HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
Power: 30 bhp
Seat height: Medium (30.9 in / 785 mm)
Weight: Low (362 lbs / 164 kg)


New £4,299
Used £3,500 - £3,700

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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. 


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 size 285cc
Engine type 4v, single-cylinder
Frame type Steel diamond
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 164kg
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 £55
Annual service cost £210
New price £4,299
Used price £3,500 - £3,700
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

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

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on)

9 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.

Review your HONDA CBR300R (2014 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Engine: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 3.4 out of 5 (3.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
5 out of 5 Commuter and very capable Funster bike
22 November 2022 by Steve B

Version: 2016

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £200

Best features: Low weight, nimble, holds its own in traffic and on faster roads. Worst features: The side stand is too long, Why didn't Honda make it a full 300cc instead of 286cc? Bought our '66 plate CBR300R as a 2nd bike back in Nov 2019 with 800 miles on the clock. The injector coil failed the following day but was put right by the Honda dealer and has never put a foot wrong since (now 8,000 miles). Town rising is easy thanks to the slim proportions. Dual Carriageways and Motorways are fine. The bike will easily cruise at 70-75 all day long.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Decent as an urban commuter. We've done 2 holidays down to Devon and my wife rode the little CBR300R and kept up with me no problem. We've done days out in the Cotswolds and all day comfort was never an issue. 2 hours of riding is fine when most people may stop for a coffee break. We've not used the bike for pillion rides. It's doable in town but not for the faster roads.

Engine 5 out of 5

Decent enough power. Its nowhere near as fast as its rivals eg the RC390, Ninja 300/400 or the R3 but then again, it is sufficiently powerful enough to ride smoothly. The Duke/RC390 aren't as refined as the engine torque shakes those bikes (I've owned/ridden both as well as a Husky 401). Traffic light starts see you pull away from the traffic with ease.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Only the injector coil failed which was swiftly put right. No corrosion on the chassis. Nothing else has gone wrong...not even a bulb. I take care of the bike and clean it after rides, particularly after riding in wet weather. The stock IRC tyres are pretty naff but ok in the dry. We have since fitted Bridgestone S22's and that massively helped. I'm a sub 75kg rider and my wife is a sub 69 kg rider so we can both ride this bike pretty quick. It will do 90mph with ease, and I have nudged 100mph riding downhill with 500rpm available. However, those speeds are not part of the show and not the reason I bought it. All switchgear still works fine. It's clearly built to a budget but everything is decently screwed together.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Expect to pay a Honda dealer about £200 for an annual service. More for a service with valve clearance check. However, I service the bike myself. Linkage bolts are easy to clean and grease, oil and filters are easy and cheap. Air filters are very expensive but a quality aftermarket option can be had for almost the same money. Decent on fuel (60+mpg) though not as frugal as a CBR500R simply due to the fact, the single cylinder works harder at the higher speeds at the sacrifice of fuel economy.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Its very basic. Analogue revs, digital speedo, trip An aftermarket gear position indicator would suit the bike. Not essential but useful. 6th gear reads 6,000rpm at 60mph, 7,000rpm at 70mph etc. Change the IRC tyres when they wear out. Best feature has to be the low weight.

Buying experience: Bought online/phone as a used bike from Vertu Honda in Grantham. 3 month warranty £2,999 with 1 owner and 800 miles from new. Bargain. Dealer was good to deal with. They sorted the injector coil issue in a professional way.

4 out of 5 One can meet the nicest people on a Honda
12 February 2021 by Joe Crennan

Version: repsol

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £20

cannot change gearing as 15T sprocket not available in UK (I spend $50 trying to source from USA but Royal Mail systems prevented delivery) And only -2 will fit on rear

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Perfect, no issues. I am used to sports bikes and cycling so bars are more than high enough (I am 59)

Engine 5 out of 5

perfect. no vibration, linear & adequate power (I have had litre bikes all my life)

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

My first new motorcycle (age 55). I decided to spend £4k as my first foray into a new vehicle, rather than 16k for a bmw1000r & drop £4k in a year

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

do all myself, but 0nly 2000 miles in 3 yrs as I have many bikes.

Equipment 3 out of 5

there isnt any; just the basics. I like the digital speedometer but reads way out as most bikes do

Buying experience: Excellent. Bournemouth Honda :John August. No dramas re pdi or other delays (I bought it by phone & collected next day)

4 out of 5 Honda CBR300R review
09 January 2019 by Mik W

Version: ABS

Year: 2017

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

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.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The bike's a small thumper with long service intervals. Fuel economy, service intervals and parts all amount to very low ownership costs.

Equipment 3 out of 5

I wish it had an updated dashboard to be more high-tech. Gear indicator, as well as other data, would be appreciated.

1 out of 5
28 January 2017 by Old Rocker

Year: 2015

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.

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5

Main bearings fail, buyer beware !!!

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
4 out of 5 New CBR300 R
16 December 2015 by OldRocker

Version: CBR300R A-F

Year: 2015

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles well and stops.

Engine 5 out of 5

Need to buss it to get it really going, good for a single pot bike.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Economical and good through the twisties

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

To new to comment as melieage under the first service. Getting high 70's miles per gallon.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Handy to have abs although hope never have to use it.

Buying experience: Easy purchase and friendly, knowledgeable helpful staff from the Honda dealer.

5 out of 5
14 October 2015 by Steve

Year: 2015

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Pretty bulletproof so far - lives up to the Honda brand

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

engine is very economical

Equipment 4 out of 5

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

5 out of 5
13 October 2015 by ThisBeRich

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £400

Best fun on a budget I've ever had!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The ABS brakes are great. The ride is a little stiff, but its a sportbike at the end of the day.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It's Honda's trusted, reliable build quality.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Costs about £15 to fill up, £120 for a service & parts are available.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

5 out of 5 Urban race bike
16 June 2015 by Brian

Year: 2015

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 !

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

Lovely spread of torque & the Akrapovi'c carbon race can has improved the power.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

5 out of 5
03 June 2015 by Luke

Year: 2014

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5

Underpowered in the 300 class, but would probably kill most 250's

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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