2013 Honda CBR250R ABS – Price, Specs, Photos, and More

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Cheap thrills

By: Kathy Helmetag | Rating: 5 / 5 | 6 months ago

I found myself needing a bike. My main twist was about to go under the knife due to persistent engine trouble, and I didn’t want to be off two wheels, so I hit the ‘net to find something that would meet three criteria: inexpensive, sporty, and new. In perspective, less than 4K€, not a GS, and less than two years old.

After 1500kms, the RideApart review of the bike is spot on. Coming off of a baby GS, this is an entirely different animal of a bike. The riding position is not fixed – plenty of room to move around and find a comfortable posture. Where the GS like to straighten itself up (it leans with no trouble, just pops back up by itself), the CBR goes over and doesn’t mind staying precisely where you put it.

The steering feedback is much more precise and informative. the bike’s response to rider input is clear and feedback from the chassis is well-defined. In other words, you will know if you are doing something wrong, and far enough in advance to correct it before it becomes a problem.

The combined brakes are an adjustment – and being that the rear brake is essentially useless (planned?), the front takes all of the work and does it well. The suspension is well-tuned for sharp braking and front end dive is limited. There was considerable suspension settling over the first 1000kms, which makes sense, but was unexpected.

Balance is easy and light.

Honda CBR 250 R ABS

What surprised me the most was the engine. I expected reasonable speed and acceleration. What I got can only be described as silly fun. The CBR250R takes off like a bat out of hell with a good sharp twist or as politely as Ms Daisy with a gentle one. Obviously, with 26hp, you never actually reach escape velocity, but that’s ok, because top speed isn’t the fun here.

Running away from every traffic signal you find is.

The overall small size of the bike makes it even more compelling. For those in cultures that condone or even encourage lane splitting, sharing, and filtering, the CBR250R is the perfect combination of acceleration and size. The mirrors are the widest point, giving a very clear indication of whether you will make it between those trucks or not. Moving forward on the seat to the tank puts the rider into a very upright posture suitable for observing advance traffic.

As I am a smaller rider, moving all the way back puts me into a tuck. The one ergonomic issue with this flexibility is that the footpegs seem to always be in the wrong position – easily fixed on the aftermarket.

Overall, the CBR250R is not just a good beginner bike, it’s a great bike overall. It’s one of those bikes that makes you say shoot, this motorcycling thing is FUN!

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

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