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2011 Honda CBR250R First Look

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The new CBR250R mimics the lines of its sporting Honda kin  like the VFR1200  but the big question remains: How much will the entry-level CBR cost
Honda brings its 250 sportbike to the U.S. with the new 2011 Honda CBR250R.
Honda will take a stab at the entry-level sportbike market with its 2011 CBR250R. The 250 CBR gets its first taste of American shores where it will directly challenge Kawasaki’s genre-defining Ninja 250R.

A liquid-cooled 249.4cc Single powers the CBR250R (Ninja 250 is a Parallel Twin), with a 76mm bore and 55mm stroke. A four-valve head tops the Single, actuated by dual overhead cams. Smoothing out the Single’s inherent vibes is a counterbalanced shaft. Where the Ninja 250R is carbureted (to reduce costs and keep price as low as possible), the CBR will utilize Honda’s programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI). A six-speed gear box will divvy out the power, with a final chain drive.

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The new CBR’s chassis features a non-adjustable 37mm fork, with Honda’s Pro-link rear suspension offering five-position preload adjustment. Steering geometry consists of a 25-degree rake and 95mm (3.74 inches) trail. Wheelbase is 53.9 inches, while seat height rings in at 30.9 inches. A small bike, the CBR250 rolls on street standard 17-inch wheels, with a claimed curb weight of 359 pounds (Ninja 250 375 pounds).

Braking comes via a single 296mm front disc with a two-piston floating Nissin caliper. Out back a second disc, 220mm, has a single-piston caliper putting on the squeeze. The big news in the braking, however, is the 2011 CBR250R’s optional combined ABS. The combined ABS system adds another piston to the front braking arrangement, with the rear pedal actuating a combined braking force front and rear. The front brake operates independently.
Honda brings its 250 sportbike to the U.S. with the new 2011 Honda CBR250R.
The new CBR250R mimics the lines of its sporting Honda kin, like the VFR1200, but the big question remains: How much will the entry-level CBR cost?

Stylewise the new CBR looks an awful lot like the new VFR1200, particularly the layered fairing. Instrumentation behind the tallish windscreen is an analog tach sitting atop a digital speedo, which is centered on the blue backlit LCD area.

The biggest question mark with the little Honda is its price tag, which is still to be determined. Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R retails for $3999. Recently speaking with Kawasaki reps, we learned the Japanese marque is willing to break even on the 250 with the rationale that a Ninja 250 purchase today equals a Ninja ZX-6R or ZX-10R purchase tomorrow. And how integral is the Ninja 250 in the Kawasaki lineup? It’s the top-selling unit!

"This is really an amazing machine we're adding to Honda's list of models for 2011," said Honda Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "The CBR250R is specifically aimed at new riders, yet it's packed full of high-tech features and offers great performance, all in a lightweight, affordable package. This new model expands another segment of the market for Honda buyers."
2011 Honda CBR250R ABS
Big Red will offer up an CBR250R which utilizes the companies combined ABS technology.

True, the 250 power and performance may not generate as much excitement as near 200 horsepower production Superbikes, but the little CBR250R is Honda’s biggest news in the 2011 sportbike model lineup. The CBR250R will be built in Thailand and launched globally in November.

