LIGHT, NARROW, NIMBLE, FUN…
2020 Honda CBR300R:
Featuring Honda’s Neo-Sports Café naked-bike design in its most lightweight representation, the CB300R ABS returns for 2020 in a new Pearl Blue color, and promises performance and lifestyle in equal parts. The compact, fuel-injected 286cc DOHC four-valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine has a straight-shot intake path and a free-revving exhaust system. The tapered-wall aluminum swingarm and aluminum wheels minimize unsprung weight, enabling responsive, precise handling. Excellent braking performance is achieved via a 296mm floating front brake disc paired with a radial-mount Nissin four-piston caliper, a 220mm rear disc matched to a single-piston caliper, and standard two-channel ABS with an IMU. The minimalist style centralizes weight for optimum chassis feel, performance, and balance, and that deliberate reduction shows off the machine’s hard-edged attitude with its exposed, blacked-out hardware and dramatic cutaway tail. A full-function LCD instrument display provides simple readouts, and full LED lighting (including a dual-bar headlight signature and Honda’s thinnest taillight) round out the look. Fun to ride and a joy to own, the CB300R ABS boasts many of the premium features found on its larger-capacity siblings, making it the ultimate lightweight sport-naked machine.
Honda’s CBR300R has impeccable sportbike credentials: It’s light, narrow, and offers Grand Prix styling. But it’s also a perfect bike for zipping around town. Its single-cylinder engine offers terrific fuel economy and a wide, friendly torque delivery. The suspension and chassis offer responsive handling. Around town it’s a nimble gem. On a winding back road it’s a blast. The low cost and light weight make it a perfect first bike. And there’s even a version available with Honda’s optional anti-lock brakes.
2020 Honda CBR300R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
More powerful and technologically advanced model adds to Honda’s supersport legacy
Honda Motor Co. founder Soichiro Honda dreamed of competing in races around the world—and winning—with a vehicle of his own making. Driven by the same competitive spirit, and having since amassed the most premier-class Grand Prix victories of any manufacturer, Honda announced today the 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. An evolution of Honda’s legendary 1,000cc sportbike, the all-new model draws heavily on MotoGP technology and will carry Honda’s sport motorcycle lineup into the future while also bolstering its racing efforts in series including the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Designed from the ground up with involvement from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and an extreme focus on outright track performance, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP pairs a more compact, yet more powerful inline four-cylinder engine with an all-new frame with optimized rigidity for improved grip and feel. An advanced suite of electronic rider aids works to enable fast lap times, while aerodynamic technologies from the RC213V MotoGP race bike are used to both increase downforce and improve braking stability. For the first time, the “Fireblade” name is being used in the U.S. market.
“From our earliest days, Honda has been committed to developing class-leading motorcycles capable of winning races,” said Chris Cox, American Honda’s Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations. “Developed around technologies and information gleaned from Honda’s Grand Prix racing efforts, the 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP highlights the brand’s competitive spirit, and we’re excited for riders to experience the latest in our storied line of sport motorcycles.”
CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP
Focusing on outright track performance, engineers have developed the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP with engine and chassis technology from MotoGP, the all-new model drawing heavily on the RCV combustion efficiency and low-friction solutions. The engine is more compact than the inline four-cylinder powerplant it replaces and benefits from the use of high-end technologies like titanium connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons and finger-follower rocker arms.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP uses an all-new aluminum diamond frame with increased vertical and torsional rigidity, but decreased horizontal rigidity, for maximum levels of grip and feel. A longer swingarm—stamped from aluminum of 18 individual thicknesses—is developed with lessons learned through Honda’s Grand Prix efforts, further highlighting the connection between the all-new model and Honda’s championship-winning race bikes.
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been optimized and an adjustable Start Mode joins Power, Engine Brake and Wheelie Control; a quick shifter is standard. The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is outfitted with a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), three-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) and second-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (S-EC) suspension and user interface. New Brembo Stylema brake calipers bite 330mm rotors through two-level ABS. The bodywork and riding position have an uncompromising focus on aerodynamic performance, and the fairing features MotoGP-derived winglets to generate downforce. A full-color TFT screen and Honda Smart Key are the finishing touches.
- Pricing: TBD
- Availability: June 2020
- Color: HRC Tricolor
In addition to announcing the 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, Honda confirmed the return of a number of sport and naked models for the 2020 model year:
High-level sport-bike performance needn’t always come in large packages, as proven by the popular CBR600RR, which is equally at home on twisty back roads and dedicated race circuits. The model that has earned eight World Supersport titles (nine if you count its CBR600F predecessor) touts a strong engine and front suspension featuring Honda’s 41mm Big Piston Fork for exceptional handling and supple action.
- CBR600RR ABS: $12,799
- CBR600RR: $11,799
- Availability: March 2020
- Color: Matte Black Metallic
Designed to be enjoyed on the street, yet taking cues from an RR machine, the CBR650R offers light, responsive handling through its finely tuned chassis and enjoyable power through its high-revving inline four-cylinder engine. Sharp lines, LED lighting and an aggressive riding position complete the package, striking an ideal balance between performance and practicality—an enjoyable intersection of values for the modern sport bike rider. Available in ABS version only.
