The Honda CBR250R sportsbike has come under the scanner once again and this time, the recall has been issued by HMSI to replace faulty front brakes. 11,500 Honda CBR250R “Standard” motorcycles manufactured between March 2011 and September 2012 have been included under the recall. Notably, this recall does not affect the C-ABS variants of the CBR250R. The Honda CBR250R, which is one of the most technologically advanced motorcycle to be built in India by Honda has had its share of issues right from the word go. Most issues have been due to poor quality materials used.
The initial batches of the Honda CBR250R motorcycles came with shoddy plastic quality and paint peeling issues, which was addressed by Honda through a recall. The later batches of the Honda CBR250R saw much better quality levels. Meanwhile, Honda claims that the latest recall is to fix the front brakes of the standard variant of the CBR250R, which could exhibit diminished braking performance under certain conditions. Honda will replace the master cylinder of the front brake through this recall. So, if you own Honda CBR250R Standard variant built between March 2011 and September 2012, you should immediately get in touch with your nearest Honda dealer to get your motorcycle fixed. Click here to check whether your Honda CBR250R is covered under this recall.
The Honda CBR250R is the Japanese two wheeler major’s flagship motorcycle built in India. Honda has localized many parts of the CBR250R to ensure competitive pricing for this motorcycle, which has turned out to be a sales success for the Japanese brand. Apart from India, the Honda CBR250R is also built in Thailand. The Honda CBR250R built in both Thailand as well India, is exported to countries across the world. The motorcycle is an ideal cross between an out-and-out sportsbike and a tourer, to make for a very comfortable long distance bike.
Equipped with a short stroke 250cc single cylinder engine that features a 4 valve-DOHC layout, spiny cylinder sleeve, roller rocker arms and finger type cam followers, the motorcycle is packed with technology. The engine produces a peak power of 25 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 23 Nm at 7,000 rpm. Mated to a six speed manual gearbox, the Honda CBR250R clocks a true top speed of about 145 Kph and can accelerate to 100 Kph in about 8 seconds. The motorcycle is known for its mile munching abilities due to its pliant suspension, which is a compromise between outright handling and ride quality.
In India, Honda has launched a smaller, lesser priced version of the CBR250R, in the form of the CBR150R, which features a 150cc, single cylinder engine. The smaller engined CBR150R however isn’t finding many takers due to the steep price at which it is positioned. Buyers seem to prefer motorcycles like the Yamaha R15 and the KTM Duke 200, motorcycles which offer much more value than the Honda CBR150R.