First Images of the 2017 Honda CBR250RR

07/25/2016 @ 10:56 am, by Jensen Beeler46 COMMENTS


The rumor was that we would see the 2017 Honda CBR250RR debut this week, and that news didn’t disappoint.

Getting our first glimpse of the machine today, the Honda CBR250RR is finally breaking cover, and we can bring you the first images and technical specs of the quarter-liter sport bike.

As we already knew, the Honda CBR250RR will use a 250cc twin-cylinder, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled engine that revs to a 14,000 rpm redline. There’s no word yet on power, but we would expect it to surpass the other 250cc offerings from the Japanese manufacturers.

We also expect a 350cc version for markets like North America and Europe, though there’s no official word on that, just yet.

Concept renders from Japan ended up being accurate, with the 2017 Honda CBR250RR showing a shotgun-style exhaust, and we can see that many of the lines from the Honda “Light Weight Super Sports” concept remain.

Also of note is the headlight design that leaked from patent drawings earlier this year.

The 2017 Honda CBR250RR will come with optional ABS in the ASEAN markets, and it will use a ride-by-wire throttle that will offer three riding modes to the rider: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.

We still don’t have information on how much power the Honda CBR2500RR makes, nor do we know how much the bike weights – two obscured facts that will surely infuriate spec-sheet racers.

Also of disappointment is the noted lack of adjustment available in the suspension – something that is common in this motorcycle segment, but not something common to the “RR” bikes from Honda.

Still, early price indicators suggest that the Honda CBR250RR will be priced aggressively against the other machines in its segment. As such, we expect the Honda to be on the short list for small-displacement riders, once it is available.






Source: Astra Honda Motor

  • SKD007

    Some sites say 35bhp and 28nm torque. Hope 350cc comes with 55bhp and 34nm and a marginal price increase for resized stroke and bore….

  • Keith Schiffner

    heh, ’09 Ninjette still looks better imho.

  • Alclab

    THe ’08-’12 Ninjette was one of the best looking bikes back then, let alone for small displacement bikes

  • Alclab

    The addition of a 350cc is really interesting as it’s clearly becoming the category where competition is fiercest and sales have gone up (a leftover from the now almost dead supersport segment?).

    Overall, few details, but I have to praise Honda for actually bringing something new to the table, since apart from the Africa Twin appeared to have been asleep while competition got to work. I personally think it looks really good.

    Hopefully this marks the new direction for Honda in creating new, exciting and reliable bikes, and that all the new competition just favors the consumer.

    This may be beacuase of the new CEO in Honda… Does anyone have more accurate infromation? I remember reading that the previous one did not really liked motorcycles, and hence brought a perioud where we saw almost nothing new from Honda.

  • Geist

    A 400rr would be more fun these were amazing little machines of the 80s and 90s. Yamaha was the only one that brought them to the USA in FZR400s. But Honda had the RR and the NC-30 400cc version of the RC-30 superbike.

  • sigsegv

    The exhaust looks dirt cheap. It is the worst visual element on the bike by far. There also a few other sore spots (side fairings to tank junction is a mess) but otherwise it looks beautiful and it is basically identical to the concept.

  • Gary

    I’m in agreement with Geist. I had a 1990 FZR400 four-cylinder (and a 1990 FZR1000 too) and that little bike was an absolute scream! Lightweight and compact, its handling was effortlessly flickable. Its tiny engine had the note of an F1 racecar when you wound her out – addictively visceral. Few bikes could hope to keep up with this fine instrument on a tight stretch of road.
    Footnote: these pictures of the Honda 250 look computer rendered to me.

  • tony

    how on earth would a road 350 get up to 55hp? two stroke? nitrous? turbo? good luck…

  • tony

    agreed completely. and the red one looks like an r3.

  • coreyvwc

    45 BHP would attainable, but 55 BHP in road legal tune is just pure fantasy.

  • LeDelmo

    This bike looks cheap. Chinese cheap. Why do these companies keep doing junk like this.

  • Will

    lol. even the cb500/cbr500/cb500x only scores 47bhp. and they got 500 (true nominal 470-ish cc engine. so, 350cc more probably ended in 40-44 effective bhp.

  • Will

    400cc only exist for limited JDM (japan domestic market)

  • Bluesceyes

    And this weighs almost 350lbs dry because? I think Honda’s Lightweight Super Sport s concept missed the lightweight part

  • Noname

    The surprising part is the Throttls by wire system for a cheap bike… I dont see the point for that system on a 40 to 50 Hp bike.

  • Geist

    Not 20 some odd years ago. UK had them and the EU particularly Spain and Italy. In the USA we got the CB-1 naked 400 and Yamaha brought in the FZR400. Suzi an Kawi made them but didnt bring them here, just the same markets as Honda’s rr

  • darren636

    That ain’t no RR.


  • chris

    welcome news, but when’s the last time honda led any segment in hp?

  • darren636

    Well said.

    Great bikes.
    They all were.
    Cbr250rr mc22

  • MikeD

    Red looks RONG…OH SO RONG. BArf.
    Black and never look back. LoL.😁

  • MikeD

    Because cruise control/traction control/anti Dank wheely/cornering ABS…too much POWAAAA ! LoL.
    Nah, just talking crap. 😁

  • MikeD

    That HIDEOUS exhaust is going to hit the trash can quicker than PME. I think they tried to recycle left over Shamu mufflers dressed with a different heat shield.

