CBR250R is a pretender
It's a pretend sport machine. Honda won all five of the 1966 World Grand Prix titles with multi-cylinder high revving motorcycles. Their 125 cc had five cylinders and could easily blow away the Norton 750cc commando that year. Now Honda introduces a weak single cylinder 250cc with specs that make me think that the old CB200 would be a match for it.
Couple that with the idiotic high rear pillion seat and the high footpegs and you have a machine that looks like a sport machine, but cannot even carry a passenger who isn't as small child. I can't say this is surprising. Honda doesn't even publish horsepower figures any longer. They have gone over to the dark side and market solely on image, not value or function.
They do occasionally come out with some brilliant development, such as the VFR1300F. But trying to get people used to shifting a motorcycle with the left hand using a button is a bit much. Their "styling" has also gone from rational to bizarre.
There has been some acknowledgement by Honda of all the lost sales from those of us who prefer the artistically relevant typical Japanese styling, such as that of the 1969 CB750 (which sold over 10 Million units). Even the Super Cub with it's 60 million in sales is esthetically pleasing.
Honda is firing blanks now and have been for a long time. The Gold Wing and all of their over 1 liter machines are laughable in their excessive size, but posses modest if not substandard performance compared to machines from their own past.
While they do well with their all out sport machines, those are for children, not the adult rider. If Honda has sold the 2007 CB750 in this country (USA) I imagine if would have brought back some of the market from the people who actually have the money to spend. It was certainly a beautiful machine.
As it is though, those of us who prefered the clean artistic Japanese machines of the 60s and 70s now have mostly turned to BMW, which gives us high tech and treats us like thinking adults.
Not long ago I was riding a borrowed Honda Shadow Aero 750cc. It skittered on the small ripples on our country roads, an experience I expected only from things like Harley-Davidsons which are notorious for poor handling. While the Aero had four valves per cylinder, liquid cooling, two cylinders and shaft drive, it felt like it couldn't get out of it's own way.
My first 750 was a CB750 with 68 hp. The 2006 Aero has only 42, even though it theoretically has a superior head design. Honda just doesn't seem to keep up technically with most of the machines I would buy.
My next machine is likely to be a BMW K machine, although I haven't decided which. They keep the faith in giving the buyer the higest available technology, instead of building a machine for the highest possible profits.