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2017 Honda CBR250RR Announced

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Honda‘s Indonesian subsidiary Astra Honda announced the new CBR250RR, the production version of the Light Weight Sports Concept showcased last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. The double-R is a significant step up from the CBR250R, offering aggressive styling, an all-new Twin-cylinder engine, throttle-by-wire, selectable engine modes and other features usually expected from larger-displacement sportbikes.

At the moment, the CBR250RR has only been confirmed for Indonesia and Japan; Honda will likely introduce a larger-displacement version for western markets to compete against models like Yamaha‘s YZF-R3 and KTM‘s 390 Duke.

The CBR250RR is powered by a newly developed water-cooled four-stroke parallel-Twin. No performance figures are available yet, but Honda says it is aiming for class-leading performance. A throttle-by-wire system allows for three selectable power modes to suit different needs.

The chassis is comprised of a steel truss frame with an asymmetric aluminum swingarm design with the right side shaped so the exhaust can be positioned closer to the center line, allowing for a slimmer shape and more lean angle. The swingarm is hooked up to a Pro-link monoshock with five-step preload adjustability. Up front, the CBR250RR uses an upside-down fork.

A twin-piston Nissin caliper is paired with the single 310mm front disc while a single-piston caliper is fitted to the 240mm rear rotor. ABS is optional, at least for the Indonesian market.

The CBR250RR’s face is a menacing grimace that is a dramatic departure from the CBR250R’s relatively friendly visage. The dual LED headlights appears to match the design patent that we first uncovered in April. The sharp lines continue through the sculpted 3.8-gallon fuel tank design and back towards the sharp tail.

The 2017 Honda CBR250RR is offered in three colors: Anchor Graymetallic, Honda Racing Red and Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic.

2017 Honda CBR250RR Specifications
Engine Type 4-stroke, 8-valve, parallel-Twin cylinder
Displacement 249.7 cc
Cooling System Liquid cooled with auto electric fan
Fuel Supply System PGM-FI
Throttle System Throttle-by-wire system with accelerator position sensor
Bore x Stroke 62.0 x 41.4 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5 : 1
Transmission Manual Manual, 6-speed
Starting System Electric starter
Clutch System Multiplate wet clutch with coil spring
Oil Capacity 0.5 gallons
Frame Type Truss Frame
Front Brake Hydraulic disc, dual piston (STD Type & ABS Type)
Rear Brake Hydraulic disc, single piston (STD Type & ABS Type)
Front Suspension Inverted telescopic front suspension
Rear Suspension Aluminum swing arm (5-way adjustable mono suspension with Pro-Link system)
Front Tire Size 110/70 – 17 54S (tubeless)
Rear Tire Size 140/70 – 17 66S (tubeless)
Length 81.1 inches
Width 28.5 inches
Height 43.2 inches
Wheel Base 54.7 inches
Ground Clearance 5.7 inches
Seat Height 31.1 inches
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 gallons

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2017 Honda CBR250RR first official teaser video

The wait for the new 2017 Honda CBR250RR has been on ever since the concept was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show and now the first official teaser video is out. Honda has remained coy and not given away much. The ‘RR’ moniker is reserved for Honda’s track oriented bikes, which showcases the best efforts of Honda’s engineers. The prospect of the revival of the legendary CBR250RR sent the world into a tizzy, with enthusiasts fondly remembering the long lost screamer. A global launch looks imminent, perhaps around October in Asia.

The original Honda CBR250RR is nothing less than an icon of the biking world. It was nicknamed as the baby Fireblade due to its 4-cylinder engine which revved up to an astonishing 20,000 RPM. This unique small displacement, inline-4 engine gave the bike a howling exhaust note that sounded like a real race bike. The 20,000 RPM redline also gave the bike very track friendly manners. The bike was also known for its excellent lightweight chassis, powerful brakes, capable suspension and ease of riding. The CBR250RR was known to be an over-engineered bike and was pretty expensive for a 250cc motorcycle back in the day. Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki also put out 250cc inline 4 cylinder bikes that similarly featured a high revving motor and track ready components.

