Honda Resurrecting the CBR250RR

Honda CBR250RR

In 1990, Honda released the CBR250RR. The tiny bike was Honda’s solution for new riders (who were limited by law to 250cc in countries like Australia) or riders who wanted to avoid higher taxes on bigger displacement bikes. The RR had an inline four that made 45 hp and could howl to a Formula 1 like 18,500 rpm, with exhaust noise competing with gear-driven cam whine for aural supremacy. Combined with a weight of under 150 kg the bike was an absolute rocket ship.

Officially only available in Japan, the CBR250RR was quickly a popular choice for grey market imports in Australia, and copies can be found all over the world. Short of a temperamental two-stroke race bike, it was the fastest bike you could get in the 250cc class. But in 1996, it was discontinued.

Honda of Indonesia has released information that the legend is getting a successor. The all-new RR is getting aggressive styling and a twin-cylinder engine, and it could be making its way to our shores. Full specifications aren’t yet available but expect class leading power and light weight. The swingarm is shaped so that the exhaust can be placed closer to centre, allowing for a thinner shape and more lean. There is also a five-way adjustable shock.

Continuing the aggression are LED headlights, a highly sculpted fuel tank, and a sharp tail. The redline probably won’t be as stratospheric as before, but the twin should have better low end. So you can’t scream it, but at least you probably won’t stall it.

Expect the new bike to make a lot of new riders happy, and send a lot of new faces to the track. Right now it is only confirmed for Indonesia and Japan, but rumour has it we’ll see it here as well.

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • ArtBell

    If they are still 45 ponies I would be all over that.