2021 Honda CB300R BS6 India Launch Could Happen Soon
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India, Private Limited (HMSI) entered the 350cc segment recently with the launch of CB350 and CB350 RS. It should be noted that before the CB350 twins, CB300R was actually the highest-selling bike retailed by the Japanese automobile manufacturer through its BigWing dealerships. The two-wheeler was launched in the year 2019 and had to be discontinued last year thanks to the stringent BS6 emission standards adopted since 01st April 2020.
However, the naked roadster motorcycle is now expected to make a comeback in its latest generation with a BS6 updated engine. For April 2021, a total of 8 units of the CB300R have been dispatched by bike makers in India.
The two-wheeler manufacturer is currently looking to expand its footprint in the premium bike segment by launching new BigWing dealerships in the coming future. While CB350 has given the BigWing dealerships a good start, the introduction of CB300R might further help the increasing BigWing dealerships to establish themselves in the premium two-wheeler space.
2021 Honda CB300R: Mechanical Details
The new-gen Honda CB300R will be powered by a BS6 updated 286cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder engine. In its BS4 iteration, it put out 31.4 bhp and 27.5 Nm of max torque. The updated BS6 286 cc unit will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. the motorcycle also gets a counterbalance shaft which makes the rumble of the powertrain smooth.
When it comes to dynamics, suspension duties are taken care by 41mm telescopic fork at the front and Pro-Link single shock at the rear. The braking system consists of a 296mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc brake at the rear wheel supported by dual-channel ABS.
2021 Honda CB300R: Styling and Features
2021 Honda CB300R sports a Neo-Sports Cafe styling with most of its styling cues taken from its older sibling- CB1000R. The motorcycle gets a tapered aluminum handlebar although the riding position remains upright. It features a retro-style round-shaped LED headlamp and modern LED technology. The LED taillights mounted are the thinnest ever used in a Honda bike.
Expected Price and Launch Timeline
2021 CB300R range will be positioned above CB350 since the naked streetfighter will likely be brought via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. The BS4 version of CB300R was retailed at a price of Rs 2,42,000 (ex-showroom, India). Thanks to the recent increase in the prices of vehicles, one can expect the CB300R to be priced above Rs 2,50,000 (ex-showroom). Once launched, it will rival the likes of KTM Duke 390, KTM Duke 250, BMW G310R, etc in the price range of 2.5-3 lakh.
There has been no word from the automobile manufacturer yet regarding its launch timeline, but considering that dispatches have started, the launch could take place in the coming weeks.