2020 Honda CBR250RR
The sharp design language has been retained with the latest iteration of the bike

2020 Honda CBR250RR has been unveiled, merely two weeks after Kawasaki launched the Ninja ZX-25R in Indonesia.

The 250cc motorcycle was unveiled globally at a Honda Virtual Motorcycle Show along with two other motorcycles, namely the CT125 Hunter Cub and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.

The 2020 Honda CBR250RR has been announced for the Japanese market and will go on sale there come 18th September this year.

Design-wise, the quarter-litre bike looks more or less the same as the outgoing version. There are sharp lines throughout, making it look as if somebody designed it with a scalpel, which they probably did.

The twin-pod LED headlight housing looks like an angry bird (no, not that angry birds) that has four eyes and a strong beak, while at the side there is a full fairing, revealing only a part of the engine.

The fuel tank, the rear panels and even the rear-view mirrors follow the same philosophy of many a sharp line giving the bike an edgy look.

There are neat touches too, like the gold-anodised front forks, aluminium-finish muffler with plastic shrouds. The rear swingarm is aluminium.

Basically, it looks like a shrunken CBR1000RR-R. Other features include an LCD instrument cluster, throttle-by-wire and four colour options.

Now to the important aspect, the engine. The 249cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine produces 40.2 BHP at 13,000 RPM and 25 Nm at 11,000 RPM, which is (a little over) 3 BHP and 2 Nm over the outgoing version.

Mated to a 6-speed transmission with an assist-slipper clutch as standard, the bike can also be specced with a quick-shifter, while kerb weight is 165 kg.

Suspension-wise there are USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the back. Three riding modes are on offer with the bike – Comfort, Sport and Sport+, while there is ABS too.

As mentioned above, there are four colour options, with Matt Gun Powder Black Metallic, Pearl Glare White and Grand Prix Red priced at 821,700 yen (Rs 5.8 lakhs) and the Grand Prix red (striped) available at 854,700 yen (Rs 6.04 lakhs).

The 2020 Honda CBR250RR will take the fight to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R. The latter has the advantage in terms of power and two extra cylinders, but is also heavy. May the best bike win over the hearts of the masses.

2020 Honda CBR250RR Unveiled

  • Honda has unveiled the 2020 CBR250RR
  • The 249cc parallel twin engine in the bike produces 40.2 BHP and 25 Nm
  • Will go on sale in Japan from 18th September 2020
2020 Honda CBR250RR Front
The headlight cluster is completely LED, in-line with the current trend
Black colour bike side profile
Competes against the Kawasaki ZX-25R in the quarter-litre supersports category
Side profile of the new bike
Four colour options are available with the 250cc motorcycle