The Honda CBR250R has been a huge seller for the last few months, the single-cylinder 250cc Honda has proven itself capable of almost anything asked of it. Racing, touring, scratching the tarmac or just relaxed cruising, the Honda CBR250R been up for it.
Looking closer at the Honda CBR250R though, it's clear that the technology and some design aspects are been around for a while. Still, the Honda CBR250R feels good, big enough for a foreigner, while still easy to ride for somebody who's not so tall. The handlebars are the perfect wide they give you just the right leverage when hurling the CBR250R from one bend to the next.
The Honda CBR250R has a engine that revs not so fast and with the stock exhaust system produces a rather flat exhaust note that is a bit boring compared to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R – but it's certainly not slow. The Honda CBR250R builds it's power low in the rev range, it doesn't have a big amount of punch like the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has at certain revving levels, the CBR250R produces a steady stream of torque until it signs off near it redline. Because of this some riders have the idea that the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is more powerful than the Honda CBR250R, but the truth is that the power delivery for both motorcycles is completely different, while the end result is nearly the same. The CBR250R is a steady handler, just like the engine. Getting the motorcycle to complete the initial part of the turn can be hard at times but onces in the corner and on the right line it takes a lot to upset it. This is probably something what will change if you replace the stock IRC tires.
In traffic the Honda CBR250 was fantastic. Excellent vision from the mirrors, seat wide enough and nicely positioned foot pegs combined with the smooth single-cylinder engine and light clutch make traffic tripping pain free. The gearbox was a little notchy without being excessive, according to Honda it's not uncommon for new CBR250R's and will get more smooth after a few hundred kilometer. Riding the CBR250R it's best to find that lump of torque at around 6,000 to 7,000rpm and just have fun with it rather than working the gearbox.
Like the Kawasaki Ninja 250R the Honda CBR250R is hard to fault, but unlike the Kawasaki it just doesn't get the blood flowing like it should. Of course the Honda CBR250R has attracted the attention of every modifying accessories manufacturer and tuning parts are relative cheap compared to other motorcycles.