– 2023 Honda CRF300L Review of Specs / Features + Accessories with Discount Prices! –
There’s been delay after delay when it comes to new motorcycle announcements and of course, new motorcycle production but hey! We finally have our first look at the new 2023 CRF300L, Honda’s best selling dual sport motorcycle!
Why is the CRF300L so popular? Well, this bike ticks a lot of the right boxes and that makes it a massive hit with riders of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. What’s not to love about a motorcycle that can get 70+ MPG, able to cruise on the highway if need be but can also take you just about anywhere you want to go explore off-road too and all for less than $6,000? On this page we’re going to dive into some of the nitty-gritty info about the 2023 CRF300L and hopefully help answer whether or not this is the right bike for you to buy. *Disclaimer: The pictures below of a CRF300L without hand guards are a 2022 model year.
2023 CRF300L VS 2022 CRF300L Changes? Were there any 2023 Honda CRF300L changes? Yes! They’re not huge changes to the CRF300L platform but still, very welcomed with the addition of a set of hand guards as standard now on the 2023 CRF300L. Hand guards have been standard on its brother, the CRF300L Rally but now they’re finally trickling down to the “regular” CRF 300L. The next change comes in the way of a new gray color for the 2023 CRF300L, called Swift Gray and it also gets special treatment on its frame and swingarm with it being black instead of silver like usual.
Recent Honda CRF300L Changes / Updates? The most recent round of changes to the CRF300L happened for the 2021 model year when Honda turned the very popular CRF250L, into the CRF300L that you see today. Increased cubic capacity for Honda’s popular dual-purpose tool, plus revised air intake, inlet cam timing and exhaust system that extract more peak horsepower and considerably stronger torque across the rev-range. Shorter gearbox ratios are topped with a taller 6th gear while an assist/slipper clutch allows confident control of the rear wheel. Handling on any terrain is improved with a new swingarm and more laterally flexible frame, increased ground clearance, longer travel suspension and revised riding position. Sharp new bodywork and graphics mark the 2022 upgrades, and there’s a crisp, positive LCD instrument display. Curb weight for the CRF300L was reduced too, making for a 13% improvement in power to weight ratio. So keep in mind, any changes or updates we discuss below on the CRF300L, aside from the new addition of hand guards that we covered above, are changes that took place took place two years.
The videos you see below are technically of the 2021 & 2022 model year BUT they are identical to the 2023 CRF300L and 2023 CRF300L RALLY… aside from the addition of the hand guards on the CRF300L.
- Quick 2023 CRF300L Info / Specs:
- 2023 Honda CRF300 Model Lineup / Options:
- 2023 CRF300L
- 2023 CRF300L ABS
- 2023 CRF300L RALLY
- 2023 CRF300L RALLY ABS
- 2023 CRF300L Price / MSRP: TBA
- 2023 CRF300L ABS Price / MSRP: TBA
- 2023 CRF300L USA Release Date: TBA
- 2023 CRF300L USA Announcement Date: TBA
- 2023 CRF300L Announcement Date: December 2022
- 2023 CRF300L Colors: Gray, Red
- 2023 CRF300L Horsepower: 27 HP @ 8,500 RPM
- 2023 CRF300L Torque: 19.6 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500 RPM
- 2023 CRF300L MPG: 75.9 Miles Per Gallon
- 2023 CRF300L Seat Height: 34.7 inches
- 2023 CRF300L Weight: 309 lbs (curb) / ABS 311 lbs
- 2023 CRF300L Fuel Tank Capacity / Size: 2.06 gallons
- 2023 CRF300L Front Suspension: 43mm Showa USD fork with 10.2 inches of travel
- 2023 CRF300L Rear Suspension: Pro-link Showa monoshock with 10.2 inches of travel
- 2023 CRF300L VS 2022 CRF300L Changes: Yes, explained on this page
- 2023 CRF300L VS 2022 CRF300L Price Change: TBA
- * USA pricing and release date information hasn’t been released at the time of typing this, which is why you see TBA in some of the spots above. I will update this page as soon as American Honda makes it “official”.
