Haojue DR300 (Suzuki GSX-S300) vs Honda CB300R: Spec Comparison

Modified On Jun 8, 2020 06:16 PM By Zaran Mody for Honda CB300R

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Can this Chinese streetfighter hold its own against a pukka Japanese rival?

Suzuki’s Chinese partner Haojue is on the verge of rolling out the DR300 naked streetfighter, and this is important because the same bike will be sold as the Suzuki GSX-S300 overseas. Specs of the new bike have recently emerged, so the natural thing to do is compare it to some of its competition. In this case, we’ll be taking a look at how the DR300 stacks up against the Honda CB300R on paper.

Powertrain

Specifications

Haojue DR300

Honda CB300R

Engine

298cc liquid-cooled, SOHC parallel-twin engine

286cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine

Bore x Stroke

57.3 x 57.8mm

76 x 63mm

Power

29.23PS @ 8500rpm

30.45PS @ 8000rpm

Torque

27.8Nm @ 6500rpm

27.4Nm @ 6500rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

 

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The Haojue is off to a rather disappointing start, because despite a sizeable displacement advantage and an extra cylinder, it actually produces less peak power than its Japanese rival, AND it does so higher in the rev range. On the upside, it has a slight advantage when it comes to torque, and the slightly undersquare cylinder dimensions should make this a tractable and usable motor in the urban jungle.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Haojue DR300

Honda CB300R

Frame

Tubular steel frame

Diamond-type frame

Suspension

F: Upside down fork

R: 7-step Preload-adjustable monoshock

F: Upside down fork

R: Preload-adjustable monoshock

Tyres

F: 110/70-R17

R: 140/70-R17

F: 110/70-R17

R: 150/60-R17

Brakes

F: Single 290mm disc

R: Single 240mm disc

(Dual-channel ABS)

F: Single 296mm disc

R: Single 220mm disc

(Dual-channel ABS with IMU)

 

The Honda's supremacy seems to continue in this department too, though by a smaller margin. The CB gets a slightly fatter rear tyre and a slightly bigger front brake, though the DR300 claws back some ground with a larger rear disc. Both bikes get dual-channel ABS but Honda ups things a notch by incorporating an IMU to measure weight distribution.

Dimensions

Specifications

Haojue DR300

Honda CB300R

Wheelbase

1420mm

1344mm

Ground clearance

158mm

151mm

Fuel tank capacity

16-litres

10-litres

Seat height

785mm

800mm

Kerb weight

177kg

147kg

Both bikes have their strengths and weaknesses in this area, so it’s up to what you’re looking for. With it’s significantly larger fuel tank and longer wheelbase, the DR300 should make for a better long-distance tourer. But at just 147kg kerb, the CB300R is a massive 30kg lighter than the Haojue, which should make it a lot more manageable, even if it perches the rider 15mm higher.

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