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

The Honda XRE 300, a dual-sport motorcycle, was recently spotted in India alongside the KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G 310 GS. It is expected that the company will release this bike in global markets soon.

The Brazilian-spec Honda XRE 300 is powered by a 291.6cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that is flex-fuel compatible, meaning it can run on both gasoline and ethanol. It produces 25.4hp at 7,500rpm and 27.6Nm of torque at 6,000rpm when running on petrol while running it on ethanol boosts the horsepower figures slightly 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 standard, the XRE 300 has an older five-speed gearbox, similar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan. While those underpinnings are far more basic than the competition, the Honda XRE 300 lives up to its game in its off-road credentials.

Most bikes in this category come with 19/17 inch cast alloy wheels which give them great stability on the road but get in the way. The Honda XRE 300 runs on 21/18-inch wire-spoke wheels and has a whopping 259mm of ground clearance. This figure comes at the expense of accessibility, with the XRE 300 sporting a rather tall 860mm seat height, although at a dry weight of 148kg it is significantly lighter than its rivals.

Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork with 245mm of travel and a monoshock with 225mm of travel. Braking functions are provided by a 256 mm disc up front and a 220 mm disc at the rear.

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

In Brazil, the Honda XRE 300 sells for the equivalent of approximately 3.7 lakhs, which makes it quite an expensive proposition if the price is the same in India. Since Honda patented the XRE 300 moniker in India, it is possible that Honda will launch this bike in India as well.

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