2011 Honda CBR250R and CB1000R priced at $3,999, $10,999

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The Honda CBR250R has been priced at $3,999 and the Honda CB1000R — finally entering the US — will cost $10,999 when they go on-sale here next year. That CBR250R pricing is identical to the Kawasaki Ninja 250, but if you want ABS it will carry a $500 premium. The CB1000R’s pricing is also similar to rivals from Kawasaki, the Z1000 costs $10,599 and the new Ninja 1000 is $10,999. Honda says both will arrive at dealers next spring.

  • Nick

    I’m not sure I would want to ride a thumper on the road, but at least it has fuel injection. Carburetors belong in 1975.

    • Nick

      I do think that’s a good price. Hopefully it does well and brings in more competitors to that segment.

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

      It will also hopefully force Kawi to bring the FI bikes to the US. They are FI everywhere but here!

      • Tony

        Isn’t that due to emission? The reason why our ninja 250 isn’t FI?
        I hopemthis works out for Honda. The lack of power vs Ninja is discerning :(

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

          Well, its due to less strict emissions standards here in the US. Kawi saves a few bucks by using carbs, and this is the only country they can get away with it in. But with a $4k Honda w/FI, I don’t see how they can compete with ultra-leanly jetted carbs. Those things are damn near unrideable under 4-5k, and take about 5 minutes to warm up.

          • Steve

            Only 5 minutes to warm up? On my wife’s Ninjette it was faster to rejet it than to wait for it to warm up.

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

              Ha, by “warm up”, I mean, “reduce choke to 50% and will take 1/8 throttle without dying”. Absolutely brutal.

            • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

              The carbs are never great below 4k rpm (there’s no power there anyway), very herky-jerky delivery, but I’m able to turn off the choke after about a half mile of riding down the road every morning. My Ninja 250 is a 2008.

              I’m eager to see these 250 CBRs in dealers alongside the Ninja. Not surprising they’re priced the same. I sort of doubt most people cross shopping these bikes will know the difference in horsepower, or the difference between carbs and FI.

              Interestingly, I believe the FI Ninja 250 is rated at slightly less peak HP than the American carb bike.

      • noone1569

        Doesn’t the 2010 250r have FI?

        • Brian

          No, the 2010 250r does not have FI in the US. I think the Honda has a chance of becoming a popular alternative to the Ninjette. I just want to see some numbers and comparo’s…the thumper really doesn’t bother me if the performance is competitive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    The CBR250R looks damn appealing at that price. Bravo for Honda matching the point. The CB1000R, on the other hand, seems like a tough sell. Only reason I can see someone grabbing the CB1000R over the Z1000 is the “gotta have a Honda” group.

    Well, that and the pinwheel fan club.

  • Charles

    They had the chance to do something special, to change the world of motorcycling. The CBR250R costs around 2/3 of the Ninja’s price overseas and a $2799 price with an aggressive advertising campaign, “The Real Prius Killer”, would’ve been able to really move the metal – and get a bunch of new motorcyclists in to later buy bigger, more profitable bikes.

    • ike6116

      I want to live in a world where this dream scenario happens.

  • Roman

    Seems like a really appealing little bike. Very cool that it has an ABS option as well, that’s some serious hardware for an entry level bike. The pricing could always be lower, but it’s pretty decent by American standards. Maybe if the dollar maintains its strength, we’ll see price go down even more.

  • Myles

    Surprisingly low price, I heard estimates of 4500base/5000ABS. At this price, only a crazy person would pick the baby ninja.

    The wonder woman color scheme has to go, tho. Looks much better in black.