I had pretty much given up hope of getting one of these by the end of the riding season. The local dealers weren't getting them in. The nearest dealer that claimed to have them on order was in Salt Lake City, 230 miles away. I would do the trip but summer was fading fast, and they still didn't have the bike. Then the call finally came. They had one--an ABS model. I drove down there, bought the bike, and rode back home, staying off the I-15 and sticking to the slow surface streets and highways all the way home so as to break it in right. What a long day! 3.5 hours down in the car and 6.5 hours back on the bike. The CB300R replaces the outgoing CB300F. It is a completely new design (except for the engine). It's forte is light weight. Honda squeezed a little more power (about 1.5hp) out of the engine by revamping the intake and exhaust but the big improvement was cutting 30lbs (!) of weight. It's only 317lbs fully fueled! More info about the bike here: I have three fill ups now and I'm getting low 80s mpg. The gearing is quite short--way too short for a lightweight like me. First is so low I'm done with it in 10 yards. I can easily take off in 2nd. I'm in 6th by 35mph. There's room up front for another tooth. Going 14 t to 15 t would give me 7% higher gearing. It's a no-brainer except that the owners manual cautions against changing gear ratios on the ABS models. Can't imagine why.