Honda has just unveiled its sharpest looking 250 cc sportsbike, the CBR 250RR. The bike will take on the Yamaha R25 and the Kawasaki Ninja 250 R – both twin cylinder motorcycles like the new Honda.
The CBR 250RR features a twin cylinder 247 cc engine that runs four valves/cylinder and twin overhead camshafts. While the power and torque figures of this liquid cooled motor haven’t yet been revealed, Honda says that it’ll be ‘class leading’. So, expect about 36 Bhp-24 Nm.
Is it different from the CBR 250R?
Yes, very, very different! Honda’s built this bike ground up. Right from the all new truss frame built out of steel pipes to the gull-arm type swing arm that allows for better weight distribution, this bike is track ready. On the other hand, the CBR 250R is a much milder bike that’s more relaxed.
The new bike gets upside down front forks, 5 stage adjustable rear monoshock suspension, twin disc brakes, optional ABS, an aggressive riding stance, and room for two adults. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard.
What else do I need to know?
The bike runs a mean looking twin can exhaust, and features ride-by-wire technology. It measures 2,060 mm long, 724 mm wide, 1,098 mm tall and has a 1,389 mm wheelbase. Ground clearance is rated at 145 mm while seat height is pegged at 790 mm.
Fuel tank capacity stands at 14.5 litres, which means that a respectable 300-350 Kms range is possible on this bike. It’ll be sold in 3 colours: Honda Racing Red, Anchor Gray Metallic and Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic.
When’s it launching in India?
For now, we have no information about whether Honda will launch this bike in India. The Indonesian market will get it first, later this year. From early 2017, other international markets will get this bike. Coming to India, there does exist plenty of space for it as the CBR 250R is priced under 2 lakhs, and as other similar twin cylinder bikes (Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3) cost over 4 lakh rupees (on-road) apiece. So, if Honda does decide to bring this bike to India, it has enough room to price it competitively, between 2-3 lakhs.