Honda begins testing CBR 300R in India; while CBR 250R facelift launched in Indonesia!

The Honda CBR 250R has been around for quite sometime now, and not much has changed on the bike in all the years it has been in production, except for the addition of new colors. it was due for an update and Honda has provided it with just that. Indonesia has been one of the biggest markets for Honda and hence, Honda chose Indonesia to launch the next-gen CBR 250R.

new-2014-honda-cbr-250r-facelift-india-frontNew Honda CBR 300R – FrontView

The new Honda CBR 250R was launched in Indonesia last month, with the prices starting at 48.95 million Indonesian rupiah. It gets a full redesign this time around. Instead of it’s design beinng based on the VFR line-up, It now sports the same design language as the bigger CBR 1000RR Fireblade and gets that famous twin-headlamp design.

Along with the redesign, it also sports the paint schemes that were earlier available only on the big CBR’s, including the most famous CBR paint scheme, called the ‘Honda three colors’ which contains a new red and blue pattern graphics on a white base. Other new colors are, Millennium Red and Repsol Edition paint job.

new-2014-honda-cbr-250r-facelift-india-rearNew Honda CBR 300R – RearView

This update is not just aesthetic, but also technical, as the engine too has been tweaked and tuned for better performance. The outgoing CBR 250R had a max power output of 23.35 PS and Maximum torque of 23 NM, and this has changed on the new CBR. The 249.6cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled DOHC engine has now been tuned to produce a maximum output of 29 PS and 23 NM. The transmission duties are still handled by the 6-speed synchromesh gearbox from the earlier CBR.

With the increase in power, also comes increase in speed and acceleration. The outgoing CBR 250R accelerated to 60 KMPH from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds, and went on to touch a top speed of around 145 KMPH. Now with the new tune-up, we expect the motorcycle to do the 0-60 sprint in around 3.2 seconds, and have a top speed of more than 155 KMPH. Honda claims that the CBR 250R will run 50 kilometers for every litre of petrol, but we think it is unrealistic and might not be possible in real world conditions.

new-2014-honda-cbr-300r-india-frontHonda CBR 250R facelift – SideView

In other news, Honda motorycle and scooter India have begun testing the new CBR 300R in India. The CBR 300R was revealed at the EICMA motorcycle convention in in the end of 2013 and has been in production for a few months now at Honda’s Thailand facility. One of the production models has been imported to our shores in order for Honda to begin it’s testing process to ensure that the motorcycle is fit for Indian roads and operating conditions. Other parameters like fuel efficiency, performance and handling too will be tried and tested on our roads

The CBR 300R promises to be an awesome bike for the performance enthusiasts as well an alternative to the Kawasaki Ninja, as it is powered by a 286cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine with a maximum output of 30.4 BHP and 27 NM of torque and this is quite an upgrade from the output of the CBR 250R. The promise of good performance does not end just at the increase in output, the CBR 300R carries a significant improvement in the power to weight ratio too as it weighs nearly 6 kilos lighter than the CBR 250R, and this combined with the increase in power gives it a huge advantage in performance over the CBR 250R.

new-2014-honda-cbr-300r-india-rearHonda CBR 250R facelift – RearView

The reduction in weight was achieved by streamlining the chassis and by employing an all new, lightweight exhaust system. Handling too has seen a huge improvement with the suspension being tweaked a bit, and the addition of grippier tires too improves handling.

Once it is launched, it will compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300R, Mahindra Mojo 300, KTM RC 390, Pulsar 375, and the Yamaha YZF R25.

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