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So this is why we still haven't heard anything recently about the 300, production has been pushed back 9 months....

We have got to know that Japanese bike maker giant Honda has announced a delay of nine months in the commencement of production of the recenty unveiled Honda CBR300R. The Honda CBR300R made its world debut at the EICMA 2013 late last year and would replace the CBR250R in many countries, including India. While the manufacturer has refused from revealing the reasons for delay, it is now for sure that the Honda CBR300R launch in India has been pushed ahead by more than a year. It may be noted that earlier, Honda CBR300R launch in UK was to happen in March 2014, which has now been postponed to early 2015. Honda CBR300R production will take place at Honda’s Thailand facility.

Honda CBR300R production delayed - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown
 

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thanks for finding and posting that.
it makes sense since there's been info out about this bike for a while, just really basic info yet no updates or specific info. Seems like we'll hear more about it come mid-2014.
 

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Interesting. As it turns out, the rumors of a production delay are true... according to this Visordown article, Honda dealers won't see any shipments of 300R's until the end of the year.

Well this news kind of puts the damper on this website for a while longer.

So, are you guys going to wait to buy a 300R a year from now or will you get another bike, like the CBR250R, for this coming riding season?
 

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Well that is very disappointing to hear :(

My local honda dealer has a cbr500ra ex-demo for sale, will have a look at that, and question them on whats going on with the 300.
 

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This sucks. I might consider the CBR250R. I'm not sure that the extra 50cc of displacement is worth waiting an entire year, and this'll be more inexpensive anyway.
 

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Interesting. As it turns out, the rumors of a production delay are true... according to this Visordown article, Honda dealers won't see any shipments of 300R's until the end of the year.

Well this news kind of puts the damper on this website for a while longer.

So, are you guys going to wait to buy a 300R a year from now or will you get another bike, like the CBR250R, for this coming riding season?
I'm kinda thinking about a used dual sport, and might just skip the 300R all together. Get in a season or two on the dual and then look to move to the 500R.

I don't know. Disappointing for sure, but hey now i get to spend LESS money ;)
 

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Not a bad idea cropper at least you can have some fun everywhere.

Honestly I don't know if I will be able to wait for another year. i mean riding season is getting closer as we speak and I'm anxious to just get some riding time ASAP.
 

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Now the CBR300R is being scheduled for a 4th Quarter release in 2014. That means 9 more months of delay! Can you wait that long!?
 

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I think I might walk in and just order a CB500r
I don't blame you with riding season just around the corner I would look in to something else too. I would hate to sacrifice good riding days during the season.

Have you looked in to insurance yet for the CBR500R?
 

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it makes sense from a manufacturing standpoint. Supply the markets that sell the most units first.
 

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I don't blame you with riding season just around the corner I would look in to something else too. I would hate to sacrifice good riding days during the season.

Have you looked in to insurance yet for the CBR500R?
It's actually not that far off the cbr250.

We will see. I'm going to go test ride one with the girlfriend since she will be using it more than me. If the 500 seems like a good starter for her we will get that instead of a cbr300. I'm also interested in the yamaha r25 or r3 if they actually come to north america.
 

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Found this from MotorBeam this morning, its a perspective I think some of us may have realized already...

Honda will continue to sell the CBR250R till it exhausts the current stock. We brought you the news about Honda not launching the CBR300R in the domestic market in 2014 and the delay has now been confirmed by Honda...

Production constraints could have been caused due to suppliers not being able to provide parts is what we are guessing. Or simply Honda wants to get rid of the CBR250R first, rather than selling it at a hefty discount later.
Its also possible that Honda is waiting for the competing machines to launch, in order to protect the 300 from being thoroughly outclassed?
 

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i think its the later. they are just trying to avoid having to clearout the cbr250s for too cheap

lack of parts from suppliers? its like the same thing as the cbr250 with some different fairings.
 

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I've yet to see an article from the Indian motorcycle press that is entirely accurate, and without inconsistencies... this MotorBeam piece is no exception.
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The MotorBeam article in full:

"The Honda CBR300R is one of the most awaited entry-level sports bikes, not only in India but all around the world. The CBR300R replaces the CBR250R across the globe but in India, Honda will continue to sell the CBR250R till it exhausts the current stock. We brought you the news about Honda not launching the CBR300R in the domestic market in 2014 and the delay has now been confirmed by Honda. The company has postponed the production of the CBR300R by nine months in the UK but hasn’t revealed the reason for the delay just yet.

Production constraints could have been caused due to suppliers not being able to provide parts is what we are guessing. Or simply Honda wants to get rid of the CBR250R first, rather than selling it at a hefty discount later. The CBR250R and CBR300R have a lot in common, so selling both simultaneously isn’t a possibility. In countries where Honda has no option but to sell the CBR250R (where the bike has to be under 250cc to meet certain guidelines), Honda has updated the 2014 model with the CBR300R’s styling, i.e. the 250R now looks like a CBR and not a VFR.

