Honda launches new CBR250RR

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Honda has launched the full production version of the all-new CBR250RR in Indonesia where it will be built – but don’t get too excited if you live in Europe; we’re not getting this bike for the foreseeable future.

The CBR250RR was previewed with a ‘concept’ model last year which was presented as a track-only bike; this is now the bike that will go on sale in 2016 in certain markets.

Right now, those certain markets do not include the UK or Europe as Honda has no plans to get the bike certified for sale over here and there is nothing scheduled yet either.


The disappointment for European riders might be somewhat made a little easier to bear in that the CBR250RR might well be an early glimpse of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade which is going to be launched in a few months. The angular and rakish styling are sure to be very similar and we know the new Fireblade is getting a quad-LED headlight.

The lightweight sportsbike is powered by an all-new water-cooled four-stroke, four-valve, parallel-twin 250cc motor which Honda is aiming to have class-leading power. The engine has ride-by-wire, three riding modes.

The link to the larger models in the CBR range can be seen in the styling which features dual-LED front headlights along with the low-front, high-back end.

Honda’s press release adds: “The CBR250RR’s newly designed steel pipe truss frame realizes both strength and flexibility. Its swingarm is an aluminium gullarm, and with the right-side swing arm shaped to reduce exhaust pipe extrusion, allows the bike to be slimmer, while retaining bank angle.

“The suspension features high-rigidity inverted forks for the front, and Pro-link suspension featuring five-step preload for the rear. For the brakes, front and rear ABS is available (for the ABS model). Large 310mm diameter (front) and 240mm diameter (rear) wave discs provide outstanding stopping-power.

“The CBR250RR was first publicly introduced as a concept model, the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show last year, catching the attention of many motorcycle fans.”


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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter