Boon Siew Honda introduced the compact Neo Sports Naked CB250R at Sepang International Circuit, and we took it for a couple of laps. Before we get to the review, we just want to highlight a few things about the CB250R, which is a completely new design which resembles the CB1000R which also launched the same time, owns a front-facing LED headlamp with a tunnel opening next to the fuel tank. Other noteworthy features include LCD clocks, fuel gauges, cruise control, fully digital metre. In addition, Honda made the new CB250R even slimmer, the tube is placed under the seat the right leg of the driver. Honda not only looks at the aesthetics but also the practicality of this new neo sports naked bike. Weight in at 145kg with 41mm upsidown front suspension making it a first in the class for a 250cc bike and a rear Showa rear mono shock completes the handling performance. The compact single-cylinder, 250cc liquid-cooled SOHC engine with a maximum capacity of 27 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, 23.2 Nm at 8,000 rpm, which comes with 6-speed gearbox.
We took to the tracks the CB250R, right after the CB1000R, but of course the lower cc make so much differences, but from the shots by my photographer they actually look identical the only difference is the CB250R has a rear plate fender and the CB1000R has a splash guard plate holder.
The CB250R is a light and nimble, full of fun, and reliable. Great for beginners and also great for a Kart Track to enjoyed the bike, as we did have fun on the half track at Sepang Circuit. While I’m sure the best use of the CB250R is, of course, just ripping around town! Although we only got 145km/h on the front straight nevertheless the CB250R was not built for top speed as the Neo Sports Naked junior has the 249cc, water cooled DOHC engine, producing 27 HP at 9000 rpm and 23 Nm at 8000 is sufficient to rip around town plus occasionally zipping through the twisty hills during weekend. First in its class 41mm Up-Side-Down forks and Showa rear mono shocks provided great corner handling, Probably the best handling standard naked 250cc, but only lack the front brakes feel as it feels a bit spongy and less precision for a more advance rider, never the less for a beginner might not feel it.
The CB250R will be in Honda dealers from July onwards with the price of RM22,999 without roadtax and insurance