Unlike what the quarter litre monster of a bike the CBR 250RR was, the current CBR 250R is a saner and more everyday bike. It uses a single cylinder 249 cc engine, works well for long distance trip, but can do with some added style. Hence we look at five modified examples of the Honda CBR 250R to see if it can quench the enthusiasts’ thirst for something that the stock bike doesn’t offer.
Made from a stock CBR 250R, the Scrambler is Gregg’s Custom’s creation. It loses the fairing, the street-spec wheels, and its almost boring-looking black paint. A new paint job is complemented by new wheels shod with Dunlop flat-track tyres, a new headlamp, exposed engine and chassis, and the coolness that the new CBR 250R could never have.
If you thought only the CB750 can be as desirable, then think again, because the Urban Tracker by Indonesia based Studio Motor is probably the most beautiful CBR 250R custom. It blends the classic styling with the modern mechanicals of the CBR. It gets USD forks, spoke wheels, a flat handlebar, conventional shocks at the rear (no monoshock), and Firestone tyres.
The reason behind using the word ‘probably’ in the above paragraph is this, the CBR 250R Café Racer. Not only is the want strong on this one, the work that’s gone behind making the vehicle is quite visible, because it’s as bare as it can get. Not a lot of Honda parts have been changed, so mechanically it’s expected to be as robust, while spoke rims, bespoke seat, headlamp, exhaust, and front disc ensure that there’s enough individuality – as if the design wasn’t enough already!
In terms of desirability, Ducati has more often than not got its basics right. Hence it’s no surprise that this little Honda dreams to become a Ducati. Leave the engine count or the country of origin, the custom Honda CBR 250R underwent a makeover and the results aren’t too bad.
Track-ready CBR 250R
This is a simple example to show how one could turn his CBR 250R into a track-ready too. First, you can remove the unnecessary bits like reg. plates, saree guards, side and main stands, and then start replacing regular parts by lighter and more performance oriented ones, like Motor Cyclist did back in 2011. Rear-set footpegs, new clip-ons, aftermarket exhaust (Leo Vince in this case) and sliders are parts easily available, and make substantial difference to the way the bike rides. ECU upgrades and better rubber will make the upgrades more serious, with a little more commitment required from the owner.