Honda CBR250

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The Honda CBR250 series of bikes were produced between 1986 and 1996. They were a lightweight 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, 6-gear sportbike capable of revving up to 18,500 rpm. The earlier models (1986-1993) produced 45 ps (34 kW), from then on, the power output was reduced to 40 ps (30 kW) in 1994 when Japanese law dictated it.

The chronology of the models is as follows:

Years Model Description
1986 CBR250FG and CBR250FG-YA (MC14). Twin front disks, single front headlight, bikini fairings.
1987 CBR250R(H) (MC17). Twin disks, still single head light, full fairings.
1988 CBR250R(J) (MC19). Single larger front disk, smaller chain, twin head lights, fuel pump.
1989 CBR250R(K) (MC19). Essentially identical to the R(J), except now had a speed limiter which was set at 185 km/h.
1990-1991 CBR250RR(L) (MC22). A completely new redesigned bike that features a new cast/pressed aluminum frame that gives a more aggressive riding position, gull shaped swing arm that was adopted from the NSR250, higher rising tail, six spoke cast aluminum wheels and dual front φ276 mm floating disk brakes.

The only feature that was adopted from the previous model CBR250s was the original MC14E engine. This too was slightly modified with a crankshaft that featured φ27.5 mm small-end journals, up φ0.5 mm from the previous φ27 mm journals. The engine also uses a completely new set of VP carburettors that feature smaller throats reduced from φ32 mm to φ30.5 mm. These carburettors are now feed by a vacuum operated pump for fuel delivery.

1992-1993 CBR250RR(N) (MC22). Essentially the same as the RR(L) except for new paint jobs.
1994-1996 CBR250RR(R) (MC22). Still very similar to the RR(L/N) but now restricted to producing 40 ps (30 kW). The restrictions are in the cylinder head, head gasket and ignition unit, and all need to be replaced if 45 ps (34 kW) is desired.
1997-1998 CBR250RR(RII) (MC22). These are identical to the RR(R), and are leftover bikes that were built in the 1994 to 1996 era, but sold in 1997 and 1998.
A 1990 CBR250 MC22

Despite Honda claims of the engine revving to 18,500 in the manual, the reality is that the ignition cuts out at around 17,230 rpm, and the ignition map is retarded around the powerful revs (14,000 to 16,000 rpm) to limit the horsepower to Japanese law. These bikes were only ever sold new in Japan, and later the CBR250RR(R) was sold new in Australia. They however can be found in almost any country of the world, and in a number is the most powerful 4-stroke bike a learner is allowed to ride, and hence their popularity. Riding in 6th gear at 100 km/h (60 mph) the engine revs at around 9,000 rpm. Despite the high revs, the bike requires little maintenance, and should easily last 100,000 km with regular oil changes (over 1/2 a billion revolutions!).

All four of the major Japanese Motorcycle manufacturers produced a high-revving, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke Motorcycle capable of producing 45 hp (34 kW). They are the Honda CBR250, Kawasaki ZXR250, Suzuki GSX-R250 and the Yamaha FZR250.

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Honda CBR250
Also called CBR 250R, CBR250R Repsol Edition, CBR250R Repsol, CBR250R ABS, CBR250R, CBR 250 RR, CBR 250, CBR250RR
Production 1989 - 2017
Class Sport Bike
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 76.0mm x 55.0mm
Compression ratio 11.5
Top Speed 115 mph (185 km/h)
Horsepower 34.2 HP (25.5 KW) @ 10500RPM
Torque 16.89 ft/lbs (22.9 Nm) @ 10500RPM
Fuel System injection. pgm-fi, 38mm throttle body
Ignition computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multiplate with coil springs
Suspension Front: 37mm fork
Rear: pro-link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 110/70-17
Rear Tire 140/70-17
Wheelbase 53.9 inches (1369 mm)
Length 80.12 inches (2035 mm)
Width 28.35 inches (720 mm)
Height 42.52 inches (1080 mm)
Seat Height 30.51 inches (775 mm)
Weight 683.43 pounds (310.0 Kg) (dry), 165.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-112[1]
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 3.43 Gallon (13.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 3.05 liters/100 km (32.8 km/l or 77.12 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda CBR250R was a single cylinder, four-stroke Sport Bike motorcycle produced by Honda between 1989 and 2017. It could reach a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). Max torque was 16.89 ft/lbs (22.9 Nm) @ 10500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 34.2 HP (25.5 KW) @ 10500 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a liquid cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 76.0mm bore x 55.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 249.6 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multiplate with coil springs.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 110/70-17 front tire and a 140/70-17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a 37mm fork while the rear was equipped with a pro-link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability. The CBR250R was fitted with a 3.43 Gallon (13.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 683.43 pounds (310.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 53.9 inches (1369 mm) long.