- 2023 Honda CRF300 Model Lineup / Options:
- 2023 CRF300L Review Contents:
- 1. | Introduction
- 2. | Model Overview
- 3. | Key Features / Development
- 3.1 | Styling & Equipment
- 3.2 | Engine
- 3.3 | Chassis
- 4. | Accessories
- 5. | Photo Gallery / Pictures
- 6. | Technical Specifications
1. | Introduction
The essence of what makes a true dual-purpose motorcycle has long been in Honda’s DNA. In the late 1970s the XL250S was launched – a bike providing genuine on-road usability with excellent off-road performance. The entire XL range that followed became legendary, and proved that combining an economical and easy-to-use single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a competent chassis created a motorcycle that was useful, versatile and, as riders the world over found, a great deal of fun.
Over a decade ago, exhaustive discussions within Honda R&D took place about the creation of a brand-new dual-purpose machine. The company’s long history – in off-road competition and trail-ready machinery – was a useful touchstone when development of the bike first began.
Looking to the needs of customers came first. While some riders insist upon competition-level off-road performance, many others value ease of use, practicality and convenience. For weekday, urban environments they wanted a tough, practical bike with cutting-edge off-road style. But, come the weekend, it needed to provide a ticket to ride, wherever they wanted to go, on or off-road.
Honda’s new dual-purpose bike was always viewed by its development team with global perspective. It not only needed a powerful and frugal engine, its chassis also had to have a broad and capable range. And it needed to be affordable, offering high quality and outstanding value for money, with low overall running costs a priority.
The CRF250L, launched across the globe in 2012 as a 2013 model year.
And Honda’s engineers got the formula right. The CRF250L has proved a fruitful base platform which, as well as spawning a RALLY version, enjoys consistent sales success around the world.
Time marches on, however, and now the new CRF300L takes the stage – lighter, more powerful and with an array of detail improvements over the CRF250L platform. It is every bit the do-it-all, dual-purpose motorcycle the CRF250L was. Just more so. Honda didn’t forget about the RALLY fans either, as it also received the same updates, creating what we know as the CRF300L RALLY to replace the CRF250L RALLY.
2. | Model Overview
Now 286cc, the CRF300L’s engine produces 10% more peak horsepower of 27 HP @ 8,500 RPM, and 18% more peak torque at 19.6 lb/ft @ 6,500 RPM over the prior CRF250L. Inlet cam timing was also revised in creating the CRF300L, alongside both air intake and exhaust system for much stronger mid-range torque and power. Gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, for improved response, while 6th is taller for more relaxed high-speed cruising. An assist/slipper clutch now manages the rear wheel under hard down changes and offers 20% less load at the lever.
A redesigned steel frame, aluminum swingarm and bottom yoke are major contributors to a 8.8 pound overall weight loss and feature revised rigidity balance for feedback and feel when compared to the CRF250L. Steering geometry was also adjusted in detail to match, alongside longer travel front/rear suspension and increased ground clearance.
Sharp-edged bodywork features a slimmer tank and seat, and a new positive LCD instrument display. The riding position, too, has been altered to encourage the light steering maneuverability needed off-road and, just as usefully, around town. In return, helping to create the motorcycle industry’s top-selling dual-sport motorcycle that is available in two trims, one with standard brakes and then you have the ABS model as well for only $300 more.
3. | Key Features / Development
3.1 | Styling & Equipment
- New hand / knuckle guards
- Slim bodywork inspired by competition CRF-R machines
- Riding position that promotes natural control
- Easy to read LCD display
Drawing yet more inspiration from the racing CRF-R dirt bikes, the CRF300L sports a crisp set bodywork and graphics that help tie in Honda’s CRF lineage. The 2.06 gal. fuel tank is 190g (.42 lb) lighter than the CRF250L and slimmer than before to aid movement forward, and matched by a narrower forward seat section. The rear number plate bracket was also redesigned from the 250, for a 300g saving (.66 lb), while the aggressively shaped front mudguard is also lighter.
