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 motorcycle’s appeal, then they’ll be missing out on a bike that redefines fun on two wheels. Purpose-built just for this bike, the CBR250R’s 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 that’s 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 it’s 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.