For fans of neo sports café motorcycles, Honda just launched the 2022 CB300R globally.
What’s new for 2022
The new Honda CB300R is powered by the same 286cc, liquid-cooled engine that propels the CRF300L. However, this engine was tweaked a little bit to give it more grunt in the upper rev range for on-road use, pulling away with a claimed 32 Ps of power at 9,000 rpm and 27.5 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm – which is higher compared to the CRF300L’s 27 Ps (8,500 rpm) and 26.6 Nm (6,500 rpm).
Besides having a Euro5-compliant engine, the 2022 CB300R also boasts a slipper clutch as a standard feature that allows smooth shifts and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifting and hard braking. The 6-speed gearbox offers an even spread of gears for strong acceleration and the gear change mechanism employs an adjustable rose joint linkage.
Also new for 2022 is the 41mm Showa "Separate Function front Fork Big Piston" (SFF-BP) inverted forks, as well as a new 4-piston caliper – the same brake caliper fitted on the CB650R. Other features include a 10-liter fuel tank, ABS, lightweight tubular pressed steel frame, and an almost 50/50 front and rear weight distribution.
A tapered steel handlebar, updated LCD instrument display, and full LED lighting exude quality and add to the pride of ownership.
The new CB300R will be sold in Europe and USA in the following color options: Pearl Dusk Yellow, Matte Pearl Agile Blue, Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, and Candy Chromosphere Red.
The new Honda CB300R is currently offered in the US and European markets for now, with an SRP of USD 4,949 (PHP 253,630). Philippine availability and pricing are yet to be announced by Honda PH.
Will this be the start of the “300cc wars” of motorcycle manufacturers?