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Is Honda Planning On Launching The XRE 300 In India?

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India is thought to be one of many world’s greatest bike markets, with in extra of 13 million bikes bought in 2022 thus far. Majority of those two-wheelers include scooters, commuters, and small-displacement, utility-focused machines—relatively completely different from the bike scene within the U.S. and most elements of Europe. That being mentioned, there exists an unlimited ecosystem of bikes quite a lot of us have by no means seen earlier than.

Curiously, nevertheless, fashions from different markets are launched within the Indian market, with producers conducting feasibility research to see whether or not these fashions can be an excellent match out there. With dual-sports and small-displacement journey bikes gaining reputation in India, it’s not likely shocking that Honda has taken a preferred mannequin in Brazil, and is testing it in India, as a substitute of constructing a brand new dual-sport from the bottom up. I’m speaking in regards to the XRE 300, a rugged, tractor-like machine that has gained reputation for its versatility and bulletproof reliability.

Fashionable for its flex-fuel expertise, a 291.6cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that may function on each gasoline and ethanol—a gasoline that’s fashionable in Brazil—powers the Honda XRE 300. When powered by gasoline, it produces 25.4 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 19 ft-lbs of torque at 6,000 rpm. When powered by ethanol, the output values enhance barely to 25.6 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 20 ft-lbs of torque at 6,000 rpm. The XRE 300 incorporates a extra conventional five-speed gearbox and not using a slipper clutch, much like different fundamental dual-sports.

The Honda XRE 300 rolls on wire-spoke wheels measuring 21 inches up entrance and 18 inches on the again, which interprets to 259 millimeters of floor clearance. The XRE 300 has a relatively excessive 860 millimeter seat top, which is perhaps problematic contemplating the usually shorter stature of oldsters in India. Nevertheless, the XRE 300 is significantly lighter than its rivals with a dry weight of simply 148 kilograms. As for suspension, Honda has outfitted the bike with a telescopic fork with 245mm of journey, and a rear preload-adjustable monoshock with 225mm of journey. A 256mm entrance disc and a 220mm rear disc outfitted with ABS convey the dual-sport to a cease.

Assuming Honda prices the identical value in India, the Honda XRE 300 retails for about $4,467 USD in Brazil, making it a considerably dear possibility. Honda could quickly introduce the bike in India provided that the title “XRE 300” has been registered as a trademark in that nation, and that the bike has been seen testing alongside a few of its most important rivals. If and when Honda decides to debut the XRE 300 in India, it’s going to lock horns with the Royal Enfield Himalayan, BMW G 310 GS, and possibly even the Hero XPulse 200 4V.

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