HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£400|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
A 35cc hike makes one hell of a difference when the starting point was only 250cc. The CBR300R holds its own in traffic, offering plenty of torque for such a small, light bike. It might lack the power of Kawasaki’s Ninja 300, but that torque makes for an enjoyable ride.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
On the spec sheet it might be limited and appear anachronistic, but as a riding experience it offers something bigger bikes can’t – the need for the rider to work for some reward. The 300 is fast enough to pass traffic, but it’s not easy to go fast on it. Anyone can ride a 600 at speed, but going quickly on the smaller CBR takes skill. The chassis can happily cope with the 30bhp motor it’s hugging, but the suspension is crudely effective rather than deft. And the standard IRC Road Winner rubber lacks feel. When it all needs hauling up, the twin sliding piston front caliper and single piston rear do their job effectively and the ABS is a welcome addition.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The 300R's engine is stronger than you might expect it to be. From around 5000rpm it starts to go, with another lift at 6000rpm and then a strong surge at 7500rpm. Revs are rewarded, but they aren’t an essential part of the show. In top gear, the 300 is showing 70mph at around 6800rpm, then gives another 10mph for each additional 1000rpm until topping out at an indicated 104mph as the tacho needle teases the 10,500rpm redline.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
We'd suggest changing the oil more frequently than the recommended 7500-mile intervals for improved durability, but the longevity of the outgoing CBR250 is good.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The fact that ABS comes as standard is a real plus point on a bike which, at £4299, is marginally cheaper than some 125s and is £900 less than the ABS version of its main rival, Kawasaki’s Ninja 300. But the Ninja is available without ABS for £4799 and its parallel twin engine claims a much bigger punch than the Honda, at 38bhp to the CBR’s 30. None of this is particularly cheap, though, when a thoroughly decent middleweight like the Suzuki SFV650 Gladius wears a pricetag of £5000 and Yamaha’s impactful MT-07 costs £5349. Both will put riders on a twin-cylinder engine with 70-odd horsepower for only a grand more than the CBR300.
The Honda has very obviously been manufactured with low cost in mind. The simple black swingarm, run-of-the-mill black wheels, plasticky grips and rubber-covered footpegs attached to basic hangers all smack of attention to budget. Still, the revamped overall look is strong, the new fairing and twin headlight making it a welcome member of Honda’s sportsbike family rather than the old 250, which was more of a black sheep with its single light.
|Engine type||4v, single-cylinder|
|Frame type||Steel diamond|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|Front suspension||37mm telescopic fork|
|Rear suspension||Pro-Link monoshock|
|Front brake||296mm disc with 2-piston caliper and ABS|
|Rear brake||220mm disc with single-piston caliper and ABS|
|Front tyre size||110/70-17|
|Rear tyre size||140/70-17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||62 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£400|
|Used price||£2,700 - £3,300|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||30 bhp|
|Max torque||19.9 ft-lb|
|Top speed||104 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||177 miles|
Model history & versions
2014: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on)
7 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£400|
This is a great, cheap, reliable and easy to ride motorcycle. I am comparing and rating this bike in relation to others in the same segment.
Keeping in mind the engine size and configuration, I'm quite impressed. Wind-blast is kept manageable thanks to the small wind deflector. Vibrations are well dampened and only become more noticeable above 125kmh/8000rpm or so. Even so, they don't result in numbness like the previous models did (250cc). The seating position is very comfortable and so is the seat. I've toured on this model for up to 12 hours a day without issue. Brakes for this category are quite good and will stop you as fast as you need to. ABS is a nice extra for those emergency stops in less than ideal conditions.
I like the low-end torque in comparison to other models in the segment. Vibrations are felt, although not intolerable, above 8000rpm. I do wish it was an actual 300cc and had a bit more power to be better compete against the other bikes in the category. However, it will still hold speeds above 80mph all day every day without an issue, even uphill.
