Custom: Mugen Honda CBR250R

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In Thailand, where the Honda CBR250R is manufactured, a 250cc engine is considered reasonably large, easily outperforming the 125cc and under capacities that dominate the market there. So, it makes sense that legendary Honda tuner Mugen is turning its hand to the new hottest thing to be produced by the country. Available in Thailand only, the Mugen Honda CBR250R adapts typical tuner styling cues to Honda’s tiny hotness.

“Mugen” translates roughly to “unlimited” or “without limits” which is why you commonly see tuned Honda’s wearing “Mugen Power” stickers. “Unlimited Power” is a nice simile for the work tuners do, removing emissions, legality and reliability-imposed limits to achieve improved performance.

Sadly, Mugen’s modification to the CBR250R are limited to the cosmetic. There’s a red/black paint scheme, gold stripes, a Mugen exhaust and an iridium screen. Engine performance remains unchanged, the CBR250R produces 26bhp and 17lb/ft of torque, powering a bike that weighs 359lbs. No US price has yet been announced, but the Honda CBR250R will be coming to the States next year.

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  • Turf

    No engine upgrades…I fail to see the point. I want awesomely stupid upgrades like a turbo and removing the pillion, not a fancy paint scheme. I expected more Mugen.

  • Ken D

    Didn’t Mugen do this with the CB1100 as well? The all-mouth-and-no-trousers approach?

  • dux

    Mugen hasn’t done anything interesting for years. Of course, neither has Honda.

    • Ducky

      I think a 250cc sportsbike is pretty interesting. Not everybody lusts after $24K italian sports bikes.

      • seanslides

        It’d be interesting if it were really a sport bike. Unfortunately, it’s just a 250cc budget bike with low spec components. Ironically, the closest thing you’ll find to a 250cc sport bike is an Aprillia RS125, a somewhat pricey italian.

        • Ducky

          It would be nice if insurance regulations forced the return of bikes like the CBR250RR of old. Regardless, I would take this over the Ninja 250R, and I applaud companies that are bringing in more small displacement bikes over the giant penis-mobiles that are the current obsession.

          It actually does have a small amount of sophistication it seems. Looking at Honda’s world website, the overhead roller cam design, cylinder sleeve design, and rear shock with linkage are things you don’t normally find in the small displacement class (to say nothing of PGM-FI and C-ABS, which the Ninja 250R doesn’t even offer).

  • tropical ice cube

    Not so long ago, the ultimate Honda beast in Thailand was the NSR150: 2-stroke, elbows hugging the front wheel position… And your backside shooting at the moon. It even came in full Race Replica:

    Of course, since the rest of the world is phasing out 2 strokers, the factory over there focused on CBR125 and such. Boring machines, if cheap, felt like imposed on us by those recent laws on entry-level bikes to be driven with car driver’s licenses.

    As Funny Honda 250s go, may I recommend the Hornet two-fifty? 16 valves in-line-four, screaming to 16.000 rpm, but build in Japan, not Thailand.

    These are much easier to live with on an everyday basis, while still offering a decent amount of psychopathic behaviour when seriously twisting the throttle.

    If you ask me, and you don’t have to, the Ninja 250 looks just a bit bland in comparison.


    • tropical ice cube

      To be honest: I only test-drove an NSR150 twice, and one has suffered an accident, twisted frame=undriveable, and the other was too expensive for me… That was in Laos.
      But I had longer runs on the Hornet 250, borrowed from friends on occasions, in Cambodia. It’s truly a fine machine.

  • Frosty_spl

    Sick ass Oakley windscreen bro.

  • DoctorNine

    Meh. I like the stock paint better. The only thing I like about this, is the windscreen treatment, and that’s hardly enough to call it a tuner bike. Whatever.

  • Core

    That’s one sharp looking windscreen. ;)

  • Corneliu

    Stickers add 10HP yo!