2011 Honda CBR250R: The Babyblade is back!

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Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS

2011 Honda CBR250R: The is back!

Twenty years quarter-liter sportsbikes ruled the in many regions, offering a mix of looks, light weight and performance. But in recent years, all the other major players the segment, Kawasaki has enjoyed sales success with its yet friendly Ninja 250.

But the will soon face competition from Honda’s re-conceived babyblade CBR250R, with a 249cc single-cylinder, injected engine, a tasty that mimics the CBR1000RR and the instance of optional ABS to grace the segment. This will be a learner machine and a great to the sport for legions of young It’s good to see the quarter-liter getting some love

Oh, and check out what the aftermarket’s coming up with for these new

Back in the early 1990s, the class was red-hot -– Honda’s battling it out with Kawasaki’s and Yamaha’s YZF250 in a stand-up racebike brawl that saw figures escalating to ridiculous 45 horsepower from a quarter 4 cylinder 4-…? That’s a of a lot, especially considering talking more than 20 ago, when top-flight bikes weren’t making more than 130 horses.

But that’s what the kids bikes that looked and had lots of power. And the 250cc fit conveniently within learner regulations in countries like and Australia. They sold hotcakes.

But like any hard-edged machine, they took a lot of to ride. You can’t make big from a 4-cylinder engine sacrificing a lot of low-end torque, so the of old were very easy to Low-set clip-on bars crush your thumbs the tank as you tried to do u-turns. things were great on the road, but a right pain town – and I think it’s to say they put a fair few learners off the of riding altogether.

They had their shiny, bikes, but they just get their heads around how to the things.

Fast-forward 20 years to the market of today -– while countries have graduated schemes based on power-to-weight allowing learner riders to get on friendly bikes like the GSX650F, CB400 and the like, the that has really been sales figures alight is the Ninja 250.

And the Ninja got a lot of right; it looks fast, but not as highly strung as the old ZXR. In it’s based on the old faithful GPZ and ZZR that rounded out Kawasaki’s offering for decades. Practical and machines that always to play second fiddle to the looking machines.

The Ninja 250 put a of glamor on top of the fantastic GPX platform, a learnerbike that was both AND rideable, that drew new into the sport but gave something encouraging and friendly to their skills on. Released in and more or less unchallenged in its it’s still selling crazy.

So the real question here is: why did it Honda four years to up?

Catch up might not be the right Honda’s upcoming 2011 release will push the a little further on from the Ninja, but it takes a few big cues the Kawasaki’s success.

First of it looks great, every bit the brother of the popular CBR1000RR and with its glossy paneling, exhaust and underpants-shaped headlight. It quick and it looks *now*.

Honda CBR 250 R ABS

The choice is an interesting one – Kawasaki has had success with the Ninja parallel twin, but Honda has for a single-cylinder 249cc 4-…, injected and very much with a bore of 76mm and a of just 55mm.

No power figures are quoted as but that engine configuration a very torquey bike, to get off the line and quick to build It’s also light, the scales at 161 kg wet. Seat is a fair bit higher than the 250R, at 78 cm versus the Kawasaki’s cm.

Most significantly, the Honda will be the first bike in the to offer an ABS braking system – in case, Honda’s Combined ABS which in addition to managing slip, also makes a of the rear pedal braking activate the front brakes.

It be overstated what a good this is on a learner bike. had my reservations about motorcycle ABS in the past, but the simple fact is, you can and stomp the brake levers a baboon in the pouring rain and ABS system will get you safely to a And the combined braking system nurse learners through ubiquitous period where too afraid to get on the front brakes because of all the weight transfer

This combined ABS system will certainly save a of young riders from and painful drops and crashes would have had without it.

ABS is an addition, adding additional and 4kg of weight to the package. I would recommend it.

So there you have it; in ways, you might look at the new and see it as a step backwards from we had in the late 80s and early 90s. It certainly not match the stratospheric figures of that era, but as an machine into the world of it will serve new riders better – without sacrificing the factor of the older machines.

The aftermarket is already getting in on the anticipating this machine be a big hit. The recent Thai Expo saw big-name players Mugen and Moriwaki showcasing an of aftermarket gear for the new babyblade, a couple of full fairing to make race replicas. this part of the market to off even harder when 125cc 2-strokes leave the forever, replaced by 250cc Check out the prototypes below:

Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS


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