- Price: $9,699
- Availability: April 2020
- Color: Grand Prix Red/Stripe
A true middleweight standard, the CB650R pairs a light, versatile chassis to a 649cc inline four-cylinder engine with great torque and a smooth throttle delivery. Honda’s Neo Sports Café design theme showcases smooth lines and compact packaging, guaranteeing that this is a bike that’s just as exciting to look at as it is to ride. Available in ABS version only.
- Price: $9,199
- Availability: January 2020
- Color: Chromosphere Red
Honda’s CBR500R is all about balance. Long heralded by both riders who are moving up from smaller machines, and those looking to downsize without giving up the performance and style that drew them to motorcycling, this model finds the balancing point between performance and sensible running costs. With its sporty styling and user-friendly performance, the fully faired CBR500R can do it all, too, from daily commuting to weekend rides.
- CBR500R ABS: $6,999
- CBR500R: $6,699
- Availability: February 2020
- Colors: Grand Prix Red, Matte Gray Metallic
With strong power and nimble handling, Honda’s littlest full-faring sport bike makes every ride a fun one, while its affordable price and low operating cost make it easy on the wallet. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike, the CBR300R has dual headlights and stylish exhaust system, as well as available ABS.
- CBR300R ABS: $4,999
- CBR300R: $4,699
- Availability: March 2020
- Colors: Grand Prix Red, Matte Black Metallic
2020 Honda CBR300R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Styling is a deliberate reduction, putting the machine’s blacked-out hardware on display. It’s also brutally neat and brings a hard-edged attitude to the naked-bike scene. The cutaway tail unit is barely there, though it supports separate rider and passenger seats plus the nylon rear mudguard mount. Rider and passenger foot-peg hangers are aluminum.
A lightweight, full-function LCD instrument display is thin and provides simple readouts for speed, engine rpm, fuel level and shift light, with warning lights arrayed across the top. Full LED lighting—including turn indicators—adds a premium feel and contributes to optimum mass centralization. The headlight uses a dual-bar light signature—upper for low beam and lower for high beam—and the taillight is the thinnest ever mounted on a Honda motorcycle.
Family genes abound, as the fuel tank also shares the same basic motif as the CB1000R. Attitude.
The CB300R ABS’s frame—which helps underpin its minimalist style and is drawn on the same Neo-Sports Café aesthetic as the CB1000R—is constructed from high-tensile steel tubing and pressed steel, with the steel pivot plate separated from the main frame. Through this design, the main frame between the head and seat rail is free from the stress applied to the rear wheel, which enabled each piece to be optimized in terms of strength and profile, primarily through the use of thin steel pipe and steel sheet. While offering optimized strength, the main frame is also light.
The swingarm offers similar rigidity and performance benefits, with increased thickness at the cross member but tapered wall thickness toward the hollow rear axle for ideal flexibility. Lightweight aluminum wheels share the same design as those in the rest of the CB lineup, aiding the bike’s nimble handling characteristics.
A 41mm inverted fork with compliant damping and supple spring rate is pared to a single shock offering seven-step spring-preload adjustment. A 49.6/50.4 front/rear weight bias provides a positive feel for front-end grip and easy steering, which is also helped by the low, 317 pound wet weight and compact 53.3 inch wheelbase. Seat height is 31.5 inches.
Stopping power comes courtesy of a 296mm floating front brake rotor paired with a radial-mount Nissin four-piston caliper, and 220mm rear disc matched to a single-piston caliper. Both brakes are modulated by two-channel ABS that works through an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to give precise front-to-rear distribution of ABS operation, depending on vehicle behavior. Dunlop radial tires—a 150/60R-17 at the rear and a 110/70R-17 at the front—are standard.
To help achieve nimble handling, parts near the vehicle’s periphery have been designed to be lightweight, while many of the heavier components (including the engine, muffler, rear shock, battery, and ABS modules) are laid out to provide an ideal center of gravity.
The CB300R ABS’s compact 286cc DOHC four-valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine (shared with the CBR300R) is a diminutive jewel that has won many fans for its free-revving, responsive nature. And while that free-spinning character can get the adrenaline pumping as revs rise, the engine also works well in real-world road-riding conditions, both around town and out on the highway.
Bore and stroke are set at 76 x 63mm, with a compression ratio of 10.7:1. PGM-FI fuel injection—with 38mm throttle bore and a refined, straight-shot intake path—delivers crisp throttle response across the rev range. The exhaust is underslung, and its dual-chamber muffler exits on the right side; reduced air resistance contributes to an ultra-linear throttle response.
The engine is also designed with the minimum number of moving parts. Details like low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug help increase fuel efficiency. Thanks in part to the weight-saving measures and the new intake layout, initial acceleration has been improved by 4%.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan
2020 Honda CBR300R – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: starting from $ 4,699 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN
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|Type||286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cyclinder|
|Bore x Stroke||76.0mm x 63.0mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI; 38mm throttle body|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance|
|Final Drive||520 chain|
|Front||37mm telescopic fork; 4.65 in. travel|
|Rear||Pro-Link® single shock; 4.07 in. travel|
|Front||296mm single disc|
|Rear||220mm single disc|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||25º 30′|
|Trail||98mm (3.9 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||5.7 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||3.4 gal.|
|Color||Grand Prix Red, Matte Black Metallic|
|Curb Weight*||357 lbs.|
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride Meets current EPA standards
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment Specifications subject to change
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