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Honda XRE 300 journey bike noticed testing in India | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The Honda XRE 300 is a dual-sport bike boasting a floor clearance of 259mm.

Most of Honda’s Indian portfolio within the sub-300cc two-wheeler phase consists of merchandise made particularly for our market and doesn’t embody a lot of their worldwide line-up. This might doubtlessly change, because the Honda XRE 300 dual-sport bike has been noticed testing in India, alongside the KTM 390 Journey and the BMW G 310 GS. Whereas this doesn’t affirm its launch, the truth that Honda is benchmarking the XRE 300 in opposition to its rivals implies that the corporate is contemplating this mannequin’s launch in our market. 

  • XRE 300 being examined alongside rivals from KTM, BMW

  • Able to working on ethanol in addition to petrol

Honda XRE 300 journey bike: underpinnings and options

The Brazilian-spec Honda XRE 300 is powered by a 291.6cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that’s flex gas succesful, which implies it might probably run on petrol in addition to ethanol. It makes 25.4hp at 7,500rpm and 27.6Nm of torque at 6,000rpm when run on petrol, whereas working it on ethanol (which is extensively utilized in Brazil) bumps up output figures marginally to 25.6hp at 7,500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Opposite to the 6-speed gearbox, which has develop into the norm, the XRE 300 has a extra old-school 5-speed gearbox (just like the Royal Enfield Himalayan). Whereas these underpinnings are way more primary than the competitors, the Honda XRE 300’s ace up its sleeve lies is its off-road credentials.

Most bikes on this class run a 19/17-inch forged alloy wheel set-up, which lends them larger stability on the highway however hampers them off it. The Honda XRE 300 runs on wire-spoke rims sized 21/18 inches and boasts of a large 259mm of floor clearance. This determine does come on the expense of accessibility, with the XRE 300 sporting a somewhat tall 860mm seat top (even taller than the KTM 390 Journey), though with a dry weight of 148kg, it’s considerably lighter than its rivals. Suspension duties are dealt with by a telescopic fork with 245mm of journey and a monoshock with 225mm of journey. Braking duties are dealt with by a 256mm disc on the entrance and a 220mm disc on the rear. 

By way of options, the Honda XRE 300 isn’t a very decked out machine and comes with a easy LCD digital show (sans a gear place indicator) and full LED lighting throughout. It is usually geared up with ABS. 

Honda XRE 300 journey bike: pricing, India launch and rivals

In Brazil, the Honda XRE 300 retails for the equal of roughly Rs 3.7 lakh, making it a somewhat costly proposition whether it is priced the identical in our market. Contemplating that Honda has patented the XRE 300 moniker in India and the bike has been noticed testing alongside its chief rivals, there’s a chance that Honda would possibly launch this bike right here. By way of rivals, it should take care of the KTM 390 Journey, BMW G 310 GS, Royal Enfield Himalayan and Yezdi Journey. Hero’s 300cc journey bike that is underneath testing and Royal Enfield’s upcoming Himalayan 450 are additionally bikes that the Honda XRE 300 should sq. off in opposition to. 

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