To foster easy, light control, the riding position was also altered from the CRF250L: the handlebars were pulled back slightly, while the foot rests were lowered and also moved back, to make gear changes in heavy off-road boots easier when compared to the CRF250L. The seat height was increased by 5mm, from 34.4 in. to 34.6 in., for a naturally upright ‘rider triangle’. The side stand, was also redesigned with a 10% larger area for its (new) folding footplate.
A redesigned, 70g (.15 lb) lighter LCD display features large black digits on a crisp white display, for instant readability when compared to the outgoing 250. The speedo numbers are also 6mm (.24 in.) larger, at 23mm (.90 in.). Information includes gear position indicator, fuel mileage and consumption, average speed, stopwatch and rev-counter.
3.2 | CRF300L Engine
- 286cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke engine
- Six-speed transmission
- Assist/slipper clutch
When talking about engine changes here, keep in mind these changes were when we went from the CRF250L to the CRF300L. An extra 14% cubic capacity for the single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine – from 250cc to 286cc – is acquired by a 63mm stroke, as opposed to 55mm. Bore remains 76mm, as does compression ratio of 10.7:1. Peak power of 27 HP arrives @ 8,500 RPM (20.1kW), peak torque of 19.6 lb/ft @ 6,500 RPM (26.6Nm) (up from 24 HP @ 8.500 RPM / 16.7 TQ @ 6,750rpm | 18.2kW/22.6Nm). The full dyno graph curves tells the full story beyond the peak power and torque uplift: the new engine is considerably stronger, everywhere, from 2,000 RPM up.
To match the engine’s heavier punch and to smarten pick-up and acceleration, gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, while 6th gear is taller for more relaxed highway cruising and higher top speed on the CRF300L compared to the CRF250L. Addition of an assist/slipper clutch reduces lever load by 20% and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifts – great for control, on or off-road.
Revised timing of the intake cam specifically boosts low- to mid-range response – the rpm range most used around town or off-road – and works with redesigned air filter, exhaust downpipe (1.5 lbs / 660g lighter than the previous design), muffler and ignition timing. An iridium spark plug, along with precise metering of fuel from the PGM-FI injection system, further enhances combustion efficiency and improves environmental credentials.
The engine uses an offset cylinder, reducing internal frictional losses, while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil. The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush. A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration.
The cooling system uses a 12.7kW heat-release radiator, sited on the left of the bike, protected with a polypropylene grill baffled to improve airflow. A thin guide-ring cooling fan is used to maintain even temperatures at low speeds, either in congested traffic or tricky off-road situations.
The CRF300L engine is fully EURO5 compliant.
3.3 | CRF300L Chassis
- Lightweight frame and swingarm
- Handling and agility ready for any terrain
When compared against the CRF250L, a total of 8.8 lbs has been saved overall from the CRF300L’s chassis, with a curb / wet weight of 309 lbs. The steel semi-double cradle frame is completely new and contributes 4.7 lbs to the weight loss (2.15kg). Just as importantly, to promote handling feel and connection to front/rear traction, its flexibility balance has been tuned with 25% less lateral rigidity.
This was achieved with decreased width (-30mm) for the main down tube and smaller, 25.4mm diameter lower down tubes (from 28.6mm) plus a 20mm decrease in width across the central bracing tube.
To match, the one-piece cast aluminum swingarm is not only 1.2 lbs lighter (550g) , it features a 23% reduction in lateral rigidity. It’s also 15mm narrower just behind the pivot point and smooth, cross-sectional shaping is used to create uniform deflection. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar. The steel bottom yoke of the previous design has been changed for aluminum; this shaves 1.6 lbs (730g) from an area high relative to the center of gravity for faster steering response.
