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Honda officially reveals CBR250RR

No plans to sell it in the UK – but we still could see 350cc version

WE’VE seen it as a concept and more recently in teaser videos – and now we have the first official pictures of the Honda CBR250RR following its launch in Indonesia today.

A press release confirms it’s a 250cc parallel-twin – unlike the existing single-cylinder CBR300R - and reveals it’s got a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes.

It’s got an all-new steel frame with a gull-arm-type aluminium swing-arm, a five-step pre-load adjustable shock and upside-down fork.

It’s due to be launched in Japan at a later date but there are no plans for it to be sold in Europe, according to a Honda spokesman in the UK.

However, we always knew this exact model wouldn’t be sold here, where its main competition would be the bigger Yamaha R3 and KTM RC390. Instead rumour suggests we’ll see a bigger version, possibly up to 350cc in size and renamed the CBR350RR accordingly.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Read our Yamaha R3 vs KTM RC390 back-to-back test.

Comments

gunshot72's picture

Great looking bike. Well done Honda.

Before somebody says 250cc is too small. Keep in mind indonesia and japan are 250cc markets where market caps exist based on their country laws and insurance rates. They get this 250cc model to rival the 36ps R25 and Ninja 250 which are 250cc variants of the 300cc R3 and N300 respectively. So expect a CBR 350RR(320cc) variant to hit the market at Tokyo Motor Show in October or EICMA next February. That will be the global market bike. But for a twin, this bike sounds effing great with aftermarket pipes. For anyone curious watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk9pQfzxe6g

snave's picture

fat Europeans to go on diets.

BubbaDaytona's picture

We get a copy of the Ninja 250/300, just like the R3. They are pretty all much the same, except the Kawasaki still has the slipper/assist clutch.
Come on, does a low HP bike really need electronic riding modes?
It's better than the single, but hardly notable, still has cheap suspension.
I guess petal rotors are still a thing.

Showa designed that suspension exclusively for the bike in Japan and it was built at Showa's Indonesian plant.
Didn't know Showa USDs were cheap. They're infinitely better than the crappy forks the rival motorcycles are equipped with for sure.

Does a low hp bike need electronic modes? Maybe maybe not. What if it alters the power delivery between linear and chasing peak power up the rev range? could be handy for commuting and you flick a button its an angry track bike. KTM offers it for their 390 don't they?

snave's picture

Actually the 390 has no power modes either. Nor does it need any.

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