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 has 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 adding even more style to an already stylish 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 he needs it. The light weight 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 on 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 introduced.
  • More powerful and fuel efficient engine due to the re-mapping of the ECU.
  • Upgraded quality of plastics from 2011 models.
  • Anti-lock brake system designed to help riders gain confidence in their riding ability.
  • Pro-link suspension that allows for much a smoother and controlled ride.
  • Elegant and sporty muffler made of stainless steel adds to the bike's style.
  • Use of wide tube tires in both the front and rear increases grip on the road.

2012 Honda CBR Specs

  • Model: 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: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 77 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc
  • Suspension (Front): 37mm fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Pro-link single shock
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake: 25 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
  • Custo-fit, waterproof bike cover
  • Carbon fiber tank pad
  • Carbon fiber fuel-lid cover
  • Dust cover

Key Competitors For The 2012 Honda CBR

  • Kawasaki Ninja 250
  • KTM Duke