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2015 Honda CBR300RA Review
2015 Honda CBR300RA on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
CBR300RA – more of what you want and less of what you don’t…
The CBR250R introduced many people to the joys of riding smaller supersport machines and its followers are dedicated. Building on the success of the original platform, the CBR300RA adds aggressive new styling and increased power and torque throughout the rev range. Retained are the 250’s excellent mass centralization, aggressive geometry and functional ergonomics, but an improved power-to-weight ratio enhances performance across the board. An 8 mm stroke increase gives a roughly 17% increase in power while the light and manageable weight ensures riders can take full advantage of the increased performance. The single cylinder engine design also has a number of advantages over twin cylinder competitors. Not only does the advanced engine reduce overall weight and size, improving manoeuvrability, but it simplifies maintenance, improves fuel economy due to reduced drag and lowers operating cost. Wrapped around the heavily revised engine is all new bodywork that takes its styling cues directly from the razor sharp CBR1000RR. The CBR300RA now looks every bit as aggressive as its larger siblings and the family resemblance is well earned. And just like its larger sportbike siblings, the CBR300RA is fitted with standard ABS brakes making it even more attractive to novice and experienced riders alike.
2015 Honda CBR300RA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The 286 cc single-cylinder engine is purpose-built for the CBR300RA, and boasts high-performance features such as dual overhead camshafts driven by a Hy-Vo-type silent chain, forked roller rocker arms, a compact four-valve cylinder head, a counterbalance shaft, and liquid cooling.
•Shim-style valve adjustment allows easy inspection and maintenance, although with a recommended inspection interval of 48,000 km, you’ll ride a long, long time between any needed adjustments.
•The six-speed transmission works in concert with the engine’s broad power delivery to produce quick acceleration plus excellent fuel economy during highway cruising. Final drive gearing is also taller for 2015 to further improve efficiency at highway speeds.
•The CBR300RA’s ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) provides improved breaking control even on low-traction road surfaces.
•Sporty ergonomics promote a balanced seating position for optimum control and long-distance comfort.
2015 Honda CBR300RA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The 286 cc single-cylinder engine is purpose-built for the CBR300RA, and boasts high-performance features such as dual overhead camshafts driven by a Hy-Vo-type silent chain, forked roller rocker arms, a compact four-valve cylinder head, a counterbalance shaft, and liquid cooling..
The light and compact engine contributes to the CBR300RA’s nimble steering, intuitive handling and impressive power-to-weight ratio, allowing it to compete with twin-cylinder bikes of similar displacement..
Shim-style valve adjustment allows easy inspection and maintenance, although with a recommended inspection interval of 48,000 km, you’ll ride a long, long time between any needed adjustments..
The engine countershaft sits lower than the mainshaft in a “stacked” formation to reduce the engine’s front-to-rear dimensions..
The engine produces a remarkably broad torque curve for strong low-rpm performance, and peak horsepower kicks in at 8,500 rpm—well below redline. This wide spread of power makes the CBR300RA easy and confidence-inspiring to ride, in both stop-and-go situations and on the highway, while also returning impressive fuel economy..
The crankshaft runs in plain bearings for quieter operation and the big end of the connecting rod spins in a needle bearing, both contributing to the engine’s high-performance credentials..
A gear-driven counterbalance shaft helps quell engine vibration for enhanced rider comfort. It’s located so close to the crankshaft that the balancer weight passes between the two crank weights to keep the engine as compact as possible while improving mass centralization. The counterbalance shaft has been updated for 2015 to compensate for the increase in displacement..
Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for the current riding and atmospheric conditions. The system delivers optimal performance and remarkably crisp throttle response over a wide range of operating conditions, plus improved fuel economy. The PGM-FI system incorporates an Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) to smooth responses to small changes in throttle position..
The PGM-FI fuel injection – with 38mm throttle bore has been remapped for the larger engine while maintaining a focus on crisp throttle response across the rev range..
The six-speed transmission works in concert with the engine’s broad power delivery to produce quick acceleration plus excellent fuel economy during highway cruising. Final drive gearing is also taller for 2015 to further improve efficiency at highway speeds..
New CBR500R-type exhaust is an aesthetic and functional upgrade..
Diamond-shaped twin-spar steel frame plus a 37 mm front fork and Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension provide impressive handling and a comfortable ride..
The CBR300RA’s ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) provides improved breaking control even on low-traction road surfaces..
Curb weight of only 165.1 kg (364 lb) gives the CBR300RA outstanding maneuverability and helps instill rider confidence..
Sporty ergonomics promote a balanced seating position for optimum control and long-distance comfort..
Full-sized 17-inch cast wheels with a 110/70 – 17 front tire and a 140/70 – 17 rear tire provide big-bike feel, grip and handling traits..
All-new CBR1000RR inspired bodywork features dual headlights and colour matched undercowl. The unmistakably CBR fuel tank and steeply raked tail complete the aggressive look..
Multi-function digital instrument panel includes speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature display, fuel gauge, clock, odometer and trip meter..
A narrower, reshaped seat makes it easier to reach the ground..
Grab rails on the tail section are designed to fit gloved hands, giving passengers a dedicated handhold while riding two-up..
2015 Honda CBR300RA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2015 Honda CBR300RA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $5399 CDN
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore & Stroke
76 mm x 63 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
37 mm telescopic fork; 118 mm (4.65 in.) travel
Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 103 mm (4.07 in.) travel
110/70 – 17 front; 140/70 – 17 rear
Front 296 mm disc with 2-piston caliper; rear 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper. 2-channel ABS
779 mm (30.7 in.)
1,380 mm (54.3 in.)
165.1 kg (364 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Millenium Red, Tricolour, Matte Black Metallic/Yellow
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda CBR300RA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road).
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.