Honda CB300X To Be Unveiled In Japan?

We’re already aware of two concepts being shown at next weeks Tokyo Motorcycle Show – the already seen SFA concept and the new CRF250 Rally. But there’s another motorcycle that Honda will apparently be showing in Japan next week and we have received strong indications that it will be a dual-sport inspired Honda CB300X.

This bike has actually previously be shown in India under the CX-01 concept. That bike contained the frame and engine from the then CBR250R, with a few other bits and pieces taken from the NC700S. Like the Honda CB500X, the CX-01 was designed as a dual-sport machine though with little potential off-road ability.

The CX-01 hasn’t been seen since February last year, but our sources in India and Japan have both informed us that there’s a high probability it will be on show next week, potentially even with CB300X badges.

Honda has generally been playing catch-up in the entry market in the western world, chasing Kawasaki and KTM with the CBR250R/300R and subsequent CB300F naked model. If Honda released an adventure styled entry bike, they’d finally be one step ahead of the competition.

The Tokyo Motorcycle Show begins on 27 March and runs for three days and we’ll be bringing you all the news.

Honda CB300X – Adventure Version of CBR300R On The Way

New patent images obtained by AMCN seem to indicate that a ‘soft’ adventure version of the entry level Honda CBR300R is expected to be manufactured in the near future. Likely to be titled the Honda CB300X, the bike appears to share all the components with both the CBR300R and CB300F, save for longer forks and a higher seat. It also features indicators integrated into the barkbusters. Like the CB500X, this will be an adventure bike with little to no capabilities to go off road.

The basic design for the Honda CB300X was actually first shown in February this year at the Auto Expo in Delhi, India. No technical details were forthcoming at that time, but it makes perfect sense for Honda to replicate the success of it’s 500 series which includes a faired sports bike (the CBR500R), a naked (CB500F) and the adventure styled CB500X. Out of those three, the CB500X is often declared the best of the bunch due to it’s great riding position and ergonomics.

With the new Honda CBR300R (see our review here) now hitting showrooms worldwide and the naked CB300F following shortly, it would give Honda an enviable entry level bike lineup that would appeal to all tastes and styles. There’s no indication of a release date for the Honda CB300X though it would likely be in the middle of next year.