Simple and to the point, the 2017 Honda CB300F is stripped down to the basics of what a city and sport motorcycle needs to be.With a single cylinder motor, no fancy electronics, minimal plastic, and uncomplicated suspension, the CB300F keeps costs down while allowing fun and utilitarian aspects free reign.
The peppy oversquare motor is a fuel-injected DOCH design, so it makes the most of its 286cc. Handling is excellent, and the package weighs just 348 pounds (add six pounds if you want ABS).The price did poke above $4k this year, but with a motor that gets 78 mpg, this is an inexpensive motorcycle to purchase and operate. Don’t expect to spend much on maintenance, as the CB300F is as reliable as it gets on two wheels.Read our Honda CB300F Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Honda CB300F Specs:
Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 63.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve train: DOHC; 4vpc
Induction: PGM-FI w/ 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistor w/ electronic advance
Final drive: O-ring sealed chain
Front suspension: 37mm fork; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 4.1 inches of travel
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