Honda NSF250R Moto3 Race Bike Breaks Cover

02/18/2011 @ 10:05 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

Honda NSF250R Moto3 Race Bike Breaks Cover Honda NSF250R Moto3

Honda has finally given us an unshaded photo of its 250cc four-stroke Moto3 race bike, dubbed the Honda NSF250R. Despite the clearer view, there are no real surprises here (this actually looks like the same photo as used before, sans photoshopping), as the majority of the bike is still covered by the primer-painted fairing. Honda says the new NSF250R is designed to be like the RS125R it replaces: high-performaning, lightweight, and compact. This should make the switch from two to four-strokes easier for young riders, and limit the need to adjust riding styles for the new machine.

Honda hopes the NSF250R Moto3 race bike will be a springboard for young riders into the MotoGP racing series, which was exactly the reasoning Dorna had in dropping 125GP for Moto3. Honda was apparently so excited about launching the Honda NSF250R, they even got a little misty-eyed on us, closing its remarks with the following words: “We really look forward to this new ‘NSF250R’ being loved by more people around the world and helping them to realize their dreams in the world of motorsports, all the while being charmed by the machine.” Oh, we’ll love it Honda, we’ll love it so good.

Source: HRC

Comment:

  1. BikePilot says:

    Well the swingarm is pretty cool looking.

  2. 76 says:

    Can I buy one? and how much?

  3. Will says:

    Price?

    and, any bets as to how long before someone shoe-horns a 450 motor into that frame?

  4. flyboy2160 says:

    well,honda, maybe i’d love it and be charmed if your latest 250 street bike wasn’t a 359 lb porker. why can’t you build a 250 street bike under 300 lbs?

  5. Bob says:

    flyboy2160 says:

    “well,honda, maybe i’d love it and be charmed if your latest 250 street bike wasn’t a 359 lb porker. why can’t you build a 250 street bike under 300 lbs?”

    +1

    That bike shouldn’t be more than 300lbs curb weight. Sell a detuned version of this bike with some mirrors and lights. I’m not at all interested in that ugly cow called the CBR250R.

  6. BBQdog says:

    @flyboy2160: 125 kg for me is the max, wet but without fuel.

  7. MikeD says:

    HONDA…Just dump the CBR250R all togheter and use this as it’s direct replacement. Keep the ABS optional again.

  8. OK, dump the CB250R altogether, and sell these instead.

    Let’s see, chock full of race-spec HRC unobtanium parts, then make it street legal, and keep ABS. No problem, American Honda should sell a boatload of these at 25-30 grand a pop for a 250 that will get taken to the woodshed by a Triumph Bonneville. Did you hear about the maintenance schedule, and the HRC parts prices?

    OK, let me show you something in a nice, used RCV . . . .

  9. Isaac says:

    It looks like the out going RS250 only it’s heavier and slower. Still I wouldn’t mind having one.

  10. MikeD says:

    Ok,Ok…I realize is not Mix and Bake kind of easy but danm, is just that that P.O.S CBR250R is so dissapointing compared to something like this that i couldn’t help myself but to ask for the impossible…lol.

  11. BBQDog says:

    Well, the trend seems the industry has no trust in those lame 125 fourstrokes anymore and
    is defenitly going for 250cc fourstroke as a ‘beginners’ class. I am very curious what
    Yamaha and/or Aprilia are planning. Would love to have an Aprilia RSV 550 or
    RS4 250 ….

    Have had Aprilia RS 125’s and 250′ for over 15 years now, finally got bored with
    them and bought me a Kawasaki Ninja 250r as a temperary solution. The Ninja
    is 30 kg too heavy, the handlebars are too high and it is more like a sports-tourer.

  12. Simon says:

    I totally agree. An RS4 250 would be awesome. I think Aprilia would sell a lot more if it was a 250.

    The problem is that people would rather buy an average 250 (the Ninja 250 and CBR250) than a superb 125.

    Solution? Bring a RS4 250 to North America. Lighter, sportier, higher quality, better looking, exotic. People would pay a little more for that bike over the Japanese options, but hardly anyone would buy the 125 version.

    Announce the 250 version and i’ll put a deposit the next day.

  13. Bob says:

    Hey everybody i just set up a facebook page to get Aprilia to make a 250cc version of the RS4 125. Sign up :)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/RS4-250-Make-it-happen-Aprilia/156593214394791

    That’s probably the closest thing you’ll get to a street legal moto3 bike.

  14. What I really think would hit just where you guys are thinking would be a 250 chassis / 450 motor piece along the lines of the proposed racing series that never got off the ground. Those 450 motocross motors are high output/ high maintenance, but way below what ‘street-ified’ pure race pieces would entail.

    Hell, I’d could see a 250Ninja with a Kawi motor transplant from the Ninja 400 . . . or what the hell, just sell the Kawasaki Nija 400 here, since it’s already in Canada !

    http://www.kawasaki.ca/model/Street-Touring/1256/Ninja-400R

  15. BBQDog says:

    “Announce the 250 version and i’ll put a deposit the next day.”

    Me too :-)

  16. BBQDog says:

    “or what the hell, just sell the Kawasaki Nija 400 here, since it’s already in Canada !”

    The 400 Ninja uses the much heavier frame of the 650 ….

  17. Motorpoint says:

    Look at the new Honda #bike in it's unshaded state. Looking a bit like something from the iRobot film http://tinyurl.com/6aqxnsr