2014 Honda CBR300R — First Photos And Specs

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Countering the new Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda is upping capacity to its best-selling CBR250R to 300cc and restyling the bike in-line with the CBR500R. The new 2014 Honda CBR300R will be one of the most popular bikes in the world.

Launched today at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition (CIMA), details on the CBR300R are slim. We don’t know the exact capacity, power or price, with Honda simply stating the bike is, “a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future.”

Launched in 2011, the Honda CBR250R quickly became the firm’s best-selling motorcycle in America, eclipsing even the Gold Wing. The $4,199, single-cylinder beginner bike wows with a level of quality and completeness otherwise absent in the class. A larger, more powerful motor should broaden its appeal, especially in the horsepower-obsessed United States.

When Kawasaki enlarged its littlest Ninja from 250 to 300cc, it grew in power from 31 to 38 bhp. Honda appears to be following a similar path by re-designing the CBR’s fairing for more angularity and aggression. The headlights mimic the 2013 Honda CBR1000RR, while the rest is very 2013 Honda CBR500R.

Look for more details here soon.

Related Links:

The Predecessor: 2012 Honda CBR250R Review
The Competition: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE Review
Video: Honda CBR250R – The Perfect Vehicle For the City

  • Stephen Mears

    No segment is safe from the displacement war!

    • John

      I vaguely remember that this is how we went from great 400cc 4 cylinders to 1600cc 6 cylinders.

      • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

        comment of the month.

    • Kemal Kautsar

      Holy wars……. the payment due

      • Reid

        Some people risk to employ me;
        Some people live to destroy me.
        Either way they die.

    • KeithB

      I’m not sure it’s a much a displacement war as a change in the European graduated permit standards.

      • runnermatt

        I’m not in Europe. Could you explain further please. What other classes might the changes impact?

        • Lourens Smak

          This Honda would be for A2 class, 35kw max, with a certain max power/weight ratio, so less-than-35Kw bikes can also be lighter… Also, if the bike is de-tuned to 35Kw, the original can’t be more than 70Kw.

          The only other class is A1, 125cc max, 11Kw max. The best option for this (not the cheapest one though) is considered the KTM Duke 125, which is like 10.99Kw or something like that… :-)


          Looks like a great little machine but at the same time, after a few years or so, you’ll likely want to go for a weekend away or something like that… challenge or problem? you decide for yourself, but the European highway isn’t the best environment for this bike.

          Then there’s the A license of course, which is unrestricted. There are some more rules for A1 and A2 (rider age and so on) but that isn’t really interesting from a “new bikes” perspective.

  • Corey Cook

    Hey look, it actually resembles their bigger sport bike and doesn’t look like a mini Shamu! Who could have guessed that would be a good idea…?

  • Lee Scuppers

    In fifteen years when the entry level bikes hit 400cc, the big news will be the innovative, exciting new class of hotly anticipated 250cc bikes. And sooner or later they’ll all end up on Craigslist for cheap, god bless ‘em.

    I like the red. Everything should be red.

    • Theodore P Smart

      Yes! This means more Ninja 250′s to be bought cheap and made into cracking little track bikes — more fun than a box of frogs.

      • Piglet2010

        Hey, I resemble that remark!

    • JohnnyWaffles

      I do like this Red….though I’m hoping Orange makes an appearance soon

  • Justin McClintock

    Does this mean I can expect a Ninja 350 soon? And maybe a GW400?

    • Rosenfeld8

      apparently there already is a Ninja 400 in Canada, which it was available in more places

      • David Magallon

        I don’t think that’s for sale anymore. It was just a 650 ninja sleeved down, I didn’t see much point in it but it must have been a stopgap for Kawasaki while they readied the 300.

        • Justin McClintock

          A Ninja 300 with more motor sounds interesting. A Ninja 650 with less motor? Eh…not so much.

      • hunkyleepickle

        ninja 400 only sold for 2 years up here, and it was a bit of a pig with the same everything else as the ninja 650, sleeved down. Never sold well, its only claim to fame being it was the biggest displacement machine you could get and still stay under the 400cc insurance tier. Shame really, a honda cb400, sold elsewhere in the world, would go down very well in this part of Canada, with me at least!

  • roma258

    The RWB treatment looks great! Smart move on many levels, a 250 single is just not enough motor.

    • hunkyleepickle

      might not be enough motor in a lot of places in the states, freeway’s in particular, but for other places, Canada for instance, its enough. Speed limits are generally a tick lower, and the cbr 250 shines probably 95% of the time.

  • Felipe Ruas

    Good Job… Now you can fight with kawa300! I’d like to see it on repsol style!

