Honda takes aim at Ninja with new 250CBR

2011 Honda CBR250R 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
Suspension: Front: 37mm fork
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability
Front: Single 296mm disc
Rear: Single 220mm disc
Front: 110/70-17 radial
Rear: 140/70-17 radial
Optional ABS
Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 25.0°
Trail: 95mm (3.74 inches)
Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Color: Metallic Black, Red/Silver
Curb Weight*: 359 pounds / 368 pounds (ABS)

Honda is bringing its entry level street bike, the 250CBR, to U.S. shores.

The bike was previously only available overseas, primarily in India and Europe. Honda made the surprising announcement just days before it is set to debut at the EICMA show in Milan.

The 250CBR will compete in the 250cc segment against the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which has dominated the entry-level market to this point. But if the early specifications are any indication, the Ninja appears to have some stiff competition. Honda’s 250CBR sports a fuel-injected engine over the Ninja’s carburetor-powered affair, and also offers anti-lock brakes as an option.

The lightweight machine boasts 26 horsepower and 17 pound-feet of torque, which is just enough power for first-time riders to handle. While the bike is aimed as a starter, experienced riders who simply want a bike that will get them from point A to B might want to take a hard look at the 250CBR as well.

What will ultimately determine the bike’s success is pricing. The Ninja 250R is Kawasaki’s best-selling model and sells for $4,000, but Kawasaki doesn’t make a big profit on the bike, instead hoping that the model introduces people to the brand and gets them to eventually step up to the ZX series. If Honda is willing to take a slimmer profit margin, it could pay off in the long run.

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* Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel–ready to ride.
Meets current EPA standards.
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment

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