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2012 Honda CB250R Review
The CBR250R gives you all the features and fun personality of the CBR250RA,
but with a conventional (non-ABS) braking system.
The Honda CBR250R has the user-friendly operation and comfortable size and weight that make it perfect for novice riders or those stepping up from the CBR125R. But if experienced riders overlook it because they think engine displacement is the sole measure of a motorcycles appeal, then theyll be missing out on a bike that redefines fun on two wheels. Purpose-built just for this bike, the CBR250Rs 249 cc liquid-cooled single features PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, DOHC four-valve cylinder head, a 10,500 rpm redline, stacked transmission shafts, and more... it all adds up to an engine thats easy to use in the stop-and-go of the city, and right at home on the open road or during track days, too. The compact size of the engine was a key element in allowing engineers to create a sporty chassis and rider ergonomics that comfortably fit riders big and small. With its centralized mass, compact wheelbase, full-size 17-inch wheels, nimble steering geometry and light overall weight, the CBR250R achieves that magical state of feeling like its responding to your very thoughts.
The concept of progressing onto bigger and bigger bikes as a rider becomes more experienced is ingrained in motorcycling. For decades powerful, big-capacity machines have presented an obvious incentive to upgrade from smaller bikes as quickly as possible, offering both increased performance and huge prestige on the street. But in the 21st century the sense in doing this is becoming increasingly hard to see. Busy roads, spiralling fuel prices and the sense of responsibility we feel towards the environment all help make the lightweight and frugal small-capacity machine more relevant than ever.
Over the years CBR motorcycles of various engine sizes have come to define what a road-focused sportsbike should be; how it should perform and what it should feel like. As dynamically rewarding as a Supersports machine but with a versatility and accessibility those bikes lack, the CBR family has consistently confounded the opposition by blending the performance expert riders demand with the ease of use so critical to building riding confidence in novices.
The CBR250R unites the inherent virtues of a 250cc machine with the timeless CBR qualities of high performance, intuitive handling dynamics and unrivalled ease of use. The result is a machine of outstanding versatility; one able to take on any task while also delivering the excitement that makes every ride a joy. With its lightweight and very efficient single-cylinder engine, advanced chassis and striking design, the CBR250R is set to appeal to a wide range of riders. Everyone, from leisure riders to style-conscious commuters keen to save time and money will be drawn by the bike's easy handling, forgiving but powerful engine and rewarding chassis.
It knows how to have fun.
Do smart and fun fall into your equation for the ideal vehicle? If so, the
2012 CBR250R is the perfect bike for you.
The CBR250R serves up everything first-time and long-time riders look for in a bike: Lightweight. Excellent fuel economy. Solid build quality. A user-friendly powerband. And a cool factor that cant be beat.
Plus, since its a Honda, the CBR250R is loaded with features few other bike companies can match, including our renowned reliability.
But perhaps the best news is that theres more than one version to choose from: the CBR250R, and the CBR250R ABS with our Anti-lock Brake Systema first for the segment and a truly valuable option that riders of all experience levels can enjoy.
Since its a single-cylinder machine, the new CBR250R is narrow. Add that to a low 30.5-inch seat height and light 359-pound curb weight, and the CBR250R is as easy to handle on the curves as it is at a stoplight.
We equipped the CBR250R with a fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, with double-overhead cams and a counterbalancer. Why? Because when you put it all together, you end up with a bike that delivers consistent power, mid-range torque and loads of confidence.
While the advantages of lightweight, small-capacity motorcycles are easy to see, such machines have traditionally been compromised in several key areas. While modern riders are keen to reap the rewards of low running costs, outstanding fuel efficiency and easy handling, they are unwilling to sacrifice the sophistication, riding thrill or attractive styling of big-capacity machines. The demand therefore exists for a 250cc motorcycle that could - both in the way it looks and the riding experience it offers - be mistaken for a more expensive machine with a bigger engine.
