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