  • sigsegv

    Price point and to be on the safe side that the 45-ish HP 300/350 cc bike is A2 compliant (0,2 kW/kg) in Europe.

  • n/a

    …And the rest you didn’t include in that list…

  • CBR Sean

    Of note, since the new CEO has come aboard, we’ve seen 2 very important and iconic vehicles Honda has produced and begin to sell that had been promised for 10 years if not more. The NSX and RC213V-S, had been promised but never once broke cover. The NSX being a bit worst as Honda had begun development under the previous CEO and then shut the project down in or around 2006.

    This new CEO has really lit a fire up in the R&D department to bring more exciting vehicles to market. The Civic Type R with its turbocharged 4 cylinder engine can be included. I foresee Honda making a very strong comeback in the year to come.

  • Paul McM

    Dear Japan, please repeat after me: C-U-R-V-E-S. Now repeat 1000 times. Honestly all the slicey-dicey angular styling just makes the machine look like an origami exercise, and all those creases, folds, slots, angles, and knife edges are just going to make the bike much harder to keep clean. Ironically I bet Honda thinks the styling make the CBR250RR look “cutting edge”. But honestly this thing is going to look SO dated in 3-4 years… It’s ugly now… in 5 years when people realize this whole styling trend is/was a “fool’s errand”, this will be an example of “what not to ever do again”.

    So I guess this bike is for short people in second-world nations who have CC restrictions on their licenses. So then tell me why anyone in the USA or Europe would want this machine…

  • Paul McM

    Really? The 2017 NSX has “debatable” styling, and most of the car mags have expressed considerable disappointment in the machine. It has NOT garnered great praise. As for the RC213V-S. That was a public relations Boomerang FAIL for Honda. It generated more negative than positive consumer reactions because the obscene price and the 100-hp limit in the US and some other markets. I guess Honda has sold a few… but it has not proven to be the the HALO bike Honda wanted. I’d say it’s time for a different CEO yet again. And hire some new product managers while you’re at it. Whoever approved the NM4 Vultus and CTX1300 should be forced to commit ritual Harakiri.

  • Bluesceyes

    I was unaware that Euro license regs had a power to weight component. I thought it was only power. The more you know.

  • SKD007

    500s designed as touring bikes with rocker arm and lower RPM. 50 to 55 can be done with higher compression ratio and higher rpm. But yes reliability will be not as good as usual Honda bikes. 48 – 50bhp should be reasonable if this 250 can make 35bhp.

  • SKD007

    They never did recently because they were in km/l race than km/h and finally they understood most of the buyers have a car and they use bike for pleasure riding..

  • sigsegv

    If the 38 HP figure floating around is true, power density is 152 HP/liter. It is not groundbreaking, just uncommon in this segment (both the R3 and the Ninja are 130 HP/liter). If the bigger version is indeed 350 cc and if they maintain the same power density – a lots of big ifs – we are looking at a 53 HP machine.
    That said, A2 power limit in EU is 35 kW (47 HP rounded down). It is unlikely that the CBR3xxRR will exceed that amount.

  • Andre Capitao Melo

    You can’t really compare these engines just based on cc

  • darren636

    there are others,
    The legendary Suzuki rgv250
    Suzuki gsxr400
    Aprilia rs250
    Yamaha Fzr400
    Yamaha Tzr250
    Kawasaki Zxr400

  • Gary

    While we’re at it, let’s also give credit to the field of 250cc four-cylinder sport bikes produced by Japan during the 90’s. Brilliant little jewels of engineering. As worth of placement on your fireplace mantle as they’d be for spanking around a race track. I never had the privilege of owning one but they must have been a sheer riot.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I bet it weighs about 100 kilos.

  • Mak Kah Heng

    Anyone wanna see more pics can see them at a indonesia website —

    Enjoy !

  • major tom

    There you go again! Another useless, random,irregular slab of flat black plastic under the tank and seat. What’s wrong with extending the tank down to the frame rails and with a body colored swoopy smooth piece of plastic filling any gaps? Maybe the tank would hold more fuel too.

  • Nicko55

    I suppose it’s a step in the right direction, for some. The welded-on subframe and sliding-pot caliper pretty much giveaway what it is tho: Another cheapo “sportbike” in name only.

  • darren636

    I was lucky enough to have a mint vfr400r nc30.
    It was exquisite and handled like you’d imagine.

    I also had a great time on the cbr400rr and the wonderful cbr250rr and the fzr400

    All of these were just awesome machines.

  • Alclab

    To be fair though… We did get the new Africa Twin, and now the CBR250RR, along with heavy rumors of the new CBR1000RR for 2017.

    So maybe and hopefully a sign of things to come.

  • tony

    ya know what? i blame micheal bay. of course, i blame him for most things.

    what have megan fox and the chubby kid done since the original transformers? nothing good…

  • Chocodog

    I like the looks, I think sport bikes should have a radius in the subframe, rather than a straight plank. The lower supports should be curved somewhat to complement the round tire in the back and make the back look more symmetrical and complete. A single shock could peek through or under tail exhausts can be used. They’re getting pretty close.
    I hope the new 1000 CBR RR is awesome.
    Honda should consult me on designing a VFR, one that people actually buy.

  • MikeD

    Holy Crap ! That thing got more lines and angles than a friggin Origami Figurine !

  • Anderson F. Octer

    i want one!

  • pedro

    Is someone having a Batman complex?

  • appliance5000

    Are you sending this message to Austria, England and Germany too?