The 2011 CBR250R is Honda's response to this demand. Twin-cylinder engines are commonplace in the 250 class but the CBR250R is designed around an all-new 249.6cm³ single-cylinder engine with liquid cooling, an efficient 4-valve DOHC cylinder head and PGM-FI fuel injection. This single-cylinder configuration makes for a lighter, more compact and more fuel-efficient powerplant that also boasts a supremely usable torque curve. The rest of the CBR250R package is similarly balanced, combining satisfying performance with the kind of refinement and easygoing usability that make a difference on every ride. The result is extraordinary - a truly versatile 250cc sportsbike with unrivalled fuel economy.
2012 Honda CB250R Key Features
Engine / Drivetrain
The 249 cc single-cylinder engine has been purpose-built for the CBR250R,
and boasts such high-performance features as double overhead camshafts driven
by a Hy-Vo-type silent chain, forked roller rocker arms, a compact four-valve
cylinder head, a counterbalance shaft, and liquid cooling..
The light and compact engine contributes to the CBR250Rs nimble steering,
intuitive handling and impressive power-to-weight ratio, which allows it to
outperform twin-cylinder bikes of similar displacement..
Shim-style valve adjustment allows easy inspection and maintenance, although
with a recommended inspection interval of 48,000 km, youll ride a long,
long time between any needed adjustments..
The engine countershaft sits lower than the mainshaft in a stacked
formation to further reduce the engines front-to-back dimensions..
Bore and stroke measurements are equivalent to those of the CBR1000RRAs
The engine produces a remarkably broad torque curve for strong low-rpm performance,
and peak horsepower kicks in at 8,500 rpmwell before the 10,500-rpm
redline. This wide spread of power makes the CBR250R easy and confidence-inspiring
to ride, in both stop-and-go situations and on the highway, while also returning
impressive fuel economy..
The crankshaft runs in plain bearings for quieter operation and the big end
of the connecting rod spins in a needle bearing, both contributing to the
engines high-performance credentials..
A gear-driven counterbalance shaft helps quell engine vibration for enhanced
rider comfort. Its located so close to the crankshaft that the balancer
weight passes between the two crank weights to keep the engine as compact
as possible while improving mass centralization..
Hondas Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several
variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for the current riding and atmospheric
conditions, thereby delivering optimal performance and remarkably crisp throttle
response over a wide range of operating conditions, plus improved fuel economy..
The PGM-FI system incorporates an Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) to smooth
responses to small changes in throttle position..
The CBR250Rs engine meets both EPA 49-state and Euro-3 emissions standards
by incorporating the latest in exhaust and catalyzer technology. The tri-metal
catalytic converter reduces the level of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and
nitrous oxides, while an oxygen sensor in the exhaust enables the engines
Electronic Control Unit to ensure complete combustion within the engine..
The six-speed transmission works in concert with the engines broad
power delivery to produce quick acceleration plus excellent fuel economy during
Chassis / Suspension
Diamond-shaped twin-spar steel frame plus a 37 mm front fork and Pro-Link
single-shock rear suspension provide impressive handling and a comfortable
Curb weight of only 162 kg (357 lb) gives the CBR250R outstanding manoeuvrability
and helps instill rider confidence..
Sporty ergonomics promote a balanced seating position for optimum control
and long-distance comfort..
Full-sized 17-inch cast wheels with a 110/70 17 front tire and a 140/70
17 rear tire provide big-bike feel, grip and handling traits.
VFR1200-style full fairing with windscreen enhances aerodynamics while also
deflecting the oncoming wind for excellent rider comfort..
Multi-function digital instrument panel includes speedometer, tachometer,
engine temperature display, fuel gauge, clock, odometer and trip meter..
Fuel capacity of 13 litres gives the CBR250R a cruising range of more than
An external fuel filter maximizes fuel tank capacity while also easing fuel
Grab rails on the tail section are designed to fit gloved hands, giving passengers
a dedicated handhold while riding two-up..
A handy underseat storage area adds to the CBR250Rs versatility.
