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An image of the Honda XRE 300 ADV has surfaced online, reportedly spotted in India. However, we say ‘allegedly’ as we are not sure if it has indeed snapped here or in any other South Asian country. That said, the chances of this ADV coming to India are pretty high. How? We explain.
Honda recently announced that they will be working on the launch of a 300-350cc motorcycle next year, and given the popularity of adventure motorcycles in the Indian market, the XRE 300 ADV would be a good offering from the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer. Currently, the XRE 300 ADV is available in the Brazilian and Colombian markets.
The XRE 300 ADV does benchmark testing with the KTM 390 Adventure and what looks like the BMW G 310 GS, possibly to make the XRE 300 more India-specific. That said, it is likely that Honda will use the same chassis as the International model, but with the engine from the recently launched Honda CB300F. We rode the CB300F and found the bike to be more geared for the adventure touring type.
The Brazilian-spec XRE 300 ADV is powered by a 291.6 cc air/oil-cooled single-cylinder engine – with flexible fuel compatibility – producing 25.1 hp and 27 Nm. The India-spec CB300F, meanwhile, gets a 293.5 cc air/oil-cooled engine with an output of 24.47 hp and 25.6 Nm.
As for the substructure, it has a 245mm-travel telescopic fork and a 225mm-travel pro-link shock. The wheel setup is a 21-inch unit with wire spokes in the front and an 18-inch unit in the rear, which with the suspension travel should result in a great off-road experience.
While it gets a massive ground clearance of 259mm and a light weight of 148kg, a seat height of 860mm isn’t exactly very accessible to different types of riders.
What remains to be seen is whether Honda will actually bring the XRE 300 ADV to India to rival the Suzuki V-Strom SX, BMW G 310 GS and the Royal Enfield Himalayan. So keep an eye on ZigWheels for all the updates on Honda’s upcoming motorcycle.