The concept CBR250RR that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor show looks futuristic, with an all-black scheme and many sharp, aggressive lines. The design is based on Honda’s new ‘strong presence’ approach. A few details that the teaser did reveal were anti-lock brakes and wave rotors. Inverted forks can be spotted and an expected 14,000 RPM redline should see the engine kick out a strong punch. A new set of LED headlights which may debut with the 2017 Honda CBR250RR have also been patented.

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2017 Honda CBR 250RR front twin disc

2017 Honda CBR 250RR engine

If launched in India, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR might cost about INR 2.7-3 lakhs. Enthusiasts will be hoping that Honda has done enough to make it a strong contender in the small displacement sport bike class.

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2017 Honda CBR350RR & CBR250RR = New CBR Model Lineup?

– New 2017 Honda CBR Rumors of CBR350RR / CBR250RR Supersport Bike Motorcycle –

Honda has created quite the buzz with their new “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” CBR sportbike they announced a couple of weeks ago. This new small cc CBR has got everyone excited thinking that Honda will once again dominate this market across the world, like they used to. The CBR250R & CBR300R are great bikes but they have been neutered in the power and suspension department to better help them meet a price point that attracts new and entry-level riders. This Light Weight Super Sports Concept bike is scheduled to be on display with many other concept motorcycles at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month.

UPDATE Part 2 | July, 2016

OFFICIAL 2017 Honda CBR250RR Announcement / Release – CLICK HERE

UPDATE | July, 2016

– 2017 CBR250RR Engine / Exhaust Sound Clip Video –

The first video below has a little bit of text that floats across the screen and then BAM you hear the CBR250RR engine fire up and come to life. At first, I was slightly disappointed by the sound of the parallel-twin 250 class engine… BUT! That was until they really start to twist it up and the lil engine-that-could comes to life at what sounds like it is exceeding 12,000+ RPM.

What do you guys think? Will the 2017 CBR250RR have enough horsepower to compete in 2017 against the KTM RC390? R3 / R25? GSX-R250?

– 2017 CBR250RR Promotional Video –

The next 2017 CBR250RR doesn’t really have anything special to note like the first video with the exhaust / engine sound-clip from the 1/4 liter CBR for 2017 but it doesn’t have some quick beauty-shots of the bike. They purposely cut away really quickly so you can’t see too much detail.

UPDATE | June, 2016 – The first leaked picture of the 2017 Honda CBR250RR in what looks to be production form.

UPDATE | May, 2016 – The June 2016 cover of Young Machine showing off the possible All-New 2017 CBR250RR…

UPDATE | March, 2016 – Cover of Young Machine showing a 2017 CBR1000RR rendering as well as the possible new 2017 CBR250RR again.

UPDATE | February, 2016 – Check out the cover of Young Machine magazine with the possible all new 2017 Honda CB250R, R25R, GSXR250 and Ninja 250 gracing the cover as well as the talks of a Supercharged 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa GSXR.

UPDATE | Video with Honda designer going over specs / details on the possible 2017 CBR250RR known as the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept”

2017 CBR250RR Walk-Around Video 

Official Honda Light Weight Super Sports Concept Promotional Video / Commercial (CBR250RR)

UPDATE – October 28, 2015. The Honda CBR “Lightweight Super Sports Concept” had its official unveiling. Here are some pictures from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show…

With Yamaha’s new R25 / R3, Kawasaki’s new Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Duke have stepped it up in the power department and proven customers will still spend big bucks for a true performance bike even with its engine size in the quarter liter range.

Young Machine magazine overseas has once again got some information they believe to be true that Honda will in fact be releasing a CBR350RR for the USA & European markets while the Asian markets etc will receive a smaller engine variant dubbed the CBR250RR.

When is Honda supposed to be releasing the information on this possible new 2016 / 2017 CBR250RR & CBR300RR? Supposedly, we will know more as Honda rolls these new CBR models across the stage at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. If not there, I’d bet money it’ll be in November for the EICMA show.

There’s rumors floating around that the 2017 CBR1000RR & 2017 CBR600RR will also get some of these aesthetic changes among other tweaks.

How will Honda work this out to where the new CBR350R doesn’t affect the CBR500R sales? The CBR350RR is rumored to come in around the 40 horsepower mark so it would only be a few shy of its larger 500 cc brother. If Honda does indeed plan on releasing something to out them back up front and ahead of the KTM RC390, Yamaha R3, Ninja 300 etc then it’s going to have to click off somewhere around that 40 HP mark.

