These two sibling models in the long-standing Honda CB-series have been making waves since first hitting the market in 2017. Both of them shine in their own particular ways, with the CB300R having just a little more power under its tires.
History of the CB-Series
Honda began production of the CB-series motorcycles all the way back in 1971, starting with the CB50. These motorcycles were relatively microscopic in comparison to larger-bore motorcycles such as those that Harley-Davidson was putting out at the time.
The CB-series quickly took off, growing in size, scope, and of course displacement, ever since. As of 2019, there are more than 400 versions of CB-motorcycles and almost 100 distinct models.
Modernized CB Design
Both the CB300F and the CB300R are relatively new to the scene, only joining the CB-series family in 2017, adding to the series’ repertoire of “naked” bikes. These naked bikes are essentially motorcycles that are stripped of any fairing or cosmetics that would cover the engine.
The use of naked bike design on the CB300F and CB300R serves not only to give the models an interesting, skeletal, cool look and feel to the silhouette but also to complement the liquid-cool systems in the engine as well as to facilitate a more natural and free air intake.
Too New for More Generations
Having only arrived in public markets a couple of years ago, it would be a little premature of Honda to be putting out new generations of these models so soon. To do so would imply fault in the designs, making it seem like something needed to be changed, as the originals were not marketed as LE models.
Honda CB300F and CB300R (2017-present)
Both of these models are considerably more affordable than those of competitors on the market today, particularly compared to models produced by manufacturers such as BMW Motorrad.
While the specifics vary from F to R, the general rule of thumb is that the Fs are for a more casual ride whereas the Rs are for a more rigid and stronger grip on speed.
No End in Sight for the CB-Series
Honda has shown no inclination of a desire to discontinue production of either the CB300F or the CB300R, despite adding more and more CB-series motorcycles every couple years. In fact, the 2019 CB300 lineup seems more polished and well-performing than ever.
With such a small engine, the CB300 line-up hasn’t found widespread success and distribution in the world of TV and film. One of the reasons behind this might simply be the fact that the CB300s lack the buzzwords that make for an intimidating motorcycle, such as “high-bore.”
Honda, Honda, Honda. Whether you’re looking for a car group or a motorcycle page, they’re simply everywhere. We’ve even had some considerable luck finding dedicated motorcycle pages, such as this one for the Honda CB300 with more than 200 likes.
Honda CB300F and CB300R – Underappreciated Cruisers
In the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters, low-bore engines from specific designers tend to barr those particular models from ever achieving widespread fame as great cruisers or motorcycles in the eyes of many purists out there today.
However, if you’re like us and you’ve got an eye for style, speed, and security while riding, you might just find yourself being drawn a little closer to the CB300s.