Saturday, November 6, 2010


2011 Honda CBR250R.Where contempo Honda releases like the over-engineered, over-priced DN-01 and auto-shifting VFR1200F accept seemed out of blow with reality, Big Red's aboriginal new-for-2011 model, the ultra-accessible CBR250R, seems appropriate on the mark for America's post-recession economy. Cheap, able and conspicuously practical, the quarter-liter CBR seems to clothing the needs of both entry-level riders and frugal-yet-fashionable commuters. Unlike its primary competition, Kawasaki's carbureted, parallel-twin Ninja 250R, the CBR250R appearance a fuel-injected, single-cylinder powerplant. The all-new, liquid-cooled, 249cc engine is afflicted by Honda's four-stroke motocross machines and uses a modern, four-valve, DOHC arch and a counterbalancer to abate vibration.
Curb weight, claimed to be 368 lbs. with ABS and 359 lbs. without, should additionally be commensurable to the Ninja 250R's abstinent 377 lbs. You apprehend that correctly: Honda's Combined ABS is optional, a aboriginal on a bike this small. A simple tubular anatomy forms a solid foundation, angry to a box-section animate swingarm by Honda's Pro-Link rising-rate abeyance linkage. The 37mm angle is non-adjustable, admitting the individual shock offers 5 preload settings. The adventurous bodywork borrows abundantly from Honda's full-sized CBRs, as able-bodied as the flagship VFR1200F.

American Honda didn't acknowledge application or torque projections, but European distributors are claiming aiguille achievement of 26 bhp and 17 lb.-ft. of torque, which puts it in the ballpark with the Ninjette's 25.6 bhp and 13.1 lb.-ft. as abstinent on our rear-wheel dyno.
Honda hasn't appear an MSRP yet, but apprehend it to be abutting if not according to the Kawasaki's $3999 amount tag. Manufacturing in Honda's Thailand ability will abate assembly costs. Such favorable blueprint advance that the CBR250R has all the adequacy of a sales success. The abate CBR125 is consistently one of the acknowledged bikes of any displacement in Europe-in fact, it's the best affairs bike in the UK-and Kawasaki's Ninja 250 was one of the actual few bikes that connected to column appropriate sales in America through the contempo bread-and-butter downturn. Here's acquisitive this new aspirant assault the quarter-liter sportbike chic wide-open in America, and we'll accept the advantage to buy a Suzuki GSX-R250 and Yamaha YZF-R2.5 next.


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