A dual-sport bike called the Honda XRE 300 has been seen in India, along with the KTM 390 Adventure and the BMW G 310 GS. The company might soon bring this bike to markets around the world.
The Brazil-specific The Honda XRE 300 is powered by a single-cylinder, 291.6cc, air-cooled, flex-fuel engine that can run on both gasoline and ethanol. When it’s running on gasoline, it makes 25.4hp at 7,500rpm and 27.6Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. When it’s running on ethanol, it makes 25.6hp at 7,500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 6,000rpm.
The XRE 300 has a five-speed gearbox, like the Royal Enfield Himalayan, instead of the more modern six-speed gearbox that has become the norm. Even though these parts are much more basic than those of the competition, the Honda XRE 300’s ace in the hole is its ability to go off-road.
Honda XRE 300
Most bikes in this category have 19-inch or 17-inch cast alloy wheels, which makes them stable on the road but harder to ride off it. The Honda XRE 300 has wire-spoke wheels that are 21 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It also has a huge 259mm of ground clearance. This number comes at the cost of accessibility, as the XRE 300 has a rather high seat height of 860mm. However, at 148kg dry weight, it is much lighter than its competitors.
A telescopic fork with 245mm of travel and a monoshock with 225mm of travel are used for suspension. At the front, there is a 256mm disc and at the back, there is a 220mm disc.
It is not a very fancy machine in terms of features. XRE has a simple LCD digital display and LED lights all around. It also has anti-lock brakes (ABS).
In Brazil, the Honda XRE 300 costs about the same as 3.7 lakhs, which is a lot of money. If it costs the same in India, it would be a pretty pricey purchase. Since Honda has a patent on the name “XRE 300” in India. There a chance that the company will also sell this bike there.