As we’ve mentioned over and over again, a ‘liter bike’ (motorcycles with engines of 1000cc or more) is not a beginner’s bike. Unless you’re an experienced driver, you’ll probably want to go with something slower, maybe a 250cc or 300cc alternative.
Of course, there is a downside to this: less energy. As you have probably already guessed, a smaller engine will produce much less power than a 600cc or 1000cc. However, a lower level motorcycle is far from useless, as evidenced by the surprisingly fast examples we see today.
To showcase these types of motorcycles, we created a list of ten of the fastest 300cc bikes you can get right now and ranked them from slowest to fastest …
10 BMW G310GS: 88.8 miles per hour
Even with motorcycles, BMW continues to dominate the rest of its competition. Motorcycles like the S1000RR and R nineT are perfect examples of its superiority over the rest. However, those are the fastest and most expensive. If you want the same quality, but with less implied danger, consider a BMW G310GS.
Made in India, the G310GS is a motorcycle that is not that popular here in America. Still, it’s a great bike that’s extremely underrated in the US Perhaps, soon, more people will see the G310’s potential outside of India.
9 Honda CB300R – 96 MPH
The following is another kind of naked bike. It is smaller than an average motorcycle and has a corresponding MSRP, making it easy to get into the world of motorcycling. None other than the 2020 Honda CB300R.
The CB300R (not the CBR300R) is the dimmed version of the normal CBR line. Instead of the extra fenders and trim, the CB is pretty basic. Although, that’s the point …
8 Yamaha MT-03 – 100 MPH
Speaking of naked bikes, we have a lot to do. This time, we are looking at the latest version of the Yamaha style. Not the FZ series, but the MT series! To be specific, the MT-03 – Classified as a ‘hyper naked motorcycle’.
Believe it or not, the MT-03 does NOT use the same engine as the more powerful R3 (more on that later). Not two cylinders, but one. Still, the displacement is the same and the speed is also close. Even better, it’s about $ 500 cheaper!
7 Honda CBR300R – 100 MPH
No, this is not a typo. Although the difference in names is minor, the Honda CBR300R is much more different than its sister CB300R. Not only is it faster, but it looks better too!
A new CBR300R will reach speeds of 100 MPH; a decent figure for a low-cost, entry-level sports bike. It’s also smaller than the 600 or 1,000 (obviously), which can be easily handled if it tips over, crashes, etc.
6 Suzuki GSX-S300 – 102.5 miles per hour
The Suzuki GSX-Rs, while ridiculed for their fondness among the squid subclass, are well-made, fast and impressive bikes. If you can think about the size of a motor, there is probably a GSX-R / GSX-S that will fit the bill perfectly. However, a 300cc version has been absent from that list for quite some time.
Fortunately, Suzuki finally confirmed the existence of the GSX-S300; It will be sold in China this year (2020). Now, you don’t have to choose between 250cc or 450cc. Why not take the middle ground?
5 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 – 103.7 MPH
This is a bit different from the rest we’ve had here so far. Rather than just being a street bike, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a dual sport; able to go off-road just as well as on-road.
Because the Versys-X is designed as a lightweight dirt bike rather than a regular sports bike, the 300cc will take you much further than on a, say, 300cc heavy cruiser. However, the reason we love it so much is because of the off-roader. After all, who doesn’t want to go from the highway to the trails as easily as possible?
4 KTM 390 Duke – 104 MPH
Although it has a 373.2cc engine, we consider the KTM 390 Duke to fall within the general ‘300cc’ class. For us, it’s just stretching the limits, but not overstepping them.
With an additional ~ 90cc, the KTM 390 Duke is a naked bike that will exceed its weight class, …