Honda has pulled the covers of an all-new CBR250RR sports bike at this weekend’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Featuring a brand new 38bhp 250cc two-cylinder engine, and launched using the same ‘Total Control’ tag line used for the flagship CBR1000RR Fireblade, the 165kg CBR250RR packs a mighty spec for a 250.
The sharp styling strongly echoes that of the Fireblade, with high end LED lights and upside down forks. The CBR250RR also uses a ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle and features three riding modes, a first for a small capacity sportsbike.
What Honda hasn’t done is confirm if the CBR250RR will come to Europe. The bike is set to go on sale in Japan next month, priced at ¥700,000 (£5100).
Honda’s previous efforts in the A2 licence sportsbike class, the CBR250R and CBR300R, have generally been cheaper and less sporting than the likes of the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3. On paper, at least, the CBR250RR takes Honda straight back to the top of the class. Although sales of such bikes are steady in the UK and Europe, the market for such bikes is huge in Asia – in particular in countries such as Indonesia and Thailand.
While the high revving engine and sophisticated electronics package are the highlights of the spec sheet, the chassis of the CBR250RR is also noteworthy. Hidden underneath the Fireblade inspired bodywork is a basic steel diamond style frame, but attached to that is some decent spec suspension – often a barrier on budget sportsters.
Upfront, the upside down forks look more substantial and enjoy more cool factor than the basic items worn by the competition from Kawasaki and Yamaha, while the rear swingarm is, in the words of Honda, ‘shaped like a letter’ and has five way adjustment on the rear shock.
Overall, the CBR250RR looks like it’s the real deal. Let’s hope Honda give us a chance to enjoy it too!