2012 Honda CBR Review


The 2012 Honda CBR 250 is a sleek and powerful entry-level sports bike which delivers an exhilarating ride. Since its debut in 2011, the Honda CBR become an instant favorite for riders looking for an entry level sports bike that not only handles with precision but is also very appealing to look at. The 2012 Honda CBR 250 features a slim and sporty look as well as having a sporty looking cowl. The sporty cowl not only looks great but helps to enhance the aerodynamics of the bike. The instrument panel is very futuristic looking with the silver coating around the panel and bright blue LCD back lighting feature help to add even more style to an already stylish looking bike. The honeycomb cut taillight simply enhances the design as well being able to help with proper light distribution.

In terms of performance, the Honda CBR 250 delivers a very smooth and controlled ride. The engine is a 249cc single cylinder that is also light and very compact. One can expect a smooth and vibe-free ride without sacrificing any power. With bore and stroke dimensions of 76mm x 55mm, the rider will have instant throttle whenever they need it. The lightweight and aerodynamics of the Honda CBR 250 allow for ease of maneuvering, precision handling, and an overall fun experience. The Honda CBR also features the Combined Anti-Lock Brake System (CABS). This braking system comes in handy when trying to make controlled stops as it generates a braking force that is equal to both the front and the rear. This technology helps to prevent those unwanted skids. The anti-lock brake system also helps to prevent wheels from locking up in bad weather or uneven roads.

Overall the 2012 Honda CBR is quite a sports bike and one that is sure to delight any rider looking for an entry level sports bike.

New For 2012

  • Red/silver color was introduced for the 2012 line. The metallic black and white/blue/red also returns for the 2012 line.
  • Engine is now more powerful as well as fuel efficient due to the re-mapping of the ECU. Riders now also have the option to reset the ECU with a simple push of a button.
  • Upgraded the quality of plastics that were used on the 2011 models.
  • Anti -brake system designed to help riders gain confidence in their riding ability. The anti-lock brake system will prevent the wheels from locking up in tougher riding conditions as well as being able to distribute brake force evenly between the front and rear of the bike.
  • Pro link suspension that allows for much a smoother and controlled ride. The suspension allows for more controlled handling of the bike.
  • Elegant and sporty muffler that is made of stainless steel. The muffler is coated with black and adds to the overall design and appearance of the bike.
  • Use of wide tube tires in both the front and the rear. Not only does this add to the sporty look of the bike, but increase the grip of the road as well.

2012 Honda CBR Specs

  • Model: 2012 Honda CBR 250
  • Engine Type: 249cc single cylinder four stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: PGM-FI
  • Ignition: Computer controlled digital transistorized
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive:
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 77 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc
  • Suspension (Front): 37mm fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Pro-link single shock
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake: 25.0 degrees
  • Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 357 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 110/70-17
  • Tires (Rear): 140/70-17


  • Black seat cowl that replaces the stock passenger seat. Seat cowl is painted and made from high quality materials. Adds increased style to the bike as well as increases the cargo capacity.
  • Custom fit waterproof bike cover that is ideal for parking the bike outdoors. The cover has a soft inner lining to protect the bike as well as sturdy outer layer to keep the bike clean and dry.
  • Carbon fiber tank pad that adds a layer of protection. The pad features the Honda racing logo.
  • Carbon fiber fuel lid cover that is designed to add some extra style to the fuel tank area.
  • Dust cover available for protecting the bike when being stored indoors for a period of time.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Honda CBR

  • 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250
  • 2011 KTM Duke