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Old 16th October 2023, 16:58   #1
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2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched the 2023 CB300R. The Neo Sports Cafť Roadster is priced at Rs 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The styling of the Honda CB300R is based on the CB1000R litre-class roadster. The bike has a circular LED headlamp, a muscular fuel tank with a short tail section and an upswept exhaust. It gets a digital instrument console, and now comes with an emergency stop signal and hazard light switch.

The CB300R is powered by a 286.01cc, single-cylinder engine that has been updated to comply with the BS6 OBD2A regulations. It produces 30.7 BHP and 27.5 Nm and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox via an assist slipper clutch.

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The CB300R rides on a 41 mm upside-down front fork and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by a 296 mm front disc and a 220 mm disc at the rear supported by dual-channel ABS. The bike weighs 146 kg.

The 2023 CB300R is available in two colour options: Pearl Spartan Red and Matte Massive Grey Metallic.
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Old 16th October 2023, 17:31   #2
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

This was expected since the bike is locally manufactured now and the launch price of the Speed 400.

I feel bad for those who have got the bike in the last 2 years since they will have to take a big hit on the resale value (if they want to sell).

Honda bikes are massively overpriced and this is a step in the right direction.
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Old 16th October 2023, 17:36   #3
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

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Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched the 2023 CB300R. The Neo Sports Cafť Roadster is priced at Rs 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom).
Thanks for sharing. Looks like the BigWing website hasn't been updated yet. Good move by Honda to gain some traction on this particular model. Previously it was a CKD, any details about whether it's been manufactured in India? If not the parts quality might've taken a hit. Either way more people buy this motorcycle, more the spares stock availability. This price cut confirms the info a BigWing dealer shared with me earlier this month. Honda is also planning to re-launch the CB500F and CB500X in India according to the same sources.
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

Thank you, Triumph. Honda has finally seen the light. I am going to book mine when it opens.
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

Mixed feelings on the price. I feel it should have been priced atleast 10-15k lesser and this would not have cannibalized CB350 customers as the target segment for both are different. I think Speed 400 and HD 440X must have forced Honda to price it at this point else I am sure they would have jacked up the price to 3 lakh ex-showroom. Good times to be in the market to buy a 2 wheeler , lots of options.
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

This was the price that it should've been launched at back in 2022. This bike and the 390 Duke were the final contenders in my list and somehow back then even without a test ride I discarded this nike because of its stupid pricing. Glad Bigwing is coming back to senses slowly. Maybe I would've bought this bike if it was available at that price at launch.
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IMO Honda is still charging a fair bit of premium for Honda reliability.
Triumph has a 400cc product with 40 bhp at a similar price. Triumph has a massive brand pull as well, though they might not fare as well in reliability and service.
Too late and Too little Honda!! And to top it all parts scarcity? Wafer thin bigwing dealer network. Restriction of service at only bigwing dealers.
Too many roadblocks for a Honda Fan
Me personally waiting for CB500x updated model since ages.
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This price cut confirms the info a BigWing dealer shared with me earlier this month. Honda is also planning to re-launch the CB500F and CB500X in India according to the same sources.
Will CB500X as well be manufactured in India? And eventually will see a price correction?

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Fantastic move by Honda. Finally some sense has prevailed. Bajaj has really moved the whole market. For those saying it makes less power - true. But it’s also just 146 kilos!! Don’t go by horse power alone. This thing is a pocket rocket. It barely gives up little more than a second in the sprint to 100, when compared to the older Duke. And is infinitely more rideable at street speeds and in traffic. Riding is believing. I test rode the RC390 and the Honda back to back and the difference in gearbox refinement and low down rideability is downright insane! If you’re not the sort of person who needs macho looks and size, and appreciates the beauty of a light clutch and beautiful gearing and shifts, this is the bike for you. As more than a couple of people have observed, this is truly the spiritual heir to the RX100’s legacy (kids you have no idea how much trouble that thing could get you into in no time flat). It just hasn’t got it’s due because it’s been very badly positioned and marketed by Honda. Time will tell if it’s too little too late but it’s a decent start in my opinion. Now if they would launch the 500s at a decent price then the Indian biker on a budget is spoilt for choice.