You can read more on my previous 2016 / 2017 CBR250RR or CBR300RR blog post here from about a week ago. The small gallery of pictures above are an example of what that previous post covered as far as information goes on this new CBR model that may be in the works.

Whichever route Honda goes whether it be a CBR250RR / CBR300RR or CBR350RR it looks like things are fixing to get extremely interesting in the small cc true supersport bike class…

What do you want to see out of Honda for this new small cc CBR sport bike from Honda? 40+ horsepower? What weight would you like to see it come in under?

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2017 Honda CBR250RR / CBR300RR Coming for the R3, Ninja 300, RC390?

This CBR model announcement has been a long time coming… Rumors are always making their way around the internet and that’s something that will never end. The majority of those rumors are comical to say the least but some of them do carry some weight and are possible. The average public has no idea how many concept / prototype bikes that get scrapped and will never see the light of day due to many reasons.

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This latest rumor was kick-started a few months ago by a publication overseas known as Young Machine (March, 2015 issue). Some date back even earlier but they didn’t have much weight to them. As crazy as some of their rumors and claimed leaked details can be, quite a few of them are on the money thanks to some inside sources throughout the industry.

Now, lets fast forward to a couple days ago when Honda made their concept model lineup announcement for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Some of the models in the announcement are production models and some are concept models, I break down the list of which ones are which here. The model that is stirring up more attention than any of the other models, is the model pictured above with the blacked out / carbon-fiber color scheme. Honda is referring to it as the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept“.

What information did Honda provide to us about the Light Weight Super Sports Concept? This is the information in its entirety.

  • Light Weight Super Sports Concept: Designed with the key phrase “strong presence,” this next-generation super sport concept model and features a look possessing a sense of speed that comes from its long nose and low crouching position. The combination of a plane architecture, which indicates the sense of hardness and solidity, and sharp edges emphasize the aggressive look of this model. Moreover, the exterior featuring matte-black-based low-contrast graphics expresses beauty and the remarkable form.

Check out the CBR250RR rendering compared to the official Honda image of the Light Weight Super Sports Concept. They have a few similarities that are rather difficult to just dismiss as a coincidence. I may be blind and seeing things a little off but to me the front-end looks eerily similar. You can see by the outline of the engine that it looks to be a twin-cylinder but details beyond that are entirely speculation at this point. On two of the renderings above that were spreading like wildfire prior to the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” image was released – you can see certain aesthetic pieces that were robbed directly off of other CBR models. Example A: Using a 2008+ CBR1000RR tail. Example B: Uses CBR1000RR SP tail and seat cowl etc etc.

The image of the Light Weight Super Sports Concept that Honda released to us show the bike covered in carbon fiber and black fairings. Thanks to Photoshop and guys that are really itching to get an idea what this bike will look like we have the images below from Honda but with some colors thrown in the mix. The guys over at MotoBlast.org did quite the stand-up job if I do say so myself on the Light Weight Super Sports Concept rendering. The added color really makes me the bike pop even moreso than the carbon fiber finish in the original image Honda released a couple days ago.

High-performance, small-displacement sports motorcycles are gaining traction in a market where customers are beginning to understand the advantages of this particular set-up.

Small cc CBR250RR / CBR300RR Smart Move for the USA? With Yamaha and their stacked R3 and KTM with the RC390 / Duke variations and of course the Ninja 300 the small cc sport bikes have gotten their fair share of publicity here lately in the USA and gaining more and more attention all around the world. There’s also some evidence that Kawasaki is working on a 250 Supersport too as well as Suzuki with a GSXR250 (See magazine article). I’m not quite sure I can see a position for Honda to bring a CBR250RR into this market though. Why would Honda release a true performance-driven CBR250RR that would have a price tag that dwarfs the CBR300R and still smaller in comparison to the competition and their 300 cc class bikes? You would think that would be the last thing on their mind as it will do nothing but confuse the average motorcycle buyer. I can’t tell you how many people I have ask me on a daily basis why the CBR650F is cheaper than the CBR600RR even though the 650 has a large engine. True enthusiasts and riders can understand but we are the minority. Sport bike sales are still in the slumps when compared to what it was like prior to the economy crashing in 2008 / 2009.

