This is the spanking new Honda CBR250RR. Just launched in Indonesia, it’s new ride-by-wire 250cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin with a chassis that’s a level above the Asian norm, featuring upside-down Showa forks and a large 310mm disc with ABS, plus a cast aluminum swingarm. It’s got riding modes too, plus a large-screen digital display, four headlights with lots of LEDs and some serious angles on its aggressive bodywork.
Why should you care? This is what next year’s brand new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade will very likely look like.
A new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has been confirmed from several sources at Honda and racers are talking about it – and there’s a team in World Endurance testing its electronics on the existing motorcycle, too. Premium European models help Honda shift hundreds of thousands of small motorcycles in Asia and developing markets, that closely follow the styling of powerful out-of-reach stablemates. People buy the Honda CBR150R because it looks like a CBR1000R. Add Honda’s love for corporate styling (their CB500X, NC750X and Crosstourer all look identical) and the new CBR250RR’s quad lights, stacked exhaust system and Ducati Panigale-style vented seat unit are in a firm flavor of what to expect on next year’s new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.