Bye-bye CBR250R, hello CBR300R

New look and bigger motor for sports single

Posted: 17 October 2013
by Visordown News

HONDA has revealed a surprise update to its CBR250R – giving it new bodywork and a bigger engine for 2014.

The new bike was revealed today in China, but has been confirmed as a ‘global’ model, to be made at the firm’s factory in Thailand just like its 250cc predecessor.

Honda hasn’t announced detailed specs just yet, but the name implies a 300cc engine – probably achieved by boring out the existing 250cc motor. The chassis and suspension appear unchanged, while the styling has a new, Fireblade-inspired nose instead of the VFR1200F-alike design of the CBR250R. Every body panel appears to be new, as is the exhaust.

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I think that's an improvement, wonder if the 125 will get a similar styling update.

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 13:18

Definatley looks good for a small bike and I understand the need in emmerging markets in Asia but I dont see where it fits over here, as surely it has direct competition from Hondas own CBR500 as they will both be looked at as commuter/A2 compliant bikes, and why would you chose this over the extra 200cc?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 13:57

Price and weight.

The 250 is currently £1000 cheaper and 32kg lighter than the 500, it's likely figures for the 300 will be similar to the 250.

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:23

I get what you are saying about the price and weight but im still not sure im convinced...

unless, yammaha and suzuki join the party with small sports bikes we can have a mini 300cc race series, that would be a good laugh! Kawasaki 300's, CBR's, KTM's new 390's I can see the carnage now lol

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:01

It does not look bad, but if price does not go down, i prefer the kawa

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:17

I don't really see this CBR 300 being a smash in the UK, the Ninja 300 hasn't sold well here. The bikes don't fit in that A2 slot. Should do well in the US and Australia where the ninja 300 has sold a lot of bikes

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:36

By A2 slot I mean 47HP. This bike won't have 35hp let alone 47hp and the Ninja 300 only has 39hp. Those few horses mean a lot in small bikes and I think that's why they just won't sell that well here.

The probably a perfect 400cc 47 hp bike that has yet to be made, we seem to be working our way towards it slowly with the 300 and the 500 Hondas

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:40

Single? I doubt it'll hit 30bhp, which is the figure that everyone will obsess over (rather than what matters, torque).

Agreed, it looks pointless for Europe, unless by some miracle they can reduce both the weight and the price.

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:06

Looks very nice. Perhaps a stylish commuter?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 19:53

I think they dropped the ball by it not being a twin. Imagine if they had a bike more like a Ninja 250, but with classic Honda build quality, that would be a no brainer, but a single?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 00:24

In fact I think the 350-400 category is much overlooked, but needed by due to licensing laws in so many countries. CBR350?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 00:35

My local Honda dealer, is getting a lot of cbr 250s in part exchange for guess what?[the 500 version].

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 16:40

CB300 is already in production so this version is a no-brainer, although for commuting I'd rather get an XR300SM variant. What's interesting is the trend to make 250cc bikes into 300cc and although it's only an extra 50cc, it really makes a difference to performance without burning much more fuel to do it. Sherco do a cool 300 dirt bike too - would love that in an SM version. I personally think this is about the optimum compromise for a small bike engine. I hope we start to see 300 singles, 600 twins, and 900 triples from Honda. A CBR900R triple would be awesome.

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 03:18

More shite....and you love it!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:17

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