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Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have announced plans for the eagerly awaited CBR250R. The company plans to have the motorcycle available to customers between end April and early May 2011. However there will be no launch event for the bike owing to the destructive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two weeks earlier.
The CBR250R will be the largest displacement bike produced by HMSI. The bike sports a newly developed, 4-valve, single cylinder, 250cc DOHC engine which is fuel injected and liquid cooled. The engine produces a peak power of 26PS and meets Euro 3 emission standards. The bike will be available in three colours -Candy Ruby Red, Sword Silver Metallic and Asteroid Black. A two-tone colour scheme comes as standard with the base colours offset by metallic silver.
The manufacture of the first pre-production CBR250Rs at the Indian plant will begin on April 1st. Honda has already received 3000 bookings for the bike and plans to sell around 30,000 units in the first year. The CBR250R will be sold through 400 Honda exclusive dealerships across the country.
The bike will be available in two variants -Standard and ABS priced at Rs 1.51 lakh and Rs 1.77 lakh (ex showroom, Mumbai) respectively

Here is the Press Release
Mumbai, March 22, 2011: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the 100% owned 2-wheeler subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company, Japan – the world’s largest manufacturer of 2-wheelers, shall release its long awaited global Road-Sport motorcycle “CBR 250R” in April, 2011.

Honda’s first affordable global sports bike - CBR 250R marks the Company’s entry in high performance 250cc segment in India. CBR250R will have the largest engine displacement of any vehicle produced by HMSI. Taking India to the global platform, CBR250R will be exclusively manufactured and exported worldwide from India &Thailand.

BACKGROUND
Honda’s development team realized that riders now want much more and demand for 250cc models is higher than ever. Based on understanding customer needs, the goal was to create a 250cc model that can meet the bring the fun of riding to riders of all kinds, ranging from entry level riders who aspire to upgrade to seasoned riders who already have the large motorcycle experience. Thus came CBR 250R- the perfect companion of riding enthusiasts who desire ‘To Know the Unknown.’

LIGHTNING PERFORMANCE
The newly developed liquid-cooled 250cc 4-stroke 4-valve single-cylinder DOHC engine of CBR250R delivers excellent performance of 25 BHP and is easy to handle.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
With 27 pending patented technologies, CBR 250R is a bike of many technological firsts.
CBR 250R is world first in high performance 250cc category incorporating Combined ABS . Making CBR 250R more Eco-Friendly are the electronically controlled fuel injection system PGM-FI , O sensor and catalyzer which meet Euro 3 Emission standards.

GLOBAL STYLING
Inspired from Honda’s global fun bikes VFR 1200F and CBR 1000RR Fireblade, the sporty full-cowl body and distinguishing Y-shaped headlights of CBR 250R present a highly advanced design full of functional beauty. The aerodynamic layered style fairing and cowl design enables optimal control of wind both for engine cooling and ride comfort.
Upping the style quotient of the bike are 5 spoke aluminum cast wheels, tubeless tyres, stylish rear grip and sporty split seat. Lending a futuristic effect is the brilliant blue LCD backlit instrument panel while completing the feel & sound are the elegant triangular muffler and compact exhaust system.

HIGH ON COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
CBR 250R’s slim and compact single-cylinder engine reduces front projection and provides abundance of comfort through telescopic front suspension with 130mm stroke and highly flexible seating position. The light and compact frame of highly rigid diamond shape in a truss structure, offers easy handling and steady control as sports model. Upping the user convenience quotient is lockable utility space under pillion seat and easy to maintain center wet air cleaner with viscous element.

CBR 250R makes its stylish debut in three stunning two-tone hues- Candy Ruby Red& Accurate Silver Metallic, Sword Silver Metallic& Accurate Silver Metallic, and Asteroid Black Metallic& Accurate Silver Metallic.

Representing good value for money that exceeds the Customer’s expectation, CBR 250R will be available in – Standard variant and C-ABS variant priced attractively at Rs. 1.51 lakh and Rs. 1.77 lakh respectively (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai prices).


Excerpts from Company officials-

“Due to the earthquake/ tsunami in Japan and the loss of life, we are not conducting any launch event. However, in India Year 2011 marks beginning of a new Era for Honda. With new aggression, Honda has set up plans for rapid expansion to serve customers better. To meet the expectations of existing customers, our second manufacturing facility at Tapukara, Rajasthan will soon be operational from early 2nd half of 2011 taking our total production capacity to 22 lakh units in FY 2011-12.”, said Mr. Shinji Aoyama, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“With price starting Rs. 1.51 lakh Ex-Showroom, Mumbai, CBR 250R truly is India’s first affordable Global sports bike. CBR 250R will be available to customers from mid-April, 2011 onwards. We shall be providing availability by the end of April, 2011 at 400 Honda Exclusive Authorized Dealerships (HEADs) across India. We plan to sell 30,000 units in the first year”, said Mr. N.K. Rattan, Operating Head – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Source: Honda CBR250R starts at Rs 1.51 lakh - Honda CBR250R price announced - News : Overdrive
 

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About time. Good to hear the CBR250R launched in India. Any idea how much CBR250R owners from India are on here? I have a feeling a lot of people in India will be buying the CBR250R. From the few i've spoken too, it's leading me to believe that it will do good on India's market.
 

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Yes, the booking had started on 1st Jan and now almost 3000 bookings have been done. In India, CBR cost almost half the price of Ninja 250R. So it'll surely do good in terms of sale.
 

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In May it will finally reach our shores of noth america!

Regardless the price must be a steal for you guys in india with it being half
the price of a ninja.


Have any of your other friends purchased a CBR250 as well?
 

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The reason for this drastic price difference is, Ninja is imported to India as CKD whereas CBR is manufactured in India.

As of now, no one in India owns a CBR. The delivery of these bikes wil start by the 2nd week of April. Hopefully I'll be getting mine also the same time. :) I'll keep you all guys updated.
 

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How popular is a ninja in India?

Which bike would you say is more favoured once the cbr250 launches?

wish it was april 2nd here as well...
 

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Wonder how many of these amazing machines would be running on our streets.. I believe this is going to revolutionise the outlook of 2 wheeler industry in INDIA.
 
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