Video: Honda CBR250R

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We think the Honda CBR250R is their most significant new model for 2011. Combining classy styling, accessible performance and a low price ($3,999 in the US), it could be just the thing to get younger riders on their first Honda. Sadly, there’s no engine sound in this video, we’ll see what we can do when we bring you a review later this month.

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  • wwalkersd

    That’s a great looking bike that should be fun to ride, but those beginners they’re courting are going to be really upset when they find out what fairing repairs cost after their first drop.

    • robotribe

      Who knows? It could look just as good as a half-faired bike. That red & silver combo looks great.

    • Ducky

      Not usually the case. The CBR125R’s fairing pieces cost about $60 each to replace here in the Soviet Republique of Canuckistan. New levers: $7. New perch: $12. New exhaust can: $100. New rearsets: $40 a side.

  • Mike Brooklyn

    It’s such a tough sell to get new riders, especially young males, onto smaller displacement bikes. 1000′s are “cool” and even 600′s get criticized for being small. This being despite the fact that i know personally maybe one rider who can take his 600 to its limits.
    Though maybe we should let the squids sort themselves out…

    • Mark D

      Luckily, I think this bike is appealing to people who don’t know what the term “liter bike” even refers to. Students, women, yuppies; really, anybody who would consider a scooter (specifically Vespas!) could almost as easily (and just as cheaply) get a much more capable vehicle.

    • soban881

      Big bikes are overrated – I want this Honda just to thrash around town. All the fun without straight to jail speed.

      It’s always humbling to see someone use a bike to its potential. Saw a girl destroying the intermediate class on a ninja 250 at NJMP. I want that skill…

    • incon

      You’re going to learn how to take advantance of a 250cc a lot quicker then a 1000cc.
      I remember over taking many 1000cc riders in they slow down to crawl around corners. Going around the set of corners much quicker that they couldn’t catch up to me on the straight before the next set of corners.
      If you love bikes and want to commute on it you shouldn’t even look at 1000cc sports bikes.
      No I’m not still on a 250cc but would love one get another to commute on.
      “Carless incon”

  • Turf

    I think it’s partially up to us as experienced riders, among all my friends i’m the resident gearhead. Everyone in my circle knows that i’ve been riding since i was 6, raced and make my living on a motorcycle. When they or someone they know is thinking about a bike or going bike shopping i usually get involved in some way, Coming from an experienced rider they usually take your advice and you can dish out some old gear to help out.

    • R.Sallee

      Experienced guys giving sage advice is great, but I think the effectiveness of good advice is limited by the attitudes of new riders. Motorcycling does a good job of appealing to people that want to go fast and don’t mind danger. Which is a perfect recipe for bad decisions.

      The industry should do a better job of conveying the other brilliant elements of motorcycling. It’s not just about speed. It’s about control, unique sensations, experiencing travel and the world in the most immersive way possible, commuting without limits, going somewhere beautiful just because, hanging out with friends and making new ones. The sort of person attracted to motorcycles by these qualities doesn’t care about race reps or fitting in with pirate culture. It’d be easy to help this kind start with a smart bike.

      • Mark D

        “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” :)

      • Ducky

        For me, motorcycling also appeals to the mechanical engineering side of me.

        Indeed, it isn’t the stupid danger/pussy magnetism/straight line speed that thrills me the most, it’s the wind in helmet open air feeling; the fact that I’m sitting right on top of an otherwise exposed engine and feeling a really deep connection to what the bike is doing; and the adrenaline and thrill of dragging a knee and overtaking someone through a corner on a track day.

  • DoctorNine

    This is exactly what Honda USA needed to do in order to keep cycling alive. Well done, Honda!

  • Sasha Pave

    Many of the shots were taken on Mulholland Drive just up from the Rock Store.

    I love Honda for bringing this bike over. The Ninja 250 has done wonders for the industry since 1986. I think it’s time to repeat the effort.

    • R.Sallee

      Yup, that canyon riding is filmed on The Snake. I’ve ridden it, but recognize it most from all the videos I’ve seen…of people low-siding on the sweeping wide hairpin at the top.

