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2019 Honda CB300R vs rivals: Specs comparability

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The Honda CB300R is priced at Rs 2.41 lakh. We see the way it stacks up in opposition to a couple of different bikes at this value level.

Honda has simply launched its CB300R bare bike in India at Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom). With this pricing, the bike is a part of a phase that at present homes some very succesful entry-level, performance-oriented bikes, significantly the bare KTM 390 Duke and the BMW G 310 R. Whereas these are the CB300R’s direct rivals, there’s additionally the well-priced Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 to take care of; so we’ve thrown it in to the combination as nicely. Learn on to learn how these bikes stack up in opposition to one another on paper.


The CB300R was first unveiled in 2017 in worldwide markets as a substitute for the small-capacity sport bare, the CB300F, which Honda discontinued in 2018. Nevertheless, it makes use of the identical powerplant which is the one powering the internationally accessible CBR300R as nicely. Sadly, India by no means obtained to expertise this engine. The unit that’ll make its means right here is barely detuned, with the 286cc, single-cylinder, four-valve DOHC, liquid-cooled motor making 30.4hp at eight,000rpm and 27.4Nm at 6,500rpm in comparison with the UK-spec mannequin’s 31.4hp at eight,500rpm and 27.5Nm at 7,500rpm. Whereas this isn’t as a lot because the 43.5hp and 37Nm produced by the 373.2cc, single-cylinder motor on the 390 Duke, we count on the Honda engine to be not as frantic in its energy supply.

These figures put the Honda’s unit extra in step with engine traits of the G 310 R. The 313cc engine on the G 310 R can also be a Four-valve, liquid-cooled, DOHC affair and it produces 34hp and 28Nm.

As for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, it’s no slouch both and is the one twin-cylinder engine within the bunch. The Interceptor’s 648cc, parallel-twin engine is refined and produces 47hp and 52Nm. Though that is the very best energy determine right here, the substantial distinction in weight over the opposite bikes leads to a power-to-weight ratio that is a lot under the 390 Duke’s.

With a kerb weight of 147kg, the CB300R is among the lightest bikes in its class, and so regardless of being the least highly effective it nonetheless has a formidable power-to-weight ratio.

The precise quantity are: 206.8hp/tonne on the CB300R, 214.5hp/tonne on the G310R, 232.6hp/tonne* on the Interceptor 650 and a formidable 266.87hp/tonne on the 390 Duke.

*calculated utilizing dry weight with out gasoline

PowertrainHonda CB300RKTM 390 DukeBMW G 310 RRoyal Enfield Interceptor 650Engine286cc, single cylinder373.2cc, single cylinder313cc, single cylinder648cc, parallel-twinPower30.4hp at 8000 rpm 43.5hp at 9000rpm34hp at 9500 rpm47hp at 7250rpmTorque27.4Nm at 6500rpm37Nm at 7000rpm28Nm at 7500 rpm52Nm at 5250rpm

Design and styling

The Honda CB300R options modern-retro styling that the bike maker calls ‘Neo-Sports activities Cafe’ and is identical design language seen on the CB1000R+. Retro components just like the spherical headlights paired with sharp traces, makes the bike appear fairly minimalistic in look. Talking of sharp traces, the 390 Duke options fairly a couple of of them. The daring design is additional accentuated by the brilliant color scheme of the bike.

The Interceptor 650, however, sports activities a easy, basic styling, and will get twin exhausts, one thing that is not normally seen on bikes at this value level. The G 310 R can also be fairly conventionally styled, however the muscular gasoline tank and color schemes give it a noticeable and sporty presence out on the highway.

DimensionsHonda CB300RKTM 390 DukeBMW G 310 RRoyal Enfield Interceptor 650Seat top800mm830mm785mm804mmKerb Weight147kg163kg158.5kg202kg*Wheelbase1344mm1357mm1374mm1400mmFuel capability10 litres13.Four litres11 litres13.7 litres

*dry weight with out gasoline


The BMW G 310 R and KTM 390 Duke make use of a trellis body whereas the CB300R sports activities a diamond body construction. What they’ve in frequent is the suspension setup within the type of a USD fork and a monoshock. The Interceptor 650 wasn’t designed with monitor days or nook craving in thoughts, so it’s no shock that it will get a extra typical double-cradle body, telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers.

Braking on the Honda, KTM and BMW bikes function ABS-equipped, four-piston calipers within the entrance and a single-piston caliper unit on the rear. The Royal Enfield will get dual-channel ABS as nicely with single discs grabbed by dual-piston calipers on the entrance and rear.

Suspension, brakes and tyresHonda CB300RKTM 390 DukeBMW G 310 RRoyal Enfield Interceptor 650Suspension (f)37mm USD fork, 130mm journey43mm USD fork, 142mm journey41mm USD fork, 140mm journey41mm telescopic fork, 110mm travelSuspension (r)Monoshock, 107mm Monoshock, 150 mm Monoshock, 131mm Twin shock absorbersBrakes (f)296mm disc, Nissin Four-piston caliper, ABS320mm disc, Four-piston caliper, ABS300mm disc, Four-piston caliper, ABS320mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABSBrakes (r)220mm disc, single piston caliper, ABS230 mm disc, single piston caliper, ABS240 mm disc, single piston caliper, ABS240mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABSTyres (f)110/70-17110/70-17110/70-17100/90-18Tyres (r)150/60-17150/60-17150/60-17130/70-18


The Honda CB300R is probably not essentially the most feature-rich bike in its class, however it does include a segment-first function – an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)-assisted ABS, normally reserved for bigger bikes. This allows improved front-to-rear distribution of ABS operation. There’s additionally an LCD instrument panel with an adjustable gear shift indicator, and present/common gasoline consumption, along with the velocity, odo and tachometer.

The 390 Duke contains a extra superior TFT show that not solely reveals all of the related data reminiscent of velocity, distance, gasoline consumption, and equipment place however also can pair together with your smartphone by way of Bluetooth to show textual content messages, calls, and even enables you to reply them. The digital unit on the 
G 310 R shouldn’t be as feature-rich because the KTM’s however does offer you a substantial quantity of data reminiscent of velocity, a tachometer and gasoline gauge.

Maintaining with its basic styling, the RE Interceptor 650 sports activities a fundamental analogue cluster for velocity and rpm.

Summing it up

There’s so much that is frequent among the many bikes right here. Three of them are sport-nakeds, and the Interceptor 650 with its pricing and efficiency matches proper into the competitors as nicely. Honda is famend for its high-quality merchandise and we count on comparable ranges of end and refinement on this bike too. The CB300R additionally occurs to be the model’s first severe competitor on this phase for the reason that launch of the now-outdated CBR250R virtually eight years in the past. The CB300R might be excellent for somebody searching for a performance-inclined, entry-level bare that isn’t as manic because the 390 Duke, and it’s Rs 55,00zero cheaper than the G 310 R which provides comparable efficiency.

Worth (ex-showroom, India)Honda CB300RKTM 390 DukeBMW G 310 RBMW G 310 RRoyal Enfield Interceptor 650Rs 2.41 lakhRs 2.44 lakhRs 2.99 lakhRs 2.50 lakh

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