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With the upcoming release of a new Ninja 400, I'm kind of wondering if Honda might just take the view of keeping the CBR300R in their line as is and unchanged for a few more model years. It might make sense, especially if Yamaha decides they need to keep pace with Kawasaki and also up the displacement/performance specs of the R3. In theory, that scenario could leave Honda with little or no competition in the sub 300cc entry-level first-time buyer segment, and thereby regain a big chunk of market share for that segment.
And let's face it, Kawasaki is making what would seem to be a very smart move. Who would be the targeted buyers for a new Ninja 400?... you guessed it, all those riders who've been on CBR250R/300R's, Ninja 250/300's, R3's, and are now wanting a next step up in displacement.
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