2019 Honda CB300R

Entry-level excellence in a sporty single-cylinder package

2019 Honda CB300R
2019 Honda CB300RCRS

New for 2019, the Honda CB300R is making its debut in a highly competitive market segment. Combining contemporary styling with light weight, a low seat, and appealing power, the CB300R is as compelling to beginners as it is for more experienced riders. Other manufacturers—KTM, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, and Yamaha—may have abandoned the sub-300cc class for larger-displacement offerings, but Honda is eager to show them the error of their ways. Whatever the liquid-cooled 286cc engine lacks in displacement (and subsequently horsepower and torque) compared to its peers it more than makes up with flexibility and smoothness. Plus, the little single is mated to an excellent six-speed transmission.

Ergonomics are key for new riders, and the CB300R stands out there as well. At 31.5 inches, the seat is almost an inch taller than that of the CB300F, but it’s firm and flat, and nicely tapered, making it easier for shorter-legged riders to put their boots flat on the ground. Taller riders will appreciate the leg room. Weighing a claimed 313 pounds with a full fuel tank, the CB300R manages to shave 35 pounds from the bike it replaces.

Likes: Single-cylinder thrills for newcomers and veterans alike

Dislikes: High build quality comes at a price

Verdict: A value proposition in the entry-level market

2019 CB300R Reviews And Comparisons

A complete re-think of the CB300F, the CB300R gains a 41mm inverted fork and a linkage-less shock. A new frame, a smaller gas tank, and fresh plastic kick the CB300R a full generation ahead of its predecessor, while an LED headlight and turn signals increase curb appeal.

2019 Honda CB300R Competition

The 2019 Honda CB300R is poised to take on machines like the stylish new Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and the athletic Kawasaki Ninja 400, but those aren’t the only bidders for your entry-level dollar. If you’re looking for a small-displacement machine, consider these motorcycles with similar pricing, specifications, and intended use:

2019 Honda CB300R Specifications And Pricing

The CB300R looks as solid on a spreadsheet as it does in person.The $4,649 MSRP ($4,949 with ABS, including an IMU—inertial measurement unit—to add pitch-induced intervention alongside slide-activated front/rear braking control) is only $300 more than the outgoing CB300F. That is pretty easy to swallow.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $4,649 ($4,949 with ABS)
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder
Displacement 286cc
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 63.0mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.5 in.
Rake 24.7º
Trail 3.7 in.
Front Suspension 41mm; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustment; 4.2-in. travel
Front Tire 110/70-17
Rear Tire 150/60-17
Fuel Capacity 2.7 gal.
Wheelbase 53.3 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 313 lb. (317 lb. with ABS)

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 27.50 hp @ 8,290 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 18.72 lb.-ft. @ 6,550 rpm
0-60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A