Light weight, a torquey single-cylinder powerplant, and compact dimensions make the 2021 Honda CB300R a highly capable urban motorcycle. The upright standard is part of Honda’s Neo-Sports Café line of naked sportbikes with retro-futuristic styling, and it possesses the ability to do everything from commuting to canyon strafing.Thanks to a 6-speed transmission, a counterbalancer, and a 296mm front disc brake (with Nissin caliper and ABS standard), the 2021 Honda CB300R can handle freeway speeds admirably. The Dunlop Sportmax GRP-300 tires are not upset by freeway grooves, perform impressively in the twisties, and have a long tread life. The friendly power doled out by the short-stroke DOHC thumper is equally at home helping the CB300R thread its way through traffic.
Despite an MSRP below $5k, the CB300R does not have a budget appearance—the lighting is all-LED, the latest blacked-out styling, and the wheels are aluminum unit. Although the suspension does not have damping adjustments, the shock benefits from a performance-enhancing linkage system. You won’t find any adjustable rider aids, though they aren’t crucial on a small displacement motorcycle.Certainly designed for a new rider, the 2021 Honda CB300R delivers the performance needed to keep a new rider entertained for a while before feeling the need to upgrade.Honda CB300R Review2021 Honda CB300R SpecsENGINE
Bore x stroke: 76 x 63mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valvetrain: DOHC; four valves
Fueling: EFI w/ 38mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet multiplate
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Trellis-style steel
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork; 5.1 inches
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!