• Oct 28, 2010
2011 Honda CBR250R – Click above for high-res image gallery

Entry-level sport bike riders look to get another solid choice for 2011 in the form of the new Honda CBR250R. Naturally, it's most direct competitor is the Kawasaki Ninja 250, and the two match up pretty well, at least on paper.

Maximum horsepower for the single-cylinder CBR250R's quarter-liter mill is 26 ponies at 8,500 rpm. Yes, that's a little behind the Kawi's 32 hp, but the Honda critically has more torque at 17 pound-feet and weighs 359 pounds (368 lbs with optional ABS!), which is a non-trivial 14 pounds less than the Ninja.

We're also pretty keen on the littlest CBR's (littlest in America, at least) styling and color scheme. We think the multi-tiered styling language that debuted on the latest VFR is better suited to smaller packages like the CBR250R, and the red, white and blue color palette is vintage Honda and, though it's not currently on the U.S. options list, certainly appropriate for the American market.

And yes, the new CBR250R is headed Stateside. Check out our high-res image gallery below and hit the jump for a video. And Honda, please rethink the omission of the red, white and blue. Trust us.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Such a no brainer given how Ninja 250's fly off the showroom floor.

      Can't believe it took so long for someone to sell a real competitor here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That'll make for an affordable fun little track toy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 The Ninja is a perfect starter bike for many riders, about time the others decide to catch up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was hoping it would be a little lighter then that though. I think I read about 315#s for the CBR250 where I remember my 05 Yamaha R6 was 365# (Dry Weight).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does the US not carry the CBR125?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Such a shame the USA missed the CBR125.

        FWIW: I can't stand the multi-colored Hondas. They should really go with solids on their sportbikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that this is a really sweet looking 250! if i was in the market for a new 250 I would totally be looking at this one very closely. I can't wait for the Moto mags to do a comparison with this, the Suzuki TU250, and the Ninja 250. I hope that this means that there will be a lot more in the smaller displacement segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      im actually in the market for my first bike, if this comes in around feb (bonus time baby lol) I may have to look at this little guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sold on it - for those mentioning the CBR125: have you ever actually seen or sat on one? The thing looks normal until you see it in person or sit on it. It's more akin to a mini-bike or pocket bike. A normal sized adult looks like a giant riding a huffy. Due to just that, is why I'm not sold on the CBR250. If they create it as a normal sized bike, with appropriate ergos for adults, then it should be a great success. If they equate "learner bike" with "young/child riders" like the CBR125 then it won't sell nearly as well as the Ninja.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Honda doesn't price themselves out of the competitive market... again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So cool, wish they had something like this a few years back, I would have picked one up. Definitely the coolest looking 250 bike.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $16,000 (17.2K for the Dual Clutch) for a VFR, ouch! The BMW S1000RR and the CBR1000RR are razor thin price points apart, if you don't want ABS on the Honda. The CBR600RR is a $12,200 middleweight with ABS. Even if you did't want ABS (some think if you can't modulate a brake, you shouldn't be on a bike) it's still $1000 more dear than the other 3 competitors, and real close to Ducati's 848.

      soooo....whadaya think this little jem is gonna be worth? It's gonna be a tough sell aganst Kawi's volume leader in the showroom, if they price it more than $4,000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah! Not really in the bike market, but terrific to see an alternative to the Ninja. I test rode a 250 Honda (from the early 90s, when they were available) and it was definitely a lot nicer and more refined than the Ninja 250 (of the era). I ended up with a Suzuki Bandit 400 (GSF400) which was a hoot of a first bike. There are so many really functional and entertaining motorcycles in the world below 600cc - which is where most Americans seem to think displacement "starts". That little 400 could get to 60mph in about 4sec and still get over 55mpg (steady cruise in 6th gear). It would rev to 14000 and handled decently due to low weight and a trellis frame. Sold it to work on my vintage car - which was more practical - still miss the fun of lightweight two-wheels though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a Ninja 250 a few years back and I've got to say it was a bit of a disappointment. I'm not sure why, it just seemed soulless.
      Hopefully this single cylinder Honda with more torque will also have more character.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like the VFR headlight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Motorcycle marketers are so camp. If you ride a motorcycle, the sunset is not the destination--the ROAD is the destination. People scout roads and highways trying to find an uncrowded section of canyon bends and fast sweepers. By showing the ride as a wistful flight through the clouds, they are informing the motorcycle buying public that they have absolutely no idea why people buy their products. Hmmm.....perhaps this is why the motorcycle industry is in shambles, particularly in Japan.

      Nice idea by Honda to build a new 250, but I wish they would put proper suspension on these things? I'm over 170lbs; therefore, I can never own a lightweight bike b/c I cannot adjust the suspension.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Suzuki Gz250 has an adjustable back spring. Being 240lbs I must set it to its the stiffest setting, but I am happy nonetheless. Dont' quote me on this, but I believe the Tu250 has an adjustible spring as well. When I first got on my Gz250 the soft tail felt quite upsetting in the corners, but after finding the spring adjustment it transformed into a lightweight corner carver.

        *I do wish I could have this Honda's powerplant*
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing, IMO, that this and the Ninja 250 need is a big fat rear tire. Nothing looks nerdier than when you see one of these drive by and you are like 'that looks pretty good' and then they pass and you see this bicycle tire in the back.

      I know it is useless, but I think the more they make it look like a 'big boy' bike, the more people will buy it...at least I would. I would even go for a retrofit kit.



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