2011 Honda CBR250R first pictures

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Honda’s new CBR250R will go head-to-head with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R in 2011, these pictures released today reveal.

The all-new single cylinder CBR250R makes 26bhp from the new liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve single cylinder engine, and weighs 162kg fully-fuelled and ready to ride, compared to the Ninja 250R’s claimed figures of 32.2bhp and 169kg.

Honda is claiming impressive fuel range for the CBR250R – the firm states that the 13-litre fuel tank gives over 215 miles – that’s 75mpg, though the Ninja 250R has proved similarly economic in MCN tests.

The Honda CBR250R has a steel frame with unadjustable conventional forks and a Pro-Link rear shock. A single brake disc with a three-piston Nissin caliper provides braking power.

The Honda CBR250R’s styling is similar to the VFR1200F, but with sharper, sleeker lines and a HRC-inspired blue/white/red colour scheme (black is also available). Price is yet to be announced – expect it to be close to the Ninja 250R’s list price of £4099. A small accessories list comprising of a carbon look seat cowl, wheel rim stickers, tank pad, a purpose-designed tail pack and a u-lock will be offered alongside the Honda CBR250R.

Chris Newbigging

By Chris Newbigging