The New 2014 Honda CBR 300
The new Honda CBR 300 has increased displacement creating more power than the previous version of the 250 with 30.4 Hp and 19.9ft-lbs of torque. The 2014 Honda CBR 300 has an increase in displacement by lengthening the stroke length, increased 8mm from 55mm to the new length of 63mm giving the CBR 300 a new displacement of 286cc. While the previous version of the Honda CBR already had excellent drivability with great low end torque. The New Honda CBR 300 will be even better. First gear wheelies were already easy on the previous Honda CBR , but now it's going to be even easier to lift the front wheel of the Honda CBR 300 off the ground.
The Honda CBR 300 is an excellent machine for riding through twisty mountain roads, it handles on a dime and has excellent low end response to go uphill and accelerate out of a corner. The Honda CBR 300 continues this tradition and just plain gives you more of it. The top speed of the previous Honda CBR was 165 kph, and with this increase in the Honda CBR 300 displacement from the previous version it should easily outpace the previous version.
The Honda CBR 300 is a great handling bike, that is very easy to control thanks to it's light weight and geometry. The brakes on the Honda CBR 300 are also well capable. Although the tires that have plagued the previous Honda CBR has also come to haunt the new Honda CBR 300. Changing tires was the first thing to do on our list. So off with the stock IRC's and on with the Pirelli Diablo Rossi 2...WHAT A DIFFERENCE ! It totally transformed the bike from a good handling bike that can get slippery do to the oem tires to a bike that handles even quicker and sticks to the road many times better. This is probably the one single biggest improvement that can be made to the Honda CBR 300. You may be able to modify your Honda CBR 300 for faster speed but unless you can ride that power, whats the point? Get to know your Honda CBR 300 to its fullest potential...then get down and dirty and soup that baby up !
Honda CBR 300 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300
First we have to say that the Ninja 300 and the Honda CBR 300 took different paths in the looks department and it boils down to personal taste, both look totally awesome, very sport and just plain badass ! The Honda CBR 300 has revised the front headlight, looking similar to the CBR 500. Both the CBR 300 and Ninja 300 offer similar performance just like their 250 predecessors. The difference is so small that it basicly boils down to who gets the better start off the line. Seriosly, when we tested the two bikes we had to constantly look in the rear view mirror to know when to shift in order to stay ahead. The CBR 300 must be shifted sooner than the Ninja 300. This doesnt mean its slower, it just means it has to be shifted sooner, and thats it. We went head to head between the new Ninja 300 vs the new Honda CBR 300, and like in past comparisons the two bikes perform remarkably the same WHEN THEY ARE PUSHED HARD, at the extreme top end the Ninja will walk away slowly, but we credit this to two reasons - The CBR 300 uses a paper element air filter, while the Ninja 300 uses a dual layer foam element that breaths better. Additionally the CBR 300 uses a catalytic convertor which is twice as large as the Ninja 300.
Now there are some discrepencies regarding the RPM range that either bike must operate in order to perform at its best. Some say that the CBR 300 is the better bike because it doesnt have to rev as high. We'd like to set ths straight right now, it doesnt matter what optimal RPM range the Ninja 300 or CBR 300 works best in. Why? Because eventhough the CBR 300 creates power at a lower RPM , the Ninja 300 RPM's climb faster ! What this means is if the CBR 300 likes 7000 rpm, and the Ninja 300 likes 9000 RPM it will take the same time for each bike to reach the optimal RPM level and the performance will be the same. Remember, as long as it takes the same amount of time to reach those RPM's the power and speed will be virtually the same.
So what about the Honda CBR 300 cost?
Ok so the Honda CBR 300 is less than the Ninja 300 right? ok its cheaper when you buy it, but in the long run the Honda will have more frequent replacements for consumables, things like the brake pads, chains and cam chain tensioners will go long before the Ninja 300. So take this into consideration. Basicly the two bikes will cost the same to operate in the long run. But the Honda CBR 300 will be cheaper initially. Honda has designated that the new 2014 Honda CBR300R has a price increase of no more than $700 USD and should be priced at least $2000SUD cheaper than the CBR 500, while also remaining cheaper than the Ninja 300.
Which one should you choose? The Honda CBR 300 or the Ninja 300? It comes down to which one you think looks best and whether you're going to be carrying a rear passenger. The CBR 300 has a reputation for being very passenger friendly, whereas the Ninja 300 has a reputation for the passenger to dance with death, there were no grab handles in the past for the Ninja 300 and the passenger seat was a nightmare for passengers, leaving them to literally hang on for their life. The Honda CBR 300 however has a very comfortable passenger seat as reported by my 'ahemm' multiple female passengers. The Honda CBR 300 also has excellent grab handles so passengers can feel secure, which in turn will allow you to ride faster without fearing that your pasenger is going to fall off like on the Ninja 300 - So passengers aside, you cant go wrong with either bike !