The wait was finally over, as the Honda CBR 250RR has been showcased behind the closed doors in Indonesia. According to the reports, only a handful of bloggers were invited for the event.
The CBR 250R, the one with the single ‘R’ packs-in a single cylinder 250cc unit producing around 25ps power output. As opposed to the mean machines in the CBR series, the 250R was quite pretty. In simple words, despite its CBR branding, the bike looked like a baby VFR. The touring focussed motorcycle did not appeal to the people who were looking for a track machine. It did receive love from those who like to backpack on a comfortable motorcycle.
For the latest iteration though, Honda’s prototype in 2015 made it clear that the Japs are working on a race-ready bike. Going by the information coming from Indonesia, the final version is on the lines of the prototype. There aren’t too many changes in the design.
It is powered by an all-new liquid cooled rev happy parallel twin 8-valve 250cc engine. Power figures are still not disclosed. However, we can expect it to be in the range of 35-45ps. It features a ride-by-wire tech, which eliminated the throttle cables of the bygone era. It gets sleek dual led headlamp cluster, which is exclusive to Honda. Braking duty is done by 310mm discs at the front and 240mm rear. They kind of look like floating rotor discs. ABS with combined braking system could be optional. The exhaust sports single-sided dual cannisters, which seem inspired by MV Agusta bikes.
The clip-ons and rider footpegs are rear-set for an aggressive rider seating position. Saddle height is set at 790mm, which seems ideal for short riders (no wonder Honda is focusing on South East Asia). Instrument cluster is all digital and readability seems good. Windscreen is smallish but can be changed to aftermarket double bubble to eradicate buffeting or wind blast if it prevails. Tank can hold up to 14 litres of gasoline in one go.
This is going to be the highest capacity motorcycle to be manufactured in Indonesia. It sure looks stunning with its super sport like styling and is a potential threat to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3 and the KTM 390.
The Honda CBR250 will hit the Indonesian streets by the end of this year. Honda’s home, Japan will follow the suit. Currently, there is no information on the bike’s Indian launch. As for the price, simple currency conversion pegs it at around Rs 3.5 lakhs.