Honda will present the new CBR250R at the EICMA show in Milan next week, but the manufacturer already took the wraps off the model. The much anticipated bike got the design cues of the VFR1200F sports tourer and the CBR1000RR sports bike. The entry-leves CBR is powered by a 4-stroke, 4-valve single-cylinder DOHC engine which delivers 26 hp and 23 Nm of torque. The engine, which meets the Euro-3 emission standards, is a little less powerful than the two-cylinder Kawasaki Ninja 250, but the Honda has more torque.
The engine is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox and is equipped with an oxygene sensor, accompanied by a catalyzer fitted inside the exhaust pipe. The machine features Combined ABS (the world’s first ABS system in the 250cc road sports category), 37mm forks at the front and tasty-looking swingarm with Pro-Lock single shock. The machine is slowed using a single 296mm front disc brake in conjuction with a 2200mm single rear. “What was on our minds during the development of new CBR? It was to realize an attractive quarter model that can meet the demands of the times to come and provide customers all over the world with joy and at an affordable price. What we aimed at was the ‘Sport Quarter for One World, CBR250R.’” a statement fro Honda reads. The 2011 CBR250R will now enter production in Thailand, with sales launching in November. It will be launched as a global model for export to a wide range of countries such as the ASEAN countries, Japan, Europe, North America, and Australia. In the company’s home market, namely Japan, the CBR250R is scheduled to begin sales in the spring of 2011.