The 2011 Honda CBR comes in many different sizes. Honda manufactures the two- seat CBR in three different trim levels, and each comes with an available anti-lock brakes option. The base trim 250R trim is a capable entry-level sport bike, while the 600RR and 1000RR provide more power and will satisfy experienced performance enthusiasts.
Handling on the 250R trim is very responsive, although it is lighter than the higher trims and is not well-equipped for harsh weather conditions. Meanwhile, the higher trims are heavier but far sturdier. Regardless of the specific trim, the 2011 Honda CBR is ergonomically sound and aesthetically pleasing. Steering is nimble and the ride is smooth. One of the benefits to all of the trims is the underseat storage, which allows drivers to discreetly store goods without impeding aerodynamics.
Unlike other motorcycles in the sport bike category, the 2011 Honda CBR is up to the rigors of everyday driving. Those who spring for the 250 R may find it a bit underwhelming on the race track, although it should offer more than enough excitement for entry-level bikers. Still, it only offers one cylinder, and those with lots of experience may find that it is not up to their performance demands. On the other hand, the 600RR, and 1000RR trims are designed with seasoned veterans in mind. Both offer four cylinders, and match up with the most powerful sports bikes on the market. It should be noted that fuel economy on the higher trims leaves something to be desired, although this is to be expected with bikes that offer such strong performance. Honda compensates for the lower fuel economy with greater fuel capacity, as the 600RR has a fuel capacity of 4.8 gallons, while the 1000RR has 4.5 gallons, both larger than the 3.4 gallons on the 250R. The instrumentation is intuitive and the design manages to be assertive without looking gaudy.