We first caught wind of the 2015 Honda CB300F back in March, and at the time we didn’t expect to see the naked small-displacement machine until the autumn trade shows. Well, Honda has proven itself full of surprises, because not only has Big Red debuted the Honda CB300F to the world, but American Honda has also confirmed the model for the United States.

Basically a Honda CBR300R without all of its fairings, the Honda CB300F offers a more upright sitting position, and a little bit less racer flair. At the heart of the CB300F is the same fuel-injected 286cc single-cylinder thumper, which has a longer 8mm stroke than the venerable Honda CBR250R, and thus accounts for its 37cc advantage in displacement.

Perhaps the best part about the 2015 Honda CB300F though is the price tag, which is downright affordable at $3,999 MSRP ($400 less than the CBR300R).

American Honda hasn’t locked down a delivery date for the USA, simply saying that the new model will be hitting Honda dealers in the fall of this year. From what we understand, that’s when you can expect to see the Honda CBR300R as well.

Technical Specifications of the 2015 Honda CB300F:

Engine Type: 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 76.0mm x 63.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistor with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link® single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel
Brakes Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc
Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc
Tires Front: 110/70-17 radial
Rear: 140/70-17 radial
Wheelbase: 54.3 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 25° 30’
Trail: 98mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 30.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy**: 71 MPG
Color: Red
Curb Weight*: 348 pounds
  • Innis O’Rourke

    Any idea if ABS will be standard like the 300r?

  • RL

    Those forks and brakes are utterly poverty-stricken. Well, I guess you get what you pay for.

  • The Other Bob

    Last time I rode something with 37 mm forks was a Shovelhead Sportster…flimsy POS tubes. Didn’t expect adjustability tho at this price.

  • The Other Bob

    I kind of wonder why Honda even bothered bumping the displacement up with such a meager increase. If you’re going to call it a 300, at least come close to it for Pete’s sake. A 66mm (vs 63mm) stroke would equal 299cc. You’d get a little more bottom end power and maybe less strain at highway speed. The extra 1 or 2 HP might even make it sustain that speed a little easier and not effect MPGs at all, as it could better overcome wind resistance.

  • JoeD

    They are just copying the others. Displacement wars.

  • Damn

    still butt ugly.

  • Nitro

    Lol at the people complaining over an entry level 250cc bike. If you don’t like it, ignore it. Go ride your big fat bikes and let people who want to enter into the world of biking decide what they want. I have known more people who downgraded from SBK’s and 1200cc cruisers to 2011 cbr 250rs because it was just that simple and was easy on their body. This is an improvement over the old model by all means. The old bike could do 100mph tops with an 80kg rider, the new 300r does a 110mph and gets there faster. 0-60mph on the old bike was 8.5 seconds and the new 300R gets there in about 6.5. So yes it has improved.

    Those suspensions may be basic but they do a good job of handling uneven roads with ease without transmitting a lot of road shocks to the rider like those 600 supersports do.

  • Frustrating. If the muffler had the welded stop for a centerstand like on the butt ugly X version my niece and and her father would consider one. Honda use to cater to knowledgeable enthusiasts, not any more. Probably ran by ‘market research’/cost accountants types in the dreaded suits.

  • Paul McM

    Who, in America, wants something like this? Especially when you can find an exceptional used 600cc bike for $3,500 (or less). Honestly, I don’t know what Honda is thinking. I would honestly rather be riding an old CB350 from 1970. At least that CB350 had a comfortable riding position and would hold a real human female on the back. That pillion and those ridiculously high pegs are only good for a chimpanzee on the back. A few months ago Honda gave us the questionable CTX1300 (which is proving to be a sales failure, as I predicted). Now they give us another BUM (Boring, Ugly Motorcycle)… Sorry, heads need to roll at Honda. That a company with its unrivaled technical expertise is producing such undesirable products is an unconscionable failure of leadership.

  • I like when people compare the prices of a new bikes to used bikes…apples and oranges, my friend.

  • J Wilson

    I welcome this return to the times I remember when Hondas (and all the Japanese makers) offered bikes ‘stair-stepped’ at many displacement and price points to get more people into motorcycling at a point that was money- and experience-level-friendly.

    Ten years ago, when I went to get my license and start riding, my new bike choices were either some race replica 600, some sort of fatso cruiser, or a dual sport. I’m not a cruiser kind of guy, the idea of a 100+HP 600 as my first bike was beyond daunting, and a KLR650 just seemed like it was on stilts. I’m not the most mechanical guy, so as much I loved the old four-cylinder CB’s, that wasn’t a viable choice for me.

    So I think this blizzard of new models in all displacements is just great, and hope it speaks to a lot of new riders who now have a lot more choices as to where they can get in to start riding. Now with miles under my belt, let’s see, VFR or a CB1100 ?

  • Zee

    I understand that seasoned riders are very opinionated and have complaints about new entry-level bikes. But you guys are missing the point here with all of your complaints. For someone who is looking for a first bike, which is what this 2015 model (the CB300R) and the 2015 CBR300R is aimed at, all the things you complain about these entry models not having, is just not relevant.

