Two weeks ago, our friends in India saw the launch of Honda’s new 200cc adventure-touring motorcycle which is based on the Hornet 2.0 platform – the CB200X. It sports a 184cc air-cooled engine that churns out a claimed 19 Ps of power and 16 Nm of torque.
On the other side of the globe, in Brazil, they’ll be receiving the 300cc, XRE300.
The XRE300 is basically the bigger sibling of the popular XRE190 for the South American market. It boasts of an improved (and larger) 291.6cc DOHC single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that churns out a perfect 27-Ps of power and 27-Nm of torque to haul its 165-kilogram mass.
The XRE300 also sports dual-LED headlamps. Riders get an LCD panel that displays the speed, RPM, fuel, time, and warning lights.
Being an adventure bike, the XRE300 adopts the 'beak' that was made popular by BMW’s adventure bikes, and has the Prolink rear suspension linkage.
Built for adventure
The new XRE300 seems to be designed with real adventure in mind. For example, the XRE300’s engine remains air-cooled as opposed to one with a radiator, and the front fork was kept as in traditional configuration (non-USD) to be more reliable in some of South America’s harshest road conditions. Finally, the XRE300 comes equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear dual-sport tires.
Fuel tank capacity is 13.8 liters and the XRE300 weighs 165 kilograms (wet). The XRE300 is available in Brazil in 3 variants: XRE300 Adventure, XRE300 ABS, and XRE300 Rally. Price starts at US$ 3,933 or roughly PH₱ 197,000.