CBR250R Launches in Indonesia With Help of Repsol Honda Team

repsol_honda_launches_cbr250rThe CBR250R was unveiled this weekend in Indonesia, and the Repsol Honda team was there to help. Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, and Andrea Dovizioso flew to Indonesia to help new sponsor, Astra Honda, to unveil the new motorcycle.

The Repsol Honda team also helped Astra Honda to promote a new motorcycle school aimed at young motorcycle talent.

The CBR250R is Honda’s flagship motorcycle in the expanding Indonesian market. Approximately 7.4 million motorcycles were sold in Indonesia in 2010, and many of them came from Astra Honda. Astra Honda moved 3.4 million units in 2010, and expects to move even more in 2011.

The Astra Honda team will be sponsoring Repsol Honda with it’s “One Heart” branding on the side of the RC212V. Astra also sponsors 20 other teams in Indonesia.

“In this season, you will see the ‘One Heart’ logo on our machines and racing gear, at many circuits around the world, said Mr. Tetsuo Suzuki, HRC President and Honda R&D Managing Director. “I was very much moved when I learnt the meaning of ‘One Heart. I’ve heard it shows Astra Honda’s wish to be a life-time partner for those who are young at heart, who challenge always for their dreams. It is the very core of Honda philosophy, or Honda spirit. With ‘One Heart’ we promise you that we are going to try our best to get back the Championship in 2011.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Single Cylinder Fun

Honda-cbr250r Honda is set to release the CBR250R and the CBR250R-ABS in the Spring of 2011. This new nimble sport bike is raising the bar in the 250cc market.

The 250cc sport market over the last few years has been dominated by Kawasaki and Hyosung and this new motorcycle should wake up the competition. The CBR250R is light weight single cylinder water cooled fun motorcycle ready to take to the road.

The seat height of 30.5 inches makes the motorcycle friendlier to the entry level rider by allowing both feet to be squarely planted on the ground. Throw your leg over the seat you will notice that this motorcycle has a thin profile and just feels right. Press the start button and bring the single cylinder fuel injected engine to life and you are ready for the road.

An option not seen in bikes of this size is the option for an Anti-lock Brake System, ABS helps you cope with unanticipated challenges and stop with added confidence. You also have your choice of colors black or a red silver combination to finish off the motorcycle. Light weight, a power band that is immensely user-friendly and excellent fuel economy, what else could you ask for.

Specs:

Engine Type     249.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke     76mm x 55mm
Induction     PGM-Fi, 38mm throttle body
Ignition     Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio     10.7:1
Valve Train     DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission     Six-speed
Front Suspension     37mm fork
Rear Suspension     Pro-Link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability
Front Brake     Single 296mm disc
Rear Brake     Single 220mm disc
Front Tire     110/70-17 radial
Rear Tire     140/70-17 radial
Rake     (Caster Angle): 25.0 degrees
Trail     95mm (3.74 inches)
Wheelbase     53.9 inches
Seat Height     30.5 inches
Curb Weight     359 pounds. includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
Fuel Capacity     3.4 gallons
Available Colors     Metallic Black, Red/Silver

Written by John Campbell, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

The Honda CBR250R Mugen – Even More Exciting

Honda CBR250R Mugen Tank The newly announced 2011 Honda CBR250R has two big things going for it now. First, it will actually be sold in the US and, second, it will compete directly with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R with a price which makes it just as affordable – US$3999.

The latest news coming from the Japanese manufacturer actually concerns the company founded by Hirotoshi Honda, the son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda, Mugen Motorsports. Mugen came into being as an after-market parts and accessories supplier, race tuner and race vehicle designerbuilder for Honda automobiles, but these days they put their expertise into anything with an engine. Emerging from this long and fruitful partnership is the CBR250R Mugen.

The CBR250R Mugen is mostly a cosmetic upgrade, but what an upgrade! The CBR’s new paint scheme is decidedly more aggressive with swathes of black and red everywhere. The seat for both pilot and pillion is done in red, the windshield has been replaced with a much more attractive unit, and the wheels are black with red line Honda CBR250R Mugen right side around the outer circumference.

There are also numerous gold accents which do well to match the solid gold stripe down the middle of the newly painted fuel tank. Mugen places their logo on the seats, the front of the fairing and on the sides of the wheels. One performance change which did make it was a Mugen chrome exhaust which replaces the stock piece and provides a better soundtrack.

The stock 249cc four-stroke, fuel-injected, four-valve, liquid-cooled DOHC single remains untouched, but does exhale better with the new exhaust. The Mugen model even allows Honda Combined ABS (anti-lock brakes) to remain as a $500 option.

The major issue with this new model iteration concerns its availability. So far, Mugen will only be selling the CBR250R Mugen to customers in Thailand where the bike is manufactured. If the new mini-Fireblade sells well in the US, though, expect to see many more of these special models stateside very soon!

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Honda’s All New CBR250R Coming to America!

2011 Honda CBR250R ABS Black The news is incredible – Honda has announced that the 2011 CBR250R will be available in US dealerships by the middle of next year. This new machine is to be first viewed by the public at the EICMA show to be held in Milan, Italy, in early November. So far, the moto-press has been very enthusiastic about this new model; reports are that it will be very well positioned to take advantage of current market trends and it will be a desirable purchase for new and experienced riders alike.

Honda’s CBR250R runs a Honda PGM-FI (fuel-injected) single-cylinder four-stroke engine mated up with a smooth- 2011 Honda CBR250R Red and Silver shifting six-speed transmission. A standard sport-oriented chain drive sends all 26 HP (at 8500rpm) and 17 ft-lb (at 7000rpm) of torque to the rear wheel. With a low and very centralized weight bias, that should move the 359 pound (368lb w/ABS) machine down the streets with great aplomb. Suspension is handled by a 37mm fork and a Pro-Link single shock out back which allows for five positions of preload adjustment. Braking is a completely modern affair with a single 296mm disc at front and a 220mm on the rear wheel – and, Honda’s combined anti-lock brakes (ABS) is an available option.

With bodywork straight from the larger CBR siblings and a headlight which looks as if it came off a VFR1200F, you 2011 Honda CBR250R TriColor can see that Honda means business with this machine. It will be positioned to compete directly with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but the Honda will start out ahead of that venerable entry-level sport bike by providing fuel-injection instead of carburetors – and ABS as an option. Price for the US market has yet to be determined, and the CBR250R will be available in metallic black or red and silver, but not in the beautiful pearl blue, red and white tricolor which will be sold in Europe. The bike is to be manufactured in Thailand, so Honda could have an opportunity to price it very close to its competition…stay tuned!

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com