Bringing an end to the months of renderings, scoops and speculations, the highly awaited 2017 Honda CBR250RR has made its global premiere in Indonesia. Honda’s new quarter-litre offering has easily one of the most anticipated motorcycles to be launched this year after it was first showcased as the Light Weight Super Sport concept at the Japan Motor Show in 2015. The Japanese manufacturer has also revealed a host of mechanical details about the all-new model that will be locking horns with the Yamaha R25 and Kawasaki Ninja 250 globally.
At the outset, the all-new Honda CBR250RR uses a 250cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin DOHC engine. While the power output is undisclosed at this point, the Japanese bike maker does say that the motor is easy to handle for urban riding, while it is just as comfortable on the circuit, with smooth output characteristics across the entire rev range. More importantly, Honda has confirmed that the engine comes with Throttle-by-Wire (TbW) as speculated previously, which makes for 3-way engine mode settings, which allow the rider to tap into the linear power output at will.
The 2017 Honda CBR250RR uses a newly developed steel truss frame, while the swingarm are aluminium gull type with the right-side swingarm shaped to reduce exhaust pipe extrusion, which allows the bike to be slimmer while retaining the bank angle. True to the concept, the CBR250RR features a USD suspension setup at the front and Pro-link suspension featuring 5-step preload at the rear. Braking performance comes from 310 mm front and 240 mm rear wavy disc brakes with dual-channel ABS available as optional.
2017 Honda CBR250RR Reveal
The Honda CBR250RR gets 3 riding modes
Talking about the design, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR remains close to the concept and is a big step up for the bike maker that is otherwise known for its conservative styling. The lines are sharper, aggressive and certainly adds to the sporty quotient on the offering. The front retains its CBR roots with the dual-LED headlights, while the nose down-tail up design keeps it authentic to the sport bike styling. Lastly, the slim profile is accentuated by the double barrel exhausts on the model. The bike uses an all-digital instrument console.
The 2017 CBR250RR will be manufactured in Indonesia, making it the largest displacement Honda motorcycle to be manufactured in the country. The Japanese bike maker plans to begin sales of the new sports bike in the South East Asian country by the end of 2016, while sales in Japan will commence on a later date. It needs to be seen if the Honda CBR250RR will make it to India or not, in addition to the 350cc version that is said to be in the pipeline.