2014 Honda CBR300R — Details Leaked

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2014 Honda CBR300R

A Honda insider has exclusively leaked as-yet unrevealed specifications of the 2014 Honda CBR300R to RideApart. We already knew it was getting a bigger, 300cc motor, but it comes as a surprise that the bike will drop some weight, too.

The current Honda CBR250R, launched in 2011, currently makes 26 bhp and 17 lb.-ft. of torque from its 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor. That powers an all-up weight (including a full tank of fuel) of 357 lbs.

The insider — a reliable source — revealed to us that the CBR300R will add 5 bhp in power while dropping 15 lbs in weight. The engine remains a single-cylinder. That takes total power to 31 bhp while the all-up weight decreases to 342 lbs.

The CBR300R was unveiled two weeks ago at at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition, but only with two images and zero specs. We expect to learn complete details of the new bike soon.

The up in capacity is obviously in response to the Ninja 250 growing into the Kawasaki Ninja 300. That bike makes 39 bhp and 20 lb.-ft. from its parallel-twin motor, powering 379 lbs (curb). That should remain the faster bike, but as of the 2014 model year, it’s also a much more expensive one, with prices starting at $4,999. It’ll be interesting to see how close the CBR300R remains to the 250′s current $4,199.

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The Arch-Rival: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review
The Perfect Vehicle For The City: RideApart TV
The Dirty Version: Honda CRF250L Review

  • Daniel

    When’s the CB300F leaking?

  • ThinkingInImages

    I’m curious: how/where did they eliminate 15 pounds of weight?

    • Mark D

      Smaller subframe? Maybe aluminum?

    • Ducky

      I’m curious too. I highly doubt that the older one carried 15 lbs. more plastic, and fuel tank capacity doesn’t look diminished.

    • taba


  • John

    When will this be ported to the CRF250L which needs more power and less weight as well?

    • Piglet2010

      I want to see a CRF300M for under $5K – there is a need for an affordable motard.

      • metric_G

        yes, please!

  • Bill

    I want DCT more than a bigger engine.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler


      • Bill

        So I can get rid of my scooter.

        • Lee Scuppers

          My mother drives a manual. It’s not that hard.

          • hunkyleepickle

            we have a winner!

    • Fresh Mint

      I hope you don’t mean dual clutch tranmission and meant DTC or some type of dynamic traction control….
      Either way – “Why” is a great question.

    • Daniel

      Buy a CTX

  • ryd

    How do you think these will sell compared to the cbr500? What would you guys choose? I mean the price isn’t much between the two.

    • Daniel

      The added usability is nice, but I still prefer the 500 series personally.

  • Miles Prower

    I’m sure the CBR300R will be that much more awesome than the CBR250R. And I’m sure it’ll be the perfect motorcycle for countless riders worldwide. So I’m not trying to knock it… or RA’s coverage of it…

    …but it doesn’t excite like the RC390 does!

    • ryd

      But this comes out next year, rc390 may not. In the U.S. at least.

    • Rocket Punch

      My gut feeling is the KTM RC390 will be $5,999; Same as the CBR500R.

    • Fzr 1000 Alex

      Calling KTM. Wake up please.

      Guys, go on their Facebook page and blast them about this.

  • Aakash

    Those forks look downright spindly

    • Mr.Paynter

      They should throw the beefier gold CRF forks in there!

      • appliance5000


      • Piglet2010

        Put on a Showa Big Piston fork and Balance-Free shock, and I will buy one.

  • Eric

    They must have given some of the 15 lbs to the 2014 NC7. Apparently that gets a whopping extra 5 hp as well but gains 10 lbs in the process.

  • Rocket Punch

    $4,999 for the 300? You can buy a CB500F for just $500 more (or a used SV for $1k less).

    • Mr.Paynter

      Used SVs whilst amazing motorcycles are becoming that much more dated and finding lower mileage, untracked examples is increasingly rare!