2015 Honda CBR250R

2015 Honda CBR250R

The updated 2015 Honda CBR250R has been released in Indonesia and on sale now in 2014. It’s always puzzled me why they call models released in the current year using the next year!? The explanation is simple: 2015 models are prepared for release in the current year 2014. It’s a marketing thing too I guess. The most noticeable change has been to the fairing which means it looks exactly the same as the forth coming Honda CBR300R!  That’s not particularly surprising.

The CBR205R is one of the best and most popular learner and commuter motorcycles on the planet for the last decade or two so it is always big news when this particular model gets and update. (Well the ‘CBR250’ badge)  Although the 250cc version meets the requirements in many Asian countries as a reasonably high end motorcycle it is regarded a learner and commuter in just as many others.

The CBR250R’s updated styling is more sports tourer than sports-ish Ninja 300. I say that because the only real sports bike styled learner/commuter is the forth coming Yamaha R25!

I examined the updated CBR250R specs and did not find many mechanical changes apart from those related to the fairing. The claimed engine power output is slightly higher but that may be just be regional differences and measurement techniques. Just remember that the single cylinder engine means more response in the usable rev band around town especially rather than higher up. (I know that every learner has trouble with keeping revs relatively high in 4 and 2 cylinder engines)

Release date in Australia is not known yet but you can be sure that pricing will be the same or possibly cheaper due to the planned release of the CBR300R.  The CBR300R is the same bike with a little more capacity so I can only guess that they might co-exist while there is demand or will it be a replacement? Yes the Kawasaki Ninja 300 replaced the 250 but lets face it the Ninja 250 was underdone. Furthermore Yamaha will be releasing their sporty R25 soon hence more choices. Personally I’d look at the KTM’s from something a little different and great looking motorcycles at the same time.

Honda CBR250R Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  249.5cc
Power/Torque:  20Kw @ 8,500 RPM 23Nm @ 7000 RPM (Japan)
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  161Kg or 165Kg with Combined ABS
Performance:  0-100kph 8 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   13 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  784mm
Dimensions:  L2030 x W720 x H1127 x WB1369
 Recommended Retail Price:   $5490 or $5990 with ABS



Linkin Park’s – Honda Civic Si Coupe and CBR250R

I read the following press release with interest, it’s on promotional material (AKA free competition and prizes) relating to the Honda CBR250R. I like the design but find it strange that they picked the CBR250R rather than something more popular model… I do not tend to post releases like this but it is an exception and besides the CBR is a good motorcycle. The bands and music are pretty cool. Unfortunately US only…

 The press release is as follows:

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The 2012 Honda Civic Tour (HCT) is giving music fans a chance to win a Linkin Park customized and autographed Honda Si Coupe and CBR250R motorcycle plus an exclusive fly-away trip to Los Angeles that includes signed instruments and a visit to a Linkin Park music video shoot. Beginning today, July 12, 2012, fans can enter to win by visiting www.HondaCivicTour.com. Attendees can also register to win the vehicles at each stop of the tour where the customized vehicles will be on display.  The Honda Civic Tour kicks off August 11 in Bristow, VA, featuring Linkin Park, Incubus and opening act Mutemath.

The members of Linkin Park collaborated on their personalized Honda Civic Si Coupe and CBR250R motorcycle. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda says, “The idea for the customization on the car was to take something based on the artwork from our new album, LIVING THINGS. The 3-D figure you see on the album cover is actually a scan of Chester’s head breaking apart and fracturing, with fire underneath. We took those visual cues, and tweaked it to look cool on the Civic Si.” Adds Chester Bennington, “This was some of the most complicated artwork they’ve ever done for a car on this tour, and I’m grateful that Honda let us put this much time and energy into making it look so awesome. I really hope that whoever wins it appreciates the quality of the artwork that’s on it as much as we do!” 

The Civic Si is bolstered by the exclusive Honda Factory Performance aero body kit, featuring front, side and rear underbody spoilers. The CBR250R motorcycle design was also based on the LIVING THINGS album artwork. “The car and motorcycle have a similar look,” says Shinoda. “The motorcycle makes me want to ride motorcycles. It kind of has a superhero look.” The stylized Linkin Park logo appears subtly on the side panels just behind the motorcycle’s front wheel; the Honda Civic Tour insignia can be seen below the windshield, and signatures of the band are on the gas tank.

In addition to a chance to win the customized vehicles, fans may also enter the Linkin Park Civic Tour Fly-Away Sweepstakes, presented by Honda Financial Services, at www.HFSGrad.com, beginning July 12, 2012, at 7:00am PT / 10:00am ET and endingNovember 30, 2012, at 8:59p.m. PT / 11:59p.m. ET. The Grand Prize includes: round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles from anywhere in the continental U.S.; deluxe hotel accommodations for two nights, ground transportation; all taxes related to accommodations and air transportation; a visit to Linkin Park’s music video shoot and meeting with members of the band; one autographed guitar and practice amp signed by members of the band; one five piece starter drum kit signed by members of the band; shipping of musical instruments to winner’s residence; local Los Angeles Sightseeing tour and dinner for two in Hollywood, CA. The Grand Prize will be awarded before December 31, 2013, and is worth over $5,000.00. Ten first prize winners will each receive an autographed limited-edition Incubus screen printed poster.

Linkin Park DJ and programmer, Joe Hahn, was tapped by the Honda Civic Tour to direct the commercial spot for the 2012 tour.  Hahn, an accomplished director, has guided almost all of the Linkin Park iconic music videos including “Numb,” “New Divide,” and “Waiting for the End,” and is gearing up to direct his first feature film, Mall. The spot was filmed during the video shoot for “BURN IT DOWN” the debut single from Linkin Park’s new album, LIVING THINGS.