I traded bikes with a friend for only today. Initial impressions, I want one. I noticed the low-end torque right away and how light and agile the bike was. I think the CBR300 looks better in person. The freeway experience was good, no issues getting to 80 mph. I think my Ninja 250 has more oomph on the freeway but it has 2 cylinders. Overall I like the CBR300, it's a great entry level bike with killer looks. I had bigger bikes before, but I never stopped riding small displacement bikes.