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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

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Thanks for sharing. Looks like the BigWing website hasn't been updated yet.
Ok now the price has been updated on the website. Comes at 2.8L on road in Pune which is quite tempting.

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Will CB500X as well be manufactured in India? And eventually will see a price correction?
I'm not sure on it. I'll check with the BigWing when I'm in for next servicing of my motorcycle.

On another topic, previously the website had this write-up for the rear monoshock. Please note that it mentions the word "touring". Had Honda increased the fuel tank capacity by 2L, it would've been a very good highway machine.
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

Looking at the specs, I don't find this bike practical for most use-cases. The major drawbacks are the 157mm of ground clearance and 9.7L fuel tank capacity (about 8L usable I assume). The CB300F on the other hand has 177mm of ground clearance and 14.1L fuel tank capacity which is more practical for our roads. I don't think people would mind paying few thousands extra for a larger fuel tank and slightly higher ground clearance even with a minor bump in kerb weight. They should ideally drop one of these bikes from the line-up and come up with a 300X which combines the best of both worlds, that is 300R's engine + tech and 300F's dimensions + longer suspension travel which would be a really good proposition, if priced well.
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Fantastic move by Honda. Finally some sense has prevailed. Bajaj has really moved the whole market. For those saying it makes less power - true. But itís also just 146 kilos!! Donít go by horse power alone. This thing is a pocket rocket. It barely gives up little more than a second in the sprint to 100, when compared to the older Duke. And is infinitely more rideable at street speeds and in traffic. Riding is believing. I test rode the RC390 and the Honda back to back and the difference in gearbox refinement and low down rideability is downright insane! If youíre not the sort of person who needs macho looks and size, and appreciates the beauty of a light clutch and beautiful gearing and shifts, this is the bike for you. As more than a couple of people have observed, this is truly the spiritual heir to the RX100ís legacy (kids you have no idea how much trouble that thing could get you into in no time flat). It just hasnít got itís due because itís been very badly positioned and marketed by Honda. Time will tell if itís too little too late but itís a decent start in my opinion. Now if they would launch the 500s at a decent price then the Indian biker on a budget is spoilt for choice.
Exactly. It's so light and nimble inside the city. I'm glad finally it's being offered at a decent price
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

5th Honda Bigwing product that has flopped and the 4th that has seen price corrections in recent days - but that's a seperate topic, may be for a thread of its own.

Price corrections rarely work in the Indian market - and the CB300R is likely to continue to be a low seller. Those getting excited better be prepared for uncharacteristic (for better selling Honda motorcycles) poor parts support as seen in cases like - https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...-6-months.html (Honda BigWing unable to get parts for my CB300R for more than 6 months)
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Old 16th October 2023, 19:22   #14
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Re: 2023 Honda CB300R launched at Rs 2.40 lakh

If they had priced it like this right after they started local assembly/manufacturing, we would see much more sales. This is a decently powerful city bike which can be comfortably used on our highways. And it is only 146kg, which is even lesser than the MT-15.
Thanks to Triumph, others have started pricing a bit better.
This is still expensive for a 300cc, as it will cost about 2.8L on road. And even thought it carries a Honda Reliability premium, Triumph 400s have a long service interval so they could be equally reliable. We will see in a few months.

Now they should also Launch the CBR150r to compete with the R15 and the 500 models at a competitive price.
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IMO Honda is still charging a fair bit of premium for Honda reliability.
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There is no Honda reliability to speak of anymore. Forum is filled with posts of bikes standing still after parts broke with no idea of when they are going to be sourced.
I would not touch a premium Honda with a barge pole no matter how tempting the price.
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