Honda XRE 300, dual-sport bike spotted in India: what to expect

Honda XRE 300, a dual-sport motorcycle, was recently spotted in India alongside the KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G 310 GS. The company is expected to launch this bike on the global market soon.

The Brazilian-spec Honda XRE 300 is powered by a 291.6cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, flexible fuel engine, meaning it can run on either petrol or ethanol. It delivers 25.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 27.6 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm when running on petrol, while running on ethanol, increasing power figures marginally to 25.6 hp at 7,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm .

Unlike the six-speed gearbox, which has become the norm, the XRE 300 has a more old-school five-speed gearbox similar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan. While this underpinning is much more fundamental than that of the competition, the Honda XRE 300 is a top performer in its off-road credentials.

Most bikes in this category have a 19/17-inch cast alloy wheel setup, which gives them great stability on the road, but keeps them from doing it. The Honda XRE 300 rides on 21/18 inch wire-spoke rims and has a massive ground clearance of 259mm. This figure comes at the cost of accessibility, with the XRE 300 boasting a fairly high seat height of 860mm, although with a dry weight of 148kg it is significantly lighter than its competitors.

Suspension duties are handled by a 245mm-travel telescopic fork and 225mm-travel monoshock. Braking duties are taken care of by a 256mm disc in the front and a 220mm disc in the rear.

In terms of features, the Honda XRE 300 is not a particularly decked-out machine and comes with a simple digital LCD display and full LED lighting all around. It is also equipped with ABS.

In Brazil, the Honda XRE 300 sells for the equivalent of about ₹3.7 lakhs, making it quite an expensive proposition if priced the same in India. Since Honda has patented the XRE 300 name in India, there is a possibility that Honda will also market this bike in India.

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