2011 Honda CBR250R Specifications
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement: 249.4cc
Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Fueling: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Suspension Front: 37mm fork
Suspension Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five-position preload adjustment
Brakes Front: Single 296mm disc with two-piston Nissin calipers
Brakes Rear: Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Optional ABS
Tires Front: 110/70-17 radial
Tires Rear: 140/70-17 radial
Rake/Trail: 25.0 degrees / 95mm (3.74 inches)
Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Colors: Metallic Black, Red/Silver
Curb Weight: 359 pounds / 368 pounds (ABS)
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Powerband   May 22, 2011 11:13 PM
I want to get an exhaust system for the CBR 250R, but don't really know which one to get. I've had some of the big name products but honestly they are almost all of the same design and look like they come from the same factory. My friend just signed up for a sponsorship program at JetsetRacing.com and they sent him a pipe, and all i could say was wow, that exhaust sounded badass ! and looked even more badass with cnc parts and I could feel a big difference after testing my friends bike. Has anyone ever heard of them before? From what I understand they do a lot of private work and R & D for other companies.
Errol Dickson   March 19, 2011 12:07 PM
Errol M Dickson- HONDA ACHIEVED THE IMPOSSIBLE! per Cycle World magazine(April 2011 issue) the 2011 HONDA CBR250R 'in actual instrumented testing at 2500 feet on level terrain, the CBR managed 87 mph'. Also on page 71 of this issue, '95 mph indicated at 10,000 rpm'. And even more amazing is the mileage of 57 mpg. Thank you HONDA for bringing this phenomenal motorcycle to the marketplace at only $3999(including fuel-injection, 6 speed transmission, radial ply tires, handsome red/silver color combination and very elegant light grey color mag wheels)....within the reach of every motorcyclist. HONDA, follow the leader?, absolutely! The inaugural year of 2011 will most assuredly become a collectors item for the state-of-the-art 2011 HONDA CBR250R. Congratulations to HONDA for a job very well done!.
Errol M Dickson   March 18, 2011 09:35 AM
ABS is a brilliant idea on a bike like this! Since the front brake provides 70% of the total braking force and beginners may grab too much brake in an emergency situation(God forbid rain or snow), the combined ABS feature will undoubtedly be worth its weight in gold and will provide a much higher motorcycle resale value. The combined ABS safety feature adds a third piston to the front brake caliper and the servo/computer interface determines the correct percentage of optimum braking force to apply to the radial-ply tires. No guess work for the rider is involved as to how much stopping power to safely use. The technology is available and at a very reasonable price, so please avail yourself of this great option! Thank you HONDA for bringing this superlative motorcycle (the Honda CBR250R) to the marketplace at only $3999.....within the reach of every motorcyclist!
Neil -Still prefer the Kawi  February 1, 2011 11:35 AM
First of all, I think the Ninja 250r is a much better looking bike. Maybe not a big factor for some but for me it is. I do like that the Honda has Fuel Injection rather than carbs. Nice feature over the Ninja. ABS however is a stupid idea on a bike like this. The whole purpose of this class of bike is for beginners to learn how to ride. They will never learn proper braking and control with ABS. Hopefully every subsequent bike these people ride on after this CBR 250 will also have ABS or they will be in some trouble!
andrew -how fast can it go  January 27, 2011 07:51 PM
whats the top speed and how long does it take to get there.
Dave D -ridem all  January 19, 2011 08:55 AM
Probably gonna have to scream it alot,but its gonna be reliable,w/cooling, FI, balancer, high rev valve train. got to realize its only a 250 but will still be fast on the tight back roads. And its a Honda. After market stuff soon to follow,should be a fun little bike, set your sights right!!
rizwan -mr  January 17, 2011 08:58 PM
http://hondamc2011.com/bikes/cbr250r/ for more details
speedy jepoy -the new apple of my eye  January 8, 2011 04:16 AM
i wil buy this monster bike as soon as it launches in the philippines mark my word. be ready for a war bike fanatics hahahahah........... lol
Rocky -Cbr 250r  January 2, 2011 01:42 AM
I like this bike.... Wow! What a bike.
TJ -Looks good, apprently cheap and reliable but...  December 21, 2010 08:35 AM
Looks good, apprently cheap and reliable but... It sounds weaker than my lawnmower. Hopefully we can change the pipe to look more like a pipe and sound more like a motorbike than a lawnmower/scooter.
saikamaldoss -Please give me a break  December 20, 2010 04:00 PM
the Ninja 250 carb version produces 32BHP and the Indian FI version only makes 25.4bhp @ 10500RPM and the top speed is 158km/h U.S Tech sites tested the cbr250r and they hit 70mph @7500RPM and the redline is @ 10500RPM and can reach 156kmph.which is the true speed and not the speed-o with error
Anonymous -a very good bike...  December 13, 2010 12:38 AM
see..whatever honda has done for cbr250r is well and good for india...
u know why???coz traffic in india is too much....so release of abs version[which activates the front brake even if only rear is applied] of cbr250r is the best thing we should note...the abs version costs Rs.1,45,000* and the regular version costs Rs.1,30,000* while the ninja costs around Rs.3,04,000* which tells us that cbr 250r is much cheaper...

