Honda launch new CBR250RR

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Honda have launched the full pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the all-new CBR250RR in In­done­sia, where it will be built – but don’t get too ex­cited if you live in Europe; we’re not get­ting this bike for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

The CBR250RR was pre­viewed as a ‘con­cept’ model last year which was pre­sented as a track-only bike, but this is now the bike that will go on sale in 2016 in cer­tain mar­kets.

Right now, those cer­tain mar­kets do not in­clude the UK or Europe as Honda have no plans to get the bike cer­ti­fied for sale in our re­gion.

The light­weight sports­bike is pow­ered by an all-new water-cooled four-stroke, four-valve, par­al­lel-twin 250cc mo­tor which Honda is aim­ing to have class-lead­ing power. The en­gine has ride-by-wire and three rid­ing modes.

Honda say: “The CBR250RR’S newly de­signed steel pipe truss frame re­alises both strength and flex­i­bil­ity. Its swingarm is an alu­minium gullarm, and with the right-side swingarm shaped to re­duce ex­haust pipe ex­tru­sion, al­lows the bike to be slim­mer, while re­tain­ing bank an­gle.

“The sus­pen­sion fea­tures high-rigid­ity in­verted forks for the front, and Pro-link sus­pen­sion fea­tur­ing five-step preload for the rear.”

The dis­ap­point­ment for Euro­pean rid­ers might be some­what re­duced when you con­sider that the CBR250RR might well be an early glimpse of the styling for the new CBR1000RR Fire­blade, which is go­ing to be launched in a few months. The an­gu­lar looks are sure to be very sim­i­lar, and we know the new Fire­blade is get­ting a quad-led head­light.

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