2011 Honda CBR250R | First Ride

A sure bet

By Bekah Snyder, Photography by Kevin Wing

tech SPEC

EVOLUTION
An all-new 250cc single in an all-new twin-spar steel frame, wrapped in miniaturized VFR1200F bodywork.

RIVALS
Hyosung GT250, Kawasaki Ninja 250.

TECH
Price: $3999 std., $4499 ABS
Engine type: l-c single
Valve train: DOHC, 4v
Displacement: 249cc
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression: 10.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: na
Claimed torque: na
Frame: Tubular-steel twin-spar
Front suspension: 37mm Showa fork
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 296mm disc, optional ABS
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 220mm disc, optional ABS
Front tire: 110/70-17 IRC Road Winner RX-01
Rear tire: 140/70-17 IRC Road Winner RX-01
Rake/trail: 25.0°/3.7 in.
Seat height: 30.5 in.
Wheelbase: 53.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.4 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 359 lbs. std., 368 lbs. ABS
Color: Metallic Black, Red/Silver
Available: April
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact:
American Honda Motor Corp.
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
310.783.2000
www.powersports.honda.com

VERDICT 3.5 of 5 stars
An excellent, confidence-inspiring choice for budget-minded beginners, with enough ability to entertain experienced riders as well.

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