Originally Posted by Navin
A 359 single is not light though is it? Its amazing that Honda found a way to develop a all new bike, engine and frame, that was somehow cheaper than sinmply bringing in the already developed and much acclaimed VTR250 it already has in production.
Both bike would need certification so the $ they saved was somewhere else. Quality? Materials? Labor?
I dunno - I look at the current-gen VTR and it just looks like a different kettle of fish to me. True that they could perhaps have engineered Tupperware®, FI and ABS for the VTR250 for less R&D than a clean-sheet, but then you gotta ask if all that would add less than 20-something wet pounds to be under the CBR250R.
I suspect that Honda has other marketing goals in mind for doing the clean-sheet.
As for the quality - Honda seems pretty adept at achieving that no matter where it's built. Their Indian, Italian, and US offerings are all decent, and each of those countries is not known (these days, anyway) for Honda-level quality mindsets.