Following the launch of the CB200X in India, Honda has put out an even more adventure-ready bike in the updated XRE300. Made for the Brazilian market, the Honda XRE300 competes against the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Yamaha XTZ 250 in the 250-400cc dual-sport segment.
Looks-wise, the XRE300 draws inspiration from its other Honda off-road family members. The bike looks loosely related to the likes of the CRF300L, the Africa Twin, and the CB500X.
This dual-sport isn’t all about style, though. The XRE300 champions toughness, off-road capability, and reliability using its 291.6cc single-cylinder engine, which churns out about 25hp at 7,500rpm and 27Nm of torque at 6,000rpm.
The robust mill is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and is tuned to produce optional performance whether in the city or wilderness. Honda also made the XRE 300 even more versatile by giving it the ability to run on both gasoline and ethanol fuel.
Suspension duties are handled by a conventional front fork with 245mm of travel and a link-type rear monoshock (225mm). Front and rear disc brakes come with dual-channel ABS as standard, and tires are appropriately blocky. A high ground clearance of 259mm means that big obstacles won’t easily upset this bike, but has also resulted in a relatively tall 860mm (33.8-inch) seat.
Other standard equipment include a 13.8-liter gas tank, an aluminum luggage mounting point, LCD instrumentation, a chain guide and guard, LED illumination, and a high-mounted exhaust.
Pricing for this bike starts at BRL 20,390, or approximately P195,400 for the standard variant. Think this bike would do well here?
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