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CB300F Review?

Hey guys, new to the forum and on the verge of purchasing an F. I couldnt really find detailed reviews om the bike so I was wondering for those of you who have one, how does it feel?

is the chassis and suspension nice and confident?
how does she do om the highway?

any input would be great, thanks guys!
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Note that these opinions are mine and do not apply to everyone:

Note: Bought this bike for wife who is 5'4".

FIRST: I think the bike is a good value for the money.

The bike is clunky in 1st gear, but I think that's fixable with a sprocket change. It's on my list. Some people think the kickstand makes the bike sit up too straight. I'm on the fence on that one. The seating position seems correct and I prefer it over the CBR. As a first bike I think it's hard to ride compared to other smaller bikes like a XT250 / XT225. A low first gear being the main cause. The bike handles the road well and the fuel injection is great! As with any bike the controls and the shifter should be adjusted to fit the rider and do not overlook rolling the bars forward or back to fit the rider. The bike was put together by some guy at the dealer and he didn't know how tall a buyer would be. The power is ok but some (maybe most) new riders may outgrown the cc's within a year and I'd expect Craigslist to have these bikes listed for sale next summer, used. Last but not least and please forgive me in advance. I think the bike is suited for people less than 5'10" tall. I'm 6' and feel over-sized on the bike but I ride a KLR650 and am very used to taller and bigger bikes with more power.

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thanks for your input. have you been able to test it on the highway? also, is it poweeful enough to avoid trouble of need be?
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thanks for your input. have you been able to test it on the highway? also, is it poweeful enough to avoid trouble of need be?
It has enough power

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I really like the CB300F. I bought it last month and have 1300 miles on it now. There are some quirks with it but they are minor: My kickstand is a bit too upright, doesn't allow the bike to lean quite as much as it should. It's a thumper, so it vibrates a little and is also a little twitchy in 1st gear. With very aggressive riding, mine chatters a little when you let off the throttle quickly at say 8000 rpms. That's it. Oh, the clutch is rotated a little far forward and down than on other bikes, but I just haven't got around to rotating that back a little. These are not major issues. The bike is sound. It is very capable. Top speed so far for me has been 85 mph. It will do a little more, but it's not a fast bike, but very capable of highway speeds. In fact you could just stay in the passing land and go 80 mph if you want.


The light weight at 348 lbs. wet is important. It means the bike is easy to handle, easy to move from side to side, and less likely to fall over if you make a mistake while stopping or with slow speed maneuvering, something that requires a lot of practice to get good at. In other words, you can get off balance a little with the 300 and still recover. Can't recover from heavier bikes. Stop a traffic light and put your foot down on gravel and it slides out...you and the bike go over. Have the front wheel turned and hit the front brake. Bam, the bike falls over. Start to take off and the engine dies and the bike lurches a little, you lose your balance and bam, down again. People drop bikes just moving them in and out of the garage. Then good luck getting a heavier bike back up. This light weight is huge for a new rider. Light weight also equals fun. I am not opposed to heavier bikes, but I expect a lot in return for the added weight. This is why I am not a fan of the Honda CB500F. It weighs 72 lbs. more than the CB300F with very little in the way of performance gain. The FZ07 a much more powerful bike weighs under 400 lbs. wet, and the CBR600R, the supersport race bike is still 10 lbs. lighter than the Honda 500.


There are a bunch of good light weight bikes: The Honda CB300s, the Ninja 300 and in a couple of months the Yamaha R3. I don't think you can go wrong with these. I'm just under 5'7" and about 140 lbs, so I like the shorter seats too, which these all have. The CB300F seat ht. is 30.7 in. and I can flat foot it easily. If someone was tall and heavy, you might be able to handle a heavier, taller bike. If I were tall, I would look at the supermotos like the Suzuki DR-Z400SM with a seat ht. of 35 in.
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Oh yes, to get passing power you just drop down a gear, but you still won't be able to dive into openings like you could with a fast bike. Let's say the bike is fast enough that you won't be slowing anyone down in routine highway traffic. Suspension, brakes, acceleration, power are all adequate, but nothing like the supersports. I used to ride my GSX-R1000 in almost constant fear of being stopped for speeding and wreckless riding though, so maybe that's a good think about the CB300F. Just go with the flow.
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but you still won't be able to dive into openings
That is a very important thing to be able to do in safe defensive riding, thats why I asked...

Thanks AJ. I've never ridden a sub 450cc bike off dirt/in traffic, my last bike was a 2012 street triple r, until i fell on hard times financially. Now I need me a nice commuter and the 300f looks like a steal at that price!
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Thanks for your reply's. The CB300F looks like a really fun bike to ride. If I could just sell some of my motorcycles I would be able to buy one. Thanks again. Ride safe my friends.
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2015 Honda CB300F with K&N air cleaner swap out, added full Yoshimura exhaust. Their is a considerable difference with the Yoshi pipe. I inserted the low volume inserted it's still pretty loud. I understand that slip-ons and full systems are illegal in California. With millions of cars polluting California, they're worried about a little aftermarket exhaust which is in no way as loud as some Harleys. Pull up beside a Harley, you cannot hear your bike, let alone try thinking with a loud ******* boat anchor Harley next to you. The full Yoshi sounds pretty wicked...http://www.cbr300forum.com/forum/ima...attach/jpg.gif
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I sure like the look of your exhaust. Very sweet looking. Ride safe my friend.
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