2023 is proving to be a big year for motorcycles, and Honda did not want to be left behind. However, the 2023 Honda CB300F has simply been updated to comply with phase two of the BS6 norms, now making it OBD-2 compliant. In simple terms, it complies with the latest emission norms. Originally launched in 2022 with a price tag of Rs 2.26 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2023 Honda CB300F now sees a massive price drop of Rs 56,000, and it can now be had for Rs 1.70 lakh (ex-showroom).
Styling-wise, the Honda CB300F retains the same streetfighter design inspired by the bigger CB500F. However, the CB300F has more traces of the Hornet 2.0 in its design than the CB500F. Those golden USD forks, the tank extensions, and the headlight with its sharp design do add a certain “big-bike” look to it. Colour options include a Sports Red, Mat Marvel Blue Metallic, and Mat Axis Grey Metallic.
The 293cc oil-cooled engine continues to do its duties on the CB300F, but it is now OBD-2 compliant, meaning it can continue being sold in India as it falls under the latest emission norms. This engine produces 24.1 bhp at 7500 rpm, and 2.61 kgm of torque at 5500 rpm. Paired to a six-speed transmission, it also gets a slip-and-assist clutch. In terms of hardware, it gets golden USD forks at the front and a five-step adjustable monoshock at the rear. For stopping power, it makes use of discs at both ends – a 276mm disc at the front, and a 220mm disc at the rear. The Honda CB300F also packs in dual-channel ABS.
In terms of features, the Honda CB300F packs a digital instrument cluster with five levels of customizable brightness, twin trip meters, a gear position indicator, and smartphone connectivity.
Old wine in the same old bottle, then?