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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Motorcycling needs new blood to ensure survival. Honda’s take on this is to attract people into motorcycling with a cheap, honest and stylish workhorse – and the CBR250R is it. This all-new machine is not just suited to restricted cat’ A licence holders, but also anyone who wants a simple, easy to ride, modern-dressed machine capable of returning high mpg figures.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The CBR isn’t fast-fast. With 26bhp at the crank it was never going to be furious. Instead it’s all about pleasure riding, looking good and, more importantly, gaining experience before moving further up the capacity ladder. But it would have been good if Honda eked out another 7bhp to meet the 33bhp limit. It’s happy to sit at 75mph for mile after mile and there’s not much in the way of vibration considering it’s a single-cylinder. Clutch, gearbox and fuelling are of the usual Honda quality, proving cheap doesn’t always mean cheap and nasty. Honda has made big claims about the 250’s fuel consumption, quoting 75mpg from rolling road tests. Doubtful this figure can be replicated on the open road, but if it does 60mpg we won’t complain.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Where Honda’s CBR excels is it big-bike looks and pleasing ride quality. Providing you haven’t got giraffe-like legs it has a roomy seating position. Legs can be picked up and moved about the pegs and there’s enough seat room to move backwards to accommodate long arms. Comfort is guaranteed and, all-in, gives the comforting sensations of sitting astride a high-barred 600 rather than a pumped up 125. Suspension is plush rather than budget soft and soggy – how the chassis will handle a pillion is difficult to say because this test wasn’t possible at the CBR’s world launch.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

For £3688 Honda has delivered a bike that is extremely basic but extremely functional. Everything that’s needed to make a modern motorcycle is attached ie catalyser, steering lock, digital dash etc. There is an ABS version but as yet no date has been set for UK shipping if indeed it happens.

Honda CBR250R (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,199
Dealer used prices
£2,770 (2011) - £3,600 (2013)
Private used prices
£2,430 (2011) - £3,240 (2013)
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Engine size 249 cc
Power 26 bhp
Top speed mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Honda has earned a reputation for making solid, reliable products. There’s no reason to think the CBR250R will be any different to the other models in its range even though it is built in Thailand – Honda quality is the same all over the world.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

To design a complete new bike, from frame to engine to the info dash, costs money. So how Honda is making money out of the keenly priced CBR is a mystery to us – Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R costs £861 more at £4549 and even Hyosung’s capable GT250R is £3799. Ok, so production costs are lower in Thailand, but a sports-styled Honda for only £3688? Blimey.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2011 – Intro of new CBR250R

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Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 26 bhp
Max torque 17.6 ft-lb
Weight 161 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 249 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4v four-stroke single-cylinder. Six gears
Frame Steel dual beam frame
Front suspension adjustment n/a
Rear suspension adjustment Adjustable for preload
Front brakes 1 x 296mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • such a fun ride

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had this bike for a year now. Starts every time, returns 72 mpg thrashed everywhere. easily sit at legal speed limits and can go faster. the best thing about this bike is the handling, it's so sweet, easy to throw about and holds it's line. this is my 6th bike (i've had 600cc Sports bikes and 750cc cruisers) The cbr 250r is my favourite bike to date. The 8000 mile service interval reduces the overall running costs but i do have issue with build quality on this motorcycle. the exhaust is prone to rusting and the stand and key barrel need regular oiling to prevent the seizing up. the buttons on the dash require excessive pressing to operate....the other down side is that i find the bike tiring on motorway journeys over 2 hours (more than other bikes i've owned) With hindsight i would still buy this bike because it looks good, runs well, is cheap to own and service and has made me a better rider than the larger capacity bikes i've owned but above all is such a fun bike to ride.

    25 January 2013

  • Stepping up to a 250

    pmalcricket

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I returned to biking in June 2011 after a 25 year gap. Bought a second hand 125 Varadero in beautiful condition and thought it would be enough. Whilst it was a great machine, it just didn't have enough power on the open road - especially when overtaking - so I decided to change. Very little in the 250 market, however, having always been a Honda man I gravitated towards the CBR. And I'm glad I did. I've only had the bike for 10 days, however the difference between this and the Varadero is enormous. Obviously, as it's new, the engine is still tight and I'm giving it about 300 miles at a steady pace to help break it in. However, once warmed up the motor is eager and pulls strongly in all gears. Riding position is good and there's more protection from the screen and fairing than I expected. It is a really smart looker (I bought the tri colour version) and the build quality is spot on. The six speed gearbox is well spaced and acceleration is smooth and consistent throughout. I'm noticing a bit of vibration through the handlebars but I gather others have experienced a similar thing. I can only hope this will go as the engine beds in and no doubt the first service will nip things up a bit. Overall I'm a happy man and I think that my purchase will see me through many years of happy motorcycling .....but that's what I said about the Varadero!

