American Honda continues its rollout of returning fashions for 2024, with the most recent new bike launch homing in on the favored CB300 sport bare. For the brand new mannequin 12 months, the CB300R is again unchanged, save for a $100 worth enhance, and can be in sellers this July 2023. MSRP is $5,149.
So there’s not a lot to debate on the mechanical entrance for the 2024 US mannequin, however then we had been already followers of the CB’s total competence, spectacular construct high quality, and clear neo-classic strains. We stated as a lot in our final entry-level bare bike comparability a number of years again, enthusing that “Honda knocked it out of the park with the CB300R.”
Final 12 months’s US updates to the wee CB had been pretty minor, consisting of the addition of a gear place indicator on the LED instrument panel so as to add a measure of comfort.
That’s all good, however we’re nonetheless a bit miffed, as Honda gave the 2022 mannequin 12 months European 300s a bit extra consideration. In keeping with the European press launch, the engine received a minor replace (to adjust to Euro 5 emissions regs), with barely boosted horsepower and torque figures, together with a brand new Showa SFF-BP fork in addition to a brand new slip/help clutch. Alas, no such luck for US-bound fashions in 2023 or 2024.
However even with out these upgrades, there’s a lot to like in regards to the returning US mannequin. The 2024 CB300R chassis stays basically unchanged, with the identical tube metal body and inverted (nonadjustable) fork, and a surprisingly keen liquid-cooled short-stroke 286cc engine down under to propel you ahead. And with a full tank of gasoline, the R weighs simply 316 kilos with out ABS, making it the lightest entry-level streetbike within the 300cc class.
That gentle weight goes an extended method to explaining simply how surprisingly peppy the CB300R feels below acceleration. And since it incorporates a counterbalancer, the CB300R engine is a clean runner with a balanced chassis to match, serving up a fair, well-damped journey that works exceedingly nicely for a motorcycle this measurement.
Don’t let its compact footprint idiot you into considering it is a price-point entry-level journey; the CB300R’s Neo-Sports activities Café fashion, glorious construct high quality, and commonplace ABS nonetheless makes it an incredible bang for the buck. Even with a $100 worth bump and no actual adjustments for the 2024 mannequin 12 months—even the colour choices stay the identical—the CB300R stays a strong selection for fuel-conscious riders, new people getting into the game, and even skilled commuters.
MSRP for the 2024 Honda CB300R is $5,149, and it’ll are available both Pearl Nightfall Yellow or Matte Black Metallic when it arrives at sellers in July.
2024 Honda CB300R Technical Specs and Worth
|Engine:||286cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4 valves/cyl.|
|Bore x Stroke:||76.0 x 63.0mm|
|Gas System:||Gas injection w/ 38mm throttle physique|
|Entrance Suspension:||41mm inverted fork; 5.1 in. journey|
|Rear Suspension:||Professional-Hyperlink shock; 5.2 in. journey|
|Entrance Brake:||4-piston caliper, 296mm disc w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Entrance/Rear:||Solid aluminum; 17 in.|
|Tires, Entrance/Rear:||110/70-17 / 150/60-17|
|Seat Peak:||31.6 in.|
|Gas Capability:||2.6 gal.|
|Claimed Moist Weight:||316 lb.|