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Honda CB300R vs KTM 390 Duke 2023. Fact based comparison and which one is better?

Story: Honda CB300R vs KTM 390 Duke; Updated: 31-12-2023;

A fact based comparison between two new launch motorcycles in ₹3-4 lakh budget, the Honda CB300R (just launched), vs KTM 390 Duke (popular and successful in 2023).

The KTM 390 Duke was launched in India on September 11, 2023, while the Honda CB300R has just been launched in October.

Engine and power delivery:

• Honda CB300R is powered by a 286cc single-cylinder engine.

• CB300R engine produces 30.7 horsepower and 27.5 Nm torque.

• The Honda CB300R is more fuel-efficient than the KTM 390 Duke, as Honda claims fuel economy of 30-35 km/l, while KTM claims fuel economy of 25-30 km/l.

• KTM 390 Duke is powered by 399cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled.

• The KTM 390 Duke delivers 43.5 horsepower, with 37 Nm Torque, due to bigger 399cc engine.

Price comparison?

• The Honda CB300R is priced at ₹2.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi.)

• The KTM 390 Duke is priced at ₹3.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi.)

• According to some experts, the resale value of KTM 390 Duke is better than of Honda CB300R.

Features and specs:

• Honda CB300R has a 6-speed manual transmission, comes with a traditional LCD instrument cluster, weighs 146 kg, has smaller fuel tank, (9.7 litre capacity).

• Monoshock rear suspension, 296mm front disc brake 220mm rear disc brake ABS.

• Aggressive price tag (more affordable).

• KTM 390 Duke has a 6-speed manual transmission, weighs 163 kg, has a larger 13.7 litre fuel tank.

• Other specs include Monoshock rear suspension, a 320mm front disc, while in rear, it has a 240mm rear disc brake, it also has ABS.

Speed, Ride Quality, and other specs:

• Honda CB300R takes 7.1 seconds, to achieve 0 to 100 km/h, and has a top speed of 155 km/h.

• KTM 390 Duke on the other hand, takes only 5.6 seconds (due to bigger engine). It also has a better top speed of 165 km/h.

• Riding stance is upright and rider looks in commanding position, and the ride is more comfortable on Honda CB300R due to its relaxed riding position, it also is a lightweight motorcycle and gives agile handling.

• The KTM 390 Duke provides easy maneuveribility, agility and cornering ability, as it is lighter than the Honda CB300R.

Key specs:

• The Honda CB300R has a cruiser look, with robust up-front ride stance.

• KTM 390 Duke has sporty look and aggressive styling.

Unique Selling Point USP?

• Both motorcycles has their own unique selling point (USP), like Honda CB300R offers multiple riding modes, slipper clutch among other features.

• KTM 390 Duke has more advanced suspension setup and a larger fuel tank (13.7 litre), it also has TFT instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity, new WP Apex suspension setup A new slipper clutch, among various other features.


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