The wait for the new 2017 Honda CBR250RR has been on ever since the concept was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show and now the first official teaser video is out. Honda has remained coy and not given away much. The ‘RR’ moniker is reserved for Honda’s track oriented bikes, which showcases the best efforts of Honda’s engineers. The prospect of the revival of the legendary CBR250RR sent the world into a tizzy, with enthusiasts fondly remembering the long lost screamer. A global launch looks imminent, perhaps around October in Asia.
The original Honda CBR250RR is nothing less than an icon of the biking world. It was nicknamed as the baby Fireblade due to its 4-cylinder engine which revved up to an astonishing 20,000 RPM. This unique small displacement, inline-4 engine gave the bike a howling exhaust note that sounded like a real race bike. The 20,000 RPM redline also gave the bike very track friendly manners. The bike was also known for its excellent lightweight chassis, powerful brakes, capable suspension and ease of riding. The CBR250RR was known to be an over-engineered bike and was pretty expensive for a 250cc motorcycle back in the day. Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki also put out 250cc inline 4 cylinder bikes that similarly featured a high revving motor and track ready components.
The concept CBR250RR that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor show looks futuristic, with an all-black scheme and many sharp, aggressive lines. The design is based on Honda’s new ‘strong presence’ approach. A few details that the teaser did reveal were anti-lock brakes and wave rotors. Inverted forks can be spotted and an expected 14,000 RPM redline should see the engine kick out a strong punch. A new set of LED headlights which may debut with the 2017 Honda CBR250RR have also been patented.
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If launched in India, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR might cost about INR 2.7-3 lakhs. Enthusiasts will be hoping that Honda has done enough to make it a strong contender in the small displacement sport bike class.