The Honda CBR250R Reignites the 250cc Market

After the muted response to the VFR1200F, mostly due to the issue of its touring range, Honda seemed to be lying low while the likes of Ducati and Triumph dominate the headlines.  That is however until now.  It seems the Milan show will be Honda’s staging ground to retake the market lead with the CBR250R, its ‘Crossover’ the VFR800x, and a concept 1200cc machine.

Focusing on the CBR250R for now this looks to light a fire under just passed their test bikers everywhere, but especially in Europe where new regulations are due altering the size of engine new bikers can access.  It looks to challenge Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 and most likely will be priced competitively at around the £4000 mark.  Honda seems to have put a lot of thought into this bike to give it an all-round appeal and should be a huge hit.  Given its VFR styyling Honda apparently want to give its range a stand out look which, like or loath the VFR’s new shell, it makes a change from the homogeneous sports bike look blighting a number of companies at the minute.

Honda says of its new bike;

What was on our minds during the development of new CBR? It was to realize an attractive quarter model that can meet the demands of the times to come and provide customers all over the world with joy and at an affordable price. What we aimed at was the ‘Sport Quarter for One World, CBR250R.’

Our passion is embodied in various aspects of this motorcycle such as its displacement, frame size, driving stability, and riding position. These features were optimized for riders of all kinds, from beginners to experienced riders, so that they can feel the fun of maneuvering, which is fundamental to motorcycle riding.

A sporty feel that riders get the moment they mount and ride the motorcycle is pursued without sacrificing ease of use, in search of the optimum balance between the two. Nimble acceleration that can be felt the moment the throttle is opened, a feel of smooth rev-up in the high-speed range, linear vibration characteristics that do not discomfort riders, and a variety of equipment features such as a rear grip that provides a sense of comfort when riding in tandem-with this list of features, we are confident that customers will be satisfied without exception.


Below are specs for the bike as well as Honda’s promotional video.

You’ll find lots more details on the CBR’ s dedicated site at http://world.honda.com/CBR250R/index.html

Honda CBR250R Specs

Sales name CBR250R
Model type Honda MC41
Overall length × Overall width × Overall height (m) 2.035 × 0.720 × 1.125
Wheelbase (m) 1.370
Ground clearance (m) 0.145
Seat height (m) 0.780
Curb weight (kg) 161 (STD) 165 (ABS)
Riding capacity (No. of people) 2
Minimum turning radius (m) 2.5
Engine type CS250RE, liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Displacement (cm³) 249
Bore × Stroke (mm) 76.0 × 55.0
Compression ratio 10.7
Fuel supply system Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Starter type Self-starter
Ignition type Full-transistor battery ignition
Lubricating type Wet sump
Fuel tank capacity (L) 13
Clutch type Wet multiplate with coil springs
Transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Transmission gear ratio 1-speed 3.333
2-speed 2.118
3-speed 1.571
4-speed 1.304
5-speed 1.115
6-speed 0.963
Reduction gear ratio (primary, secondary) 2.808 / 2.714
Caster angle/Trail (mm) 25º00´/ 95
Tire size Front 110/70-17M/C
Rear 140/70-17M/C
Brake type Front Hydraulic disk
Rear Hydraulic disk
Suspension type Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)
Frame type Diamond

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New 2011 Triumph Speed Triple Appears (Briefly) On-line

Sharp sighted web surfers caught photos of the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple in the accessories section of the company’s web site, for the brief amount of time they appeared.  The bike is due to be revealed next week but web site preparations have blown that carefully set up PR exercise.

Earlier reports of technical tweaks and little else weren’t totally accurate as it’s clear there’s new lights and styling cues to the highly successful naked.  Head over to MCN for a couple of more shots.

Somebody in Triumph’s IT department will be hiding under their desk..

BMW K1600 GT and Ducati ‘Super Monster’ Updates

As a quick update to two of the stories we featured last week some more details have emerged about the new 6 cylinder tourers from BMW and a striking mock up image of the new bike Ducati were testing near its factory recently.

As featured in our story ‘BMW Announces the K1600GT & K1600GTL 6 Cylinder Tourers’ one of the many technical marvels which will be available on these bikes is Adaptive Headlights.  BMW has now released a short video showcasing the feature and how it works.

…and following on from the spy shots of what could be a V-Max challenging Monster from Ducati, featured by RTWW here ‘A new Monster has escaped from Ducati’ a CGI image as appeared on-line to give a better idea of how the bike might look based on the details we’ve already seen.

Is this the Ducati Super-Monster?

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Snapped Out & About, The New BMW K1600LT Tourer

A snap shot of the rumored BMW K1600LT has shed some light on the new tourer from the German company.

This was one of the bikes mentioned by BMW at the unveiling of their six-cylinder engine in concept form at the Milan Motorcycle Show.

While the concept bike looked awesome it does make a bit more sense to build a big tourer around it, and as always, when it comes to sensible decisions, BMW delivers.  More details as we get them.

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Playboy gets into Motorcycles

Playboy has been the epitome of cool for decades, and now in 2010 it has made the connection with the world’s other source of ultimate cool, motorcycles!  Rather than handing its ‘Playmate of the Year’ for 2010, Hope Dworaczyk, a car along with $100,000 as a prize, this year the vehicle of choice was arguably the best sports bike currently available, the BMW S1000RR.

Here’s another picture of Miss Dworaczyk which doesn’t feature a motorcycle, but is ahhh …interesting all the same : )

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The Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle Show

Last Saturday RTWW was at the Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle show, and the RTWW Flickr page has been updated with some pictures from the day.  The show was well attended as always and benefited from fantastic weather (This Editor still has the sunburn to show for it!)

The show featured a good collection of bikes and trikes from all eras, alongside classic British cars from the last few decades.

Stunt shows from former European extreme stunt riding Champion Kevin Carmichael http://www.kevincarmichael.com/

…and Relentless UKFMX http://www.ukfmx.com/

…were expertly done and great fun for the crowds.  Other features of the day were the fashion show and judging of the best bikes and cars attending the show.

This was the 8th show at the Elim Church and many of those regular attendees said it was the best yet.  Well done to the organisers and RTWW is looking forward to next years show.

Pictures from the Show are available on our Flickr Photostream

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RTWW has a Flickr acc that from time to time we update with pictures from track days, shows, and news images.  We’d love to get pictures of you and your ride for a photoset of bikers from all over the world.  Send us pics of you with your pride and joy, at track days, touring, doing something funny, in bizzare circumstances, even sexy (don’t go overboard i.e. no lovin your exhaust etc etc.  A 6’4″ Hell’s Angel pouting will be sexy enough!)

Send them to pictures@ridethewildwind.co.uk and we’ll get you online for all to see!