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Honda’s CB300R is back in the US lineup for the 2024 model year with no changes. ABS is standard.
Honda’s CB300R is back in the US lineup for the 2024 model year with no changes. ABS is standard. (Honda/)

American Honda continues its rollout of returning models for 2024, with the latest new motorcycle release homing in on the popular CB300 sport naked. For the new model year, the CB300R is back unchanged, save for a $100 price increase, and will be in dealers this July 2023. MSRP is $5,149.

So there’s not much to discuss on the mechanical front for the 2024 US model, but then we were already fans of the CB’s overall competence, impressive build quality, and clean neo-classic lines. We said as much in our last entry-level naked bike comparison a few years back, enthusing that “Honda knocked it out of the park with the CB300R.”

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The 2024 Honda CB300R in Pearl Dusk Yellow.
The 2024 Honda CB300R in Pearl Dusk Yellow. (Honda/)

Last year’s US updates to the wee CB were fairly minor, consisting of the addition of a gear position indicator on the LED instrument panel to add a measure of convenience.

That’s all good, but we’re still a bit miffed, as Honda gave the 2022 model year European 300s a bit more attention. According to the European press release, the engine got a minor update (to comply with Euro 5 emissions regs), with slightly boosted horsepower and torque figures, along with a new Showa SFF-BP fork as well as a new slip/assist clutch. Alas, no such luck for US-bound models in 2023 or 2024.

But even without those upgrades, there’s much to love about the returning US model. The 2024 CB300R chassis remains essentially unchanged, with the same tube steel frame and inverted (nonadjustable) fork, and a surprisingly eager liquid-cooled short-stroke 286cc engine down below to propel you forward. And with a full tank of fuel, the R weighs just 316 pounds without ABS, making it the lightest entry-level streetbike in the 300cc class.

That light weight goes a long way to explaining just how surprisingly peppy the CB300R feels under acceleration. And because it features a counterbalancer, the CB300R engine is a smooth runner with a balanced chassis to match, serving up an even, well-damped ride that works exceedingly well for a bike this size.

Don’t let its compact footprint fool you into thinking this is a price-point entry-level ride; the CB300R’s Neo-Sports Café style, excellent build quality, and standard ABS still makes it a great bang for the buck. Even with a $100 price bump and no real changes for the 2024 model year—even the color options remain the same—the CB300R remains a solid choice for fuel-conscious riders, new folks entering the sport, and even experienced commuters.

MSRP for the 2024 Honda CB300R is $5,149, and it will come in either Pearl Dusk Yellow or Matte Black Metallic when it arrives at dealers in July.

2024 Honda CB300R Technical Specifications and Price

MSRP:$5,149Engine:286cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:76.0 x 63.0mmCompression Ratio:10.7:1Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainClutch:Wet, multiplateClaimed Horsepower:N/AClaimed Torque:N/AFuel System:Fuel injection w/ 38mm throttle bodyFrame:Tubular steelFront Suspension:41mm inverted fork; 5.1 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link shock; 5.2 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston caliper, 296mm disc w/ ABSRear Brake:1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABSWheels, Front/Rear:Cast aluminum; 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:110/70-17 / 150/60-17Rake/Trail:24.7°/3.7 in.Wheelbase:53.2 in.Seat Height:31.6 in.Fuel Capacity:2.6 gal.Claimed Wet Weight:316

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Title: 2024 Honda CB300R First Look Preview
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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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