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Oct 27, 2010

Updated: Honda Introduces New CBR250R Streetbike

Side view of Honda CBR250R.
American Honda Announces Release Of The All-New CBR250R

Torrance, CA: American Honda Motor Company's Powersports Division announced to its dealers today the release of an all-new motorcycle designed for those entering the sport of motorcycling, one that's sporty, fun, lightweight and affordable: the CBR250R.

"This is really an amazing machine we're adding to Honda's list of models for 2011," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "The CBR250R is specifically aimed at new riders, yet it's packed full of high-tech features and offers great performance, all in a lightweight, affordable package. This new model expands another segment of the market for Honda buyers."

More detailed information and images of Honda's model line can be found on powersports.honda.com or see your local Honda powersports dealer.

- CBR250R: An Affordable Entry Into The Sport Of Motorcycling

The all-new 2011 CBR250R brings a fresh take on the fun side of motorcycling, one that especially suits riders entering the sport. Thanks to its extremely efficient 249cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine"”an all-new design featuring a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head, engine counterbalancer, and fuel injection"”this dependable and lightweight machine delivers nimble handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power and low operating costs all in one. Whether the day calls for a commute to work, quick trips around town or all-day explorations in the countryside, the CBR250R is a great way to get acquainted with the many faces of motorcycling, all at an affordable price. Available in Metallic Black and Red/Silver beginning in Spring 2011. Also available with ABS.

2011 Specifications

Model: CBR250R / CBR250R ABS

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

Brakes
Front: Single 296mm disc
Rear: Single 220mm disc
Optional ABS

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

Wheelbase: 53.9 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°

Trail: 95mm (3.74 inches)

Seat Height: 30.9 inches

Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons

Colors: Metallic Black, Red/Silver

Curb Weight*: 359 pounds / 368 pounds (ABS)

*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.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Honda Genuine Accessories

- Seat Cowl

- Carbon Fiber Tank Pad

- Cycle Cover




More, from a press release issued by Honda Motor Co.:

Honda to Produce New Road Sports Model CBR250R in Asia

~ A strategic global model for export from Thailand and India ~

BANGKOK, Thailand, October 27, 2010 - Honda will produce the new CBR250R road sports model in Thailand and launch sales in November. This CBR250R will have the largest engine displacement of any vehicle produced by Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Thai Honda), Honda's motorcycle production company in Thailand, and will be its first full-fledged road sports model. Following in the footsteps of last year's PCX 125cc scooter produced and sold by Thai Honda, the CBR250R will be launched as a global model for export to a wide range of countries such as the ASEAN countries, Japan, Europe, North America, and Australia. In Japan, the CBR250R is scheduled to begin sales in the spring of 2011.

R&D for the CBR250R was advanced in both Japan and Thailand starting with the development phase. To satisfy a wide variety of customer tastes from around the world, Honda set up the phrase the "Sport Quarter for One World, CBR250R" as the development concept with the aim in mind of creating a model that allows riders of all kinds, from beginners to experienced riders, to feel the fun of maneuvering a motorcycle.

Thai Honda, the production base for this model, began motorcycle production in 1967 and first started to export to Japan in 1988 with the Cub 100EX. It has produced over 18 million motorcycles to date (as of the end of June 2010) and has exported motorcycles to numerous regions such as Europe as well as its natural base in Asia. Using production engineering and know-how contributed by Kumamoto Factory, the lead plant for motorcycle production, Thai Honda is striving further to enhance its structure for the supply of high-quality products.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (Pvt.) Ltd. will also start production of the CBR250R next spring and extend sales from India to South America. Honda will also offer the CBR250R at a more affordable price in the diversified Indian motorcycle market by effectively carrying out global procurement of parts and materials in the same way as Thai Honda.

The CBR250R is equipped with a newly-developed liquid-cooled 250cc 4-stroke 4-valve single-cylinder DOHC engine that is easy to handle. High environmental performance that meets Euro 3 emission standards and Thailand's sixth emission standards was realized by adopting an electronically controlled fuel injection system (PGM-FI*1) as well as an O2 sensor and taking advantage of the combined effect with a catalyzer fitted inside the exhaust pipe.

The full-cowl body presents a highly advanced design full of functional beauty. The light and compact frame, made of a highly-rigid diamond shape in a truss structure, offers agile handling and steady maneuverability as a sports model, while the cowl design enables optimal control of the wind toward the engine or the rider.

In the area of safety technology, the CBR250R's specifications incorporate Combined ABS, a world first*2 for a 250cc-class road sports model into a designated type. The Combined ABS makes vehicle movements more stable during braking by bringing together a Combined Brake System (CBS, a front- and rear-wheel interlocking braking system) and an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS, a braking system that prevents wheel lock during sudden braking or under unfavorable conditions).

*1 PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection System) is a Honda registered trademark.
*2 According to a Honda survey


Thai Honda Manufacturing Co. Ltd.: Overview

Established: April 1965

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Representative: Shunichi Eguchi, President

Employment: Approximately 5,400 associates (as of the end of March 2010)

Main production models: Motorcycles: Wave 110/125, Dream, CZ-i, Sonic, CBR150R, Click, Air Blade, Icon, PCX

Production capacity: Motorcycles: Completed vehicles - 1.5 million units/year (as of the end of March 2010)


Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (Pvt.) Ltd.: Overview

Established: August 1999

Location: IMT Manesar, Gurgaon District, Haryana State, India

Representative: Shinji Aoyama, President & CEO

Employment: Approximately 6,500 associates (as of the end of March 2010)

Main production and sales models: Motorcycles: Activa, CB Twister, CBF Stunner, CB Unicorn Dazzler

Production capacity: Motorcycles: Completed vehicles - 1.55 million units/year (as of the end of March 2010)