Easily one of the most anticipated motorcycles to be launched this year, Honda Motorcycle has finally lifted covers off the highly awaited 2017 CBR250RR at a special event in Indonesia for the world. Honda's entry-level performance motorcycle has been in the news for over a year now with enthusiasts closely watching every little detail that emerged every now and then. With the reveal done, the red wing has officially entered into the ring against compatriots Kawasaki and Yamaha, which have been offering products like the Ninja 250 and R25 in the segment globally. The 250RR though will also lock horns with the pocket rocket - KTM RC390 that is due for a generation change next year.
The Honda CBR250RR started life as the Light Weight Super Sport concept unveiled at the Japan Motor Show in 2015. The performance offering shouldn't be seen as a replacement to the single-cylinder CBR250R sold currently in many markets and instead will co-exist with a higher price tag of course, as a more powerful and sportier version in the entry-level performance segment. Unlike the CBR250R which is a sports tourer, the CBR250RR aims to be an out-and-out super sport offering drawing power from a 250cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin DOHC engine. Power output is yet to be undisclosed by Honda but the output is expected to be in the vicinity of 36-40bhp. The Japanese bike maker does say that the motor is easy to handle for urban riding, while it is just as comfortable on the circuit, with smooth output characteristics across the entire rev range. A 6-speed gearbox will be sending power to the rear wheel on the big red.
We also see an all-digital instrument console on the CBR250RR in the first video that reads up to 14,000rpm, while other goodies including a lap timer, trip meters, and possibly a high speed recorder as well. The bike gets clip-on handlebars, so unlike the front forward yet relaxed riding position on the CBR250R, the 250RR will be a lot more aggressive with rear set foot pegs ensuring a track oriented riding stance. The cowl like rear seat is also something that we have really liked on the new CBR.
The new 2017 CBR250RR will be manufactured in Indonesia, making it the largest displacement Honda motorcycle to be produced in the South East Asian country. The Japanese bike maker plans to begin sales in Indonesia by the end of 2016, while the company says that sales in Japan will commence on a later date. It is likely that Honda will choose to make the Indonesian facility, its global manufacturing hub for the new CBR250RR, much like what Yamaha has done with the R25/R3. Not only will it help the company achieve higher production, but better economies of scale.