2012 Honda CB250R Features and Benefits
- Powerful liquid-cooled 249.6cm3 single-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and four valves for strong torque and outstanding acceleration.
- Advanced PGM-FI fuel injection for superb throttle response and impressive fuel economy.
- Diamond twin-spar steel frame with 37mm telescopic forks and Pro-Link Monoshock rear suspension for outstanding handling and ride quality.
- Stylish full fairing.
- C-ABS version with Honda's Combined Antilock Braking System for secure braking in all conditions.
- Multi-function digital instruments including speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature display, multi-segment fuel gauge and odometer/trip meter.
Instinctive riding position
The CBR250R's riding position is fundamental to its versatility, ensuring comfort and control regardless of the task at hand. It is designed around a low seat height of just 780mm, which puts riders of any stature at ease immediately since even shorter riders can easily put a supporting foot on the ground when stopping. The result is increased rider confidence and a bike that is in its element carving through traffic jams and other busy urban environments. The position of the handlebars and footpegs works with the seat to create a sporty riding position that offers outstanding control and a feeling of being at one with the bike. At the same time rider movement is not restricted in any way. Indeed, so balanced is the riding position that even long days on the road are a joy, relaxing the body and leaving the mind free to concentrate on riding.
Lightweight at just 161kg (165kg for the C-ABS version), the new bike's manoeuvrability is further enhanced by its perfect chassis balance. In fact, what little weight there is seems to disappear once the bike is on the move.
Full fairing cowl
Key to rider comfort when travelling long distances at speed, a full fairing with a windscreen considerably reduces windblast as well providing a degree of weather protection. The CBR250R's fairing directly contributes to the bike's ease of use, making riding less tiring and helping to maintain concentration levels.
Advanced digital instruments
The CBR250R's sophisticated ergonomics are underlined by its multi-function digital instruments, which display all the information the rider needs at a glance. The result is less time looking at the display and more attention on the road. Speed, engine revs, engine temperature, fuel level, time and an odometer/trip meter are all clearly displayed.
With the power to carry two people effortlessly, the CBR250R is a very capable pillion machine. Grab rails on the tail unit are specially designed to take gloved hands, giving passengers a secure point of contact. Beneath the pillion seat a storage area makes the CBR250R a hugely practical bike, with space for the owner's manual and toolkit that come with the bike as well as an optional U-lock, raincoat or emergency kit.
Too many sensible bikes are also sensibly styled but the CBR250R proves this needn't be the case. Unmistakably Supersports-inspired in its design, the aggressively sculpted fairing sweeps up from the front of the bike to a light and purposeful tail. The bike's lines are at once dynamic and sophisticated, communicating the machine's dual personalities: exciting small-capacity sportsbike and practical all-rounder.
The CBR250R's striking colouring concepts work with the classy and co-ordinated finishes on its chassis components. The result is a machine with the class to turn heads everywhere it goes.
Asteroid Black Metallic
Black isn't traditionally regarded as an extrovert or attention-grabbing colour but the Asteroid Black Metallic CBR250R turns that preconception on its head. Perfectly reflecting the new machine's confident and sophisticated character, metallic black paint lends the CBR real presence on the road.
Pearl Blue Tricolour
Encapsulating Honda's long and glorious racing heritage in a single colour concept, the Pearl Blue Tricolour design offers sports riders a striking alternative to black. Inspired by the liveries of countless victorious Honda race bikes, this colour option is a winner in its own right.
Punchy and efficient new engine design
The heart of the new CBR250R is an all-new liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. Employing a 4-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts, the new engine was developed with an unwavering focus on efficiency and usable torque. By reducing internal friction to a minimum, the CBR250R engine boasts both gutsy performance and extraordinary fuel economy. And while the peak power figure of 19.4kW at 8500rpm is impressive, it is the relentless torque the engine develops from very low revs that defines the riding performance. Indeed the outstanding peak torque output of 23.8Nm combined with the bike's low weight delivers class-leading acceleration, both from a standstill and in-gear. This translates into effortless traffic-beating performance and huge rider satisfaction, in town and beyond.
