[Review / Road Test] 2011 Honda CBR 250R

After numerous speculations and umpteen anticipations, Honda finally launched its CBR250R, its 250cc sports-tourer. Almost all the specifications and details from the speculations turned out to be correct and the bike hit the Indian two-wheeler’s wish-list pretty soon. Honda, since its inception in the Indian market hasn’t ever been able to shout out to the market with any significant product that has taken the biking scenario by a storm. Although the engine of the Unicorn and even the Dazzler of the present days are known to be very good, Honda could never present a product that was very exciting. With the launch of India’s first affordable 250cc bike, its quite evident that HONDA is aiming big with the CBR250R. Now as soon as the news had hit the market I was kept in a huge state of excitement of its brand name. Now as we got to test our first one, let’s see if it lives up to the expectations from a “CBR”.

CBR250R is very compact, and it handles pretty dexterously by sports-tourer standards. The seat height is adequate for a 5’8-5’10 rider and the riding posture further is quite well managed. It is neither too aggressive and neither very commuterish. The CBR has a moderate forward lean which in turn instils more confidence to ride fast. It weighs around 150kgs and with fat tires and a superbly aerodynamic design, the CBR has an excellent tendency to stick to the tarmac and be planted on a straight-line. Owing to its uniform power delivery matched with good throttle response, the CBR 250R is very nice and easy to handle on the corners and can be pretty comfortably manoeuvred through tough situations. The seat quality and foam is very good in it and the ergonomics further make riding quite comfortable for the rider. But due to its split seats, pillion comfort is hugely minimised and even luggage carrying space would be less for long tours.

The test bike we used was a C-ABS version, first of its kind in India, and with full proper functionality. The C-ABS works absolutely fine and does stop the bike without a skid, although allowing wobbles at times. But, somehow the discs seemed to be a little plush and miss that bite that is expected of a premium segment bike with an extra premium for a braking technology. Altogether, the braking in this bike is adequate and does lend confidence, but however from a rider’s point of view you can give the C-ABS a miss to save those extra bucks for buying fuel.

Pros: Very even power distribution
Very refined engine
Wide tires, enhance stability
C-ABS makes it a very safe bike

Cons: Gear ratios too long for an exciting ride
Compromised pillion comfort
Very hard gears
Less ground clearance



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