Motorcycle Racing News 2013 Honda CBR250R | Preview

2013 Honda CBR250R | Preview

2013 Honda CBR250 R / CBR 250 R ABS

Since its inception on US shores in 2011, Honda’s CBR250R has been the main competitor of the Ninja 250, the entry-level sportbike Kawasaki brought stateside back in 1986.

The CBR 250 R, available with ABS, was an immediate hit, the quarter-liter bike arriving with a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that featured a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head and counterbalancer, and PGM-FI fuel injection, something the Ninja 250 lacks (the Kawi still has a carburetor).

Except for color options, the CBR 250 R didn’t receive any major revisions for 2012, and the same goes for 2013. The major news for the 2013 CBR250R is the additional colors – Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red and Black, and the one that everyone MotoGP fan will surely enjoy – Repsol (only available in standard model without ABS).

Also new for 2013 are black wheels (not available on the Repsol), and a new black exhaust cover.

Regarding suspension, the lightweight Honda CBR250R features a diamond twin-spar steel frame plus a 37mm front fork and Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension, which provide impressive handling and a comfortable ride.

The machine gets 77 mpg, which allows over 200-miles to a tank of gas, and will be kind to the wallet. Honda says the CBR250R will retail for $4,199 and $4,699 with ABS.

There are also some Honda Genuine Accessories available, including passenger seat cowl (black), carbon fiber tank pad, carbon fiber fuel lid, and outdoor cover.

2013 Honda CBR250R / CBR250R ABS Specs:

Engine:

  • Type: 249.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain

Suspension:

  • Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel

Brakes:

  • Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc
  • Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc
  • Optional ABS

Tires:

  • Front: 110/70-17 radial
  • Rear: 140/70-17 radial

Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°
  • Trail: 98.6mm (3.9 inches)
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches

Fuel:

  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Fuel Economy Estimate: 77 mpg

Curb Weight:

  • 357 pounds (CBR250R) / 366 pounds (CBR250R ABS)

2012 Honda CBR250R Color Options / MSRP:

  • Repsol (available on standard model only) /$4,199
  • Pearl White/Blue/Red / $4,199 / $4,699 ABS
  • Red and Black /$4,199 / $4,699 ABS

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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