Honda CBR250R.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. EdM

    EdM Been here awhile

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    While I'm certainly not young (67) I'm a returning rider who has been seriously interested in a 250 machine.

    I like the Suzuki TU250 for it's fuel injection. I like the Ninja 250 for it's more powerful (compared to the TU) engine. Now it seems Honda may be offering a attractive compromise.

    I would agree price is a factor/concern but if this is in the $5k range it may be the one for me.

    Ned
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  2. Superzoom

    Superzoom Been here awhile

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    It seems like a lot of people are still getting used to the idea of publishing curb weights. The 250 Ninja is over 370 lbs.
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Interesting view point. I hope you're right. Sure there are some things I don't like about this bike but I hope they sell like crazy. We NEED more small bikes here.
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  4. GotMojo?

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    I'm surprised they made the gas tank as small as they did... 3.4 gallons. That's about 1.5 gallon less than the little Ninja.
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  5. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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  6. GotMojo?

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    I think Kawasaki sells more Ninja 250R's than any other bike in their line. Lots of people buy these small bikes, especially beginners, and maybe Honda wants to tap into that market. Not every young kid (or squid wanna-be) lusts after R6's. Seems like most of the guys around here riding those bikes don't even use a 25% of what the bike is capable of because you simply can't on the streets, unless you want hassled by the law, or worse, killing yourself.
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  7. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Honda selsl the CBR125 in Canada for about $3400 (CDN). I can't see them being able to sell the CBR 250 for almost 70% more. Loss leader maybe?? I predict $3995
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  8. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Think i saw a price on one of the French sites. €4000. What that means for any other market i don't know.
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  9. bostonsr

    bostonsr Just weight

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    sounds a bit heavy.

    ABS is a HUGE benefit over the ninja.

    abe
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  10. EdM

    EdM Been here awhile

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    Received a little blurb from Cycle World regading the CBR.

    Mentions it will be built in Thailand - which we knew. I was a little surprised to learn that Thai Honda has been producing motorcycles(?) since 1967 with over 18 million made.

    I wrote "motorcycles(?)" as they also note this is the first sportbike and also the largest displacement engine to be built there so I'm thinking most of their production was of scooters but don't know for certain.

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  11. GotMojo?

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    Its lighter than the Ninja, by about 20 lbs. And I consider my Ninja 250R pretty lightweight (feels that way anyways).

    And yea, I'd love to have ABS and have been wondering when we will start seeing it on smaller bikes. Maybe Honda will start a trend.
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  12. XPADREX

    XPADREX Funslinger

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    There is a fine line between a bike being too heavy for the "experts" out there, but too light to feel stable in crosswinds.

    The fact that so many new riders start on small cruisers is a testament to seat height, as well as a feeling of security- at least that's the anecdotal evidence I've gleaned over the years.

    This bike has potential appeal to new and returning riders, but frankly, I'll wager many of them will go into the garages of long-time riders wanting a "hoot" of a li'l ride.

    A recent call I had with someone at Honda suggested it WILL be priced aggressively with or below the Ninja 250. If so, I'm excited.
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    It'll probably get better fuel economy with a thumper.
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  14. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Like most of their bikes
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  15. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    I like it! A lot. I think smaller road bikes = more fun per buck. With Ninja 250s selling so well it has surprised me how long it has taken Honda to bring something into the US market, particularly since they had some good ones in the past and already had some other great small bikes on other continents. Now will Yamaha and Suzuki follow suit?
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  16. gelandestrasse

    gelandestrasse Fidem Scit

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    That's how Honda maintains their position as the top selling Japanese marque year after year, with the flop.

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  17. jeffs900s

    jeffs900s Prophet of Doom

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    Cool little bike. Likely to be too expensive...but cool. Even if price was equal, I'd probably go for the Kawasaki because of the twin vs. single. I guess if I absolutely had to have ABS in a tiny motorcyle this would be the one. That seems like a pretty small niche market to me though.
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  18. gelandestrasse

    gelandestrasse Fidem Scit

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    It's a lot bigger market since the Buell Blast went away.:deal
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  19. Gizmo

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    I like it. Glad to see Honda is sending them to the US, should be a good seller for them.
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  20. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    And a CBR600RR is 410 lbs.

    I like it, but as others have said it should have been a twin to compete with the Ninja 250.
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