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ADV NewsFirst Look: New Honda CRF300LS Model For Shorter Riders

First Look: New Honda CRF300LS Model For Shorter Riders

A new version of the CRF300L makes it easier to reach the ground.

Published on 03.03.2023

Honda certainly has a proud history of producing small-bore dual sports that are approachable, reliable and economical. That same winning formula has made the CRF300L a popular choice for riders since it was introduced in 2020. Now, Big Red is making the platform even more accessible with the launch of the new CRF300LS ― a shorter sibling of the standard model. The LS version was recently announced along with the value-oriented XR150L, expanding Honda’s broad range of beginner-friendly motorcycles. 

2023 Honda CRF300LS low seat dual sport motorcycle

The new LS model is based on the CRF300L platform but offers riders an easier reach to the ground thanks to a lower suspension which has been reduced from 10.2 inches of travel front and rear to 9.3 inches front and 9.0 inches rear. According to Honda, the bike still offers good rider input and vehicle maneuverability. The handlebar sweep allows a natural elbow position and light steering, while handlebar weights reduce vibration. 

The CRF300LS’s shorter suspension contributes to a low seat height of 32.7 inches (2 inches lower than the standard CRF300L). Just like its taller sibling, the rear and middle of the seat are relatively wide for comfort, while the front area is slim, making it even easier for the rider to touch the ground when stopped. 


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The shorter legs of the CRF300LS also decrease ground clearance by 1.6 inches down to 9.6 inches. The wheelbase is also reduced by 0.5 inches while the rake and trail remain the same as the CRF300L model. To help instill greater confidence in riders the LS is equipped with ABS, while the returning normal-seat-height CRF300L is offered in both standard and ABS versions.

2023 Honda CRF300LS low seat dual sport motorcycle

2023 Honda CRF300LS Highlights

  • Shorter Showa front suspension with 9.3 inches of travel
  • Shorter Pro-Link rear suspension with 9.0 inches of travel
  • Lower seat height of 32.7 inches
  • Equipped with ABS
  • Available in Swift Gray color

Engine / Drivetrain

The 286cc engine’s power output is particularly strong in the rev range’s lower and middle areas, which are used often in both city riding and off-road. A large, 38mm throttle body helps to achieve rider-friendly throttle control, especially at low rpm, and the exhaust system delivers low sound output while keeping vibrations to a minimum. The engine features a valve train with a rocker-arm design, enabling a compact cylinder head, while the counterbalancer provides smooth running.

The six-speed gearbox features close spacing in the lower gears and wide spacing in the higher gears, enabling optimum gear selection while still allowing comfortable high-speed cruising—a great balance between suitability for city, long-distance and off-road applications.

The CRF300L has a very light clutch-lever pull, thanks in part to an assist/slipper clutch that also provides good performance during aggressive downshifting.

Wheels / Brakes

The wheel sizes are 21 inches at the front and 18 inches rear, enabling smooth rolling over rough terrain. The black aluminum rims have been polished, resulting in a glossy appearance and easy cleaning. The rear axle is hollow to minimize unsprung weight.

2023 Honda CRF300LS low seat dual sport motorcycle

Hydraulic brakes are used front and rear, with 256 and 220mm rotors, respectively. The CRF300LS is equipped with ABS for smooth, controlled stops in varying conditions. The rear-brake master cylinder incorporates the reservoir, similar to the design used on the CRF Performance line, for a simple, clean design.

Display

The LCD Display features large black characters on a white background for good visibility. In addition to speed, clock and rpm readings, functions include gear position, fuel mileage and fuel consumption.

Pricing and Availability

The new 2023 Honda CRF300LS can be currently purchased with an MSRP of $5,699 ― the same price as the taller CRF300L ABS. The LS is available in an all-new Swift Gray color scheme featuring orange graphics plus Honda offers a number of accessories for the model, including hand guards, a skid plate, an electrical socket, wider foot pegs, a top box, rack and more.

2023 Honda CRF300LS low seat dual sport motorcycle

2023 Honda CRF300LS Specs

Engine Type286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke76.0mm x 63.0mm
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Valve TrainDOHC; four-valves per cylinder
InductionPGM-FI; 38mm throttle body 
TransmissionSix-speed
Final Drive#520 chain; 14T/40T
Front Suspension43mm inverted fork; 9.3-inch travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with adjustable spring preload; 9.0-inch travel 
Front BrakeSingle 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear BrakeSingle 220mm disc
Front Tire80/100-21
Rear Tire120/80-18
Rake (Caster Angle)27.5°
Trail4.3 inches
Wheelbase56.7 inches
Seat Height32.7 inches
Ground Clearance9.6 inches
Curb Weight311 pounds
Fuel Capacity2.1 gallons, including 0.5-gallon reserve
Available ColorsSwift Gray
WarrantyOne Year Included. Transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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Joe John
Joe John
March 3, 2023 11:28 am

If they made a 500 thumper in this frame I would buy it tomorrow. These 300s just can’t hang on the interstate.

Lame joe
Lame joe
March 3, 2023 1:40 pm
Reply to  Joe John

Joe John is posting the same comments as Jojo lol obviously a bot or some lame with no life

Joe John
Joe John
March 3, 2023 1:58 pm
Reply to  Lame joe

Not a bot. I thought my original post was lost in the internet so I did a second one. That’s for caring though.

Roland h Venne
Roland h Venne
March 7, 2023 5:06 am
Reply to  Joe John

Odd… i don’t have a problem riding my rally on the interstate.

Joe John
Joe John
March 20, 2023 2:25 pm
Reply to  Roland h Venne

I rode a cb300r on the interstate and it was totally cashed out at 80 mph. That just doesn’t cut it out west.

jojo
jojo
March 3, 2023 11:29 am

If they made a 500 thumper in this frame I would buy it tomorrow. These 300s just can’t hang on the interstate.

Hogges
Hogges
March 3, 2023 12:53 pm

What’s the deal with the grey colors everywhere? Suzuki DR’s, Yamaha XT250 and now this. So dull and ugly.

Lame joe
Lame joe
March 3, 2023 1:41 pm
Reply to  Hogges

It sells more than the bright colors. We sell lots of the Cano klx300 vs the bright green.

Raymond Lim
Raymond Lim
March 3, 2023 3:39 pm

I don’t think its made for touring also. If it is I would buy it. The short height is great u

RideWyoming
RideWyoming
March 3, 2023 10:51 pm

Finally ! I wanted to get the 300L bit this is even better. I might buy 2, one for the US and one to keep in Italy for when i go visit my parents.

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