In a rather surprising move, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) launched the CBR250R motorcycle in India almost a fortnight before its expected roll out. The wait for affordable 250cc bike is over as Honda launched their much talked about bike Honda CBR250R. There were grapevines in the market that Honda will launch this much awaited baby in first week of April or so but to everyone’s surprise they rolled out the bike quiet early.
Honda launched this bike in a rather ‘not so Honda fashion’ because the launch was not a commercial affair. The company rather opted for a silent launch that took all the bikers and bike enthusiasts with surprise. Japan’s tragedy is the reason why Honda did not have a commercial launch ceremony. This is Honda’s way to pay tribute to those died in Japan’s mishap.
The company has priced the bike at Rs. 1.43 lakh for the non-ABS version and Rs. 1.68 lakh for the ABS version (Ex-showroom prices, Delhi). The CBR250R is identical to the one sold in Japan except we get Continental tyres and a saree guard. The bike is available at select 400 dealerships across the country and is available in three colours namely Black, Silver and Red and the racing tri-stripes (white – blue – red) Consumers might be disappointed about is that the racing stripes color option may not be available for time being. Test rides will only commence by 10th April, 2011 whereas full fledged deliveries will start by the end of May.
Honda plans to implant their success story in Indian market with CBR250R. The Honda CBR250R has already reached a few dealerships and the above one seems to be from Mumbai (MH04 is Thane registration). The CBR250R looks big in front of the Karizma. The above picture shows the number plate position on the CBR250R, which most owners won’t like and will opt for number plate stickers instead. How do you think the Honda CBR250R looks in the picture? Is it anywhere close to what you have seen in Honda’s official pictures?
Also see – Honda CBR250R Price Revealed!
Honda CBR250R Specifications –
|Length x Breadth x Height – 2035mm x 720mm x 1125mm
Engine – Single Cylinder 249.4cc, 4-valve DOHC, liquid cooled, PGM-Fi
Gearbox – 6-Speed (1-down, 5-up)
Frame – Light Steel Tube
Brakes – Front 300 mm disc, Rear 220 mm disc, ABS (optional)
Suspension – Front: 37mm forks, Rear: Pro-Link single shock.
Kerb Weight – 161 kgs
Tyres – Front: 110/70-R17, Rear: 140/70-R17
Source – Facebook (Kyffin Dabreo) via xBHP