The new CB250R features new suspension, slipper clutch and more
Japan’s automotive industry is going through a shift. It will soon fully transition to the Reiwa 2 emission norms, which are the equivalent of the Euro 5 or BS6. While Honda had to pull the plug on the iconic CB400 Super Four and Super Bol d’Or, the bikemaker has managed to provide the necessary updates to the CB250R for 2022.
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At the heart of the bike is a 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. With 27PS and 23Nm at your disposal and a kerb weight of just 145kg, this motorcycle already sounds exciting. To give you context, that makes it 25kg lighter than the KTM 250 Duke while being only 3PS and 1Nm down on power.
Along with a cleaner engine, Honda has also thrown in Showa’s Big Piston Separate Function Front fork into the mix. To make matters more exciting, the CB250R will now also feature a new slip and assist clutch and a gear indicator.
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The neo-retro bike is now available in three colours: Matte Gun Powder Black Metallic, Matte Pearl Agile Blue and Candy Chromosphere Red, with the difference being in different colours on the front fork casing, wheels, radiator shroud and headlight rim.
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While the model probably won’t be making its way to India, we have the Honda CB300R here, equipped with the same goodies, a larger engine and more performance. You can also consider other quarter-litre nakeds on sale today like the Suzuki Gixxer 250, Yamaha FZ25 and Bajaj Pulsar N250 might interest you.