Honda has re-launched the CBR 250R in the Indian market a year after it took it off the shelves on account of the introduction of the Bharat Stage 4 emission norms. The new CBR250R is BS4-compliant and is available in two variants – ABS and non-ABS. The non-ABS (STD) variant is priced at Rs. 1.64 lakh while the ABS variant costs Rs. 1.93 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Bookings for the 2018 CBR 250R are now open, with deliveries slated to begin soon. The 2018 CBR 250R was showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo and the motorcycle that’s been launched is the same version as the show-spec model.
The 2018 CBR250R comes with new graphics, new paint schemes, and an LED headlamp. The motorcycle uses a 250cc, four-stroke single cylinder engine that’s liquid-cooled and fuel-injected. This engine produces a maximum power of 26.5 PS at 8,500 rpm with a peak torque of 22.9 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Disc brakes are standard on both wheels and the ABS variant gets a dual-channel ABS unit (that works on both wheels). This is a major safety system that prevents riders from skidding during emergency braking. If you’re buying a CBR 250R, we strongly urge you to opt for the ABS-equipped version. Though pricey, the extra 30,000 rupees you’ll be paying is worth it for the increased safety it offers. The motorcycle uses telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber as suspension bits. A full fairing is standard, and so are clip-on handlebars.
The CBR 250R weight 167 kilograms and is sold as a sports-tourer, which means that the riding position is not very extreme. The motorcycle is known for its seamless mile-munching ability and great reliability. Claimed top speed is 135 Kph although most riders have been able to do higher speeds than this. The motorcycle is available with four paint schemes presently – Matte Axis Grey Metallic with Mars Orange, Matte Axis Grey Metallic with Striking Green, Pearl Sports Yellow, and Sports Red. Honda will soon introduce the Repsol paint scheme as the 5th option.