cbr 250r has a PGM-Fi[programmed fuel injection] which renders more mileage...
Kawasaki ninja 250r has a carburreted engine which gives less mileage.If ninja had a PGM-Fi engine, it would have given a better mileage
twin cylinders of ninja increase its mileage a little....

similarly, if cbr250r was to have a twin cylinder engine it would have given a better mileage...but single cylinder is not a very big problem...the decrease in mileage has been cancelled by using a pgm-fi engine....only thing is that ninja 250r has 32bhp power and cbr250r gives out 26bhp power....

u can buy ninja250r if you want to spend about a lakh of rupees for just 6bhp power..



*all costs ex-showroom delhi


SaiKamalDoss -Please guys..  December 9, 2010 07:14 AM
ok lets talk facts. please do notice that the bike is a single cylinder taken of a cbr100rr along with the technology. u can relax and not to worry about tappet sound or engine heating up. this little engine is more than what you think it is. the valve system uses shim type and u can beat the hell out of it and will still be smooth and the crank comes with counterweight to smooth out the engine at high speeds. what honda did : took a cbr1000RR and took one cylinder out of it and reduced the compression ratio from 12.3:1 to 10:7:1 and lowered the RPM from 13000 to 8500 :) so if you increase the compression and rpm back to original, your CBR250R will produce 44BHP :) and can reach 225km/h 26.7bhp@8500 RPM
ryan -Clean up in aisle 3  December 6, 2010 04:00 PM
WHY!? I mean.... Ninja 250 competition would be GREAT! Affordable and efficient commuter bikes are a niche void that i would like to see more options in, but this is not what we were looking for. What we really need is something that emulates the look of a supersport (ala Ninja 250) with a bit more power so it doesn't have to be cranked at freeway speed. IMO Kawasaki should have updated the Ninja 500 and dropped the 250. It's not much more powerful, just more torque.
Liam -Australian Market  December 6, 2010 02:53 AM
does anyone know when it will arrive in australia? its on the australian website. its such a nice looking bike so definatly keen on getting one after being in an accident on my cbf 250, honda makes the best bikes :)
sly -Look  December 3, 2010 11:49 PM
It's still not satisfy me. Looks like a naked bike. Ninja 250 more awesome. The tyres looks small.
CBR250R -Twins Aren't Necessarily Faster  December 3, 2010 09:14 AM
For all those skeptical about price, the 2011 Honda CBR250R will retail for $3999 (U.S.) and the ABS version for $4499 (U.S).

Kawasaki Ninja 250R (250 cc Parallel twin)

Wet Weight 374 lbs
HP* 25.4 @ 10250RPM
Torque 13.2 ft-lbs @ 9500 RPM
Redline 13000 RPM
Fuel Economy (EPA) 61 mpg
Observed (spirited riding) 50 mpg
* - rear wheel, measured on Area P dyno.


Yamaha WR 250X (250 cc Single cylinder)