The odds just aren’t in our favor to get them here in the USA if Honda does release a true mini CBR RR model in the 250 to 300 some-odd cc range. Overseas where they have different licensing restrictions will be a whole different ballgame though. A lot of times we think that we “USA market” actually matter in the grand scheme of things when it comes to new models but sadly that’s not the case. We are a very and I mean very very small percentage when it comes to the motorcycle market on a world-wide level. 

UPDATE Part 2 | July, 2016

OFFICIAL 2017 Honda CBR250RR Announcement / Release – CLICK HERE

UPDATE | July, 2016

– 2017 CBR250RR Engine / Exhaust Sound Clip Video –

The first video below has a little bit of text that floats across the screen and then BAM you hear the CBR250RR engine fire up and come to life. At first, I was slightly disappointed by the sound of the parallel-twin 250 class engine… BUT! That was until they really start to twist it up and the lil engine-that-could comes to life at what sounds like it is exceeding 12,000+ RPM.

What do you guys think? Will the 2017 CBR250RR have enough horsepower to compete in 2017 against the KTM RC390? R3 / R25? GSX-R250?

– 2017 CBR250RR Promotional Video –

The next 2017 CBR250RR doesn’t really have anything special to note like the first video with the exhaust / engine sound-clip from the 1/4 liter CBR for 2017 but it doesn’t have some quick beauty-shots of the bike. They purposely cut away really quickly so you can’t see too much detail.

UPDATE | June, 2016 – The first leaked picture of the 2017 Honda CBR250RR in what looks to be production form.

UPDATE | May, 2016 – The June 2016 cover of Young Machine showing off the possible All-New 2017 CBR250RR…

UPDATE | March, 2016 – Cover of Young Machine showing a 2017 CBR1000RR rendering as well as the possible new 2017 CBR250RR again.

UPDATE | February, 2016 – Check out the cover of Young Machine magazine with the possible all new 2017 Honda CB250R, R25R, GSXR250 and Ninja 250 gracing the cover as well as the talks of a Supercharged 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa GSXR.

UPDATE | Video with Honda designer going over specs / details on the possible 2017 CBR250RR known as the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept”

2017 CBR250RR Walk-Around Video 

Official Honda Light Weight Super Sports Concept Promotional Video / Commercial (CBR250RR)

UPDATE – October 28, 2015. The Honda CBR “Lightweight Super Sports Concept” had its official unveiling. Here are some pictures from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show…

All we can do now is patiently wait until the Tokyo Motor Show on October 27-28 and hope that Honda will give us some more information. It could be a concept bike that will never make it into production as we all know that happens more-so than them actually turning into production bikes. A lot of the stars have to align just-right for this bike to make it to showroom floors and then we have to wish on a shooting start that it’ll make it to our side of the pond…

If there is one thing that comes out of this Light Weight Super Sports Concept – I hope the 2016 / 2017 CBR600RR & CBR1000RR models get blessed with some of the design aspects from this bike. The entire design and the angles are just sexy! I still love my current CBR600RR to death but if they released a CBR600RR that looked identical to this bike I would have my money down on the first one to hit the USA haha.

What do you guys want to see? What are your speculations with the information that is available at this time? Could this engine or the CBR300R make it into a CRF300M Motard / CRF300L Dual Sport?

Short CBR250RR History Lesson

Most of the younger crowd (makes me feel old saying that haha) only know of the current generation CBR250R and don’t know anything about the history behind the name. To put it nicely, the current single-cylinder engine CBR250R we know of today that was introduced back in 2010 is a joke in comparison to the original. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great bike and a blast to ride but was and is still no comparison to the original that was introduced 30 years ago as of 2016. The CBR250 was introduced in 1986 and eventually evolved into what was known as the CBR250R and then CBR250RR before it was discontinued in 1996. In its hayday, this bike screamed to 19,000 RPM and produced 45 horsepower before being limited to 40 HP in the last couple years of its lifespan. I could ramble on and on about this bike as it has always fascinated me with all of the technology that Honda crammed into it – decades ago! If Honda does bring the CBR250RR nameplate back for this CBR “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” bike, I really hope they do it justice…

