Honda CB300R Coming to USA with Retro-Modern Looks

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One of the surprise pleasures at last year’s EICMA show was Honda’s family of “Neo-Sports Café” street bikes, which brought a retro-modern look to Big Red’s approach road bikes.

While the new Honda CB1000R tickled our fancy the most, we were delighted to see that the theme extended all the way to the Japanese brand’s small-displacement platform, the Honda CB300R.

An attractive and affordable entry-level bike, the Honda CB300R looks like it was designed in Europe, rather than Nippon, which is probably why the 286cc commuter is doing so well in the European market.

Seeing that success, American Honda has confirmed the CB300R as an early 2019 model for the US market – available in July 2018.

Boasting some strong features, the 2019 Honda CB300R comes with IMU-powered ABS, and LCD display, upside down 41mm forks, and full LED lighting.

Powering the machine is Honda’s liquid-cooled, 286cc, single-cylinder engine, which is wedged into a new tubular pressed-steel frame. The Honda CB300R tips the scales at 317 lbs at the curb (with ABS).

“Honda is committed to offering customers a wide range of models that offer solid performance but are also rich in character and tap into the emotional element of riding,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications.

“Motorcycling is an exercise in enjoyment, and with the CB300R, that feeling is now accessible to an even wider range of riders, with the added benefit of increased performance.”

Pricing starts at $4,649 MSRP, with a $300 premium then added for those wanting ABS.

Photos of the European-spec Honda CB300R:

Source: American Honda