Honda has just announced its 2015 new bike line up. There’s nothing too new in the announcement and the only truly new model is the Honda CBR300r – the upgrade to the popular CBR250R ‘learner bike’ that was met with overwhelming praise. That bike was announced back in October 2013 and was expected to be released early this year. However, the bike won’t be available until August in the United States, although it may hit markets like Australia, the UK and Thailand (where it will be manufactured) a little earlier. No word on why the delay has occurred, though demand for Honda’s new 650cc inline four could be a possible reason.
The CBR300R will technically go head-to-head with Kawasaki’s Ninja 300, though the latter will still hold a clear performance advantage over its Japanese rival. Despite being called the 300R, in true Honda tradition the bike’s capacity has only been increased to 286cc (from 249cc) bringing with it a 17 percent increase in power. No details have yet been released on what increased torque this brings. Weight remains the same at 365 pounds for the ABS model.
Most other changes are purely cosmetic, though Honda claims to have improved fueling and provided a CBR500R inspired exhaust system to also boost performance. It will retail for $4399 for the standard model, $4899 for the ABS version.
Also announced today were minor upgrades to the CRF450R and CRF250R. Full details can be found at the Honda Powersports website.