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2017 Honda Montesa Cota 300RR Review
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It’s Winning Time…
In an age of electronic rider aids and MotoGP bikes that easily break 200 miles per hour, the Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Cota 300RR Race Replica are a completely different way of experiencing the best of what motorcycling can offer. It’s a genius concept: Take Montesa’s legendary know-how when it comes to building world-championship trials bikes, combine that with a Honda engine, top it off with state-of-the-art suspension, and you get two of the best specialist motorcycles available in the world. Just ask trials rider Toni Bou, who used his Cota to win an incredible 20th World Championship (10 outdoor, 10 indoor), or Marc Freixa who won the AMA/NATC Moto Trials National Championship.
Check out these two great options: The Cota 4RT260 is a cutting-edge trials bike, the perfect combination of Honda’s engine technology and Montesa’s world-championship trials experience. Want to ride what the champions ride? Then check out the Cota 300RR Race Replica, with its 288cc engine. It’s even lighter than the feathery Cota 4RT260.
For 2017, both Cota models get some new color and graphic updates. Now both
bikes also feature a longer kickstarter, so one-kick starts are the norm.
And both offer twin ignition maps for varying course conditions. But no matter
which Cota you choose, you’re getting one of the best pure trials bikes
ever built—a marriage made in motorcycling heaven.
Last season, Montesa expanded its line up with an all new trial model, the Montesa Cota 300RR, a racing orientated motorcycle created for the brand’s most demanding customers and known for its exclusiveness. This year, the Cota 300RR’s has more improvements to make it more race ready.
To create a more desirable power curve we have made some key changes. The
piston now has three rings instead of two, increasing durability, and the
new ECU maps give an improved engine response. Then there’s our PGM-FI
Electronic Injection System, with two switchable modes for different conditions.
Mode 1 is useful in conditions of low traction, whilst mode 2 is used for
maximum power. We’ve also worked to reduce engine braking by incorporating
a crankcase gas decompressing system, the result is a bike with a lighter
feel that is easier to control.
Chassis and Suspension
One of the most important improvements in this area is the new TECH fork
settings, which now provide better shock absorption. The compression stop
of the Showa rear suspension has been improved to offer even better feel and
responsiveness. The Cota 300RR continues to use the Michelin X11 tyres with
light mechanised aluminium hubs & rims, resulting in outstanding traction
and lightweight feel. All of these make the new Cota 300RR even more stable.
High quality equipment
The Montesa Cota 300RR offers high quality equipment, like the advanced ignition
system when the motorcycle is laying on the ground or when it is at an inclination
greater than 65 degrees for more than 7 seconds. This device minimises the
rider’s exposure to risk as well as protecting the engine.
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 300RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
More power and torque
The Cota 300RR’s liquid-cooled 4-valve Unicam engine delivers a noticeable boost in power and torque over the Cota 260RR – particularly in the midrange – thanks in part to an increase in the diameter (+2 mm) and stroke (+3 mm) of the piston that bumps displacement to 288 cc.
Enhancements to the Cota 300RR’s engine for 2017 include a new piston with a flatter head for improved combustion at low rpm and reduced vibration, plus three piston rings instead of two for better throttle response, especially in the low to mid ranges.
A redesigned cylinder works in conjunction with the new piston to improve engine performance. ECU mapping has also been modified to further enhance response, particularly in the low to mid rpm ranges.
Choose your drive mode
Traction different from one section to the next? No problem. The Cota’s dual-mode ECU lets you choose between two ignition maps – one for low grip conditions and a second for maximum power – with the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch. Additionally, the ECU isn’t sealed, so you can modify ignition and injection maps via a laptop.
Reduced engine braking
A crankcase decompression system limits engine braking when closing the throttle for improved rider control, making the bike feel lighter and easier to handle. As well, the clutch system has been modified to handle the increased power and to better suit the demands of intense competition.
Battery-less digital ignition includes a bank-angle sensor to switch off the ignition when the motorcycle is lying horizontal.