The CBR300R evolves from the CBR250R, using the same 249cc engine which has been stroked out to 286cc. The additional displacement along with a remapped ECU has resulted in the 26 BHP output being hiked to 30.4 BHP. Being a single-cylinder, vibrations are a given but Honda has given the bike a heavier balancer shaft to reduce vibes. ABS is standard on the CBR300R and when launched in India next year, the bike will be priced under Rs. 2.5 lakhs. The Honda CBR300R competes with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 in most markets."

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With the two statements highlighted in red, the contradiction is pretty obvious... the fact is that the 300R is not replacing the 250R across the globe.

And the way the statement highlighted in blue is written, the reader is easily lead to believe that the CBR300R is being produced in the UK, which we all know is not true, as production is in Thailand. The correct statement would be "The company has postponed the release of the CBR300R by nine months in the UK"

I will give this MotorBeam author credit for accuracy in his last paragraph (highlighted in black)... he at least got the 300R technical specs right, which I believe might be a first for the Indian motorcycle press. In fact you can go back to some of the earlier threads here in these forums which have links to some of the first Indian press release articles, and you'll find those articles filled with all sorts of misinformation and inaccuracies about the CBR300R.

On a positive note, at least Honda is not intending to have any CBR300R production in India... after the well publicized quality control issues with the CBR250R's built in India, at least the motorcycle buyers of the world can reasonably expect that the new CBR300R's manufactured in Thailand will meet the same high standards of quality control as the Thai built 2011 - 2013 CBR250R's.




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do you read the various delay references to the UK to mean that the bike will not be produced anywhere, or available anywhere, until late 2014?

Or, is the bike being produced, but just not available in the UK (and presumably other Western markets)?
 

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do you read the various delay references to the UK to mean that the bike will not be produced anywhere, or available anywhere, until late 2014?

Or, is the bike being produced, but just not available in the UK (and presumably other Western markets)?
Haven't seen anything like that mentioned, i probably missed it if it was posted.
Not what I wanted to hear, thanks for sharing though,
 

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So this is why we still haven't heard anything recently about the 300, production has been pushed back 9 months....

Honda CBR300R production delayed - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown
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thanks for finding and posting that.
it makes sense since there's been info out about this bike for a while, just really basic info yet no updates or specific info. Seems like we'll hear more about it come mid-2014.
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Question for the forum -


do you read the various delay references to the UK to mean that the bike will not be produced anywhere, or available anywhere, until late 2014?

Or, is the bike being produced, but just not available in the UK (and presumably other Western markets)?
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Haven't seen anything like that mentioned, i probably missed it if it was posted.
Not what I wanted to hear
, thanks for sharing though,
Ortega... you were the very first reply post in this thread (Post #2). How could you not know about the announcement that the release of the CBR300R is being pushed back 9 months, to the end of 2014? Did you not open the link that Cropper included in his opening post? :confused:

Dude, are you logging in to the site and posting in your sleep? :eek:
 

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do you read the various delay references to the UK to mean that the bike will not be produced anywhere, or available anywhere, until late 2014?

Or, is the bike being produced, but just not available in the UK (and presumably other Western markets)?
The CBR300R is only being produced in one country, which is Thailand.

I believe that the announced delay of the release & shipments of the CBR300R's until the end of the year, applies to all markets worldwide. That the delay was announced by Honda UK, was largely due to the fact that Honda UK had already put the bike up on it's website: CBR300R | Comingsoon | Motorcycles | Honda (UK)

I would assume that American Honda Motor Co. likely had some idea that the CBR300R would be delayed, and for that reason did not make any "coming soon" announcements like Honda UK recently did. I'm guessing that the thinking at AHMC was likely something along the lines of "why announce this bike now, only to have to back peddle and face ten months of endless questions from the U.S. motorcycle press about the delayed release date for this bike?" IMO, this was probably a smart move on the part of AHMC... better to say nothing at all.
 

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The CBR300R is only being produced in one country, which is Thailand.

I believe that the announced delay of the release & shipments of the CBR300R's until the end of the year, applies to all markets worldwide. That the delay was announced by Honda UK, was largely due to the fact that Honda UK had already put the bike up on it's website: CBR300R | Comingsoon | Motorcycles | Honda (UK)

I would assume that American Honda Motor Co. likely had some idea that the CBR300R would be delayed, and for that reason did not make any "coming soon" announcements like Honda UK recently did. I'm guessing that the thinking at AHMC was likely something along the lines of "why announce this bike now, only to have to back peddle and face ten months of endless questions from the U.S. motorcycle press about the delayed release date for this bike?" IMO, this was probably a smart move on the part of AHMC... better to say nothing at all.
MotoMike - Your logic makes sense to me. I too found it odd that the UK site "pre-announced" the 300 while the US site did not.
 
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