It’s taken a while, but the Honda CBR300R has finally been confirmed for North America, as Honda Canada announced it would be available in the fall as a 2015 model. American Honda has yet to announced whether it would offer the CBR300R, but with today’s announcement of the NM4 and PCX150, we expect the CBR250R replacement will also be coming a a 2015 model.
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The news isn’t entirely surprising. Honda Canada had yet to announced the CBR250R for the 2014 model year, while 2013 models have offered at price of CN$3,999 (US$3630), a grand off its original MSRP.
Revealed at the CIMAMotor show in China last fall and again a few weeks later at Italy’s EICMA show, the new CBR300R is powered by a 286cc single-cylinder engine. The powerplant is based on the CBR250R’s engine but with a longer stroke. Honda says the extra 37cc bumps the claimed peak power output by about 17%, moving it closer to its nearest competitor, the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The fairing is also new, now looking more like CBR1000RR’s design. Honda dropped the original CBR250R’s Y-shaped headlight design for a twin-headlight look, again putting it more in line with the larger CBRs.
The suspension consists of a 37mm telescopic fork and Pro-Link rear monoshock. A two-piston caliper stops the 296mm front disc while a single-piston caliper grips the 220mm rear disc. As with the CBR250R, anti-lock brakes are an available option, unlike in Europe where ABS is standard equipment for all CBR300R models.
Honda Canada has not announced pricing information for the 2015 CBR300R but we expect it will be close to the CBR250R’s original CN$4,999 asking price but below the CN$5,399 Kawasaki Canada is asking for the Ninja 300. Stay tuned for news on U.S. availability.