Wet Weight 299 lbs
HP* 27.7 @ 9000 RPM
Torque 16.9 ft-lbs @ 8200 RPM
Redline 11500 RPM
Fuel Economy (EPA) 71 mpg
Observed (spirited riding) 54 mpg
* - rear wheel, measured on Area P dyno.
Aaron -Please Honda  December 1, 2010 10:41 AM
This is not a CBR, it is a VFR. How about bringing out a suitable CBR? like you used to have? 4 cylinders, massive revs, great weight and power.
xhm -not in race with Ninjette  December 1, 2010 05:16 AM
33bhpian Ninja probably ain't competing with this 25-26bhpian. But Honda=Quality.It can be used from point to point commuting to weekend fun riding or interstate bash. But The Real Surprise of This Motorcycle is Its Pricing. Less than 1.5lakh Rupees In India!!!!!!WOW!
Ucopz -Good looking & safety.  November 26, 2010 12:07 AM
I think this bike great also can saving fueling.
Dr.Parikshit Teke -best bike  November 24, 2010 04:04 AM
honda cbr is nice bike but in india there also other bike can give that responce like this bike give like pulsar 220 only in 1900$
Errol M Dickson -Top Speed of 1975 Honda CB 200  November 18, 2010 06:58 AM
Per BIKEZ.COM the top speed for the 1975 Honda CB200 is 77mph. The twin cylinder engine was rated at 17hp @9000rpm and the motorcycle had a wet weight of 313 pounds. Per MOTORCLESPECS.CO.ZA the top speed is 80 mph for the Honda CB200.
cb200 -response to Dan - Better than a scooter?  November 17, 2010 06:20 AM
The reasons why this bike is better than a scooter are... It is way cooler looking. The upright standard riding position will likely be more comfortable than the feet forward cruiser position of the bigger scoots (250cc and larger) It should easily out perform even much larger scooters yet maintain better fuel economy. Riding motorcycles/Shifting is fun. I've owned 4 scooters, 250cc-600cc. I really like the twist and go along with the storage space. I don't like the riding position on any of them, at least for longer distances. I don't like the clunky ,vibrating chatter that happens on every scooter, during initial acceleration due to the CVT grabbing. I don't like the looks/design/plastic of any of them. I don't like the size and heft compared to equivalent motorcycles. I like the look of this new Honda, Not sure about the single. IF Honda would make something that looks like this but with a 400cc engine... Powerful enough to ride Highways, Small enough to maneuver in town and maintain 55-65 mpg overall. Integrated hard bags and an double clutch as options....I would be on it in a heart beat. The current Japanese 650cc bikes marketed as "beginner" bikes ( they are not)miss the mark. Style wise they are just ok looking. They use too much fuel are too big and heavy to be enjoyed in the city.. I also don't need to out pace a corvette to 100mph. Just some random thoughts.
Cb200 -response to Devil Machine.. CB200  November 17, 2010 05:39 AM
Devil Machine - " my first bike was a 1975 CB200T (200cc twin) which would do an indicated 90MPH" I currently own four bikes, One is a 74 cb200. It is the best looking and best sounding bike I own, it's also a blast around town but 90mph? My bike has 5000 miles, rebuilt and synchronized carbs, Valves adjusted per spec.. idols perfectly at 1200 rpm and I'm lucky to maintain 60mph and hit a top speed of 70mph (with the right conditions). If I hit a straight even patch I can cruise at 65mph but the moment I reach a slight incline, or headwind, I'll dip way down and struggle to hold 50-55 mph. I post on a number of classic honda boards and I've never heard of anyone reaching any where near 90mph on a CB200. Great looks, Great sound, reliable and a blast to ride but fast, it's not... I have 250cc scooters (Helix and Morphous) that are considerably faster than the cb200.