  • John

    Okay, well, don’t care. EXCEPT. Put that engine in the CRF250L, because if this motor is stroked, it will get us the useful torque we need for the dirt, and hopefully also make it a little more effortless on the highway. Would have gone for a perfectly square 350cc engine, personally, but half a stroke is better than none.

    CRF350L. That’s what we need.

    • C.Stevens

      I have a DR350. It’s like the perfect size to do everything. Highway, fire roads, dirt, all of that.

  • Daniel

    They need to make a CB300F variant!

    • Rosenfeld8

      In Brazil we have the CB 300R, which is a little naked bike with a 300cc air cooled single cylinder engine, but it makes only about 23hp and runs on gas or ethanol. Check it out

      • Alberto Morgado

        Garanto que não vai ser o memso motor da CB300… espero que não… pq se não, vão continuar tomando pau das ninjinha!!!!
        I hope they dont use the same engine from the Brazilian CB300r, or they will eat dust!!!!

      • Justin McClintock

        That CB300R looks like a decent enough bike. They just need to throw this CBR300R’s engine in there and call it a day.

        • grindz145

          +1! Remove the plastics and make it cheaper still! Can I be an old man right now, and ask for a round headlight too?

          • Justin McClintock

            Agreed. I will say that of the non-round headlights, that’s one of the less offensive ones. But it’s still not as good as a nice, regular round unit. At least it’s not that extra offensive thing on the 250 Triumph.

          • runnermatt

            Yeah, but the Japanese companies never remove enough of the plastic. The europeans do nakeds better.

            • Mark D

              Honda got it rights with the 599, I don’t know why they can’t repeat that success.


              • james

                Nah mate, they got it right with the Hornet 250… the original hornet that all others are based off. Had the motor from the real CBR250R in it and a 180 rear. Great bike.

                This new one, who cares, wow they bored out the scooter motor on their fake racebike another 50cc to compete with kawasaki, a brand so lazy with R&D instead of updating a 25 year old motor they just increased its capacity to get an easy power and marketing advantage over honda.

                Why anyone would buy a new bike for their learning period is beyond me, get something cheap, second hand and already a little bit scratched up off the internet, ride it like you dont care and if you crash you wont need to give a dam.

                • Anonymous Raw GM

                  Newer emission laws worldwide limit R&D attempts. Besides the new 250s and 300s are focussed on developing countries. Btw the engine on the CBR250R is all new. There’s a development page for the same. Look it up!

    • mikki sixx

      That would be most excellent.

    • Bill

      & CB300x variant!

      • Thomas Høj Jørgensen

        Yes. Mother of God. We need this.

  • Robert Horn

    Pure speculation: Yamaha was displaying a two cylinder engine along side the triple that ended up in the FZ-09. A single cylinder version isn’t that hard to imagine – would this Honda be in response to an upcoming FZ-03? YZF-R3? RDF-350?

    After watching 250 Ninjas smoke a CBR250 at the track all summer, I’m not too optimistic about the 300 Honda being nearly as fast as the 300 Ninja. That said, I don’t doubt it would be a nicer bike for whom niceness matters.

    • james

      Look up Mt-03 mate, came out in 2006 in euroland and just recently in aus, apparently an awesome bike for bombing round the city on.

      You americans know their are websites that are non us focused right? dont you want a complete picture of the bike industry? not just what gets sent to your place, which is generally a crap selection of bikes.

      • Robert Horn

        Nothing says “Pompous Ignoramus” like using the phrase “You americans”….

  • stever

    It’s an increase in displacement, decrease in good looks.

    more curves, less angles, please.

    bikes should be more megan fox, less optimus prime.

    more 1994 fzr600, less 2013 ninja 1000.

    • Lee Scuppers

      Yeah. Where did people get the idea to associate duckbills and robot triceratopses with speed and grace? Enough pointy frilly s#!t.

    • brittonx

      I like the angles. I’m not fond of bikes with curvy fairings. Personal choice, I guess…

    • Chris Davis

      And a curvy fairing is more like Meghan Fox in a long dress. There’s still a better option out there.

  • Mark D

    I actually liked the old styling better; the silver and deep red made a cheap bike look classy.

    • ThinkingInImages

      Same here. I wasn’t sold on the looks of the CBR250R until I saw it in all-black. I’m holding on to mine for a bit.

  • chupa

    Retro Honda, retro! CB500 Old Skool.

  • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

    Is there really capacity in the american market for 2 sport/standard 300s? I could see these bikes both selling well in southeast Asia, but I’m not so sure about here in the states. I’m not being rhetorical, I actually want to know if the american market really has room for a ninja 250 and 300 and a Honda 250 and 300.

