New colors for the 2013 Honda CBR250R

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For 2013, the Honda CBR250R is mechanically unaltered, but gains four handsome new colors. Plain black and plain red look classy, the tri-color looks racy and, for the legions of teenage MotoGP fans in America (we’re assuming there’s still one or two of you left out there, weirdos), there’s also a Repsol replica. No news on pricing, but the Repsol is not available with ABS.

Despite its power deficit, the CBR remains our pick in the first-bike category. High-quality components like suspension and brakes, combined with a general joy de vivre elevate the littlest CBR’s riding experience far beyond the beginner bike; it’s one of the most enjoyable motorcycles out there, full-stop.

  • parrell456

    I didn’t read the title, just clicked the link and dove in. Initially I was expecting to see the CBR1000 and almost thought I did, then I read the title… Goes to show that this is a sharp looking little bike!

  • tomwito

    Not in the market for a 250 but I am glad they are finally importing the HRC colors again.

  • Patrick from Astoria

    Ugh. A pox on black wheels. Much prefer the silver ones, even knowing they don’t hide cleaning-related laziness as much.

    The orange is different in a good way (if a bit KTM, no?) but am not real hot on wannabe-replicas, either.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Bizarre that the Repsol one wont have ABS. Not very repli-racer.

  • Bald Shaun

    “Legions of teenage MotoGP fans in America”

    They’re likely going to sell a lot more of those to House fans that MotoGP fans over here.

    • DavidMG

      I admit that is a reason I like that paint scheme so much. I’ve tried getting into MotoGP but I find it dreadfully boring.

      • Holden and Annette

        You shoulda seen Pedrosa and Lorenzo battling in the last lap a couple of weeks ago!

        That Repsol livery is wonderfully campy. I saw the tricolor livery this weekend at the dealership and it’s droolworthy.

        I haven’t ridden one, but when you straddle this bike, you can’t help but to laugh out loud because you instantly can picture yourself joyously carving a tight turn at ridiculous speed on this bantam bike. It’s so lightweight! Must be such a blast to ride.

      • wwalkersd

        MotoGP is occasionally good. Moto2 and Moto3 are usually awesome, if you don’t mind the paucity (or utter lack) of American riders to cheer for.

  • Holden and Annette

    Hey, Wes,
    Would this (or a Ninja 250) be out of place at a trackday? What would you think if someone rode one of these bikes in the novice group, among a bunch of novices riding 600s (mostly)?

    Specifically, I’m thinking about Jennings GP in Florida.

    • Coreyvwc

      Nope, people bring these to trackdays all the time and do just fine. Granted, you will get passed at absurd rates of speed on the straits…

    • http://hivelosangeles.com Sean Smith

      You’ll get passed a whole whole bunch, which will be scary, and you’ll be checking your six every time you make a move, you’ll need to scoot off the race line to let people by. At the end of the day, you’ll end up wishing for better brakes, and something more than two pogo sticks to hold up the front end.

      Oh, and you’ll definitely need new toe sliders and pegs, and maybe boots too if you’re not careful.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Just go and do it. You’ll learn more in one session on the track than you will in months of road riding.

      You’ll be just fine on the little CBR too, I’ve seen people out there on triumph scramblers and Harley sportsters. The CBR will be a hoot.

    • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

      I agree, do it. I ride a relatively underpowered bike (SV650S) on the track too and against most track day riders I can catch them up on the brakes and in the corners and if I do it well enough, I can make it stick on the straights. It’s challenging and will make you a better rider, less reliant on the big throttle grab. I don’t know about getting off line though. I’d rather have slower bikes be more predictable. Check with your track day operator on that.

  • Campisi

    Kinda wish the tri-colour option wasn’t primarily white. A veritable sea of Daelims and Yamudas with poor-quality Repsol liveries have spoiled the appeal of that one for me.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    Last year’s tricolor looked classier. Though it was too busy before, I think they took it a step too far with last year’s recommended color simplifications.

    I’d comp the upper fairing and the plastic at the fore of the tank either blue or red. Secondarily, it’s odd how the stripes run parallel on the fairing and diverge at the tank.

    As for the solids, they look good. I’d like to see someone use Mazda’s metallic red though. It nicely emphasizes the surfacing.

  • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee (Ninja 250)

    Ugh what’s wrong with me, I like the Repsol one the best.

  • Cameron Evans

    Maybe there’s something wrong on my end, but the galleries never work for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/githin.mangaly.5 Githin Mangaly

    what about the date of launch?

  • Nico Morelli

    @wes siler, i am one of the one or two teenage moto-gp fans left out here in america and im seriously considering a cbr250 in those repsol colors, good assumption ;)