Photo Gallery: 2011 Honda CBR250R

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Pipeless Side

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
An action shot of the Honda CBR250R, revealing the side without the exhaust can. Photo © Basem Wasef

Honda's all-new sporty beginner bike takes on Kawasaki's Ninja 250R

The all-new 2011 Honda CBR250R is a sporty beginner bike that features:

  • A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected DOHC 249cc single-cylinder engine
  • A six-speed transmission
  • A seat height of 30.9 inches
  • Single 296mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes, with available ABS
  • Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Colors: Metallic black, Red/silver
  • Curb weight: 359 lbs, 368 lbs (with ABS)
  • Available accessories include a seat cowl and carbon fiber tank pad

The 2011 Honda CBR250R is priced at $3,999, and $4,499 with ABS. The bike hits showrooms in Spring, 2011.

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Familiar Mug

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The CBR250R is like a junior version of Honda's brawnier VFR1200F. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Rear 3/4

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The CBR250R's rear tire is a 17-inch, 140mm thick radial, which measures 10mm thicker than the Kawasaki Ninja 250R's. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Action

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Cockpit

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249cc Single

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The 2011 Honda CBR250R's single-cylinder, 249cc liquid cooled engine. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Saddle

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
A picture of the 2011 Honda CBR250R's saddle; the passenger portion can be replaced with a cowl for a sportier look. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Action

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The CBR250R's light weight and nimble handling make it at home on canyon roads. Photo © MP

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VFR-Like

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The CBR250R looks positively CBR-like, especially in red and silver. Photo © Honda

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Black

2011 Honda CBR250R
This view of the CBR250R in black reveals the heat-shield covered pipe. Photo © Honda

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Big Pipe

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's rather considerably-sized pipe can be seen in this shot. Photo © Honda

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Black, Pipeless Side

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R, looking rather dark on the side without a pipe. Photo © Honda

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Exhaust

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
A picture of the 2011 Honda CBR250R's exhaust can, which routes from the bike's single-cylinder engine. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Front Brake

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The Honda CBR250R's front brakes are single-disc 296mm units; note the slotted sensors on this ABS-equipped test bike. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Analog and Digital Instruments

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The Honda CBR250R's instrumentation combines analog and digital components, just like a grown-up sportbike. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Fairing

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The CBR250R's fairing is flanked by pod-mounted side view mirrors. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Poised

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
The CBR250R parked by the side of a canyon road in Malibu, California. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Left Grip

2011 Honda CBR250R Review
A picture of the CBR250R's left grip, with high-beam, turn signal, and horn buttons. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Right Grip

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The 2011 Honda CBR250R's right grip houses the starter button and kill switch. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Ergonomics

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The Honda CBR250R's ergonomics, revealed here in a diagram. Photo © Honda

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Action

Honda CBR250R
The $3,999 Honda CBR250R challenges the Kawasaki Ninja 250R in the hotly contested beginner bike arena. Photo © Honda

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Posture

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Riding the CBR250R involves a slightly forward tilted posture. Photo © Basem Wasef

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Combined ABS

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's combined ABS system uses wheel speed sensors to trigger the anti-lock function, which is only linked rear-to-front-- ie, activating the front lever will only trigger the front brake, but the rear pedal activates both front and rear brakes. Photo © Honda
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Pro-Link Suspension

2011 Honda CBR250R
"Pro-Link" refers to Honda's rear shock arrangement, which progressive shock characteristics (ie, gradual increases and decreases in shock length), with a shorter shock stroke where the rear axle doesn't move. Photo © Honda
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Diamond-Configuration Frame

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's frame is a diamond-configured, twin-spar tubular steel frame with truss structures, optimizing the relationship between size and strength. Photo © Honda
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Primary Balancer

2011 Honda CBR250R
A primary balancer is used to reduce engine vibration, and it's placed close to the crankshaft in order to pass between the two crank weights, keeping the engine compact and mass-centralized. Photo © Honda
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Air Injector Pathway

2011 Honda CBR250R
A view of the Air Injector pathway, which injects air into the exhaust gases for more complete combustion, and therefore cleaner emissions. Photo © Honda
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Offset Cylinder

2011 Honda CBR250R
By offsetting the cylinder centerline 4mm towards the exhaust side of the engine, lateral resistance generated between the piston and cylinder during the power stroke is reduced. Photo © Honda
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Catalyzer

2011 Honda CBR250R
Within the CBR250R's exhaust pipe lies a catalyzer, for emissions control. Photo © Honda
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Air Intake/Oxygen Sensor

2011 Honda CBR250R
The engine's oxygen sensor is combined with the built-in air injection (AI) system for reduced emissions; a catalyzer within the exhaust pipe offers another layer of emissions control. Photo © Honda
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Low-Friction Valvetrain

2011 Honda CBR250R
Within the CBR250R's valvetrain, a roller rocker arm helps achieve low friction levels thanks to its light weight due to the choice of a shim design, and lower valve spring loads. Photo © Honda
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"New-Generation" Crankshaft

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's low-weight crankshaft features a half-split, press-fit metal bearing for the crank journal for the first time in a Honda single-cylinder engine. Optimum crank shape was determined by computer analysis for optimum strength and rigidity. Photo © Honda
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Engine to Frame Relationship

2011 Honda CBR250R
The relationship and positioning between engine and frame was key to achieving several goals: a compact engine, a short 53.9 inch wheelbase and optimized front/rear weight distribution enable agile handling, solid tracking, and responsive steering. Photo © Honda
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Spiny Cylinder Sleeve

2011 Honda CBR250R
This so-called "spiny cylinder sleeve" features small bumps on the outer portion of the sleeve, which aid cooling performance and keep distortion of the cylinder's inner shape to a minimum. Centrifugal casting enables thin, uniform wall thickness. Photo © Honda
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18 Frame-Related Patents

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's stiff and lightweight frame is no accident; it took 18 patents to optimize the structure and enhance details like reduced fuel sloshing and easy parts replacement. Photo © Honda
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Straight Port

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's dual overhead camshaft layout offered more freedom for valve angle, port shape, and combustion chamber shape; the straight pathway from air cleaner to exhaust pipe boosts low through high rpm power, and enhances charging efficiency. Photo © Honda
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Roller Rocker Arm

2011 Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R's roller rocker arm is the world's first patented application, and enables a low-friction valvetrain with a smaller cylinder head and an ultra-compact roller rocker arm. Photo © Honda
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Powerplant and Exhaust

2011 Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R's powerplant and exhaust system. Photo © Honda
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Valve Shapes

2011 Honda CBR250R
The CBR250R's valve stems are a thin 4.5 mm in order to keep from impeding intake and exhaust flow, but the diameters are large; combined with a wide opening angle and high-lift cams, intake and exhaust efficiency is improved. Photo © Honda
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Striated Piston

2011 Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R's piston has light striations in order to retain engine oil for better lubrication, lower the tension of the piston rings, and apply a smooth, shot-peen-hardened finish to the piston pin. Photo © Honda
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"Silent Type" Cam Chain

2011 Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R's engine valves are driven by a "silent type" cam chain. This type of chain is also called "Hy-Vo," referring to its high velocity and involute tooth arrangement. Photo © Honda