    • Justin McClintock

      Depends on how many they need to sell to justify having them here. Assuming they’re the exact same as the bikes they’re sending to Euroland and Asia, the additional cost of bringing them to the US is pretty low and would therefore not require huge sales to make it worthwhile. I’d be willing to bet that’s what they’re banking on.

    • 200 Fathoms

      Isn’t it all about price point? These lower priced bikes will get more people out on the road.

    • tobykeller

      Given that the Ninja 250 and CBR250 are the best selling models for Kawi and Honda, yeah, there’s probably room there.

    • Brett Lewis

      Just checking the Kawasaki website, they didn’t bring any 2013 250′s in to the US. 2012 is the last one.

    • LS650

      In both cases, the 250s are being replaced by 300s. Since both of the 250s sold a few thousand per year, I’d say the 300s will sell in comparable numbers. Clearly both Kawasaki and Honda felt that riders wanted something just a bit larger than 250cc.

      • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

        Okay, that makes sense. I was unaware that the 250 was being phased out

    • ThinkingInImages

      Maybe not 250 and 300, one or the either. The CBR was all new in 2011 so this is a minor upgrade in performance. The Kawasaki was drifting into retro, so a change was needed. The bigger point is there’s a market in the U.S. for a lower cost, high performance-like, motorcycle that went untapped way too long. There’s only so many ways you can do that and hit a price point.

      To put it into perspective, my nephew sat on my CBR250R yesterday and immediately thought it was too big and powerful – based on appearance alone.

    • hunkyleepickle

      To be fair, the U.S/Canadian market has been comparatively flat for quite a few years, and these large companies, Honda in particular, are really marketing all these small cc machines for asia and india, which are exploding with demand for these kind of bikes.

  • Larry

    Now there’s room in the lineup for both VTR250s.


    • roma258

      The naked VTR250 is a beautiful bike. Would love to see that one come to the States.

      • grindz145

        Yes. Take on the Korean market. Hyosung is in trouble now.

      • Hooligan

        I like the look of the VTR250 very much. Not seen very many of them in England because we never got any. Sat on one and it’s just a little bit too small for me at 6ft 1inch. But I hankered over putting in longer forks, stripping it down and making a trail bike from it.

    • LS650

      That VTR250 is sweet-looking, even if it is a bit of a rip of the Monster. I would mind one.

  • pete bloggs

    Looks good, I think this will give the Ninja 300 a run for its money.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Make a 300cc dual sport Honda!

  • 200 Fathoms

    Sad thing is that even though these are low displacement bikes, the mere presence of a fairing seems to result in big insurance $. I went from a CBR250R to a brand new Bonneville 900 and my insurance dropped by a third.

  • Faysal Itani

    Wow, this is gonna rock. And to think the police just recovered my stolen 250 ceeber

    • Piglet2010

      There’s your trade-in, then.

      • Faysal Itani

        Perhaps. Wife is already pressuring my to sell either the cbr or the f650. Thinks having two bikes is ‘excessive’. Ha

        • Piglet2010

          I got a CBR for my wife – she had good trade-in value. ;)

  • Piglet2010

    I wish it was an I-4 with a 18K redline and high end, fully adjustable suspension, as well as a curb weight under 300 pounds. But then Honda would only sell a couple of dozen of them.

    • Stuki

      With at least one of them going to me….

  • ThinkingInImages

    It’s a welcome upgrade and not much of a surprise. There a 300cc kit out there now for the CBR250R. It somehow looks “cheaper”. It could be the color, it could be the “beak”. I’m not sure.

  • Benjamin Reynolds

    I’m glad they got ride of the VFR look. On a side note I Suzuki and Yamaha can get in on the US 300cc market anytime now. I’d love to have a R3.

  • Kr Tong

    They didn’t need to up the cc. They needed to replace the suspension with something at least to SV650 spec for the big american riders. If I wasnt a tard with my gopro this is when I would links folks to a CB250 keeping pace with the canyon rats.

  • TestSalad

    Make it!

  • NuKasev

    The new 2014 Honda CBR300R will be one of the most popular bikes in the world but not in Indonesia if still single-cylinder :-D.

  • runnermatt

    It looks a little like an angry bird, an owl specifically. I like the front better than my CBR250, but I like the two tone (red/silver) of my 2011 better than the all red of the current models and the CBR500R.

    • ThinkingInImages

      Same here (re: angry bird/owl). The cut lines in the side view, as well as the odd black panels that run up the tank make it look a little cheap, like they had to hide a junction of parts. I wasn’t fond of the CBR250R multi-panel/color styling. The all black 2013 looks understated and elegant.

  • Frick

    Hondas always look the best in solid “real” red.