Honda XRE 300 Rally. The motorcycles segment on / off-road have won the preference of the Brazilian rider in recent years. More versatile as they may face dirt roads or even our evil paved streets, avenues and highways, the trails have accumulated good sales results and overcome the nakeds models in some cases, such as the Honda XRE 300. In 2014, for the first time since it was launched five years ago, the trail 300cc Japanese factory overcame his sister CB 300R in the number of sales: 37,156 units were XRE emplacadas last year against 34,189 of naked also 300cc.
Runner-up in sales in the trail segment, XRE 300 also held the eighth best-selling motorcycle position of the country in 2014, behind smaller motorcycles (up to 150cc). Indication that bikers rise of "displacement" are seeking the versatility and robustness of mixed-use models. No major "news" for 2015, XRE 300 is available in the "Rally" version, which adopted artwork in honor of the Honda team in the off-road races. Furthermore, Rally version also contains the front fender injected into the red color, as well as the bank. The most colorful garb gives a more youthful air to the model and draws the attention of other bikers.
Autonomy and comfort
Equipped with long-haul suspension, big wheels (21-inch front and 18 back) and mixed-use tires, the XRE 300 was launched in 2009 and underwent a redesign in 2013, when he received a face-lift, won the Flex engine and a larger tank. With 13.6 liters capacity, increased autonomy. On a trip of nearly 1,000 miles round trip between Sao Paulo (SP) and Paranaguá (PR), consumption of trail Honda, filled with gasoline ranged from 23 km / l and 28 km / l. With these numbers the model could run on average about 340 km without refueling.
Besides better autonomy, XRE another strong point of the model for those who want to travel is the riding position. Although it is a trail, your bank on two levels is more dense foam and is wider than other mixed-use motorcycles. Honda also installed a wide handlebars, but in a lower position, which causes the arms are more relaxed - and hence the driver gets tired less in long paths.
There are welcome details for the adventurous, as the luggage series, integrated with handles to the croup, which facilitates secure luggage. Already the small fairing on the panel offers little aerodynamic protection, so that many owners install larger bubbles to face long journeys. Another annoyance is the loud noise of the original tires of the model. The pair of tires Metzeler Enduro 3 (90 / 90-21 at the front, and 120 / 80-18 at the rear) are great on dirt roads, but noisy when running on asphalt.
The single cylinder 291.6 cc, double camshaft (DOHC) and air cooled has not changed. Powered by electronic injection, still producing 26.1 hp of maximum power at 7,500 rpm and 2.81 kgf.m of torque at 6,500 rpm when fueled with gasoline - ethanol the numbers are slightly higher: 26.3 hp and 2.85 kgf.m.
The engine performance is satisfactory for its cubic capacity. In highways, like BR-116 toward the Paraná, one can maintain 120 km / h there is still some "slack" for overtaking. Already in a steeper rise, we need to reduce a march in exchange five-speed. In other words, a fair engine to the size of the bike. But above this speed, the propeller appears to be "esgoelado" and vibrates too. The maximum speed on the panel is at 145 km / h.
A chassis mounted on the cradle semiduplo type of steel, the joint unit of the tested suspensions were shown to be well balanced. At the front, telescopic fork with 245 mm of travel, and back, aluminum scale with monoshock set by links. In the mountains of paved highway Regis Bittencourt had the necessary rigidity to circumvent safely to sharper turns and well absorbed the imperfection of cobbled Serra da Graciosa, which descends towards Morretes, already in Paraná.
The brakes of the XRE 300 Rally with the C-ABS system impress. The single disc 256 mm with three-piston caliper in front; and the disc clamp 220 mm of a piston, back, stop the model with efficacy and safety of the antilock system. Adjusted even to work on earth, ensures safe braking even in off-road.
Versatile, but expensive
After more than 1000 km with the new version Rally, more beautiful and attractive, in my opinion, it's easy to understand the success of the model. Slim and lightweight (151 kg in the version with C-ABS), Honda XRE 300 does well in the city, ensures comfort and is free to hit the road, and facing dirt roads without problems. Versatility is the key word of the success of the XRE 300, on the market since 2009 and with gradual increase in sales year on year.
Its success is not only larger, due to the price, high to outgoing bikes up to 150cc. Honda XRE 300 in the Rally version (only available with C-ABS brakes) has suggested price of US $ 16,576. Its main competitor, Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré has smaller engine and does not offer the ABS brakes.
A motor cylinder, DOHC, air cooling
Cubic Capacity 291.6 cm³
Maximum power (declared) 26.1 hp at 7,500 rpm (petrol) / 26.3 hp at 7,500 rpm (ethanol)
Maximum torque (declared) 2.81 kgf.ma 6,500 rpm (petrol) 2.85 kgf.ma 6,500 rpm (ethanol)
Final drive chain
Power Electronic injection
Table semiduplo Cot steel
Front suspension Telescopic forks with 245 mm stroke
Rear suspension damper Pro-Link with 225 mm stroke
Front brake Single disc 256 mm in diameter (C-ABS)
Rear brake Single disc 220 mm in diameter (C-ABS)
Tires Metzeler Enduro 3-90 / 90-21 (D) / 120 / 80-18 (T)
Length 2,171 mm
Width 830 mm
Height 1,181 mm
Wheelbase 1,417 mm
Ground clearance 259 mm
Seat height 860 mm
Weight in running order not available
Dry weight 151 kg
Fuel tank 13.6 liters
price of US $ 16,576