The 43mm Showa inverted fork gains .4 in. (10mm) of stroke to to make the suspension travel now come in at 10.2 in. (260mm), with spring weight and damping settings revised for precise control over a wide range of terrain and speeds. The Pro-Link rear suspension now has 10.2 inches of travel (260mm), up from 9.4 in. (240mm) on the outgoing CRF250L; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design.
Ground clearance has been increased, from 10.0 in. to 11.2 in. (255mm to 285mm) and the frame and engine sit .8 inches higher (20mm), thanks to revisions to the lower frame, engine crankcases and oil drain plug. Rake and trail are now set at 27.5°/109mm (from 27.6°/113mm) with .4 in. (10mm) longer wheelbase of 57.3 in. (1455mm). Turning radius for the CRF300L is 7.5 ft (2.3m).
The front brake uses a single 256mm disc gripped by a two-piston caliper, the rear a 220mm disc and single-piston caliper; in common with the CRF competition machines the rear master cylinder is now a lightweight, integrated design. The discs feature a wave design – also taken directly from the CRF250R/CRF450R – with exceptional self-cleaning abilities in adverse conditions.
Lightweight aluminum rims further reduce unsprung mass; for 2022 the Alumite surface has been polished to a gloss finish. Block pattern enduro-style tires (front, 80/100-21 51P and rear 120/80-18 62P) provide traction in a wide range of riding situations.
The 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear increase stability on rough terrain and allow the fitment of more off-road specific tires if required. Application of a machined rear sprocket and M8 bolts (instead of M10) plus hollow rear axle saves .5 lbs (240g) and .35 lbs (160g) respectively.
4. | CRF300L Accessories
Tailor-made accessories for the 2023 CRF300L include 38L top box, rear carrier bracket and mounts and protective sump guard for the engine. Here are a list of official CRF300L accessories from Honda and below you’ll also find coupon / discount codes for those CRF300L accessory options too:
- 2023 Honda CRF300L 12V Accessory Socket (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Top Case / Storage (38L) (discount link below)
- 1 Key Inner Cylinder (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Top Case Mount (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Rear Carrier Support (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Top Case Lock (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Top Case Inner Bag (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Skid Plate (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Hand Guards / Deflectors (red) (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Hand Guards / Deflectors (black) (discount link below)
- 2023 Honda CRF300L Enduro Footpegs (discount link below)
- * Check out more Honda CRF300L Accessories at Amazon.com/shop/HondaProKevin and at Motosport too which also help support what I’m doing here so I can continue creating content and videos for you guys!
5. | Photo Gallery / Pictures
6. | Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled, single cylinder DOHC|
|Engine Displacement (cm³)||286cc|
|No. of Valves per Cylinder||4|
|Bore ´ Stroke (mm)||76.0 x 63.0|
|Max. Power Output||27 horsepower @ 8500 RPM (20.1kW)|
|Max. Torque||19.6 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500 RPM (26.6Nm)|
|Oil Capacity||1.9 qt (1.8L)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||2.1 gal. (7.8L)|
|Fuel Consumption||76 MPG (32.3km/liter)|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate, assist/slipper clutch|
|Type||Steel semi-double cradle|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||87.8 in. x 32.3 in. x 47.2 in. (2230 x 820 x 1200mm)|
|Wheelbase||57.2 in. (1455mm)|
|Trail||4.3 in. (109mm)|
|Seat Height||34.7 in. (880mm)|
|Ground Clearance||11.2 in. (285mm)|
|Curb Weight||309 lbs / ABS 311 lbs|
|Turning radius||7.5 ft (2.3m)|
|Type Front||43mm telescopic USD fork|
|Wheels Front||aluminum spoke|
|Wheels Rear||aluminum spoke|
|tires Front||80/100-21M/C 51P|
|tires Rear||120/80-18M/C 62P|
|ABS System Type||2 channel ABS|
|Brakes Front||256mm x 3.5mm disc with two piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||220 mm x 4.5mm disc with single piston caliper|
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