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Honda XRE 300 could challenge the Royal Enfield Himalayan in 2017

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The Honda XRE 300 is an entry-level on/off road machine that sells in markets like Brazil and has apparently been spotted at Honda’s factory premises in India. Honda had recently announced that they will be launching four new fun products within a year, among which is the Africa Twin and the other, could be the XRE. While products like the KTM Adventure 390 and the BMW G 310 GS are still in the pipeline, the Honda XRE 300 could beat all of them to the pole and present a properly modern entry -level adventure option to thrill seekers.

The Honda XRE 300 is powered by a four-valve, DOHC, 291.6cc single-cylinder FI engine which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The motor builds 25.4 PS at 7500 clicks and 27 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. Fuel tank capacity stands at 13.8-liters and the bike can scamper through the rough with ease, thanks to 259 mm of ground clearance.146 kg/ 153 (ABS), the Honda XRE 300 gets a 256 mm front and a 220 mm rear disc mounted on spoke wheels. The front tyre is a 90/90 wrapped around a 21″ wheel, whereas the rear is a 120/80 on an 18″ circle. The bike gets electronic instrumentation, a high mounted exhaust, long travel conventional forks up front.

It weighs 146 kg/ 153 (With ABS), and braking duties are handled on the Honda XRE 300 by 256 mm front and a 220 mm rear disc mounted on spoke wheels. The front tyre is a 90/90 wrapped around a 21″ wheel, whereas the rear is a 120/80 on an 18″ wheel. The bike gets electronic instrumentation, a high mounted exhaust, long travel conventional forks up front, an aluminium box-type swingarm bolted to a mono shock and a front fender that sits just beneath the headlight.

The design is very similar to the now discontinued Hero Impulse, which was a good choice for those who wanted to take motorcycling off the road, however, lacked in power as it was propelled by a tiny 150cc motor.

 

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