    For me personally, I don’t want a 600-cc bike or bigger. 300-cc is all I want. I think this bike looks great, and the 2015 CBR300R looks even better (especially with an all-black version) and comes with optional ABS, and will be the bike I’ll buy. I want something manageable for my first years as a rider to help build my confidence and skill. 300-cc is perfect for that.

    I also don’t want to buy a used bike. I want my first one to be new. For this type of purchase, buying new for the first time is exciting to me. Not to mention, I don’t want a bunch of potential problems right out of the gate; and with brand new, I know exactly what its condition is, and the chances of problems are almost zero for a good long while. Of course everything on earth must be maintained, but I’m not talking about that. I’m speaking of mechanical failures. When you buy used, you run the risk of that and I don’t need those headaches or the much greater potential of that right off the bat. I’d buy a used car, but I’m familiar with cars. Bikes, not as much. So new it is. And at these low prices, why not?

    I also want ABS. Try getting that on an old bike and at an affordable price. For a new rider, everything helps, and for me, it’s safety first, then fun. So ABS it is.

    One poster asked, who wants a bike like this in America? ME!! THAT’S WHO!! Me and a bunch of other people. Just because YOU don’t want it, doesn’t mean others don’t. You’re not the center of the universe with your opinions as the only ones that matter. These bikes aren’t aimed at you. They’re aimed at people like me. But that’s not to say that a lot of experienced riders don’t buy them also, because they do.

    And mostly, the point of this is to have fun! I’m certainly not going to let my passions get clouded by a bunch of jaded riders with nothing but complaints and criticisms. I’m not buying it for you. I’m buying it for me. At the end of the day, all that matters is that I’m happy with it and having some fun. Isn’t that the point???

    I just want a new bike, easy and smooth to ride, with ABS, that looks, good, and is affordable. The CBR300R ticks all of these boxes. And it’s a Honda, to boot. Sounds like a winner to me.

  • i’m a 2nd year motorcyclist/CBR250R owner. I’m also a gear-head. I’ve been wanting a motorcycle since high school but waited a good 12-14 years to finally go for one. During the late ’90s early ’00s the entry-level motorcycle market was grim. Honda had the Nighthawk 250 and Rebel. Kawi had the Ninja 250. i used to dream about wanting a CBR600 F4i foolishly thinking that it would be a great first bike. I once rode pillion on a 1L Ninja a couple years ago and had the shock of my life. Not too long ago I took the MSF and hopped right on to a friend’s ’05 R6S and quickly realized I’m going to learn a lot faster on something that is far less intimidating.

    It wasn’t before long that I finally had good credit, a stable job and the desire to go on two wheels came back and it was right around the time Honda announced they would be making a 250cc CBR. Last April (2013) i picked up a left-over 2012 red/silver at the dealer for an awesome price. 5 months later I took it to my first track day with NESBA and had the time of my life. Never thought I’d take a bike before a car onto a road course. I rode all the way into January of this year, which is rare for the North East. Rain, night. Any condition. I was so enthused I even took the bike out after the first snow fall once the roads were clear. Over the first year of owning my bike I loved working on it just as much as riding it. It’s crazy how such a simple machine has such complex physics behind operating it.

    The “oh but you’ll outgrow this bike in a week” argument is complete bullshit. Granted, you will lose to anything coming out of the toll booth. But it makes it that much more fun to master your gear changes. The bike doesn’t skip a beat. I just got back from my second track day and quickly learned how much fun it is to carry as much momentum through corners as possible.

    I’ve ridden all kinds of bigger-displacement bikes since and I still don’t regret starting out on my 250. My favorite is the Street Triple. It feels just as light between the legs but you get solid power and it feels just as nimble. Least favorite would be a Ducati Monster. It’s got character for sure, but that riding position is just weird. Also tried one of the Honda 500’s. While it is faster than the 250, and has way less NVH, it just feels numb and is a lot heavier. Eventually I’ll have a middleweight, but it’s pretty hard to walk away from 77mpg.

    I can understand the sentiments of the seasoned riders with regards to the specs of this bike. But guess what? This bike wake wasn’t meant for you. It’s catering to the uninitiated. Even MotoGP has Moto3 and Moto2 for a reason. And if it’s building upon what is already a great bike in the CBR250R, the new 300 is bound to be just as fun. Because isn’t that the whole point of riding?

  • randall

    I want this bike!

    And I’m not even a newb. Been riding 15 years and thought I’d get back into riding last year on the venerable Suzuki DR650. It’s a turd!

    I’m tired of paying $3K for someone’s used and neglected bike. This will get me back on a new bike without needing another part-time job. I love the simplicity, fuel economy, and styling. As long as it can pass grandma when she’s going 60mph on the slab, I’m satisfied with regard to power. In fact, the most impractical bike I ever had was a Yamaha R6, referred to as a good starter bike by all the idiots I met driving BMWs and sportscars.