    01 October 2012

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    bikerstar

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've owned my CBR250R from new for a whole year and am still blown-away by its overall performance. The handling is sharp and agile, the engine is very quick for a 250cc single and provides loads of torque, and it cruises easily at 80mph. It's also reliable, very cheap to run, has a good build quality, looks smart and is comfortable to ride.

    12 June 2012

  • Excellent all-rounder!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike new and have been running it for seven months. It's simply brilliant and its big-bike looks are very smart! The handling is sharp and its light weight makes it very agile. I've turned up the rear-shock pre-load to 4 which improves it's poise and it's also happy with a pillion, but I'm told the rear seat isn't very comfortable beyond 20 miles! The single-cylinder engine is very responsive across the entire rev-band and it sounds nice too! Okay, it's not the fastest of bikes, but it's fast enough and you'll still lose your licence if you get carried away. The economy is great, returning an average 80+ mpg, road-tax is cheap and it's only Ins Group-9 (not 13), so it's an absolute no-brainer if you're thinking about getting one. Well done, Honda, for producing a bike that's entirely suited to the troubled economic times we're enduring!

    13 March 2012

  • great little bike

    marayder

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Moving on doesn't always mean moving up! (cc's) I have had my CBR250R for 4 months now, genuine 80+ to the gallon easy motorway cruising (75 no prob's) nippy around town, and I have found that nearly every trip is achieved in the same amount of time.Moving down from an 800 was a good move, forget the BHP thing, it's torque that matters and where it is produced in the rev range> At 57 I need economy more than bragging rights and boy do I have that. Overall I am very pleased indeed with my choice,( even the exhaust!what's wrong with it for heavens sake?)

    08 August 2011

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    Average rating rating is 3

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  • Rear Suspension

    CAR007

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Took a test ride on the CBR 250. It was a delight. Being accustomed to a GPZ 1100, I had expected to find it sadly lacking,but found it to be a proper little bike. My only dissapointment was a stiff rear suspension at low/medium speeds. I had expected that it had been set by last user with a high pre load but in fact it is non adjustable and that greatly surprised me.

    06 July 2011

  • cheapest shopping online

    gegedeai

    Average rating rating is 5

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    12 April 2011

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  • MPG

    Tiffer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    MPG: 83 on a run / 70 round town or thrashing it

    01 April 2011

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Insurance

Insurance group 13 has to be a joke... the CBR600F is only group 14...

01 April 2011 01:20

petezx9r

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progress

My Suzuki x7 in 1976 was 120kg and had 30Bhp after 35 years of progress this is what we have got, i feel sorry for the kids of today

30 March 2011 17:33

Andy949494

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Won't complain about 60mpg!

I would be disgusted with 60mpg out of a 250 particularly a single unless it was all short journeys. Admittedly on a reasonably long commute (55 miles each way) but my kawasaki 250R Ninja used to get close to 74mpg every day (I only filled it up every other day), my ER6 used to give around 63 and the Deau gives 56 (As measured by Fuelly over the last 11000 miles). Also back in the 1980s Bike Magazine tested the Kawasaki Z200 (single) and averaged 80mpg. Not bad when you realise that included speed testing - they reckoned its top speed was 80mph and it had 20BHP.

I don't think thats the biggest problem with this bike though. The biggest problem is the new 50BHP limit thats coming in a few years courtesy of the eec. No one will want a 26BHP bike then...

26 March 2011 23:02

joeslow

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Group 13

Why group 13?

Seems far too high to me for a 250 single, perhaps the insurance companies have it down as a trail bike and expect it to be nicked every 5 minutes by spotty youths. I would put it in the 6 or 7 group.

As for the lack of power, I guess the restrictive ugly exhaust system does not help, lets hope the mpg is outstanding to make up for the claimed 26bhp.

26 March 2011 09:19

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