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Honda CB300F: Ideal Entry Naked Sport Bike

By Arv Voss, February 21st, 2015

The 2015 Honda CB300F is a lightweight and easily maneuverable sport bike in a naked style that is fun and comfortable, as well as capable of providing an ideal ride for both beginners and more experienced riders. All that, and it's extremely affordable, with a base price set at $3,999.

The Honda CB300F delivers the ideal solution for a variety of riding scenarios including tooling about town, dealing with a daily commute, or taking off for a leisurely weekend sojourn.

The power source for the CB300F is a 300-class engine that displaces 286cc and delivers smooth, responsive power over the complete rev range. It is a four-valve, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine with programmed fuel injection, a 38mm throttle body, and single right-side exhaust.

The fuel injection provides a constant crisp throttle response, and motive force is transmitted to the rear wheel through a six-speed sequential transmission, via an O-ring-chain final drive.

The CB300F's suspension consists of inverted 37mm forks up front with 4.65 inches of travel and a Pro-Link single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability and 4.07 inches of travel out back.

The bike rolls on Road Winner rubber mounted on five-swirl-spoke black-painted alloy wheels. Slowing and reining the CB300F to a halt is a twin-piston caliper with a single 296mm disc in front and a single-caliper and 220mm disc in the rear.

The bike tips the scales at 348 pounds, with a wheelbase of 54.3 inches and overall length of 80.1 inches. Caster angle or rake is 25 degrees and 30 minutes, and the trail is 3.9 inches. Fuel capacity is 3.4 gallons and the estimated fuel economy is 71 mpg, but may vary dictated by riding style, terrain, and load.

My test Honda CB300F was finished in a bright red gloss coat with flat black trim accents and white graphics. The base sticker read $3,999 with an estimated final tally of $4,149 accounting for dealer prep and handling (which can vary).

The 2015 Honda CB300F is a fun machine to ride, and also happens to be quite comfortable, thanks to its light weight, 30.7-inch specially configured seat height, and indented side covers.

The naked CB300F also displays an appealing sporty overall look and stance. Foot controls are mid-mounted and easily accessible, and the handlebars are ideally positioned, combining to provide a desirable and pleasing ergonomically proper riding position.

The power band is responsive across the entire rev range, and the transmission is one of the smoothest and most positive shifting units experienced of late, enhancing the overall riding experience.

Instrumentation offers a full LCD multi-function meter with digital readout for speed, engine revs, and time, as well as an odometer, trip meter, and directional signal indicators. The signals are not self-canceling, and there is no gear indicator.

The CB300F invites customization and personalization with such Honda Genuine Accessories as Honda racing seat bag; carbon fiber tank pad and fuel lid cover; carbon-style drive chain case, under-engine cowl, front headlight cover, and tank shroud; a color-matched seat cowl; chrome bar ends; and Honda racing red reflective wheel stripe stickers.

A Honda Signature accessory seat, which is 1-inch lower than the standard seat, is available, providing an easier reach to the ground for vertically challenged riders. A one-year warranty begins on the day Honda Genuine Accessories are purchased.

The CB300F comes with a transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty, and extended coverage is available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Bottom-line: The Honda CB300F is a great affordable choice for a beginning rider, and is also capable of serving up an equally enjoyable ride for more experienced riders.

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