After showing off the CL500 Scrambler at 2022 EICMA, Honda has now unveiled its smaller sibling, the CL300. Now, the CL300 has made its global debut as a motorcycle exclusively for China. The new Honda 300cc Scrambler will be available first in China later this year. It will be manufactured by Sundiro Honda.
In the near future, the CL300 may also be introduced to other international markets including India. When launched in India, it could compete with the likes of the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and Yezdi Scrambler. Honda has already registered the CL300 trademark in other countries such as Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. The European market will also be able to buy this bike later.
Styling the Honda CL300
The Honda CL300 has a barebones design with round headlamps and rearview mirrors. Other key highlights include a full LED setup, fork gaiters, circular fully digital instrument pods, a sculpted fuel tank with grip pads and flat seats in a quilted pattern. The most notable feature is the high-mounted exhaust vents with a perforated heat shield cover in a metallic finish.
The riding position is quite comfortable with centered footpegs and a pulled-out handlebar. The design of the bike supports comfortable standing riding in environments where there are no roads. With a low 790mm saddle height, shorter riders will have no problem with this bike. With its ample ground clearance of 165mm, tackling light off-road will be fun. Another favorable factor is the lightweight body at 172kg, which is around 19kg less than the Honda Rebel 300.
New Honda 300cc Scrambler – CL300
The CL300 is available in two variants, Standard and Premium versions. The latter gets some extra benefits. This will appeal to those who want their rides to have even more flair and attitude. Honda CL300 Premium models get features such as a small body-colored windscreen, raised front beak, body-colored knuckle guards, side-mounted tracker license plate and tan leather seats.
Color options for the Honda CL300 include black, white and light gray. On the standard model, the differentiation is pretty basic, with each shade applied only to the fuel tank. The rest of the bike has a largely blacked-out profile. Noticeable metal finishes can be seen on the headlamp casing, front suspension and exhaust heat shield.
Honda CL300 engine, specifications
The Honda CL300 borrows a 286cc, single cylinder motor from the Rebel 300. This unit is also used on the Honda CB300R. However, the power output of the onboard CL300 is 25.7hp. 5 horsepower less than the CB300R. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The CL300’s main chassis is identical to the Rebel’s, but with a taller rear subframe. These changes were necessary to accommodate the CL300’s flat one-piece seat. Suspension work on the Honda CL300 is accomplished by a telescopic fork in the front and a monoshock unit in the rear.
The bike has single disc brakes on each end and is integrated with dual-channel ABS. Compared to the Rebel, which has 16-inch wheels, the Honda CL300 has 19-inch front wheels and 17-inch rear wheels. It is equipped with dual-purpose tires with a thicker unit in the rear for improved traction.