The Cota 300RR features an aluminum chassis with a gorgeous finish, showcasing classic Montesa styling and impeccable manufacturing quality. Every component was painstakingly designed to be as compact and to fit as tightly as possible, resulting in a bike that’s incredibly svelte and smooth, with a minimum of jutting surfaces to inhibit your movement.
As part of the development emphasis on reducing weight, the Cota 300RR features an adjustable TECH fork with lightweight aluminum tubes. Revised settings for 2017 reduce bounce at the end of the stroke for improved stability. At the back, the adjustable Showa shock is calibrated to further improve stability, traction and control.
Optimum riding position
Repositioned footpegs move the rider’s weight more toward the rear of the bike, making the Cota 300RR feel even lighter and responsive and improving rider confidence in the toughest sections.
Michelin X11 tires offer the prefect combination of traction, light weight and response.
New DID aluminum rims and lightweight aluminum hubs laser-engraved with the RR logo help to keep unsprung weight low, and the 32-spoke rear wheel features an innovative system incorporating central-adjustment spokes for a significant weight reduction. The system also allows the Cota to use a tubeless rear tire.
Monobloc brake caliper
Compact and lightweight front brake system uses a monobloc 4-piston caliper, 185 mm rotor and sintered metal pads. The rear brake features a 2-piston caliper, 150 mm hydraulic disc and sintered metal pads.
A real racer
Developed jointly by Honda R&D and Montesa with the goal of increasing power while also reducing weight, the Cota 300RR is an authentic racing machine that builds on the success of the Cota 4RT260RR (Race Replica) and other championship-winning Montesa trials bikes.
Light is right
A determined effort by the 300RR development team to reduce weight wherever possible has resulted in a bike that’s a full 2 kg lighter than the 4RT260.
A shorter brake pedal for 2017 tucks in tightly and reduces the risk of damage.
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 300RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Capping off a season that saw Repsol Honda trials rider Toni Bou land an incredible 20th World Championship (10 outdoor, 10 indoor), while U.S. Montesa Honda rider Marc Freixa landed the AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship, American Honda announces its lineup of 2017 Montesa trials motorcycles. Between the exclusive Cota 300RR and the capable Cota 4RT260, Honda Montesa has something for trials riders of every level.
“No one is more passionate about their pastime than trials enthusiasts, so it’s gratifying to continue supporting these customers in the U.S., particularly given the success Honda has enjoyed this year in international and domestic competition,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.
Montesa Cota 300RR
Introduced last year, the Cota 300RR was made for competition (the “RR” suffix stands for “Race Ready”) and is the production model most similar to the prototypes used by factory Honda Montesa riders. For 2017, the 300RR is even better, with new ECU mapping that improves engine response in the low and middle rpm ranges that are especially important for trials motorcycles. Another aspect that contributes to engine response is the new three-ring piston (up from two), which helps prevent leakage and improves durability. The piston is now lighter and has a flatter top, reducing vibration and making combustion more efficient at low rpm. The cylinder has also been redesigned to match the new piston, further improving engine efficiency. The chassis has also been updated, with new, suppler settings for the Tech fork, similar to those used by factory riders. Finally, the muffler is more robust with reinforced mounts, and the rear-brake pedal has been shortened to avoid impacts and allow the rider more freedom of movement.
The factory-replica Montesa Cota 300RR is two pounds lighter than the 4RT260, making a great trials machine even better. Engine and suspension components offer increased performance compared to the 4RT260, and the black-and-red livery is visually stunning. Helping give the bike a factory feel are HRC carbon-fiber parts, including clutch-cover protector, exhaust-pipe protector and headlight visor, along with an anodized chassis and lightweight D.I.D aluminum rims with black-anodized machined hubs and Michelin tires.
•Competition-ready, 288cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a bigger cylinder bore and longer stroke than the 4RT260.
•Reduced engine braking via gas-decompressing system for the crankcase and enhancements to the electronics.
