110 high-res images of the Honda CBR250R

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The Honda CBR250R promises to be the most significant bike of 2011, representing not only Honda taking the American youth market seriously for the first time in decades, but the product of low-cost, Far East manufacturing being imported to the US by a major manufacturer too. If it can prove as big a sales success here as the Ninja 250 (fifth best selling bike in the US in 2009), then it should also be the beginning of more manufacturers bringing over small and mid-capacity bikes or even designing them specifically to cater to US tastes. We’ll be publishing a review next week, until then, here’s 110 high-res images of affordable small bike hotness.

  • cramer

    Glad to see shots of the bike out of the sterile studio environment.

    Wes, this might get covered in the review next week, but do you know of any Honda accessory plans, like a rear rack?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Here’s the accessories list:

      - Passenger Seat Cowl

      - Carbon Fiber Tank Pad

      - Carbon Fiber Fuel Lid Cover

      - Outdoor Cover

      • ike6116

        That list is weak.

        • Scott

          Dude, have you ever ridden a bike with a steel fuel lid cover?

          • Trev

            Yep, and nothing that needs a cf fuel lid cover (aside from just wanting the cf look on that piece).

            Hopefully someone will come out with a very well engineered rear rack and luggage for this bike.

            That is if the demand is high enough.

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Because it’s a global product, I’d suspect there’ll be plenty of aftermarket bolt-ons.

              • Trev

                Oh, of course.

                It kind of makes me wonder what Yamaha might have up next for the WR; even though they are in two different classes, some new and old riders might compare them both.

                • Ducky

                  Not when the WR is about 150% of the price of the CBR (in Canada at least)

                • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                  Yeah, that Yam is made in Japan and is way higher spec than this CBR or the Ninja or similar, hence the 600-rivaling price:

                  http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/12/by-the-numbers-250cc-road-bikes/

                  That’s one of the reasons the CBR is so significant, Thai manufacturing makes it cheap! Expect more Thai-made Hondas to reach western markets in the future.

  • ike6116

    Teasing the shit out of the review you guys have in the hopper, it’s working quite well on me, I’ll have you know.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We really don’t mean to be teasing it. Honda neglected to enable HFL to publish a review in a timely manner, so we’re simply explaining why our readers, who are the CBR250R’s target audience, have to wait.

      • ike6116

        Looking very forward to see if this could ACTUALLY do highway speeds

        • Trev

          If it couldn’t, then it wouldn’t be legal for highway use.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          It’ll do like 90-100mph depending on gearing and whatnot. Acceleration up to that point should be sharp enough that you won’t feel uncomfortable on busy, fast highways. I speak from experience, having ridden plenty of bikes with similar or lesser power-to-weight ratios.

  • wwalkersd

    That really is a good looking bike, especially in the red-and-silver livery.

  • Tim

    Love everything but the exhaust.

    • Scott

      … that muffler is from the Rune parts-bin?

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        It’s got the catalyzer in it, hence the size…

    • Peter

      Have any aftermarket companies announced new exhausts for it yet? The factory one really is hideous.

  • Terry

    This is exciting. I have my Ninja 250 already, but it’s nice to see Honda kick Kawasaki in the entry-level nuts with this thing.

    The listed accessories are a waste of effort. Part of learning to ride is learning what you do and don’t want to do on a motorcycle… A way to carry even small hard bags would be smart to add, IMO, because it gives new riders different things to try, and new commuters are a potential buying group. Adding a little practicality from the factory would be a good move.

    Looking forward to the review.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      I don’t know if “kick in the nuts” is exactly the right word; the two bikes will ride differently, but the Ninjette is still a badass bike. I like the looks of it a little more than the CBR, too, though I’m a Kawi fanboy to be sure.

      But bring on the welter-weight bikes! Honda seems to be “getting it”, with the CBR250 and CBR600f.

  • Isaac

    They really scored with this bike. Lightweight good looks and descent power for a four stroke 250cc. I think once that exhaust gets replaced with something like a Leo Vince SBK full system, that bike would loose 10 – 15lbs. And then with some forged wheels another 10lbs. I think the track nuts will hit this bike pretty hard with mod’s. I sure can’t wait to see a race variant of this bike (No, not the Moto3 version).

  • ike6116

    Am I really the only one who isn’t offended by the exhaust?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yes, yes you are.

  • BMW11GS

    Sweet! I was there when those photos were taken. The title photo is the S-curve on Mullholand right above the Rock Store. The rider was just riding back and forth turning around in the street (the bike is nimble to say the least! really tight turning circle) to get the best shot. I would have stopped but didnt think a young dude on an old GS would be appreciated.