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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Triumph’s 2011 Tiger, Thunderbird Storm, & Speed Triple on Video

Triumph has released a flashy video showcasing models from its upcoming 2011 range.  Included in the video are the new Speed Triple, Tiger adventure bike, models from the cruiser range, and more.  Triumph have got a lot of good PR mileage out of the Cologne Motorcycle show this week, with the only hiccup being the new headlights on the Speed Triple.  Next year is looking very good for the company’s finances, and ever growing popularity.

The 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple

 

The 2011 Triumph Tiger

 

The 2011 Triumph America

A New Video of the KTM 125 Duke

Obviously trying, a bit desperately, to appeal to the ‘yoof” generation KTM has a new video up of its soon to be released 125cc bike, The KTM 125 Duke.

Despite the video’s apparent target market this looks to be an efficient sporty looking machine, and hopefully will encourage more young people to take up riding in the face of drastically falling numbers of new bikers.

It’s Friday! Be Happy and Dance!

Editor Nick here.  Had to post this, I’m sorry but I just had to.  It’s a querk of mine to post a Friday Happy Dance on Twitter and Facebook every week and my good friends over at @ottawagoodtime sent me a Biker Friday Happy Dance.

On looking on YouTube it would appear there’s a whole subculture of dancing bikers posting videos of them suited and booted busting some moves.  Have you done this?  Send us a link in the comments below.  One of the videos you’ll have to watch on YouTube as embedding has been disabled but it’s worth it. Enjoy and Happy Friday! 🙂

Video from The Belfast Custom Bike Show

One of our readers sent in a movie from the 2010 Belfast Custom Bike Show, and it’s pretty cool.  Check it out below and many thanks to Marty for sending it our way.

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2010 Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z Official Commercial Video

Yamaha has released its official commerical video for the 2010 Super Tenere XT1200Z and it looks pretty sharp.  Check it out below..

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA on Video.

Below we’ve got a couple of videos featuring the new Suzuki GSX1250FA.  Early word on the bike is very positive with the general consensus being that it’s a good all-rounder capable of commuting, weekend blasting, and touring.  Also it’s the price that’s drawing most attention with the UK price tag of £6795 which is more than reasonable for a bike with the GSX1250FA’s spec.  The first video is Suzuki’s own glossy teaser for the bike, and the second is from MCNs brief try of the bike at its launch in Spain.

RTWW featured the Suzuki GSX1250FA in an earlier post here.

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