The 300cc segment is seeing some action these days. Not only did BMW launch its 300cc twins, other manufacturers are also eyeing this segment. Honda has now opened sales of the CB300R in India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 2.41 lakh, while the on-road price is Rs 3.10 lakh. The steep increase is primarily because this is a CKD motorcycle and duties are a tad more on such categories. As far as power and torque numbers are concerned, these stand at 31.5PS/27Nm. The engine is a liquid cooled, single cylinder unit and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. While initially it was though that the CBR 300R will be coming in as a replacement for the ageing 250R, it isn’t. There are features galore with the CB300R though and these include upside down forks, all-digital instrument cluster and IMU dual channel ABS.
In this segment, there is also the well established and loved KTM 390 Duke. The 390 Duke price in Mumbai is Rs 2.44 lakh, ex-showroom. The motorcycle got an updated chassis as well as a new look in 2017. It also got a Bluetooth-paired instrument console as well as reinforced hardware. The performance aspect still remains the same and it is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the 300-400cc segment. However, the Duke is a tad cramped when it comes to two up riding and perhaps a bit tiring too when it comes to the open highway blasts. But, we got to agree that it is a lot of motorcycle for that price bracket.
Speaking of which, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is one more competitor here. The pricing is the icing on a delectable cake. You see, it has got a twin cylinder 650cc engine that makes slightly more power than the 390 Duke but has got a price of only Rs 2.34 lakh for the non-customised trim. It is far more comfortable and has better in-gear acceleration than the 390 Duke as well. Did we say that there have been no reports so far about the ill-famed RE quality? Just superb as a package.
So, how do all these motorcycles stack up against each other? Technically a road comparison will help straighten that up but for now, here is our specifications comparison.
|Type||Single cylinder, liquid cooled||Single cylinder, liquid cooled||Parallel twin, air-oil cooled|
|Valvetrain||4 valves||4 valves||4 valves|
|Fuel tank capacity(litres)||10||13.4||13.7|
|Kerb weight (kg)||147||145||202|
|Front||USD forks||WP upside-down 43 mm||41mm front fork|
|Rear||Monoshock||WP monoshock||Twin coil-over shocks|
|Rear||150/60 R17||150/60 R17||130/70-18|
|Price (ex-Mumbai)||2.41 lakh||2.44 lakh||2.50 lakh|