2011 Honda CBR250R Coming to America

Entry-level model available with ABS

story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Oct. 27, 2010
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American Honda announced it will offer the new CBR250R which will officially be presented at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan.

The Honda CBR250R will be available in American dealerships in spring 2011 as an entry-level competitor to Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R.

“This is really an amazing machine we’re adding to Honda’s list of models for 2011,” says Bill Savino, Powersports press manager. “The CBR250R is specifically aimed at new riders, yet it’s packed full of high-tech features and offers great performance, all in a lightweight, affordable package. This new model expands another segment of the market for Honda buyers.”

The Honda CBR250R will be available in U.S. dealerships in the spring.

The 2011 CBR250R is powered by a fuel-injected single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a six-speed transmission. The CBR250R has a claimed power output of 26hp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 17 ft-lb. at 7000rpm. The fuel tank holds 3.4 gallons.

The suspension system uses a 37mm front fork and a Pro-Link single shock at the rear with five adjustable preload settings.

Braking is provided by a 296mm disc up front and 220mm at the rear, and combined ABS will be available as an option.

According to Honda, the CBR250R has a curb weight of 359 pounds, (368 pounds with ABS).

The Honda CBR250R will be offered with or without Combined ABS.

Like the 2011 CBR150 introduced to the Asian market last week, the CBR250R sports CBR-style body panels combined with a headlight similar to the one used on the Honda VFR1200F.

Check out the Honda CBR250R Forum.

American Honda will offer the 2011 CBR250R in metallic black or red and silver. Unfortunately, the pearl blue tricolor version offered in Europe will not be available in North America. Pricing has not been announced, but with Honda’s PGM-FI system standard and optional ABS, we’ll have to see how it will compare to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R’s $3,999 MSRP.

Like its larger CBR siblings, the tri-color CBR250R will only be available in Europe.

For more pictures, visit our 2011 Honda CBR250R gallery.

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