The 2022 Honda CB300R will now be assembled in India so the company is hoping to get bigger numbers than before.
Honda CB300R Showcased at IBW 2021
After being showcased at the India Bike Week 2021, the updated Honda CB300R has been launched in India at Rs 2.77 lakh (ex-showroom). The BS4 version received positive reviews from critics and buyers alike, apart from its premium pricing which made the neo-retro, single-cylinder bike out of reach for most. Now the BS6-compliant Honda Cb300R is being manufactured right here in India and faces stiff competition from bikes like the KTM 390 Duke, which at Rs 2.53 lakh offers one of the best value propositions in the segment, and the BMW G 310 R, which boasts of the premium blue-and-white propeller logo and is priced at Rs 2.45 lakh (all ex-showroom prices).
Honda CB300R: New Features and Changes
Compared to the BS4 version, the 2020 Honda CB300R gets some mild cosmetic updates such as the golden outer tube of the upside-down fork, and golden tinge on the bend-pipe and exhaust heat shield. A few features have been added to improve the value proposition. This includes a slipper clutch as standard, digital console that now offers gear position and a side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, and made-in-India MRF tyres ( that replace the Michelins sported by the older model.
Honda CB300R: More Powerful Engine
Though HMSI didn’t release the specification or price during the official unveiling of the 2022 Honda CB300R at India Bike Week 2021. Though the updated CB300R continues to employ the 286-cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, DOHC, single-cylinder engine, but it has been tuned to produce more power than before and the motor is now BS6-compliant. Now, instead of the 30.45 hp at 8,000 rpm produced by the BS4 version, the 2022 Honda CB300R gets a slight bump in power and is expected to produce 31.1 hp revving higher at 9,000 rpm. Performance is key in this premium segment, considering both the KTM 390 Duke and the BMW G 310 R make more power, being rated at 43.5 hp and 34 hp respectively.
Honda CB300R: What Else Has Changed?
The other noticeable change on the 2022 Honda CB300R seen on the leaked specs is the change in the wheelbase of the bike. From the BS4 bike’s 1,344 mm, the wheelbase is said to have increased by 8 mm and is reported to be 1,352 mm now. One of the benefits from this will be improved straight-line stability. Also, the new CB300R is being offered in two colour options – Matte Steel Black and Pearl Spartan Red, and continues to be sold from Honda’s premium Big Wing showrooms.
Honda H’ness CB350 Anniversary Edition
The other bit of news from Honda is the launch of the Anniversary Edition of the H’ness CB350. This is a limited-edition model to celebrate one year of sales since the bike’s launch in India. The bikes feature golden Honda emblems on the tank and H’ness CB350 branding on the side panels, a brown colour dual-seat, and a chrome side-stand, apart from other design elements. The Anniversary Edition logo sits atop the tank in a pinstripe fashion. The bike will be available in two colour options, Pearl Igneous Black and Matt Marshal Green Metallic, and is priced at Rs 2.03 lakh (ex-showroom).