Honda has thrown us all a curveball by launching a new middleweight streetfighter called the CB300F. Don’t be fooled by the model designation – this is an all-new machine, and it’s a very interesting one at that.
The CB300F is based on the CBR300R, which itself is based on the CBR250R. However, the CB300F is not just a CBR250R with a bigger engine. It’s a completely new design, with a new frame, new suspension, new brakes, and new styling.
The CB300F is powered by a 286cc DOHC four-stroke engine. This is the same engine that powers the CBR300R, but it has been retuned for more low- and mid-range power. It makes a claimed 31 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 22.6 lb-ft of torque at 7500 rpm.
The CB300F has a steel trellis frame, with 41mm Showa forks up front and a Pro-Link rear shock. The wheels are 17-inch cast aluminum alloy, with a 120/70-17 tire up front and a 160/60-17 tire out back.
The CB300F has a single 296mm disc brake up front, with a two-piston Nissin caliper, and a 220mm disc brake out back, with a single-piston Nissin caliper. ABS is standard.
The CB300F has a claimed wet weight of 364 pounds, which is about 20 pounds lighter than the CBR300R. The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
The CB300F is available in two colors: Matte Black Metallic and Candy Energy Orange.
The CB300F is a very interesting new middleweight streetfighter. It’s light, nimble, and has plenty of power. It’s also very reasonably priced, with a MSRP of just $4,399.
We’re looking forward to spending more time on the CB300F, and we’ll bring you a full review soon. In the meantime, check out the video below for a walkaround of the new CB300F.