Commuter/Dirt Rider -Owned (5) Ninja 250s  November 16, 2010 04:10 PM
I am a lifelong dirtbiker and have owned several Ninja 250s over the years and I can attest to their cult status. I just traded in my '01 Ninja for the 2010, only ride it for commuting, and it is one heck of a machine. I cannot see a single cylinder engine being able to really compete with a twin like the 3.9 liter V8 in my Range Rover and my 4 liter V6 in my Jeep. The low end torque and overall powerband just cannot compare. Ok, a Range Rover and a Jeep engine are different qualities but I doubt you are going to get anywhere near the almost 40HP I get from my upgraded exhaust, carb, and intake Ninja. I also have Michelin 150/70/17 rears and my Ninja rides like a bigger (not heavier)bike. CBR250 at whatever msrp, goodluck.
Errol M Dickson -The 2011 Honda CBR250: A Sophisticated, Feature-Rich And Well-Rounded Motorcycle!  November 13, 2010 09:45 PM
The 2011 Honda CBR250 provides high levels of precision and accuracy in steering and braking with its radial-ply tires and optional ABS. Ease of operation and high fuel economy thanks to its fuel injection , 6 speed transmission and liquid-cooled single cylinder engine. And the CBR250 offers great looks with its full-fairing, handsome red/silver paint and light grey color mag wheels. Honda has hit a home run with their great new 2011 CBR250! Now if HONDA can please price this at $3999 or $4799 with ABS the competition(is there any?) will go running for cover!
Zachary -Umm  November 13, 2010 08:59 PM
If they can price this at least even with the ninja (doubt they will) then the only reason I'd think of getting this is fuel injected and the gauges dont look salvaged off a 1980's bike. I think imma wait two or three years and pray yamaha can throw a sexy little beast that can compete with the ninjas. But I don't see a huge market for 250's. Too many US people mainly want power. I could live with a 250 tho. Get good mileage, cheap, but everyone I know wants 750 and up. But we can pray, right?
Errol M Dickson -THE HONDA CBR250 IS AN OUTSTANDING MOTORCYCLE!  November 8, 2010 07:30 AM
The optional combined ABS technology adds a third piston to the front brake(instead of the standard 2 piston).In addition applying the rear brake pedal will also bring combined/modulated braking force from the front brake into play(even if the lever is not pulled). C-ABS will benefit beginning and experienced riders in many braking situations not just maximum effort/emergency stops. The HONDA CBR250 will be more economical to operate because radial-ply tires last longer than bias-ply tires and fuel-injection gives higher mileage than carbuerator-equipped motorcycles such as found on the Ninja 250. HONDA 'leads the way' once again with a SUPERLATIVE motorcycle! It's all up to you HONDA......please bring this amazing bike to market at $3999!.
Comparo -Shootout!!  November 7, 2010 08:06 PM
==Bikes I'd like to see in a shootout== Kawasaki Ninja 250R Honda CBR250R Hyosung GT250R Suzuki TU250X ? Thanks MotoUSA!!
BornOnDirt -Ninja vs CBR 250s  November 2, 2010 06:46 PM
If Honda can do ABS and FI on this 250 and keep it within msrp of the Ninja, they might be able to take a piece of the cult status Ninja 250 market. We are talking about a big IF. Also, the Ninja even at the 250 displacement is considered a real bike, even to experienced riders like moi.