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2017 Honda CBR250RR | Launch | Price | Feature

2017 Honda CBR250RR

Price of 2017 Honda CBR250RR in India: Rs. 3.5 lakhs (expected)

2017 Honda CBR250RR Showcased On: July 2016

Overview

Honda has upgrade its lightweight, highly efficient, twin cylinder CBR250RR motorcycle. This new 2017 Honda CBR250RR Concept bike was unveiled earlier at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The production model also been unveiled in Indonesia on July 25. However its doubtful to be launched in India, but if launched it will surly give a very top competition to its rivals with its high performance figures, design and much more.

Design and Style

As the 2017 Honda 250RR comes from the CBR series, so undoubtedly it is going to have a head turning design. The new version comes with some of the sharpest curves. It has been designed with the key phrase “strong presence” which is very similar to next-generation super sport concept model. The low crouching position and a long nose which provides the rider a sense of speed. Its plane architecture shows its hardness and solidity and its sharp edges gives it an aggressive look. The body has matte-black-based low-contrast graphics which adds more to its remark ablility.

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR is based on a freshly developed steel truss frame with aluminium gul type swingarm. The right-side swingarm has been shaped to decrease the exhaust pipe extrusion that makes the bike look even more slim while retaining the bank angle. The new 2017 CBR250RR comes with a quite similar front face as we have seen on the other CBR series motorcycles. To enhance the beauty, the bike has dual-LED headlights, sharp wedge-shape, long nose, acute tail, sharp body lines, sculpted fuel tank and chiselled tail section. It has an conventional single side exhaust muffler which is supposed to be a 2-1-2 system to compatible with the overall bike design.

Instrument Console

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR comes with a fully digital instrument console which consists of digital speedometer, trip meter, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge, ABS light, gear indicator, service reminder, low oil indicator, low battery indicator and rev limiter indicator.

2017 Honda CBR250RR (Digital Meter)2017 Honda CBR250RR (Headlight)

Engine and Gearbox

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR is one of its kind machine that boost the quarter litre bike segment by providing much more than the expected performance figures. The 2017 CBR250RR comes with a twin cylinder, 249.7 cc, 4-stroke, 8-valve, liquid cooled engine which provides a maximum power of 36.29 Bhp at 12,500 rpm and a peak torque of 22.5 Nm at 10,500 rpm. The power figures delivered by the bike are much more than as compared to the other quarter litre bike around the world.

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR engine is mated to a six speed gearbox transmission with multiplate wet clutch and coil spring. The company claims that the engine is easy to handle for both urban riding and is also quite comfortable on the circuit providing a smooth power across the entire rev range. The Japanese company has also confirmed that the engine has Throttle-by-Wire (TbW) that makes it possible to use 3-way engine mode settings from where the rider can tap into the linear power output at his will.

Dimensions and Fuel capacity

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR is an example that the company is ready to take big step towards design and styling. The dimensions measures of CBR250RR is 2060 mm in overall length, width is of 724 mm and height is of 1098 mm. The seat height is 790 mm, wheelbase is of 1389 mm and a ground clearance of 145 mm. The fuel tank capacity is 14.5 litres with 1.9 litres of oil tank capacity.

2017 Honda CBR250RR (Fuel Tank)2017 Honda CBR250RR (Exhaust)

Top Speed and Mileage

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR is expected to have a top speed of around 180 kmph. The mileage figures is yet to be officially revealed by the company. But we can expect the bike to provide a good powerful acceleration along with good mileage.

Brakes and Suspension

As showcased, the concept CBR250RR comes with a USD suspension setup at the front and a pro-link suspension with 5-step preload at the rear end. The braking duties are performed by 310 mm at the front and a 240 mm at rear. The bike has both dual-channel ABS option.

Shades and Tyres

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR will be available in three shades: Red Racing, Matt Gun Powder Black and Anchor Grey Metallic. The bike comes with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. It has a 17 inch 110/70-17 54S of tyre at front and a 17 inch 140/70-17 66S tyre at the rear end.

