Updated Honda CBR250RR In The Works

The bike is set to be equipped with new features for 2020

  • The Honda CBR250RR was launched back in November 2016.
  • It is one of the most powerful 250cc twin-cylinder motorcycles currently on sale globally.
  • As of now, the bike’s availability is restricted to southeast Asian and Japanese markets.

Honda is all set to update its quarter-litre track tamer, the CBR250RR, for 2020. Based on the leaked patent images, the bike, codenamed K64J, could come with a smart key. This should enhance the premium quotient of the motorcycle and also make it much safer thanks to its inherently more complex encryption compared to traditional keys.

CBR250RR smart key

The current-generation bike doesn’t come with a slipper clutch but being a sporty motorcycle, we wouldn’t be surprised if Honda adds the feature in the 2020 model. While there are rumours of a quick-shifter in the offing, we believe adding such an update would drive up the price a bit too much. At present, the Honda CBR250RR is priced at 71,248,000 Indonesian Rupiah (around Rs 3.49 lakh).

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The current-generation motorcycle draws power from a 249.7cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine which produces 38.7PS at 12500rpm and 23.3Nm at 11,000rpm. The motorcycle comes with three riding modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. It is the only bike in its segment to have multiple riding modes.

Expect Honda to unveil the new motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show by the end of this year. While us enthusiasts would love to see this motorcycle tearing up the streets here, Honda is unlikely to launch the bike as the cost would be prohibitively high if brought via the CKD route. There’s a strong perception that bigger cee-cees means better bike and Honda might not be able to crack that mindset with the CBR250RR. Prospective customers might think twice before paying a hefty premium for what’s essentially a quarter-litre motorcycle, notwithstanding the healthy power output and performance on offer.

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