Honda CBR250RR, Reporting for Racing Duty

03/20/2017 @ 9:38 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

Honda is taking the quarter-liter market very seriously. The debut of the Honda CBR250RR street bike proves as much, with Big Red doubling-down on the segment, just three years after the debut of the Honda CBR300R.

The small-displacement category hasn’t converged on a single-displacement yet, with anything from 250cc to 400cc seemingly filling the gap, all of which makes the Honda CBR250RR an even bolder choice from the Japanese manufacturer, as it’s on the smaller end of the spectrum.

We have yet to see the Honda CBR250RR come to the western markets, but in Asia, HRC is getting ready to go racing with its 250cc twin-cylinder platform. As such, the above is the Honda CBR250RR, in its Astra Honda Racing trim, which debuted this weekend at the Osaka Motorcycle Show.

Aside from the removal of the bike’s headlights, license plate, and turn signals, there isn’t much different that we can see on the HRC-kitted Honda CBR250RR.

Obviously, the shotgun-style exhaust can has been replaced with a more simple and traditional muffle arrangement, which surely has to reduce weight on the machine.

Surprisingly however, the suspension is the same non-adjustable Showa units found on the street bike, which is an odd-choice for taking the budget sport bike to serious race bike status.

HRC did do away with the ABS on the CBR250RR, using a more conventional setup from Nissin. We can also spot new rearsets, which move the footpeg height higher by several inches.

Quite the handsome little race bike, we hope Honda brings the CBR250RR over to the USA – in a 300cc displacement, perhaps.

Source: HRC

  • Zul Hairi Samsudin

    I follow this series.. quite interesting line-up though the quality might not be that great.. still it seems like the series is well-run..

  • Chocodog

    Looks great, I wonder what red line is?

  • MrDefo

    I love the design on the fairing. Gorgeous. I would buy a 300 for the street with that livery.

  • norubber

    Rubber brake hose?

  • Jd

    Vanilla and watered down. All cast parts. Suspension and brakes off a 80s hurricane. Stickers on the wheels. Honda must really think that the people cant tell a nice bike from a crap bike if they repackaged it. Or perhaps the people cant tell the difference?

  • GregS

    Wonder what the wet weight is?

  • Yam

    This bike may be watered down, but I’d be willing to bet that it’s a fraction of the price of a NSF250R.

  • Westward

    SO where are the Hi-Res Pix of this thing..?

  • sigsegv

    A quick google search suggests 14K for the stock model. I doubt this one is different.

  • sigsegv

    It helps that the color scheme hides the excessively busy details of the fairing. Also, this simple exhaust is miles better looking than the stock contraption. YMMV :)

  • 314Daws

    Not to mention the running cost of an NSF250 for a season!

    Small capacity production racing has moved outside of the Asian markets and is growing in popularity across the globe because it’s the best way to get into road-racing on a competitive machine without having to mortgage your house. The recent 300 Supersport domestic series (ASBK) support race at the Australian round of WSBK had an over-subscribed grid for the first time in living memory, it was great to see 42 bikes line up!

  • n/a

    In this case…..they’re not necessary.

  • racerX

    Suspension intended to be swapped. Makes sense with all the different market options, contingency. Cool little package. Price?

  • Mak Kah Heng

    Perhaps 1/6 to 1/8 of a NSF250R, which is great for amateur racing.

  • MikeD
  • MikeD

    I would take the pedestrian version over a Ninja 300 or Yamaha R3. IMO it looks “oh, so much better”.

  • MikeD
  • m3gtr

    it also removes the 180 km/h limiter

  • m3gtr

    or 112 mph

  • BBQdog

    I have driven a bunch of those modern japanese twins, Kawa 300 and Yamaha 300.
    Compared to a KTM Duke 390 they all feel very clumsy and lack midrange. You really have to squeeze them out all of time.