Expected Price and Launch Date

The new 2017 Honda CBR250RR will be manufactured in Indonesia and the sales in the South East Asian country will likely to start by the end of 2016. Regarding the launch of new 2017 CBR250RR, Honda has not released any official statement. Some reports claim that there will be a 350cc version also coming, so it would be difficult to predict whether the bike will be launched in India or not.

If the bike launched, it is expected to be priced between Rs. 3,50,000-4,00,000 and will give a tough competitor for Yamaha R3 and Ninja 300. One thing is fully clearly that the bike is going to a tough competition for its rivals globally and it will surely make a big place in the hearts of the riders.

2017 Honda CBR250RR (Side View)2017 Honda CBR250RR (Rear View)

Competitors of 2017 Honda CBR250RR

Yamaha R3

Price: Rs. 3.71 lakhsEngine: 321 cc, 2-Cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valvesMaximum Power: 41.4 bhp @ 10750 rpmMaximum Torque: 29.6 Nm @ 9000 rpmFuel Tank Capacity: 14 litres

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Price: Rs. 3.94 lakhsEngine: 296 cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, Parallel TwinMaximum Power: 38.5 Bhp at 11000 rpmMaximum Torque: 27 Nm at 10000 rpmFuel Tank Capacity: 17 litres

Specifications of 2017 Honda CBR250RR

2017 Honda CBR250RR 
Engine
Displacement249.7 cc
Engine Type4-Stroke, 8-Valve, Parallel Twin Cylinder, Liquid Cooled With Auto Electric Fan
Maximum Power38.2 Bhp at 12,500 rpm
Maximum Torque23.3 Nm at 11,000 rpm
Compression Ratio11.5 : 1
Bore62 mm
Stroke41.4 mm
Valve System8 Valve, DOHC
Dimensions
Length2060 mm
Width724 mm
Height1098 mm
Ground Clearance145 mm
Seat Height790 mm
Wheelbase1389 mm
Kerb Weight165 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity14.5 litres
Oil Tank Capacity1.9 litres
Transmission
Number of Gears6
ClutchMultiplate Wet Clutch with Coil Spring
Suspension
FrontInverted Telescopic Front Suspension (USD)
RearAluminum Swing Arm (5 Adjustable Mono Suspension with Pro-Link System)
Wheel and Tyres
Front Tyre110/70 – 17 54S
Rear Tyre140/70 – 17 66S
Front Wheel17-inch
Rear Wheel17-inch
Brakes
Front310mm Hydraulic Disc, Dual Piston
Rear240mm Hydraulic Disc, Single Piston
ABSDual-Channel ABS (Optional)

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2017 Honda CBR250RR Officially Revealed in Indonesia

Easily one of the most anticipated motorcycles to be launched this year, Honda Motorcycle has finally lifted covers off the highly awaited 2017 CBR250RR at a special event in Indonesia for the world. Honda's entry-level performance motorcycle has been in the news for over a year now with enthusiasts closely watching every little detail that emerged every now and then. With the reveal done, the red wing has officially entered into the ring against compatriots Kawasaki and Yamaha, which have been offering products like the Ninja 250 and R25 in the segment globally. The 250RR though will also lock horns with the pocket rocket - KTM RC390 that is due for a generation change next year.

The Honda CBR250RR started life as the Light Weight Super Sport concept unveiled at the Japan Motor Show in 2015. The performance offering shouldn't be seen as a replacement to the single-cylinder CBR250R sold currently in many markets and instead will co-exist with a higher price tag of course, as a more powerful and sportier version in the entry-level performance segment. Unlike the CBR250R which is a sports tourer, the CBR250RR aims to be an out-and-out super sport offering drawing power from a 250cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin DOHC engine. Power output is yet to be undisclosed by Honda but the output is expected to be in the vicinity of 36-40bhp. The Japanese bike maker does say that the motor is easy to handle for urban riding, while it is just as comfortable on the circuit, with smooth output characteristics across the entire rev range. A 6-speed gearbox will be sending power to the rear wheel on the big red.