I understand the ABS safety concept on an entry-level bike but guys/males who are looking to get their first bike, the single piston has a MAJOR go limp factor. In other words, ABS and a single piston "Sportbike" couldn't shout "Student Driver" any louder if you had a triangle sign stappled on top of your lid. The reason the Ninja 250 is the best seller of all Kawasakis is because it is a REAL bike. CBR single, no. The fancy plastic can hide only so much.
i like the old cbr -nice bike but  November 2, 2010 08:47 AM
they could have made this a 4 cylinder but.anyways this bike looks nice and from the reviews,its got a lot of new tech in it.i would go with the old cbr doh.oh and i hope yamaha comes up with a yzf-R 250 or something.
Errol M Dickson -HONDA, Please Set A Price Of $3999 For This Great Machine!  October 30, 2010 06:07 PM
I hope HONDA can set the price at $3999 for the CBR250 and $4799 for the ABS-optioned motorcycle. The radial ply tires and the fuel injection are great selling points. The full fairing, light grey color mag wheels and red/silver color combination look handsome. The 6 speed transmission will make the most of the single cylinder 250cc liquid-cooled engines' power. The Ninja 250 has adequate highway power and I hope the new Honda is capable as a freeway cruiser also. HONDA IT'S ALL UP TO YOU....PLEASE BRING THE CBR250 TO MARKET AT $3999!!!! ****THANK YOU****
honda kid -nice bike  October 30, 2010 10:00 AM
nice bike but looks and riding position could have been better,the riding position should have been aggressive
HHH -These new 250's Blow  October 29, 2010 09:42 PM
The original CBR250RR and NSR250 are the real deal they would destory these new 250's
jack the ribper -so much.  October 29, 2010 08:57 PM
i like this bike so beautiful and i hope become to owner.
Del Noroeste -Looks like the VFR1200...  October 29, 2010 12:44 PM
So why aren't you calling it a sport tourer?
Savage -About time!  October 29, 2010 04:26 AM
I've been Riding since '02 and have had a variety of Bikes (250, 650 & 800cc Cruisers) over the years. This past summer due to personal circumstances, I found myself Bikeless ... a void which a used CBR125R I picked up on the cheap filled for 8 weeks. Not much spunk ... but what a FUN Bike to zip around town on! Also my 1st time actually Riding something other than a Cruiser; the handling of the little "Sportbike" simply amazed me ... and the fuel mileage was unbelieveable! I am a convert and won't be going back to a Cruiser ever ... had planned on picking up a Ninja 250R next Spring, but now with that oh, so lovely CBR250R coming to Canada, I have another option! Can't wait to size one up in person! thank you Honda!
tarmizi -cbr 250 r  October 28, 2010 07:26 PM
I Think kawasaki Ninja 250 R still the best than CBR 250 R..
Mcguire -sewer rat  October 28, 2010 02:34 PM
Maby Yamaha will respond with a bumble bee yellow and black TZ250 replica. The honda is a nice looking bike. I'd need to lose about 100 lbs and 6 in to fit it.
Slimshady -Why not just import the VTR250 again?  October 28, 2010 02:23 PM
Way back in 88-90 Honda had a winner in their VTR250 twin, the "Mini Interceptor". I guess North American sales were not impressive enough to keep it in their US line but it was very popular in Japan for many years. I've never ridden a more manuevrable street bike and the nimbleness combined with the broad powerband let's it keep up with 600s on almost anything but a straightaway. Bought one in 88 and bought 3 more since, 2 are running and 2 are project bikes that never seem to get finished......