      The bike looks great on the road.

  • Core

    Beating the price of the Ninja 250 by 249$, pretty good…

  • stabmaster

    im a beginner and i made the mistake of buying an overpowered motorcycle… wish this was out 6 months ago.

  • Kevin

    I’m 45 years old and I rode a 700cc bike back in the late 80′s/early 90s… back then, I rode around to be cool, have fun and get chicks. Now, I am focusing on being a student of the sport. This bike looks to be a great tool to refine my skills while looking great and getting fantastic gas mileage. Beginner? Nope, I have over 4 years of riding experience. But I am looking for the first time to be a true student of motorcycling and this bike is a cracking partner to do it with.

  • stephan

    can’t wait to hear what HFL has to say.

  • Ducky

    Ride a slow bike fast > ride a fast bike slow.

    Of course, I also did 120 km/h highway runs for 1-2 hours at a time on my CBR125R when I first started out (think screaming at 9K rpm for that extended time period)- so a 250cc bike, especially one with a durable cylinder head design like that, is easily capable of touring a rider around as well, with a not-so-stressed engine and in relative comfort!

    I think a 250cc bike really is the ideal commuter, with the capability of having its nuts revved off in the city without getting a speeding ticket, while being comfortable merging with everyday traffic at less frenetic rpms- and with sweet handling to boot!

    • Ceolwulf

      And you can thrash a single a lot harder than even an equally powered four, because the lower tone doesn’t make it sound so … illegal :)

  • David

    I’m a newbie and I hesitate taking advice of so called “experienced riders”. Particularly sport bike riders.

    One of my best friends was told he should look at a cbr1000rr as his first bike by one of these “experienced riders” since he would outgrow the 600 too quickly…

    Way before I even got interested in bikes and knew anything at all about them I knew that was the most idiotic thing I’d ever heard and urged him to stop listening to that guy’s twaddle.

    He hasn’t bought a bike or taken a course yet. He’s still alive.

    • incon

      Start small, start cheap. You don’t start racing in the MotoGP. A lot people buy bikes and never end up riding them!. Find out it’s what you want to do first. Nothing better then starting on something thats light and easy to ride. It will give you the confident to ride more often and learn how to really ride.

      • David

        Totally with you. I’ll be buying my first bike in the spring.

        I took an extensive course on a Kawasaki Sherpa so I’d like to stay in the 250cc while I gain more experience. Although I’d love one of these cbr’s, I want something more versatile since I don’t know what type of riding I’ll end up liking. That’s why I’m leaning towards a klx250. It’d be awesome if we could get the 250 Tenere here.

        I’d love to have a go at an old R80GS… not sure if that’s a bad idea. They seem quite heavy.

  • incon

    Red combo looks great!
    The black looks like its missing something at the front.
    Honda styling looks to moving this way. The new 600 and 1000′s will look similar to this 250? Honda moving styling from the bottom up and not the top down anymore?
    Want honda’s new look get a 250?

  • Steve

    Quick! Somebody measure these bikes and get a crash bung kit out! I wouldn’t let my wife ride her Ninjette until I installed them. Almost one year to the day after we got her that bike she had a minor parking lot drop. Did far more damage to her pride than the bike thanks to the protection. Newbie targeted bikes ought to come standard with some kind of tip over protection.

  • tropical ice cube

    (On the famous tune…)
    Tell me WHYYYYYYYY…

    We aren’t getting the 16 valve, 16.0000RPM redline inline 4? They are all over S-E Asia, sold zillions of them bikes for 10+ years as CBR or Hornets.

    Yes, I know two facts:
    1. I tend to repeat myself.
    2. They are discontinued now.

    • Ducky

      When those things were new, they were horrendously expensive. They would be almost as expensive as a FZ6R, if not the same. Just because the displacement is smaller doesn’t mean that it’s going to be cheaper, because the parts count is the same!

      The only way you will see them back is if insurance and licensing rules change (that spurred the 250 and 400cc bike explosion back then in the first place).