Last year, Suzuki’s manufacturing partner in China, Haojue, launched the DR300 naked bike for the Chinese market. The DR300 was first shown to the public at the 2018 Chongqing International Motorcycle Exhibition. Now, Haojue has unveiled a DR300-based naked bike – the XCR300.
Like the DR300, the Haojue XCR300 is powered by a parallel-twin, liquid-cooled 298cc engine that produces 29 Ps of power and 28 Nm of torque. Unlike the DR300, the XCR300 boasts of more relaxed riding ergonomics designed for city cruising and occasional weekend long-distance riding.
In front, the most noticeable are bug-eye LED headlamps. Turn signals are mounted slightly higher, while a small fly screen crowns the front facade. To attain a muscular look, Haojue designers integrated a 16-liter fuel tank with lines flowing smoothly to the wide, single-piece seat which is just 785mm from the ground.
It's held aloft by 41mm forks sourced from KYB-sourced. Braking is handled by Nissin calipers, while a pair of Pirelli Rosso 3 tires meet the pavement. Other features include a full-LED screen, ABS and slipper clutch which were transferred from the DR300.
Will Suzuki bring this to the PH?
As mentioned above, Suzuki and Haojue have been working together for many years now as evidenced by some rebadged Haojue motorcycles here in the country a few years back.
Though there is no confirmation from Suzuki, a PHP 217,000 pricetag seems to be a lucrative price for a 300cc, twin-cylinder naked bike.