Honda has revealed the South African pricing for the new CRF300L motorbike.
The off-road bike will sell for R84,999 in the country, and Honda has promised several improvements over its previous “do-it-all, dual-purpose motorcycle” – the CRF250L.
“Now 286cc, the CRF300L’s new engine produces 10% more peak power of 20.1kW at 8,500rpm, and 18% more peak torque at 26.6Nm at 6,500rpm,” said Honda.
The engine is a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC unit.
It added that inlet cam timing has been revised and that gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, for improved response.
“6th [gear] is taller for more relaxed, high-speed cruising, [while] an assist/slipper clutch now manages the rear wheel under hard down changes and offers 20% less load at the lever.”
The bike is also 4kg lighter than its predecessor – now at 142kg – thanks to a redesigned steel frame and aluminium swingarm.
This is complemented by a slimmer tank and seat, and a new LCD instrument display.
Fuel tank capacity is set at 7.8 litres, while fuel consumption figures come in at 32.3km per litre.
Honda said another area of improvement for the bike is its upgraded handling.
The company has increased its ground clearance and implemented longer travel on both the front and rear suspension.
Ground clearance has been increased from 255mm to 285mm, while the frame and engine sit 20mm higher.
“Rake and trail are now set at 27.5 degrees/109mm, with a 10mm longer wheelbase of 1,455mm. Turning radius is 2.3 metres.”
“Just as importantly, to promote handling feel and connection to front/rear traction, its flexibility balance has been tuned with 25% less lateral rigidity,” said Honda.
The bike then sits on a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel, which allows for the fitment of more “off-road specific” tyres if needed.