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On the highway, while the rpms are good-enough for a single cylinder, the bike is a little twitchy and the loose steering and nimbleness are a problem. You definitely wouldn’t want to go longer than 30 miles on a fast freeway. The aerodynamics and small tires did not aspire confidence for highway speeds. The seating position was kind of uncomfortable as it's a mini version of a sportbike. So, you’re still up on the front wheel, unlike the CB300F which has legit handlebars.
 

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That review is about different bike than the one I own. I did put a 15T sprocket on it and I think it is wonderful on the highway but I certainly could have lived with the 14T

The quote really just sounds like crazy talk to me and I question if the person really even rode the bike but I guess we all have different starting points. Someone that rides a BMW1100 would say the CBR300 wasn't good on the highway but I have 5 bikes under 550cc and the CBR300 is by far the best at highway speeds. It was so comfortable on the 70mile ride home from the dealer then another 100miles the next day up to my parents house and I could have fell asleep on those ride it was so relaxing.

Maybe I over appreciate the CBR300 because I have only one other bike that is stable at 100mph and that is a 1970 CB350SS. I am sure there are far better bikes on the highway but come-on the CBR300 at 90mph is just more than fine and the seat and riding ergonomics are top notch and the wind barely effects the bike. I guess I basically disagree with almost everything in that quote.
 

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Where is that quote from?

I think that whomever wrote that is using the terms 'highway' and 'freeway' interchangeably ... highways typically have posted speed limits of 55 to 65 mph with uncontrolled side road access, whereas freeways are generally posted at 75 mph with controlled access. Fast freeways would imply speeds in the 80 to 90 mph, which is pretty fast for a small displacement bike for any length of time... if I were doing a 30+ mile commute on fast freeways day in and day out, I'd want something more along the lines of a 500 or 650.
 
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Where is that quote from?

I think that whomever wrote that is using the terms 'highway' and 'freeway' interchangeably ... highways typically have posted speed limits of 55 to 65 mph with uncontrolled side road access, whereas freeways are generally posted at 75 mph with controlled access. Fast freeways would imply speeds in the 80 to 90 mph, which is pretty fast for a small displacement bike for any length of time... if I were doing a 30+ mile commute on fast freeways day in and day out, I'd want something more along the lines of a 500 or 650.
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Where is that quote from?

I think that whomever wrote that is using the terms 'highway' and 'freeway' interchangeably ... highways typically have posted speed limits of 55 to 65 mph with uncontrolled side road access, whereas freeways are generally posted at 75 mph with controlled access. Fast freeways would imply speeds in the 80 to 90 mph, which is pretty fast for a small displacement bike for any length of time... if I were doing a 30+ mile commute on fast freeways day in and day out, I'd want something more along the lines of a 500 or 650.
https://rideapart.com/articles/worlds-best-beginner-bike-2015-honda-cbr300r

You will eventually outgrow it and get tired of being outrun by your buddies, but not right away. If you live in the country and surrounded by nothing but highways, than yes, you probably need something bigger, but for urban riding, you may never outgrow it.
 

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The reviewer looks more than 210lbs being 6'3. I am 5'11 190lbs and if the guy in the picture is 6'3" I would say he has another 15lbs he did not include.
 

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I took my 300R on the highway for the first time yesterday (about 60 mph), and I feel that it may not be in its natural habitat there. It could handle it and hold its own, but the bike feels happier at lower speeds, in my opinion.

I'm still learning the bike, so I'm sure I'll find out more as time and miles progress.
 

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I took my 300R on the highway for the first time yesterday (about 60 mph), and I feel that it may not be in its natural habitat there. It could handle it and hold its own, but the bike feels happier at lower speeds, in my opinion.

I'm still learning the bike, so I'm sure I'll find out more as time and miles progress.
Really? Give it some time... you've just started riding your new bike, so naturally you haven't started riding it to its true performance capabilities yet.

I have a 2012 CBR250R, which I've put nearly 15,000 miles on since I bought it new in April, 2012. I can tell you that these bikes are not even beginning to work hard at 60 MPH, and in fact both the 250R & 300R will happily run down the road at 75 MPH all day long, without breaking much of a sweat.

Don't believe all of the BS, nonsense, and hype put out there by some of the so called moto bloggers... some of those guys are nothing short of idiots.
 

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Really? Give it some time... you've just started riding your new bike, so naturally you haven't started riding it to its true performance capabilities yet.

