2012 Honda Sportbike WallpaperUntil the arrival of the CBR 250 R in 2011, the Kawasaki 250 Ninja was the only motorcycle in the class that catered to the entry-level, stateside-sportbike rider.
And the Ninja 250 arrived in America way back in 1986, so it created quite a name for itself. But Honda was out to change that, and since the inception of the CBR 250 R in 2011, it provided direct competition to the Ninja.And after a year of much success, Honda returned with the model for 2012, with the only new feature being a White/Pearl Blue/Red color scheme joining the Red/Silver and Metallic Black options.Why would they have to change much? Unlike the Ninja 250, the Honda features much modern technology, such as PGM-FI fuel injection and the option of ABS. The 249cc liquid-cooled single features a four-valve DOHC cylinder head and engine counterbalancer for smooth operation.The 2012 Honda CBR250R also features a diamond twin-spar steel frame, a 37mm front fork and Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension. Stopping the 357-lbs. sportbike is a single 296mm disc up front, and 220mm disc out back with the option of ABS (adds nine lbs.).As for gas mileage, the 2012 CBR250R is claimed to get 77 mpg, giving over 200-miles in between fill ups. As for price, the standard CBR 250 R is available for $3,999, and $4,499 for ABS.Attached above is wallpaper of the Honda CBR250R.Click motorcycle thumbnail to expand. Right click motorcycle wallpaper to download.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!