This patent revelation does not guarantee Honda CRF300 Indian launch but it does give us hopes considering the company’s current focus on premium…
Like other Japs, Honda also has many interesting motorcycle models in the 250-300cc platform. This displacement is probably the sweetest spot in India currently for makers to cater to the enthusiasts and find fairly decent sales at the same time.
Honda has woken up to exciting sports motorcycles since the second half of last year. It has updated its Hornet, introduced two direct rivals against Royal Enfield in the 350cc space and introduced extremely interesting three mid capacity motorcycles (although at ridiculous price tags). The intent is clear – it wants a good chunk of this market and hence, we will get more products.
In a latest development, the company has patented the CRF300 in India. CRF, as you may already know, are the dual-sport models from the company (like the Africa Twin which is also called as CRF 1100). The 300 shares its engine with the CB300R which Honda has already sold in India (and there are possibilities that it is coming back soon).
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Since it is designed for a purpose, it has a high ground clearance of 244 mm and a seat height of 830 mm. It gets 43mm front USDs along with a 21/18 inch tyre combination.
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Now, CRF may not be a model with a lot of sales potential in India, Honda may consider bringing it as a CKD – to at least offer it as an entry point in its Adventure portfolio which currently starts at almost Rs 7 Lakh for the CB500X! The CRF 250/300 is already on sale in Asian markets like Thailand and Indonesia. In essence, this patent does not guarantee Honda CRF300 Indian launch but we wait in an earnest hope…