New from 2015 and going strong in 2018, the CB300F from Honda is all about naked sportbike styling at an entry-level price and demeanor. A little bit lighter and with a more upright riding position than its kissing cousin, the CBR300R, the CB300F carries essentially the same engine as the CBR250R but with a longer stroke to add a few more cubes to the mix. Beginner’s bike? Check. Commuter bike? Check. Sportbike trainer? I don’t know. Let’s check it out.
“On the highway, the CB300F is capable, but in my opinion, starts to struggle over 80 mph sustained speed.”
As a beginner’s bike, this has a lot of features on the plus side. The relatively low seat height — I say “relatively” because it’s low for a sport-styled bike, but not nearly in the same range as a cruiser — and a narrow frame make it easy to find the ground and plant your feet. I’m 5’ 4″ and I’m tippy-toeing, but it’s the narrow frame that keeps me from having to chose one foot or the other. Combine that with a more upright riding position and you have a bike that folks new to two wheels can gain confidence on as they increase their skillset.
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