Where many of its rivals use multi-cylinder engines, the CBR250R's single-cylinder powerplant offers many benefits. Because the number of moving parts is kept to an absolute minimum, the engine is more fuel efficient, saving the owner money at the petrol pumps. This mechanical simplicity also reduces servicing costs - another essential element in creating a hassle-free ownership experience. A single-cylinder engine is also more compact, helping create a bike that is at once lighter and more manageable than the multi-cylinder competition. Finally, because the engine is physically small, it has been positioned perfectly within the chassis for an ideal front/rear weight distribution which gives the bike superb handling.
Like all the machines in the CBR family, the CBR250R employs Honda's advanced PGM-FI fuel injection system for smooth, responsive power delivery and superb fuel economy. The Electronic Control Unit works in conjunction with the bike's electronic ignition to deliver the perfect amount of fuel to the cylinder at all times. The result is an engine that really does have it all; a broad spread of power delivered with the immediacy only a fuel injection system can deliver. To ease maintenance the CBR250R uses an external fuel filter for the PGM-FI system, further reducing maintenance costs.
As befits a machine with performance and versatility, the CBR250R uses a six-speed transmission to make light work of riding at any speed. The six ratios work with the bike's power delivery to optimise acceleration and deliver both refinement and economy when cruising.
Total reliability and low running costs
The single-cylinder engine needs very little by way of maintenance and is also very fuel efficient. It covers 27 kilometres on a litre of fuel in typical riding conditions, giving a range of over 350 kilometres from the compact 13-litre fuel tank. This class-leading fuel economy is a direct result of intensive weight-saving measures within the engine. The reciprocating parts - the piston and con-rod - are both lightweight in their design, boosting economy, and the lightweight, low-friction piston rings and the iridium spark plug also help get the most from every litre of fuel. Liquid cooling guarantees a consistent operating temperature for the engine, further enhancing economy and reliability.
The 2011 CBR250R incorporates the latest in exhaust and catalyser technology to ensure low emissions. The Tri-metal catalytic converter reduces the level of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides to an absolute minimum. An oxygen sensor in the exhaust enables the engine's Electronic Control Unit to further reduce emissions by ensuring complete combustion within the engine.
Rigid yet lightweight chassis
The engine is mounted in a steel diamond twin-spar frame. This frame configuration is lightweight, contributing to the bike's low kerb weight. It is also immensely strong, providing a rigid platform on which to mount the front and rear suspension systems. This rigidity is key to stability and swift handling, and on the new CBR250R the frame's rigidity balance has been carefully optimised for sporty dynamics and superb stability at speed. The rider and passenger seats are supported on a strong secondary frame capable of carrying a substantial load.
Advanced suspension systems
Suspension behaviour was crucial to meeting the CBR250R's brief: to provide levels of sophistication and refinement not normally found on such a competitively priced machine. The bike features a hydraulically damped 37mm fork at the front and Honda's Pro-Link Monoshock rear suspension configuration. This uses a linkage to help the Monoshock damper control the swingarm movement generated as the rear wheel moves up and down over bumps. The result is a superb ride quality combined with the poise and feedback that supports sports riding on challenging roads.
High performance wheels, tyres and brakes
The CBR250R uses big-bike wheel and tyre sizes for enhanced levels of grip and serious presence on the road. The cast wheels mount a 110/70-MC17 front tyre and a 140/70-MC17 rear tyre - purposeful rubber for a serious motorcycle.
Braking is taken care of by a large-diameter 296mm disc and a powerful dual-piston caliper at the front. At the rear a smaller 220mm disc and single-piston caliper further boost the bike's stopping capability while also offering the controlled rear-wheel braking required to perform low-speed riding manoeuvres.
