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Dislikes About Your 300

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Now, I normally don't feel comfortable starting negative topics, but when I think about it, this can be more positive than anything else.

I think we can agree that our 300 is a superb bike overall, especially if one can appreciate it for what it is. It has tons more to like about it than to dislike.

Just to share our views and opinions as to what we can find to nitpick about, what do you not like about your 300R/F?

Few things that I can think of:

1) When I fuel up the bike to full, it shows a max of 6 bars. The 6th bar comes & goes off / on... And then disappears very quickly after a few miles of riding... So I'm left with 5 bars most of the time. I suppose the bike doesn't fuel up to the absolute max because it's tilted on the stand while at the fuel up. Also, the decrease and increase of a bar happens frequently as I progress with riding throughout the tank's fuel range.

2) The exhaust canister is prone to attracting stains from the rubber soles on my shoes... Especially since the canister is large in size, and gets so hot and attracts to melting the rubber with even the slightest touch or rub from the sole.

3) The bike's motor takes a very long time to warm up, especially when it's below 30 - 40 degrees outside (less than comfortable, I know :p). I let the bike idle for a couple of minutes or so, and then I ride at the lowest RPM's to give the motor some more time to build heat. It takes a while... And actually, everything takes a long time to warm up when it's very cold outside. The shifting is always a bit harder and harsher... When I'm at the red light or when I'm trying to shift the bike to neutral, the bike keeps going to 1st or 2nd... Very difficult to land on neutral. I'm having all this happen only when it's very cold outside. I suppose motorcycles are more sensitive to the weather, and we can read the bike's behavior better than a car because we're more connected to the machine... And plus the bike's motor and components are more open to the weather compared to everything being enclosed and covered like it is in a car.

Just nitpicking... Some of these are just the nature of how motorcycles are, so probably no biggie. If I think of anything else, I'll be sure to post it up here. :D

* FYI, I have about 1,500 miles at the time of forming this thread.
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Nothing.......The best bang for your buck. Period. Oh......and its a Honda........
Come on, there has gotta' be some kind of critique you can share from your bike's experience thus far...

(If anything, this will help Honda make the bike perfect-er) :laugh:
I could complain more but dont want to bore others:laugh:

I'm waiting to ride another 300 to compare encase my bike was just assembled hastily last thing on a Friday!
I got bored of hearing so much good, hence my reasoning for popping up this thread, lol. :laugh:
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I'm shocked that anyone would complain about this motorcycle in the cold. Coming from an air cooled bike the computer controlled water radiator in the CBR seems to allow this thing to get up to temperature in an amazingly brisk pace.

It also starts pretty much instantly in weather as low as 12F if you give it a little throttle when you turn it over. I have commuted in sub freezing weather to work (sub 3mi) for several weeks and this is a big improvement over my last air cooled V twin ride.

My only nit pick would be with the angle of the kickstand as others have mentioned. I just park with the stand side facing down hill whenever possible.
I should consider myself spoiled... First bike in combination with being a noob, what can I say? :laugh:
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: So it is a gorgeous day here in South Central Texas and I just got back from a 200 mile ride on the CB300F. I have mentioned several times about my rattle and how it sounded like a card in the spokes of a bicycle and how it did not seem to be the same rattle some others have reported. Anyway, the bike was riding fine, but I decided why not run a tank of premium through it since I was down to one bar. In part I did this because it was really getting throttle in any gear and partly because premium is cheap now. So I filled with Shell Vpower or whatever it's called. This was in town and IMMEDIATELY...NO MORE rattle. Nary a hint of a rattle and believe my I tried to make it rattle. What I was calling a rattle was detonation due to too low octane gas. Someone on another forum already mentioned how they solved their rattle with premium gas, but I pretty much dismissed that because I've been using this same gas (Murphy's associated with Walmart...hey maybe this is where Murphy's Law came from) regular unleaded for a long time in several bikes without any issues. Anyway problem solved. Now I just need to find out if I can use the midgrade, reg. unleaded from another gas station, or alternate between premium and reg. unleaded. So this was a fantastic day. Rode over 200 miles, solved my only important issue, and now I get to go out riding again. Oh yes, the CB300f took those hill country switchbacks over on 337 by Leakey as fast and well as I've ever taken them on any bike. Fantastic little bike.
You're right, there is fantastic weather today. Glad the Premium Shell V-Power solved the rattle noise.

Btw, did we already mention that there is FANTASTIC weather here today?? :D
Nearly 80 here today, they say. Sunny, mild breeze. It's a message that bears repeating or our Northern friends.
Couldn't have said it any better.
I used 89 the first couple of times, and then I switched down to 87 after reaching out to Honda Powersports out of curiosity to see what they had to say. They say the bike really doesn't need anything more than the 87, and that its been tested.

I do hear clicks / rattles and such, but nothing to bother me enough... And believe me, I'm very OCD. It's my first bike, so maybe I don't know any better since I can't compare with what's normal and what's not.

I don't know, maybe I'll try the 93 octane later in the future just to see if I notice any difference in any less rattling noise.


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I remember seeing the same on my Suzuki GS500F, and on my Rebel 250, and thinking to myself "where does it come from? My shoes don't even touch the exhaust".

I've been thinking it might be dirt falling from the soles of the shoe, on the exhaust that could be the cause of the stains...
Very possible. I don't think much of it anymore after I've had the bike for some months now and close to 3k miles on the clock.

If it's going to stain, it's going to stain... I just wipe it off to the best of my abilities. It's a big a$$ canister, but I can live with it, haha.
"Beautiful" is all in the eye of the beholder. :angel:
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I don't like the way the bike won't stay upright on its own if I stall the darn thing trying to climb a tall kerb on a sloping road. This is particularly inconvenient when it falls on top of you.

How long does it take for torn muscles to heal?
Depends on which doc you ask...

If you ask me, you should be up and running the very next morning... No excuses, son! :laugh: ;)
I don't like that the kickstand is right beneath the pegs so to put it down you have to lift the peg to reach it. Anyone try aftermarket rearsets? Does it help much
Whatchya talkin' 'bout?

The kickstand is simply kickass on this bike. :cool:

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