Honda XRE 300 adventure bike spotted testing in India

Honda XRE 300 spotted testing in India.

Most of Honda’s Indian product portfolio in the sub-300cc segment consists of products made specifically for our market and doesn’t include much of their international lineup. This could potentially change, as the Honda XRE 300 dual-sport motorcycle has been spotted testing in India alongside the KTM 390 Adventure and the BMW G 310 GS. While this doesn’t confirm its launch, the fact that Honda is benchmarking the XRE 300 against its rivals means that the company is considering this model’s launch in our market. 

  • XRE 300 being tested alongside rivals from KTM, BMW

  • Capable of running on ethanol as well as petrol

Honda XRE 300 adventure bike: Underpinnings and features

The Brazilian-spec Honda XRE 300 is powered by an air-cooled, 291.6cc single-cylinder engine making 25.4 hp at 7,500rpm and 27.6 Nm of torque at 6,000rpm, when run on petrol. Running it on ethanol (which is widely used in Brazil) bumps up output figures marginally to 25.6hp at 7,500rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Contrary to the 6-speed gearbox which has become the norm, the XRE 300 has a more old-school 5-speed gearbox (similiar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan). While these underpinnings are much more basic than the competition, the Honda XRE 300’s ace up its sleeve lies in its off-road credentials.

Most bikes in this category run a 19/17-inch cast alloy wheel setup which lends them greater stability on the road but hampers them off it. The Honda XRE 300 runs on wire-spoke rims sized 21/18-inches and boasts of a massive 259mm of ground clearance. This figure does come at the expense of accessibility with the XRE 300 sporting a rather tall 860mm seat height (even taller than the KTM 390 Adventure), although with a dry weight of 148kg, it is significantly lighter than its competitors. Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork with 245mm of travel and a monoshock with 225mm of travel. Braking duties are handled by a 256mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. 

In terms of features the Honda XRE 300 isn’t a particularly decked out machine with a simple LCD digital display (sans a gear position indicator) and full LED lighting all around. It is also equipped with ABS. 

Honda XRE 300 adventure bike: Pricing, India launch and rivals

In Brazil the Honda XRE 300 retails for the equivalent of approximately Rs 3.7 lakh, making it a rather expensive proposition if it is priced the same in our market. Considering that Honda has patented the XRE 300 moniker in India and the bike has been spotted testing alongside its chief rivals, there is a possibility that Honda might launch this bike in India. In terms of rivals, it will have to contend with the KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS, Royal Enfield Himalayan and Yezdi Adventure. Hero has also been testing a 300cc adventure bike and Royal Enfield’s upcoming Himalayan 450 are also bikes that the Honda XRE 300 will have to square off against. 

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from Autocar India

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