Honda CBR250RR is the ultra light sportsbike that may launch in India; comes equipped with throttle-by-wire technology and different engine modes
CBR250RR has been quite an anticipated sports bike in recent times. The Japanese two wheeler maker took the covers off the bike in Indonesia a few months ago. The stunningly designed and sharp chiselled bike was first showcased in its concept form at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Indian riders will be craving to get a sportsbike like this, especially considering the untapped potential in the 250cc space, but disappointingly its market entry has so far been neglected. Build on a new frame and powered by freshly developed engine, the CBR250RR has all the ingredients to become a successful handling-obsessed sportsbike in the quarter-litre class. Staying true to its concept, many of the styling and performance enhancing elements are retained. Here’s everything you need to know about the CBR250RR performance sport bike:
Honda CBR250RR India Launch
The long-awaited 2017 CBR250RR was launched first in Indonesia. Currently the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed the sportsbike for its home and Southeast Asian markets only. Since it can be a hit in emerging market like India, where the 200 cc plus performance bikes are largely appreciated in recent times, we can expect the launch sometime in 2018. The CBR250RR holds the distinction of being the fastest and most powerful motorcycle in 250cc segment.
Honda CBR250RR Expected Price
If the thumping CBR250RR doesn’t make it to India, we can hope for a RC390 and R3 rival which is said to be in the pipeline. We predict a price range in the region between Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 3.5 lakh by being a CBU import.
CBR250RR Engine, Specification and Performance
Honda hasn’t officially revealed the power and torque figures officially yet but only said it is aiming class-leading performance. Its rivals the Ninja make 32.5 bhp at 11,000 rpm while Yamaha R25 produce 35.5 bhp at 12,000 pm but the newly developed 249.7 cc, PGM-FI, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, 8V, 4-Stroke, engine has been said to make 38.7 PS at 12,500 rpm, 23.3 Nm at 10,500 rpm and comes coupled with a six-speed manual transmission.
It features Throttle-By-Wire System with Accelerator Position Sensor ensuring swift response and smoother power delivery and is claimed to hit 167.4 kmph by an Indonesian publication on its V box testing although the speedo indicated 179 kmph maximum. Added to that, the bike comes with three different riding modes, which are Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Honda Motorcycle says the CBR250RR has the design influenced by the MotoGP department and you can’t really argue with them.
|Engine||249.7 cc, PGM-FI, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, 8V, 4-Stroke|
|Power, Torque and Transmission||38.7 PS at 12,500 rpm, 23.3 Nm at 10,500 rpm and six-speed manual (one-down all-up)|
|Clutch/Oil Capacity||Multi-plate wet clutch and coil spring/ 1.9 litres|
|Throttle System||Throttle-By-Wire System with Accelerator Position Sensor|
|Bore x Stroke/Compression Ratio||62.0 mm x 41.4 mm/ 11.5:1|
|Suspension||Front Inverted Telescopic/Aluminium Swing Arm (5 way adjustable mono pro-link system)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14.5 Litres|
|Top Speed||168 kmph|
|Brakes (Hydraulic Disc Dual Piston front/Hydraulic Disc Single Piston rear)||310 mm front disc/240 mm rear disc (with optional dual channel ABS)|
|Battery Type||MF 12V -7Ah|
The all-new quarter-litre-class sport bike measures 2,060 mm in length, 724 mm in width, 1,098 mm in height and 1,389 mm in wheelbase. It features a 144.7 mm ground clearance and has 790 mm seat height with the fuel tank capacity standing at 14.5 litres. A twin-piston Nissin caliper is linked with the single 310 mm front disc while a single-piston caliper is fitted to the 240 mm rear rotor.
1,389 (all in mm)
|Seat Height||790 mm|
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Curb Mass||168 kg with ABS
165 kg standard
|Frame Type||Truss Frame|
The 2017 CBR250RR comes available in three colors: Anchor Graymetallic, Honda Racing Red and Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic.
Honda CBR250RR Exterior and Features
In terms of design, the bike features dual sharp LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, nicely sculpted fairing, and integrated LED turn indicators. The bike also sports clip on handle bars, completely digital race spec instrument cluster, massive fuel tank, split step up seats and twin barrel exhausts. The CBR250RR looks very aggressive and perfectly sits as a sports bike against its healthy rivals from Yamaha and Kawasaki.
Talking about the bike Mr. Kenji Kawai of Honda Motorcycle R & D says, the chassis of the CBR250RR has been designed in such manner, which enables the rider to seat comfortably, even during higher speed runs. Also despite using the lightweight material to the bike, the strong metals have been used, which enhance the rigidity of the CBR250RR. It sits on the newly developed steel truss frame with aluminium gull type right side swingarm shaped to reduce exhaust pipe extrusion and allowing the bike to be leaner while retaining bank angle.
Honda CBR250RR Key Rivals
It will compete globally against the likes of Yamaha R25 and Kawasaki Ninja 250. Honda will likely introduce a larger displacing CBR to take on KTM RC390, Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 300.