•High-flow fuel pump and modified clutch to match engine design.
•Close-ratio five-speed transmission.
•Bar-mounted map-selection switch (two modes) and magnetic kill switch.
•Lightweight titanium exhaust header pipe.
•Optional HRC FI tuning kit allows customers to fine-tune COTA’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and ignition maps to match riding conditions.
•39mm TECH cartridge-type telescopic fork with DLC coated upper tubes, lightweight aluminum lower legs, preload and rebound adjustability and 6.9 inches of stroke.
•Pro-Link rear Showa damper with preload and rebound adjustment and 6.7 inches of wheel travel.
•Lightweight black-anodized aluminum frame and swingarm.
•Peg position 5mm lower/rearward compared to the 4RT260.
•Slender, compact eat and tank.
•Hydraulic disc brakes with four-piston monoblock front caliper, two-piston rear caliper and red-anodized covers.
•Consult owner’s manual for optional racing parts
•Meets current CARB and EPA emissions standards
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USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9999 USD
Engine Type 288cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 80.0mm x 57.2mm
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) 28mm throttle body
Ignition Electronically controlled digital transistorized
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Valve Train Unicam®, 4 valves
Transmission Close-ratio 5-speed transmission
Final Drive #520 Chain, 10T/41T
SUSPENSION / BRAKES / WHEELS
Front Suspension 39mm Tech telescopic fork with aluminum tubes; preload, compression damping and rebound
damping adjustment, 6.6 inch stroke
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® system with Showa® shock; preload rebound damping adjustment; 6.7 inch stroke
Front Brake Single 185mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake Single 150mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Front Tire 80/100-21 Michelin
Rear Tire 120/100-R18 Michelin
Rake(Caster Angle) 23.0°
Wheelbase 52.0 inches
Trail 63mm (2.48 inches)
Seat Height 25.6 inches
Curb Weight** 162 pounds
Fuel Capacity 0.5 gallons
Ground Clearance 13.2 inches
Model ID MRT300H
Available Colors Red
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Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $11499 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Bore & Stroke
80.0 mm Ã— 57.2 mm
SOHC, 4 valves
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Roller chain #520
Chassis & Suspension
39 mm TECH telescopic fork with aluminum tubes and spring preload, compression and rebound adjustment. 167 mm stroke.
Pro-Link system with SHOWA shock with spring preload and rebound adjustment. 170 mm stroke.
80/100 – 21 (Michelin) front; 120/100 – R18 (Michelin) rear
Front: 185 x 3.5 mm hydraulic disc with four-piston caliper and sintered metal pads Rear: 150 x 2.5 mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
335 mm (13.2 in.)
650 mm (25.6 in.)
1,321 mm (52 in.)
73.6 kg (162 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
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European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £7499 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 80 Ã— 57.2 mm
Carburation Electronic fuel injection PGM-FI
Compression Ratio 10.4: 1
Engine Displacement (cc) 288
Engine Type (cm³) Single, 4-strokes, 4 valves, SOHC, liquid cooled
Starter Kick starter
Brakes Front 185 x 3.5 mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered
Brakes Rear 150 x 2.5 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Front 39 mm TECH telescopic fork with aluminum tubes and spring preload, compression and rebound adjustment. 167mm
Suspension Rear Pro-Link system with SHOWA shock with spring preload and rebound adjustment. 170mm stroke
Tyres Front Front 80/100 21 (Michelin)
Tyres Rear Rear 120/100 R18 (Michelin)
Wheels Front Aluminium rims/ wire spokes
Wheels Rear Aluminium rims/ wire spokes
Dimensions and Weights
Caster Angle 23°
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2,016 Ã— 830 Ã— 1,130 mm
Frame type Diamond, aluminum twin spar
Ground Clearance (mm) 335 mm
Seat Height (mm) 650 mm
Trail (mm) 63 mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1321 mm
Final Drive Roller chain
Transmission Type 5-speed
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