Honda CBR250R 0-60 mph in 7.10 seconds
Honda rejoined the entry level sportbike class back in 2011 with the introduction of the CBR250R. This was a motorcycle sold in all markets and was aimed at new riders who wanted a sport looking bike that made a good all-round commuter but was also reasonably priced.
the CBR250R is my view is not the best-looking motorcycle and was conceived in an era where Honda released some aesthetically challenging looking motorcycles which were very Asimo looking in my opinion.
Honda have traditionally been the most conservative of the big motorcycle brands though from time to time they do come out with something bonkers like the NR750 or the most recent CBR1000R-RR.
The CBR250R is very much in-line with conservative side of the Honda bipolar design team. Powered by a 249 cc single cylinder engine that makes a claimed 26 horsepower and weighs in at 168 kg wet. Both numbers for the class do not particularly standout.
Since 2012 the market has changed somewhat with there being a kind of arms race to offer more powerful entry level motorcycles; and due to ever-evolving learner licencing laws in many markets has also meant that the ‘entry level’ class of motorcycle is not as clearly defined as it used to be via engine capacity alone.
We now see motorcycles up to 660 cc that make up the ‘entry’ level motorcycle category albeit some of the 500 cc plus motorcycles that occupy this class are restricted to meet power and/or power to weight ratio limits such as A2 or LAMS restricted motorcycles.
The CBR250R is only a 250 cc bike and thus it is full power and not restricted in any way.
As prospective new motorcyclist you have many great choices of motorcycle to pick from offered up by many brands. As an example If you like Honda’s you can opt for a CBR150R, CBR250R, CBR250RR,,CBR300R,CBR500 and CBR650R. Those are just a few. It’s a minefield for sure!
The CBR250R has been and still is a massively popular motorcycle but as times have changed it has become a less compelling option since the CBR300R arrived as well as the CBR500RR and so on as well as the very many competitors that have options too, that at least from a performance perspective offer much more than the outgoing Honda CBR250R.
With the huge number of alternatives how does the CBR250R stack up from a performance perspective today.
Honda CBR250R Dyno ChartHOnda BR250R Dyno Curve
The Honda CBR250R makes a respectable 23 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 16 ft/lb @ 6500 rpm. The power delivery is typical of a small capacity average revving single cylinder engine where the most usable part of your performance sits between 5000 and 8000 rpm.
The above does not mean to say that below 5000 rpm there is no usable power, it’s just that when we are talking about a peak of 23 horsepower only, you’re not going to drive it in 4th gear from 3ooo rpm and get anywhere fast so using lower gears with rom above 5000 is the place this bike is happiest.
If you keep the engine above 5000 rpm and below 8000 rpm you make decent progress without causing the engine to feel like it is over worked and under delivering. Revving beyond 9500 rpm and to 10500 will still make the bike move but you can shift a little earlier and not hurt your progress.
We of course have not tested all the motorcycles in the entry level class but of those we have tested it is only the Suzuki GSX250R that has a worse engine performance. Granted that is the only other 250 we have tested along with the Ninja 250R which quite frankly has a better performing engine.
Honda CBR250R Acceleration
|Honda CBR250R Acceleration|
|Top Speed||93.3 mph|
Honda CBR250R 0-100 km/h in 7.63 seconds
It is not all bad for the CBR250R despite it not being a performance orientated engine as the CBR250R can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.10 seconds. If in isolation objectively that is quick though it requires 3rd gear and two gear changes. This is optimum as most people with reasonable skills will be doing 8 seconds runs.
Below 70 mph or the first four gears is kind of the best operating range for the CBR250R as once you hook 5th it runs out of steam objectively and compared to its rivals.
After a decent launch, the quarter mile time for the CBR250R is achieved in 15.86 seconds @ 81 mph. It is a decent time. In terms of elapsed time, anything under 16 seconds is as good as many small capacity turbocharged entry level cars can muster with the CBR250R having a little slower terminal speed but again these are optimum times. Most people will be doing mid 16s @ 75 mph.
Top speed is dependent on how large you are and how windy it is. We got 93 mph that took 97 seconds to get to. You may get more-or-less, though it is dependent on the former mentioned factors. 85 mph is a realistic top speed for the CBR250R for most people unless you have an exceptionally long and straight road.
The CBR250 back in 2011 while still not top of performance pile it was more equally matched with its other playmates in its class. Now though there re many faster options. If you want performance the CBR250R is not the best choice as there are more capable alternatives offered up from rival brands.
If you must have a sporty entry level Honda and want to race your friends on rival bikes, then the CBR300R or CBR500R are better straight-line performance choices than the CBR250R.
Alternatively, the new CBR250RR is a high performance 250 though this motorcycle is not available in all markets.