2014 Honda CBR300R Breaks Cover in China

10/17/2013 @ 4:42 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS


Not content to have only the Honda CBR250R as its small-displacement offering, Honda Motor Corp. announced at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in Chongqing yesterday that the 2014 Honda CBR300R would be its latest “world model” motorcycle, with production set to start at Honda’s Thailand factory.

Details on the small-displacement motorcycle are next-to-nonexistent, with Seiji Kuraishi, Chief Operating Officer for Honda China simply stating that “Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future. The market introduction of this model in China will be discussed in the future.”

Releasing only two photos of the new CBR300R, Honda has at least tipped us to the fact that the Honda CBR300R will share the same styling as the Honda CBR500R. What isn’t clear though is whether the 300cc machine will replace the 250cc Honda CBR250R outright in many developed markets, or if the CBR300R will stand as an additional small-displacement model in Honda’s lineup, much as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 stands with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

Small-displacement machines have been focus for OEMs as of late, as price-conscious buyers are looking for more affordable options on their dealer floors. From the photos we can see that anti-locking brakes (ABS) will be an option for the Honda CBR300R, likely in the same way it was for the CBR250R.

No word yet on pricing, nor on availability in the USA. Time will tell though if American Honda decides to bring this bike to the United States. More details as we get them.


Source: Honda

  • Lucas

    I just hope this one has more than one cylinder…

  • Tom

    I hope it’s single cylinder. They can then transplant that motor into a CRF300L which is the enduro I’ve been waiting for. I wish Honda would make a CRF450L or 450cc super single street bike but doubtful.

  • Jon

    Looks to be a single from the pictures (only one header pipe) . I hope they make a CRF300L, the extra pep would be nice on the open road on the way to the trails. Just go crazy and Honda and do a no frills 450cc single dual sport.

  • Neil

    Why is Honda doing this to me.

    They bring out these little cute knat bikes left and right all the while Im drooling of the next new Honda “Interceptor”/”RCV1000RR/RVF1000r/ etc……..

    Please …..

  • TheSwede

    Boring looking, and gonna weigh a ton. The RC390 will wipe the floor with it

  • TexusTim

    I was hoping the would increase the dispalcement eversince kawasaki upped theres,I see the 250 club race’s all going to 300 cc.
    @swede Its a street bike man..how can it compete..wasnt meant to man

  • jay

    cbr 250 looks much better…really..

  • paulus

    It has been news here in Thailand for a while… it is a bored out CBR250.

  • Grimey Benson

    “Boring looking, and gonna weigh a ton. The RC390 will wipe the floor with it”

    Yeah and the RC390 will cost almost as much as a CBR600RR.

  • MikeD

    This is what the 500’s should have looked like, NOT like some washed up 2005 CBR600RR or like a Mini VFR1200 as the 250 sister.

    Honestly thought it was going to be a twin but at only 300cc it should have been a given it was a single.

    The R-W-B paint job looks AWESOME.

  • Tom

    RC390 is cool but I wish a Japanese manufacture would make an affordable, reliable/low maitenance (detuned) 450cc engine. You could then use that engine platform to build a street bike, an sport touring bike, and supermoto/enduro bike. Also, a 450cc single would be lighter and more torque down low than a comparable 300cc-500cc twin. I’m not sure how this would sell in the world markets but I think it would sell well in the USA.

  • mike

    Boring sorry but it is.

    Would love though for someone to return to the old 250-400 multis we once knew.

    Why is it 20 years ago…yes TWENTY….we had better? Like NC-35 etc or 250 rr’s
    Today some watered down lifeless crap that are basically scooters then they go so far as to add ABS???
    Gimme a break please. Build a small displacement SPORTBIKE please?

    Time is ripe. Fuel is expensive & budgets tight due to worldwide problems. We dont need another stinking unobtainable special edition that 500 rich old guys can put into storage.

    We need 300 pound real bikes with 11k+ rpms, 40-50 ponies & real suspension. Is that too much to ask?

  • Norm G.

    re: “Would love though for someone to return to the old 250-400 multis we once knew.”

    done. $15 grand. paper or plastic…?

  • Norm G.

    re: “Is that too much to ask?”

    yes, you want free lunch.

  • Westward

    Maybe this will mean more youths will get involved into racing in the west. I can see new racing leagues sprouting up all over. Now that there are much cooler bikes and variety with Kawasaki, Honda, and KTM. Too bad Yamaha seems clueless…

  • T

    In Japan they have a current parallel twin CBR 400R. Which is what the US 500s are based on. I like the looks of this 300 more than the 250. But I want a modern 250/400s of Japanese 1980s and 1990s sport bikes. Can you imagine how awesome a real light weight sport bike of that cc would be?

  • MikeD

    Those of you wishing for the 250-400cc I4 better start playing Lotto or keep watering that $100 note u planted on the back yard.

    There’s a WAY BIGGER CHANCE of that happening before any of the Big Four grant you your selfish wish.

    Back then the conditions were right and the world could take it, NOW . . . there’s no ” NEED ” for those.

    NEED as in NO BUSINESS CASE on building such hardware.

    Better start looking on Craigslist or the Grey Import Market.