CFMoto 300NK vs. KTM 390 Duke vs. Honda CB300R vs. BMW G 310 R - Spec Comparo

22/07/2019 - 12:22 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

CFMoto made its India debut last week with the launch of four products – the 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and the 650GT. The motorcycles arrived at competitive prices, and that should bother some of its rivals. In this post, we compare the technical specifications of the lowest displacement CFMoto product in the country, the 300NK, with those of its rivals - the KTM 390 Duke, the Honda CB300R and the BMW G 310 R.

Cfmoto 300nk Vs Rivals Feature Image
The CFMoto 300NK is the most affordable motorcycle in this comparison, although the current price is introductory.

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ModelCFMoto 300NKKTM 390 DukeHonda CB300RBMW G 310 R
Engine and Performance
Engine292.4 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC373.2 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC286.01 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC313 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC
Max Power33.9 PS at 7,200 rpm43.5 PS at 9,000 rpm30.45 PS at 8,000rpm34 PS at 9,500 rpm
Peak Torque20.5 Nm at 8,800 rpm37 Nm at 7,000 rpm27.4 Nm at 6,500rpm28 Nm at 7,500 rpm
TransmissionSix-speedSix-speed with assist and slipper clutchSix-speedSix-speed
Length1,990 mm2,002 mm2,028 mm2,005 mm
Width780 mm838 mm888 mm849 mm
Height1,080 mm1,274 mm1,053 mm1,080 mm
Wheelbase1,360 mm1,357 mm1,344 mm1,374 mm
Seat Height795 mm830 mm800 mm785 mm
Ground Clearance150 mm185 mm151 mm165 mm
Tank Capacity12.5 litres13.4 litres10 litres11 litres
Kerb Weight151 kg163 kg147 kg158.5
Suspension, Brakes and Tyres
Front SuspensionUpside-Down ForksUpside-Down ForksUpside-Down ForksUpside-Down Forks
Rear SuspensionMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshock
Front BrakeDisc (300 mm)Disc (320 mm)Disc (296 mm)Disc (300 mm)
Rear BrakeDisc (245 mm)Disc (230 mm)Disc (220 mm)Disc (240 mm)
Safety NetDual-Channel ABSDual-Channel ABS (Switchable)Dual-Channel ABSDual-Channel ABS
Front Tyre110/70 R17110/70 R17110/70 R17110/70 R17
Rear Tyre140/60 R17150/60 R17150/60 R17110/70 R17
Prices (Ex-showroom Delhi)
PriceINR 2.29 LakhINR 2.41 LakhINR 2.49 LakhINR 2.99 Lakh

The CFMoto 300NK comes with features such as full LED lighting (headlamp, blinkers and taillight), a TFT screen with two display modes (Sport and Rain), upside-down telescopic front forks, a monoshock suspension at the back and dual-channel ABS. The 292.4 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC engine's max power is at par with the rivals too - 33.9 PS at 7,200 rpm. The torque output, however, is lower than all its rivals - 20.5 Nm at 8,800 rpm. The CFMoto 300NK costs INR 2.29 lakh*, which makes it more affordable than its rivals. However, this price is introductory.

The KTM 390 Duke continues to be the most value-for-money product, with its long feature list and healthy performance numbers. Like the CFMoto 300NK, the KTM 390 Duke packs full LED lighting and a TFT display. However, the Austrian pocket rocket also gets Bluetooth connectivity to control functions like incoming calls, messages and music using the buttons on the left side switchgear. The 373.2 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC motor churns out 43.5 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine comes coupled to a six-speed transmission with an assist/slipper clutch function. The dual-channel ABS on the bike can be turned off completely or used in Supermoto Mode that disengages the protection at the back. Lastly, the 390 Duke is the only motorcycle in its segment to come with a ride-by-wire throttle.

The Honda CB300R also benefits from full LED lighting and a digital display. However, unlike the CFMoto 300NK and the KTM 390 Duke, it uses an LCD display. The power output figure is lowest among its rivals. This bike's 286.01 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC engine delivers 30.45 PS at 8,000 rpm and 27.4 Nm at 6,500 sprpm. The CB300R features the Japanese brand’s neo sports cafe styling, which makes it one of the most visually appealing bikes in the sub-500 cc segment. The retro styling is complemented by modern hardware and a relatively affordable price tag.

The BMW G 310 R is the most expensive motorcycle among the products mentioned in this technical specification comparison, retailing at a hefty INR 2.99 lakh* tag. Surprisingly, despite the expensive tag, the Bavarian product misses features like LED headlight, LED blinkers and an assist/slipper clutch. The performance numbers are higher than the CB300R and the 300NK, and the 313 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled motor produces 34 PS at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The TVS Apache RR310, which uses the same engine platform as the G 310 R, recently received the assist/slipper clutch upgrade. The entry-level BMW Motorrad product could get the same hardware update.

We would also like give an honorary mention to the Royal Enfield Interceptor INT 650. The prices of the 650 cc parallel-twin cylinder engine-powered Royal Enfield start from INR 2.50 lakh* which is at par with the Honda CB300R and much affordable than the BMW G 310 R. In terms of performance, the 648 cc fuel-injected, oil-cooled, parallel-twin cylinder engine makes 47.65 PS of power and 52 Nm of torque.

Cf Moto 300nk Flyer
The CFMoto 300NK features full LED lighting, a TFT screen upside-down front forks, a rear monoshock and dual-channel ABS as standard.

Also Read: Honda CB300R vs KTM 390 Duke: Dyno test

The feature-packed CFMoto 300NK will give some of its rivals sleepless nights, although the Indian partner of the Chinese manufacturer, AMW Motorcycles, is yet to have a comprehensive dealers/service network. Currently, the CFMoto products are available in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati.

*Ex-showroom Delhi

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