The good thing about the whole idea of modification is that you can turn an otherwise staid looking motorcycle into something that’s not just unique but also looks stunning. Like in the previous story about modified Honda CBR 250Rs, we take a look at five good-looking examples of the bike, ranging from a replica to a café racer.
Isle of Man TT replica
Not just a livery replica, there’s a lot more going on in this custom CBR 250R. There are bespoke fibreglass panels, upside down forks up front, a projector headlamp, and of course, the livery. The serious stuff includes Brembo brakes, engine re-bored to 300 cc mated to a new clutch, a carbon fibre exhaust, and Bridgestone Battlax tyres (160-section at the rear and 120-section for the front; both 17-inchers).
It doesn’t matter if there wasn’t an adventure tourer based on the CBR 250R, because the Thailand-based user didn’t have to wait for Honda to do so. The ride height is clearly more than that of the stock CBR, while the forks have been upgraded to USD units. A larger visor, new handlebars, tank-pads, and a tyre-hugger at the rear differentiate the bike from its regular avatar.
(Source: Bike’s owner Sakchai Boonprakob)
The retro Café Racer charm doesn’t seem to fade away, and this modified CBR is a decent example as well. Although unlike the one that we covered in the first part of the story, this version seems to lack the glimmer – which sort of works in its favour anyway. The original fairing, tank, seat, and other panels have made way for a very Triumph-like side panels, a custom tank, a flat seat, and a circular headlamp. What stands out for the bike is how the original instrument panel is embedded in the tank, very intelligently giving away the bike’s origin (along with the wheels) but being far from how it once was, too.
Converting the CBR 250R into a naked is sure going to be interesting. The bike is certainly powerful enough for everyday use, so that’s sorted, and as far as styling goes, there’s nothing more charming than the simplicity of old-school naked bikes with circular headlamps. So here it is, then. There aren’t too many change made to the bike except for the removal of the fairing, addition of a Leo Vince exhaust, a new handle, new look alloys, and different tyres.
Honda CBR chopper
You have to applaud these guys for their effort, because it looks a pretty fine job, the CBR chopper. The chassis and other components are bespoke, as in case of most other choppers, but the engine is lifted from the CBR 250R. It is certainly the wildest modification done keeping the CBR as the base. The red and black paintjob is striking to say the least, and the use of wire-spoke wheels makes it look even better.