Honda had us all excited when it unveiled the Honda CBR250RR in 2017, reviving the quarter-litre segment. However, the bike was limited only to the ASEAN region and Japan. Looks like that is going to change. A report from MotoSaigon reveals that the Japanese manufacturer is gearing up to introduce the Honda CBR300RR for other markets by end-2019.
The report adds that the upcoming Honda CBR300RR will be unveiled by the end of the current calendar year (2019). Pricing details for the Honda CBR300RR based on the Honda CBR250RR will be revealed later in 2020. However, do not expect this new product to head to the Indian market anytime soon.
Honda first teased the Honda CBR250RR as the Light Weight Super Sports Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Honda CBR250RR later went on to win the AP250 class of Asia Road Racing Championship for two consecutive seasons (2017 and 2018).
The Honda CBR300RR’s engine will be based on the 249.7 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor. In its present tune, the engine can produce 38.7 PS of power and 23.3 Nm of torque. Other standard features of the Honda CBR300RR will include throttle by wire with an accelerator position sensor. Just like the quarter-litre Honda CBR250RR, throttle-by-wire will allow the bike to feature riding modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport+).
The Honda CBR300RR's suspension tasks will be handled by Showa upside-down fork up front and a monoshock with adjustable preload at the rear. We would love to see certain levels of adjustability in the front suspension setup as well. The Honda CBR250RR is expected to gain a smart key, a quick-shifter and a slipper clutch. We expect these to trickle down to the Honda CBR300RR as well.
The Honda CBR300RR will compete against the Yamaha R3 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400. Also, a more powerful and bigger displacement 300RR will help Honda compete against the upcoming threat from MV Agusta’s small capacity motorcycle.