Since acquiring the motorcycle new, the bike has been completely bullet-proof! Taking a look at it, no parts seem out of place or poorly manufactured/assembled. Considering the price point, it meets and slightly exceeds the build quality I would expect for such a machine.
The bike's a small thumper with long service intervals. Fuel economy, service intervals and parts all amount to very low ownership costs.
I wish it had an updated dashboard to be more high-tech. Gear indicator, as well as other data, would be appreciated.
There has been a worldwide recall on these bikes and now in the UK, the main bearings are subject to failure and can damage the crankshaft.
Main bearings fail, buyer beware !!!
Version: CBR300R A-F
Best feature is that it does what it say on the tin. Light, handles well and good roadholding. Bad bit: Side stand leaves the bike to upright and could blow over in high winds if parked even with the steering lock on. It needs about 1" taken off the length so has a little more learn when parked. Hence only 4 out of 5*s
Handles well and stops.
Need to buss it to get it really going, good for a single pot bike.
Economical and good through the twisties
To new to comment as melieage under the first service. Getting high 70's miles per gallon.
Handy to have abs although hope never have to use it.
Buying experience: Easy purchase and friendly, knowledgeable helpful staff from the Honda dealer.
Great first bike - very easy to ride and good fun - not so much power that you will get into trouble but plenty there to enjoy. Great £ value really - I couldn't find any other 300cc new bike for this price - the ninja was over £500 more. You can't go wrong with a Honda, especially at this price. Yamaha R6 may well be superior, but it's nearly £1,000 more. Also think it's a great looking bike.
brakes are fine - front brake is responsive and powerful enough - don't expect too much from the rear, but does its job. as it is so lightweight very easy to filter but a bit blowy on motorways - not an issue but it will feel very light - it will cruise along at 75 no problem at all though and pulls beyond that
Pretty torquey for a 300. Great that you will use the whole rev range - I like the needle tachometer - you will be seeing that needle get to the red line a lot as you use all the range most of the time. Bags of fun and good torque - you will use all of the rev range which is great fun. from 4,000 rpm gets going but at about 8,500 that's it. Redlines at 10,000 rpm. At 75 on motorway, I was really surprised - no vibration at all - I was really impressed.
Pretty bulletproof so far - lives up to the Honda brand
engine is very economical
Pretty basic - although great it comes with ABS as standard. I like the riding position - pretty upright but not too stiff. Love the look of the bike, fairing etc - it's really well put together and feels solid
Annual servicing cost: £400
Best fun on a budget I've ever had!
The ABS brakes are great. The ride is a little stiff, but its a sportbike at the end of the day.
Surprisingly good pulling power from the little 286cc lump. I'm a lightweight rider and found this more fun than a previous 600 naked bike I've had.
It's Honda's trusted, reliable build quality.
Costs about £15 to fill up, £120 for a service & parts are available.
Fuel guage, 1 trip meter as standard
Buying experience: I bought my bike as a 'nearly new' (180 miles on the odo) from a well known dealer in Surrey.
A Great Little Fun Bike, I Travel over to the lakes on mine, 75-80+mpg @70-80mph no problem, i'm 50yrs old & have had hundreds of bikes, This little thing is a breath of fresh air against all the 150bhp inverted fork big piston damped radial mounted caliper nonsense that's doing the rounds these days, honestly, it's a public road !
The bike is at its best on the open road/country lanes or in town, it doesn't matter where you ride it, i can get over 200 miles to a tank full, I do need to take a break at around 150 miles, may get a gel pad inserted in the seat.
Lovely spread of torque & the Akrapovi'c carbon race can has improved the power.
the engine is the best bit, involving is the best way to describe it, fueling is so crisp, makes the cbr500 twin feel dull.
Buying experience: Bought new from a dealer, I also bought the 250r new in 2013, the 300 answers my plight with the 250, another 4-5bhp & de link the brakes please, THANK YOU honda.
Underpowered in the 300 class, but would probably kill most 250's