Honda CBR250R: The sports tourer from Honda
Honda motorcycles is one of the most well established brands in the two-wheeler business here in India. There was a lot of hype about the launch of their first 250cc motorcycle as it was only the second entrant in this segment after the Kawasaki Ninja 250. It was one among the most awaited bikes back when it was launched in 2011. The Honda badge promised to bring a lot to the table including quality. Also, the bike's design is inspired by its larger sibling - the VFR1200F.
Packed neatly within the frame is a 249.6cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 25.7bhp and 22.9Nm of torque. The motor is liquid-cooled and comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Honda CBR250R is BSIV-compliant.
One look at the motorcycle, and you can spot the bigger VFR1200 in the details. At the front, it sports an arrow-shaped headlight with a gloss black panel above it. It gets a large visor too and comes with clear-lens indicators. The dual-tone paint theme is rather sporty. The side fairings cover the frontal portion very well and we liked the well carved tank. It gets an up-sweeping tail section and exhaust. The rear tail lamp is rather simple. The rear view mirrors are spread out nice and wide, and we also liked the thick rear tyre. The instrument cluster includes an RPM meter that is housed in a circular silver-coated panel. There is also the digital display that reflects the fuel level, time, coolant temperature and speed. The high-beam indicator is placed on the right side, while the engine malfunction lamp is on the left. In terms of dimensions, the CBR250R is 2030mm in length, 720mm in width and 1127mm in height. The engine is very responsive and is super refined. The bike is quite zippy in the city and cruises effortlessly on the highway. Even when you strain the engine, it remains smooth. It manages to reach a top speed of 120kph. At 167kgs, the bike feels light and nimble. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 145mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1369mm and a seat height of 784mm.
The Honda CBR250R has a fuel tank capacity of 13 litres. In terms of mileage, the bike is capable of returning 30kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.
Mechanical Parts :
We loved the seating position on the bike - it's nice and upright; you feel like you're seated on a cruiser rather than a sports bike. It boasts of a split seat design that is very comfortable to sit on and provides good under-thigh support. And the handlebar is placed perfectly. The rider's foot pegs are positioned well too. The ride quality is impressive and the bike tackles corners with a lot of confidence. It's also quite light and changes directions with poise. Stopping power is good. More than anything, this is a very practical bike to ride. At the front, the bike rides on telescopic forks, while the rear gets a pro-link monoshock. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a twin-spar type frame. The CBR250R runs on 110/70-17 tyres at the front and 140/70-17 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.
The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like a LED headlamp, sporty graphics, part-digital instrument cluster, split seat, grab handle for pillion, 2-channel ABS, engine kill switch and pass light switch.
The Honda CBR250R is available in a variety of shades like Matte Axis Gray Metallic with Mars Orange, Pearl Sports Yellow, Matte Axis Gray Metallic with Striking Green and Sports Red. Sports Red is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.
Feel free to step into a showroom or browse through the company's website to know all the necessary details on the bike. It will help you with details that cover specifications, colours and accessory options.
Prices and Variants :
The Honda CBR250R is available in two variants: CBR250R ABS for ₹ 1.95 lakh and the CBR250R Standard for ₹ 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autox.com.
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