The new CBR250R is also available in a Combined ABS version. Honda's advanced Combined Antilock Braking System links the front brake control to the rear brake and prevents tyre slip when braking, ensuring safe and powerful deceleration in all situations. The system's ECU uses sensors to monitor the speeds of the front and rear wheels. If these sensors detect that one wheel is beginning to rotate more slowly than the other, suggesting the first hint of tyre slip, the Combined Antilock Braking System modulates the braking effort to ensure full grip is retained. Thus it maximises braking ability while retaining complete control of the bike.
Personalise your CBR250R with genuine Honda Accessories
Carbon Print Accessories
Replacement bodywork with a carbon fibre look will give your CBR250R a more purposeful and focused look and really separate it from the crowd. Honda Accessories has developed a wide range of carbon print accessories designed especially to emphasise the racing heritage behind this sports-oriented machine.
Carbon Print Accessories:
- Fairing Panel Set
- Rear Cowl Set
- Front Mudguard
- Belly Pan
- Side Covers
- Rear Seat Cowl
- Fairing and Tank Panel Set
- Muffler Heat Cover
New Tailpack Set
A new Tailpack Set fits over the pillion seat and allows the rider to take extra luggage without compromising comfort or the riding performance of the CBR250R. The streamlined design matches the bike's sporting lines and the Tailpack Set features a four-point preset fixing system, making it quick and easy to fit and remove. The Honda Racing logo serves as an additional reminder of the CBR250R's racing pedigree. The Tailpack comes with an integrated rain cover.
Tank Pads - Four Types
Honda Accessories has developed no fewer than four types of tank pad for
the CBR250R, not only helping to protect the fuel tank from scratches but
allowing for the individuality of each owner.
2012 Honda CB250R - American Specifications
USD MSRP Price - $4,099 USD
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
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel
Front Brake Single 296mm disc
Rear Brake Single 220mm disc
Front Tire 110/70-17 radial
Rear Tire 140/70-17 radial
Rake 25.0 degrees
Trail 98.6mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase 53.9 inches
Seat Height 30.5 inches
Curb Weight 357 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
Fuel Capacity 3.4 gallons
Miles Per Gallon 77 MPG - Honda's fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Model Id CBR250R
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Metallic Black, Red/Silver, White/Pearl Blue/Red
Note Specifications subject to change without notice.
2012 Honda CB250R - Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price - $4,499 CDN
Engine Type Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement 249 cc
Bore & Stroke 76 mm x 55 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 37 mm telescopic fork; 130 mm (5.1 in.) travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 104 mm (4.1 in.) travel
Tires 110/70 - 17 front; 140/70 - 17 rear
Brakes Front 296 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper.
Ground Clearance n/a
Seat Height 775 mm (30.5 in.)
Wheelbase 1,370 mm (53.9 in.)
Curb Weight 162 kg (357 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
Fuel Capacity 13 litres
Colour Ruby Red / Silver Metallic, Asteroid Black Metallic / Silver Metallic
Warranty 1 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2012 Honda NC700XA - European Specifications
EU MSRP Price - See dealer for country pricing.
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC single
Bore x Stroke 76 x 55mm
Compression Ratio 10.7: 1
Max. Power Output 19.4kW/8,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 23.8Nm/7,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 38mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 13litres (including LCD-indicated reserve)
Fuel Consumption 27km/l (76.2 mpg - WMTC mode*)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Battery Capacity 12V/6AH
Clutch Wet, multi-plate with coil springs
Clutch Operation Mechanical; cable-actuated
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Type Diamond; steel twin-spar
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,030 x 709.5 x 1,127mm
Caster Angle 25°
Seat Height 780mm
Ground Clearance 148mm
Kerb Weight 161kg
Type Front 37mm telescopic fork, 130mm stroke
Rear Pro-Link Monoshock damper, 104mm axle travel
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT2.75
Rear 17M/C x MT4
Tyre Size Front 110/70-17M/C ()
Rear 140/70-17M/C ()
Type Front 296 x 4.5mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Rear 220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under
standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on
a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider
and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending
on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions,
tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight,
and other factors.
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.