The same torquey, high revving (13,500 redline) liquid cooled V-Twin engine with minimal mods is still powering the newest version. Looks like a Mini-Monster now with the naked trellis frame, but they could slap some plastics on there for the CBR look. The horsepower isn't all that great on the naked model, but back in the day the Japan only spec model cranked out around 45hp.
laubinero -remember the VTR250!!!  October 28, 2010 02:11 PM
ugh it looks ok- I dont see honda selling bunches of its vfr1200 yet..so why style it after that? a cbr600/1000 rep would sell better I think. But honda shot its foot again...it still has the VTR250 floating around in other countries--thats a liquid cooled vtwin! heck the old vtr 250 when sold here had adjustable forks(air) and a cool inboard front disc brake--top speed was equal to the ninja250..now this is a step backwards in the suspension and engine dept...good call on the abs though and the FI...
Devil Machine -friends don't let friends buy Hondas  October 28, 2010 10:00 AM
this bike's engine should have been a twin. my first bike was a 1975 CB200T (200cc twin) which would do an indicated 90MPH. way back when, Honda was capable of building fun, small displacement twins that stayed together and didn't cost a lot. the only reason why they used this 250 single motor is because they're too cheap to (re)develop a twin. they still have the 250 nighthawk and rebel engines to use as a basis, but they're air cooled 2 valve per cylinder dinosaurs descended from- you guessed it, my old CB200 and other early bikes. this bike will never really compete with the Ninja 250 even though it has fuelie and optional ABS and the Ninja does not.
Too many hondas -weight / OMG  October 28, 2010 07:45 AM
Why is the CRF 250R's wet weight 225lbs and this weighs 360lbs? I retract my previous comment. We need to take off 100 lbs!
Too many hondas -About time  October 28, 2010 07:38 AM
thank goodness i didn't import a CBR125 from canada! Those plastics are nice, but we need to take off about 50lbs. How does this little thing weigh so much?
D. F. Otto -Industrial Designer  October 28, 2010 04:55 AM
Maybe I should just get my 65 305cc CB 77 Super Hawk running again-2.5 more hp....or my 74 RD250...less wt...FASTER! Both are long paid for...hard to beat that price!! DFO
Scotty Doo -NSR 250  October 27, 2010 09:57 PM
I agree Shao, the CBR and NSR 250 are waaaay cooler but I don't think that is what they are going for. Those were pretty serious performance bikes (for their size) and not really aimed at beginners. Both put out close to 45 HP I think and the new CBR 250 will be lucky to get 20. I don't even think the new CBR will be able to keep up with the Ninja 250 as Honda kept it to a single which I think was a mistake. Oh well, maybe it will fill in the gap between a CBR 125 and the Ninja 250. Baby steps.....
TT -Is it able to do 70-75 on a freeway??  October 27, 2010 09:33 PM
That's my big question. The Ninja 250 is one of the main low-cc bikes in my book because it's highway capable with a top speed around 100. This equates to enough power to do some passes, keeping a steady high speed. Will the lesser power of the CBR keep the bike smooth on freeways? going 70-75 on the super slab? Yes it's great that it's got fuel injection, and it's actually got attractive guages unlike the dismal guages on the Ninja 250R. Everything else matches up more or less. This is gonna be good! Kawasaki, step up and get fuel injection in the US already.
Shao -it's OK  October 27, 2010 07:14 PM
the 4 cylinder CBR250 & the 2 strock NSR 250 from the 80's and 90's were much more interesting. This one has nice looking plastic body works but nothing eles really excitied me.
Desmolicious -Made in Thailand  October 27, 2010 06:15 PM
Apparently this bike is made in Thailand so Honda has no excuse to jack the price. I really like it and am looking forward to seeing it here. About time the Ninja had some competition. A nekkid version - like a mini Duc Monster - would be sweet. Especially for beginners who would have to deal with breaking bodywork from dropping it.
Rob -Looks badass to me  October 27, 2010 05:32 PM
Can't wait to see it in motion and see the reviews on it.
kevin -@Dan  October 27, 2010 05:26 PM
"Given one wouldn't be taking this Honda out on the highway for long rides, what are the advantages of a bike like this relative to a scooter? "