I have a 2012 CBR250R, which I've put nearly 15,000 miles on since I bought it new in April, 2012. I can tell you that these bikes are not even beginning to work hard at 60 MPH, and in fact both the 250R & 300R will happily run down the road at 75 MPH all day long, without breaking much of a sweat.

Don't believe all of the BS, nonsense, and hype put out there by some of the so called moto bloggers... some of those guys are nothing short of idiots.
Makes complete sense.

Perhaps I should rephrase: I personally may feel happier (more comfortable) at lower speeds since I'm still very new to riding (completed my 8th day with just under 400 miles on the odometer). ;)

I'll give it a more proper try after I manage to build additional confidence with added seat time.

Won't be spending as much time on the highway, but it's good to know that this bike is more than capable. :)
 

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Apart from being a little short in the gearing I think its a reasonable highway bike. Ive put lower bars on mine to get me out of the wind a bit and I ride everywhere comfortably in the 60 - 80mph range with the odd spin up to 100.
If your coming off a big capacity bike its always gonna feel small and low powered. It's a fine offering of what it is tho - a 286cc sports bike.
 

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I felt fine on the hwy at 70mph, but I can tell you that I have not come close to pushing the capabilities of the 300r yet; let alone start to feel comfortable doing so. And im still around 370+ miles, so im still taking it easy on her. At the start of the new riding season I plan to see what she can really do.
One thing that I did notice, and I think its because of my size (5'8" 150), was that when I got on the hwy during a windy day I felt like I spent a decent amount of energy keeping the bike from getting pushed around by wind. I just had to be a bit mindful is all. But that is hardly something that would keep it from being considered a "highway bike".
 

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It's totally a capable highway bike. I think people get way to caught up on only looking at CC's.
I agree, however I don't think the CC's are the problem, and I feel the bike being designed as a more nimble machine has its compromises. For example, other bikes may be bigger and wider while carrying more mass. This in turn may create more stability on the highway but would take away from the nimbleness around town. I personally appreciate the personality of this bike and wouldn't change anything.

Just thoughts from my brief experience, please feel free to correct me.
 

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I don't think the CC's are the problem, however I feel the bike being designed as a more nimble machine has its compromises. For example, other bikes may be bigger and wider while carrying more weight. This in turn may create more stability on the highway but would take away from the nimbleness.
Yeah I think the problem is some of these journos are jumping off the latest big bore sports blasters and are naturally unimpressed with the modest power output and twitchiness of the little 300.
Before I got into baby CBR's my previous road bike was a 750cc Ducati and initially I found the lesser stability on bumpy roads at high speed quite un-nerving. Ive come to embrace that seat-of-the-pants feeling now tho and find bigger bikes with steering dampers have a remoteness too them that detracts from the riding experience.
I do back off on less than smooth roads when I'm really pushing it however! Your never gonna get fully adjustable upside down forks and uber-rigid aluminium frames on a $5000 bike!
Not good in strong cross winds either :eek:
Really love the flickability of the 300 tho, great canyon racer and reasonable track bike even, I'm sold, dont care what the press says!
 

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I totally agree.......Just saying that I have no problems with my R zzzzinging down the highway.
I'm working on getting used to the zzzzinging, lol. :laugh:

Yeah I think the problem is some of these journos are jumping off the latest big bore sports blasters and are naturally unimpressed with the modest power output and twitchiness of the little 300.
Before I got into baby CBR's my previous road bike was a 750cc Ducati and initially I found the lesser stability on bumpy roads at high speed quite un-nerving. Ive come to embrace that seat-of-the-pants feeling now tho and find bigger bikes with steering dampers have a remoteness too them that detracts from the riding experience.
I do back off on less than smooth roads when I'm really pushing it however! Your never gonna get fully adjustable upside down forks and uber-rigid aluminium frames on a $5000 bike!
Not good in strong cross winds either :eek:
Really love the flickability of the 300 tho, great canyon racer and reasonable track bike even, I'm sold, dont care what the press says!
Agreed as well. I can already feel that one can have a ton of fun on this bike without breaking the speed limit or getting into serious trouble.

The fun factor is off the charts on this one! :D
 

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Coming from a 600cc 4 cylinder as my first bike (highway cruising in top gear was like 5k at 70mph out of a 13k redline) I felt a little nervous approaching 7-8000 on the 300 to achieve similar speeds, but I've gotten used to since then. I've found the bike to be stable enough at high speeds as long as you are mindful of surface conditions. At that speed though I feel as though I always need to tuck to get out of the wind which can be tiring after 30-40 minutes.
 
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