1989 Honda CBR 250 R[edit | edit source]

Manufactured for only one year, the motorcycle had a liquid cooled, four stroke, four cylinder engine with a displacement of 249cc. The bike has a 48mm bore and a 34mm stroke.

1990 Honda CBR 250 RR[edit | edit source]

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The 1990 MY Honda CBR 250 RR has, at its heart, a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 249cc, transverse four cylinder powerplant paired to a six-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 40 horsepower and 24 Nm of torque, making it suitable for both novice and more experienced riders.

It also has standard fittings such as dual front disc brakes, a full-fairing with a windscreen, dual headlights, an analogue instrumentation panel, die-cast aluminum wheels, a two-piece, dual seat, a 37mm telescopic fork, a rear monoshock suspension with a box-section swingarm, a race-inspired livery and rear-mounted foot-pegs.

2011 Honda CBR250R[edit | edit source]

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Small in size but big on the fun side, the 2010 Honda CBR250R is a great first bike for beginning riders, but it can also serve as a nifty commuting solution for those who would rather not ride their big-bore machine in the urban jungle. Simple, with intuitive controls and a rider-friendly character, the quarter-liter CBR is a good first step in the world of sport bikes, but it also makes an exceptionally fun option for daily rides.

Affordable and cheap to run, the 2010 Honda CBR250R is still a nice bike for track and highway use and it will surprise even more seasoned riders with its performance and feel.

2011 Honda CBR250R ABS[edit | edit source]

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Bringing the sport bike performance to an even more affordable level, Honda shows the 2010 quarter-liter CBR, a motorcycle which is great as a first two-wheeler as it is a nifty alternative to riding a big-bore bike in the crowded city traffic. Affordable and cheap to run and maintain, the 2010 Honda CBR250R ABS can still provide riders with a ton of fun, as it will feel at home on the race track, as well.

Sporty by character, but tame and rider-friendly, the 2010 Honda CBR250R ABS still loves free-revving rides and can easily reach beyond the hundred-miles an hour mark. For daily commuting or even longer trips (with touring accessories), this bike is anything but a dull ride. Add in the extra safety of the combined ABS brakes and the day is already brighter.

2011 Honda CBR 250R[edit | edit source]

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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 249.4cm3 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.

2012 Honda CBR 250R[edit | edit source]

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New for 2012, 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.

2013 Honda CBR250R[edit | edit source]

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If looking for a small-displacement bike with great styling and performance, but with all the sporty character needed for fast rides through and around the town, the 2012 CBR250R is definitely a bike you must check out. Low enough to be non-intimidating and inspiring confidence even for riders with a shorter inseam, the CBR250R is a highly-capable machine which can provide both commuting convenience and quite a blast for thrill-seekers.

Economical and affordable, the 2012 CBR250R can be a great choice for a first bike, and a nifty alternative for your car, as nothing beats this slender bike in navigating the urban clutter. 2012 brings new black wheels, new black color for the exhaust heat shield, and the Repsol livery.

2013 Honda CBR250R ABS[edit | edit source]

2013 Honda CBR250R ABS

Even though the base model of the 2012 CBR250R has no ABS, Honda, is offering the additional feature in a separate model. This way, riders who believe they can do just fine without anti-locking brakes don't have to pay extra for this feature. On the other hand, if you feel more reassured, a small premium over the base price will get you shorter stopping distances and safer braking in the wet for this sporty thumper.

Add in the same . new things received by the 500cc brother: black wheels and exhaust heat shield. Excellent as an economical commuter, the 2012 CBR250R ABS is also a smart and rewarding choice for leisure rides and learning more about how to ride a sport bike, with the prospect of stepping up the displacement "ladder".

2013 Honda CBR 250R[edit | edit source]

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The new Honda CBR250R model is a Sport bike sold from year 2013 and it isi equiped with a Single cylinder, four-stroke motor. The Honda CBR 250R have a Diamond frame with front suspention being Teleskopic fork and in the rear suspension it is equiped with Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system).

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 can’t be beat.

2017 Honda CBR250RR[edit | edit source]

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The Big Red comes in 2017 with a CBR250RR Super Sport bike. The CBR250RR is powered by a newly developed water-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve straight-twin DOHC 250cc engine, which aims for class-leading output performance. The engine is easy to handle for urban riding, while it is just as comfortable on the circuit, with smooth output characteristics across the entire revrange.

In Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.