Honda has also confirmed that the CBR250RR will also get a segment first Throttle-by-Wire (TbW) as speculated previously, and will be offering for 3-way engine mode settings. So expect linear power delivery for urban/city mode, sport mode to exploit the top-end of the power band and possibly a track mode that beefs up all settings for optimum performance. Details on the same though can be expected closer to the commencement of sales. Talking about mechanicals, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR uses a newly developed steel truss frame, while the swingarm are aluminium gull type with the right-side swingarm shaped to reduce exhaust pipe extrusion. This allows the bike to have a slimmer profile while retaining the bank angle. True to the concept, the CBR250RR features a USD suspension setup at the front and Pro-link suspension featuring 5-step preload at the rear. Braking performance comes from 310 mm front and 240 mm rear wavy disc brakes with dual-channel ABS available as optional.

The Honda CBR250RR gets 3 riding modes

The design on the 2017 Honda CBR250RR remains close to the concept and is a big step up for the bike maker that is otherwise known for its conservative styling. The lines are sharper, aggressive and certainly adds to the sporty quotient on the offering. The front retains its CBR roots with the dual-LED headlights with the new and stylish LED eyebrows, while the nose down-tail up design keeps it authentic to the sport bike styling. Lastly, the slim profile is accentuated by the double barrel exhausts on the model, which look very European and also reminscent of the new Ducati 959 Panigale.

We also see an all-digital instrument console on the CBR250RR in the first video that reads up to 14,000rpm, while other goodies including a lap timer, trip meters, and possibly a high speed recorder as well. The bike gets clip-on handlebars, so unlike the front forward yet relaxed riding position on the CBR250R, the 250RR will be a lot more aggressive with rear set foot pegs ensuring a track oriented riding stance. The cowl like rear seat is also something that we have really liked on the new CBR. The new 2017 CBR250RR will be manufactured in Indonesia, making it the largest displacement Honda motorcycle to be produced in the South East Asian country. The Japanese bike maker plans to begin sales in Indonesia by the end of 2016, while the company says that sales in Japan will commence on a later date. It is likely that Honda will choose to make the Indonesian facility, its global manufacturing hub for the new CBR250RR, much like what Yamaha has done with the R25/R3. Not only will it help the company achieve higher production, but better economies of scale.

2017 Honda CBR250RR Instrument Console

This brings us to the 2017 Honda CBR250RR making it to India or not. The Japanese bike maker is yet to confirm if it plans to bring the model in the country at all. In either case, we don't see it coming anytime before 2017-18. This is because reports are rife that Honda is also developing a 350cc version of the new CBR that will be targeted at European and American markets and makes sense for India as well, since unlike the Indonesian tax norms, we don't have heavy taxation on bikes above 250cc. Should the 350cc version make it to production, the new CBR will be one of the more sought-after offerings in the entry-level performance segment attracting an equally sought after price tag.

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First Teaser Video of the 2017 Honda CBR250RR Appears

The Honda CBR250RR is getting closer to breaking cover, with a teaser video of the quarter-liter sport bike coming to us this week from Honda’s Indonesian importer.

The video doesn’t give away too much on its face, but it does confirm the “RR” status of the new bike, and shows that many of the details that we have seen already on the Honda “Light Weight Super Sport” concept have made it into the production machine.

This bodes well for small-displacement motorcycle fans, with the upcoming Honda CBR250RR likely being the bike that many hoped Honda had initially produced, instead of the Honda CBR250R and Honda CBR300R combo.

Said to have a 14,000 rpm redline, the Honda CBR250RR still won’t be the screamer machine from the 1980s. However, with the added revs and sportier focus, the Honda CBR250RR should make a class-leading 45hp or more, and be more of a “no compromises” package for experienced riders.

To that end, we can see from the video the petal-syled brake discs, ABS brakes, upside down forks, and angular bodywork panels – all of which add to Honda’s mission to make a properly sporty machine for the 250cc demographic.

It is not clear when we will see the Honda CBR250RR officially drop – rumors say the bike will be in ASEAN dealerships by October.

So, we could see the 2017 Honda CBR250RR as early as this summer, thus getting ahead of the mad rush that comes in the fall. Or, we could see the new machine at one of the industry shows later this fall. Stay tuned.

Source: Honda Indonesia via TMC Blog

Tagged under: 2017 Honda CBR250RR, 250cc, ASEAN, asia, CRB250RR, Honda, Honda CBR250RR, Indonesia, photos, small-dispalcement, Southeast Asian, teaser, video

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