Answer: It's not a scooter.
Dan -Big Honda Fan  October 27, 2010 04:58 PM
Really, this is the best they can do. Like all Hondas I am sure the thing will be well engineered but the looks are Boring and not fitting of the Cbr Moniker!
Dan -Big Honda Fan  October 27, 2010 04:58 PM
Really, this is the best they can do. Like all Hondas I am sure the thing will be well engineered but the looks are Boring and not fitting of the Cbr Moniker!
chuckb -copycat  October 27, 2010 04:37 PM
Honda is really on a downward spin if their biggest news for the year is a 250 cc copycat bike they are trying to introduce into a dominated Kawi market. ABS on a entry level bike? Way to go Honda. Now we will have a new generation of riders that will never learn to control a bike!! Better put GPS on it to so they can find their way home!!
I will buy green thanks!!
Jim -Oliver is correct!  October 27, 2010 04:07 PM
Put a CRF 450 motor in it! This really is a good looking bike,but it needs to be priced reasonable.
JSH -ABS = Safety  October 27, 2010 03:27 PM
Why spend $1000 on a $4000 bike? So you have a lower chance of crashing of course. Honda has already proven that their ABS system will stop a motorcycle just as fast as a professional racer on a non-ABS bike. Even after riding for more than 15 years and doing some racing I realize that an ABS computer is better at braking than I am. My next bike will have ABS and is is beyond frustrating to see manufacturers offer a bike with standard or at least optional ABS in Europe and then not even offer the option in the US.
kpaul -very nice  October 27, 2010 02:53 PM
Good to see a good entry bike by Honda.
Lwatcdr -Nice  October 27, 2010 02:48 PM
This does seem to be the first Honda that really interests me in a long time. How about a naked? As to what does Suzuki and Yamaha bring to the 250 party? Well Suzuki has the TUX250 which is actually a very nice ride I hear. And you could make it into a Cafe or a Bobber if you wish. No it isn't a sports bike but I still a fun bike.
clbIII -cbr250r  October 27, 2010 02:40 PM
I would surmise that since the bike is built in Thailand the price will very competetive. The "expensive " Honda's are not built in this country thus higher labor costs/taxes etc. The DN-01 and the VFR 1200F are priced according the value of the yen/euro dollar not the ever weakening USD thanks Barack/Barney/& Christopher Dudd!
Oliver -CRF-450 capable  October 27, 2010 02:37 PM
Slap a CRF-450 motor in that thing and it would make a really fun bike!
Scottie -ABS??  October 27, 2010 02:23 PM
I agree with the ABS statement. Would you opt for $1,000 ABS system on a $4,000 bike??
Sid J -Cost, cost, cost  October 27, 2010 02:02 PM
If we are already worried about the cost of this bike, imagine how much ABS will add. I'm guessing $5200... too much!
TG -Price, price, price  October 27, 2010 01:21 PM
It all depends on price. Looking at Honda's track record (DN-01, VFR12, NT700V, etc.) I'm guessing this is going to be a $5k 250. Who is going to buy that?
Kawatwo -Advantages over scooter  October 27, 2010 01:21 PM
250 scooters cost at least as much as the ninja and this new Honda probably will. Put a Ventura rack on the ninja or this thing and you have as much storage as a scooter in a package that is a heck of a lot more fun to ride. Plus the target market for entry level sportbikes puts a heavy emphasis on styling obvoiusly. OK Suzuki and Yamaha, what are you going to bring to the 250 class? This is exciting we need more bikes like these.
adam - motousa -this bike is awesome@!  October 27, 2010 01:06 PM
way to go honda
Maxx -About time  October 27, 2010 12:06 PM
I am glad to see companies finally bring small sport bikes (I know the 250 Kawi as been here for a while)as oppose to large scooter to the US. Hopefully Kawi will now bring their injected model in for competition. Now, how can we tune them to go faster?
Verimino Bossi -nice bike x 2  October 27, 2010 11:54 AM
What a great looking little bike! Even as a big Kawasaki fan, at least on paper and from pictures, I'd probably pop for the techie Honda and the phenomenal gas mileage the single cylinder mill would deliver over the baby Kawi.
Stacy -stacymcmah@onyahoo.com  October 27, 2010 11:46 AM
Honda has been notorious lately for breathtaking prices on not-breathtaking bikes. I'll give them credit for recognizing the need to shift away from bikes like the VFR1200 and toward the 250 segment, and this looks like a fine entry. But - and this is a big but - the Ninja 250 has cult status and still runs as a loss leader in the US market. Anyone going up against it will have to compete on price, and with fuel injection I just doubt that this Honda will do that. At best, they'll get the market of people who like small streetbikes but want out of the mainstream (and don't want a motard), and are willing to pay extra for it. That's a tiny segment of a small and shrinking market.
MCUSA -Dave Correction  October 27, 2010 11:25 AM
You're right Dave. It's the CBR125 that we were thinking of... 2011 CBR250R new world-wide model.
Dan -Better than a scooter?  October 27, 2010 11:24 AM
I've been motorcycling for 20 years + and my current bike is a 1200 Bandit. However I recently bought a used 125cc scooter for around town, and am a convert to the underseat storage, leg protection, automatic transmission & general ease of use of a scooter. Given one wouldn't be taking this Honda out on the highway for long rides, what are the advantages of a bike like this relative to a scooter?
W1LLPARK3R -The Kawi beats it in...  October 27, 2010 11:11 AM
..looks...thats for sure..
Dave -Motorcyclist  October 27, 2010 11:05 AM
"Long a staple of the European and Canadian sportbike markets"

This is a first for the Canadian market too. Not a staple here.
vic-sic -nice bike  October 27, 2010 10:52 AM
i think this bike will be popular but ts not going to be a match to the ninja because a single versus a twin of same displacement the twin will be faster. but the cbr might be cheaper so that might make it an easy sell