I've just sold my CBR250R because I purchased a CRF250L. I loved the little 250 and I really can see myself with the new 500. That being said, Hell for Leather Magazine has published some specs 'from a well placed source within Honda'. I'm going from memory here, but the bike weighs 430lbs wet and has precisely 49.7 HP and approx 20ft/lbs of torque to comply with Euro graduated licensing standards. While thats significantly better than the 250's power output, the extra 75lbs causes some concern. If it retains the 250's 'character' and fuel economy, it'll be a winner, as the 250 is a seriously fun bike to ride. But I wouldn't expect Duke level performance out of it if that's what ppl are hoping for. Hell the SV650 is only 15lbs more and makes something like 65hp. Time'll tell.