The rumors around a naked version of the Honda CBR250R have begun to intensify in the run up to the 2013 Bangkok Motorcycle Show. Dubbed to be called the Honda CB250X or CB250X, such a motorcycle from the Japanese two wheeler giant makes eminent sense given the fact that Kawasaki has just launched the naked version of the Ninja 250R, in the form of the Z250 sportsbike. So, a little bit of competition for the Kawasaki Z250 from the Japanese giant Honda won’t hurt matters, will it? Here’s a speculative render of the naked version of the Honda CBR250R.
A speculative render of the Honda CBR250F/250X Naked Sportsbike
A couple of summers ago, when the Honda CBR250R was first launched in Thailand, motorcycle enthusiasts in that country were already seen stripping down the CBR250R’s fairing and building tasty looking naked versions. The CBR250R based nakeds have also begun to make their appearance on Indian roads with many enthusiasts modding their CBR250Rs for a more minimalist look. The CBR250R’s tubular frame that looks similar to a trellis frame only served to heighten the appeal of a naked motorcycle spawned out of Honda’s 250cc sportsbike. Click here to be taken back into time and to read Team ICB’s speculation about the possibility of a naked version of the Honda CBR250R.
After market street fighter conversion of a Honda CBR250R
If indeed Honda decides to take note of the growing trend of CBR250R owners converting their motorcycles into street fighters and build a naked version, expect the 250cc single cylinder engine and 6 speed transmission to be carried over to the new motorcycle. The CBR250R’s 250cc engine has decent low down pep, in fact much better pep than the Ninja 250R as the latter needs to be revved quite a bit to get a real move on. So, the 250cc motor of the faired CBR250R would do just fine on the naked version. This is the same approach Kawasaki has followed with the Ninja 250R and the Z250R, both of which share engines and transmissions.
Notably, the Honda CBR150R already has a naked version in the form of the Streetfire 150. Honda will launch the Streetfire 150 in India over the next few weeks and is expected to position the motorcycle under the 1 lakh rupee mark.