Honda CBR250RR set for Production

Reports from Indonesia indicate that Honda’s ‘Super Light Weight Concept’ which has been dubbed the rebirth of the CBR250RR is set for production. Manufacture of the bike is set to commence in March next year at the Astra Honda Motor factory in Karawang, West Java and release of the bike likely to occur in the fourth quarter of 2016.

If the reports are correct, it’s going to be interesting to see what Honda do with their existing lineup. Currently, the Honda CBR300R and CB300F are both produced in Thailand. It would seem strange to continue to sell those machines if Honda is going to bring out a two-cylinder bike to play in the same space.

There is a possibility that only the engine will be produced in Indonesia with the rest of the bike being built in Thailand, though seeing as Thailand also produces the two-cylinder CBR500 range in the land of smiles, retooling the line to produce the new engine wouldn’t seem to be a stretch either.

But that’s just part of the puzzle – we’re still unsure of the specifications of this new bike and how much of the concept will make it into production. Looks wise we don’t expect too much to change save of course for the use of more traditional lights and other finishes. Power wise, we’re hearing it will rival the RC390 – but for that we’d expect it to be at least bored out to 300cc or more.

super light concept dash

 

New Honda CBR250RR Unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda has taken the wraps off their new concept bike which they’re calling the ‘Light Weight Super Sports Concept’ but is really taking shape as a spiritual successor to the Honda CBR250RR. And while it doesn’t look set to replicate the high revving characteristics of that legendary machine, it comes closer than we were expecting.

Honda hasn’t released any specifications yet, but the dash does indicate redline of 14,000 prm – significantly higher than the 10,500 limit on the current CBR300R and more than the other twins from Kawasaki and Yamaha by over 1,000 rpm. Most of the bike appears pretty much production ready (save for the headlights and over engineered tail section) and there’s nothing too silly on show here – single discs up front and rear, standard looking suspension and a pretty basic Apkropovic exhaust.

There’s little doubt that this will end up replacing the single cylinder entry level bike range from Honda, but will they keep it at 250 cc for western markets or bump it up to 300cc? If designed right there’s little doubt that the bike could outperform bigger capacity machines, but as we all know, displacement is a big selling point for western consumers. Let’s hope that once the specifications are released we do see a high performance yet lightweight machine.

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Is the Honda CBR250RR Returning?

Could the legendary Honda CBR250RR be returning to the market? The answer is yes, but not in the way perhaps we would have all hoped for. The original CBR250RR was an incredible machine that still has a place in many a rider’s heart today with its inline-4 engine capable of spinning up to 19,000 rpm.

The return of the CBR250RR badge will coincide with the release of a new parallel-twin entry level bike to take the fight back to Yamaha, Kawasaki and KTM with their learner friendly machines. Since the release of the CBR250R back in 2011, competitors have released more powerful and sophisticated machines, relegating the now CBR300R to the back of the pack performance wise.

It had been rumoured since late last year that Honda would heavily overhaul their entry level offerings by swapping the existing single cylinder engine out for a brand new parallel twin. Today Honda announced they would be showing off a concept bike at the Tokyo Motor Show called the Light Super Sports Concept. Other than the lack of any headlights or indicators on the concept (shown below), it’s otherwise production ready and not that different to the current CBR300R shape.

Given that Honda is making this machine to better compete with the likes of the Ninja 300 and R3, it’s not a great stretch to assume that the bike will have a minimum capacity of 300cc once it hits western markets.

Is the Honda CBR250RR Returning?