrors which serve their purpose well.

As for suspension, the CB300R’s setup is tuned for city riding and is well balanced. It absorbs minor undulations and bumps well and offers positive feedback to the rider. Nevertheless, accelerate at speeds above 120kmph and the CB’s front end becomes light and doesn’t feel very planted.  

While I liked the levels of comfort the CB300R provides overall, the most uncomfortable bit is the placement of the horn button. Honda has switched its position with the turn-indicator switch, which in regular bikes is above the horn button. 


Inside the CB300R’s tubular frame is a 286cc motor that is liquid-cooled and generates 30bhp of power and 27.4Nm of torque. Now, these figures aren’t much to brag about to your friends or the curious stranger at the traffic light. But the way the CB300 delivers it perfectly justifies its ‘CB’ or ‘City Bike’ character.  The motorcycle has good low-end torque so getting off from a traffic light is a cakewalk. However, the significant part of its power lies in the mid-range between 4500-7000rpm which makes overtaking effortless.

Further coupled with smooth throttle response, almost telepathic handling and a kerb weight of 147kg, the CB300R is an absolute delight to ride in traffic. Push it hard and the motor loses enthusiasm around 7500rpm but still manages to hit 165kmph, gradually. While the CB300R might not come across as a fast motorcycle, it surely is quick and fun to ride. 

Now traffic in India is known to throw surprises in the form of jaywalkers, rickshaw-wallas or even farm animals if you are fortunate enough. But the braking hardware on the CB300R is top-notch and seems prepared for said surprises. The brakes feel crisp and have superb bite and the Nissin callipers offer good progression. The setup shows absolutely no sign of fade even after strenuous use. It also gets a dual-channel ABS and it’s no ordinary one at that. The unit is not only one of the least intrusive systems, but is also lean-sensitive! This means that the IMU detects lean angles and accordingly adjusts the brake pressure and reduces the chances of the front wheel washing out.


Apart from the IMU-based ABS and the full-LED lighting, the Honda sports an inverted colour digital dash. It is easy to read and I personally liked the sporty layout of the tachometer. The unit also displays average fuel consumption, a shift light, coolant temperature, clock and fuel gauge along with an odometer, two trip meters and speed. The Honda with its Showa forks and Nissin brake callipers has some top-spec mechanicals too.

Fuel Efficiency

The Honda returned an impressive average of 40.2kmpl in our fuel test. With a 10-litre fuel tank, the CB300R is likely to cover around 400kms without stopping for fuel. Not bad at all! 

Fitness of Purpose

The CB300R serves its purpose of being a premium city bike quite well. It is flick-able and light and the 286cc motor has the grunt that makes it incredibly fun to ride in traffic. At Rs 2.41 lakhs, the CB300R is not a very affordable motorcycle though. And in that price bracket, you get the KTM 390 Duke which offers much more value for money. But if directly compared with the BMW G310R (Rs 2.99 lakhs), the CB300R has better features, electronics and hardware and is around Rs 60,000 lighter on your wallet.

Our Take

We loved what the CB300R offers as a whole. It has top-spec features and good build quality to match. The bike, as we mentioned earlier is fun to ride in the hustle-bustle of the city thanks to the strong mid-range that the refined engine provides. The ‘Neo Sports Café’ design also does grab eyeballs for being distinctive and new. However, the CB300R isn’t entirely perfect and has a few chinks in its armour like its instability at high speed and its limited accessibility to larger riders.

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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Honda CB300R [2018-2019] Colours

CB300R [2018-2019]


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 30 bhp @ 8,000 rpm

    Max Torque 27.4 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 286 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 76 mm

    Stroke 63 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 10 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

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    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 296 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/60 R17 M/C (66H)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston, Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 110/70 R17 M/C (54H)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension USD Telescopic

    Rear Suspension Mono Shock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 147 kg

    Overall Length 2,028 mm

    Overall Width 888 mm

    Wheelbase 1,344 mm

    Ground Clearance 151 mm

    Seat Height 800 mm

    Overall Height 1,053 mm

    Chassis Type Trellis

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

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Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes



Electric System--


Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Honda CB300R [2018-2019] User Reviews

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  •  5Baby Beast is the Right Name 1 year ago by Saswat Mishra, Bhubaneswar

    It's just an awesome experience to own a mini Superbike for the first time, it's look is just awesome with modern cafe racer style with old school feel in it. Riding Experience : You can just maneuver it all day long without any pain in your wrist or back, it is the lig

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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      38 kmpl

  •  3Better alternatives for the price 1 year ago by Aadithya, Trivandrum

    Honda needs to look into its competitors in the Indian market, the competition offers much better bang for their bucks for their motorcycles. For this bikes price, its not worth an investment. I would suggest 390 duke, dominar 400ug, apache rr310,gt650. These bikes prov

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  •  5Beast with rusty 2 years ago by Deepak, Tiruvannamalai

    1 i waited for more than 2 months for this bike to deliver 2 riding experience was awesome i can't explain in words 3 it performed very well but little downside to the rear brake it's not so punchy 4 servicing cost for first service rs 1700 5 pros i have to say about mi

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    • Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

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  •  5Modern retro cafe racer 2 years ago by Gautham

    1 - outlet for this bike is less so service center will be a issue for some 2- very friendly bike 3 - different from other 300cc bikes modern cafe retro look 4 - service cost is just the same of cb250r 5 - 148kg so light weight so easy to ride. Sound from chain that sho

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      27 kmpl

  •  5When retro meets neo! 2 years ago by Vinayak, Malappuram

    Well to be frank, i was sceptical about this bike when i first saw it. It looked small and not so powerful. Boy was i wrong. From the moment you give the throttle,the bike just sweeps you off.It's an amazing bike. Great acceleration. Cant explain the feel of engine refi

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  •  4Performance excellent 2 years ago by Mukul, Jaipur

    Amazing bike. Everything is excellent about this bike. Best design,graphics and best experience to ride this. But price is higher than expected price.I think price should be 15000-20000 less.This bike is 285cc but no gear indicator.Honda should add this feature because

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