2013 EICMA: 2014 Honda CBR300R — Official Specs Released

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2014 Honda CBR250R

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As we exclusively revealed last week, the 2014 Honda CBR300R gains power and torque thanks to its longer stroke motor. These changes should create a faster, more practical bike that’s more able to provide adequate highway performance, all without losing its new-rider accessibility or frugality.

By lengthening the stroke, the single-cylinder motor’s capacity has been increased to 286cc. A heavier balancer shaft offsets the increased vibration that extra capacity brings, while the motor mounts have also been made stronger. The fuel-injection has been remapped to provide a more “crisp” throttle response while a new exhaust canister with a larger internal volume deepens the exhaust note.

2014 Honda CBR300R
The 2014 Honda CBR300R was styled to mimic the Fireblade.

Honda claims the newfound capacity, “greatly improves acceleration.” Power grows from 26 bhp to 30.4 at 8,500 rpm while torque increases from 17 to 20 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,000 rpm. Fuel economy takes a slight hit, decreasing from 77 (EPA test cycle) to 71 mpg (World Motorcycle Test Cycle).

That extra performance has enabled Honda to lengthen the final drive ratio, which should reduce RPMs at highway speeds, while also slightly improving top speed.

2014 Honda CBR300R
Dual headlights bring the 2014 Honda CBR300R inline with the family look.

The new styling mimics that of the CBR1000RR, with a new, more angular fairing and new twin headlights.

While we’re certain the new model is US-bound, no release date or confirmation of American availability has yet been announced.

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  • mtntrails

    Nice! I hope this bigger motor finds it’s way in to a CRF300L as well as a CRF300M.

    • metric_G

      One can dream…

  • CruisingTroll

    Pity, I really liked the VFR1200 derived styling of the CBR250.

    • Yellowjacket

      Me too I’m glad I got mine when I did.

      • ThinkingInImages

        Ditto. I have the all black 2013 model. I think it’s a classy looking motorcycle. The 2014 is growing on me – slowly – maybe in all red (hopefully, they’ll do a black version). The front view looks generic now, and the cut lines for venting in the side view look cheap.

        Not the EPA MPG ratings mean much, but why throw in fuel efficiency ratings from two different testing sources? If I understand this correctly, it makes more power, weighs less, and is less fuel efficient? Did the aerodynamics take a hit?

  • Frick

    being a VFR rider (although a 4th gen), I never understood why they made the baby CBR look like a baby VFR (and an ugly VFR at that…).

  • Daniel

    Obligatory CB300F comment.

  • ryd

    this or a 500… hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I DONT KNOW ANYMORE I JUST DONT KNOW. Any thoughts?

    • dingo

      You and me both. For me it is going to depend on what happens first – this hitting showrooms or me having enough cash for the 500F.

    • Renato Valenzuela

      if you only ever intend on buying one bike forever, the 500. if you intend on grinning ear-to-ear and maybe having a second bike one day, get the 250/300. i put 13,000 miles on my baby-blade since April of this year. i’d still be riding if i had heated gear. =)

  • chad west

    Right now its between this,ninja 300 and rc390 cant wait to test ride them. I prefer the look of the ninja300 over the cbr.cbr=anorexic CBR 1000

  • Kr Tong

    Looks better on paper compared to the CBR250 but in the real world a few more horsepower and a few less pounds won’t make the bike faster. You’re still going to need to replace the suspension on this thing, especially if you’re a bigger/taller guy. Overall it’s the same great commuter/secondary bike package that the 250 was.