This CBR model announcement has been a long time coming… Rumors are always making their way around the internet and that’s something that will never end. The majority of those rumors are comical to say the least but some of them do carry some weight and are possible. The average public has no idea how many concept / prototype bikes that get scrapped and will never see the light of day due to many reasons.
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This latest rumor was kick-started a few months ago by a publication overseas known as Young Machine (March, 2015 issue). Some date back even earlier but they didn’t have much weight to them. As crazy as some of their rumors and claimed leaked details can be, quite a few of them are on the money thanks to some inside sources throughout the industry.
Now, lets fast forward to a couple days ago when Honda made their concept model lineup announcement for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Some of the models in the announcement are production models and some are concept models, I break down the list of which ones are which here. The model that is stirring up more attention than any of the other models, is the model pictured above with the blacked out / carbon-fiber color scheme. Honda is referring to it as the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept“.
What information did Honda provide to us about the Light Weight Super Sports Concept? This is the information in its entirety.
- Light Weight Super Sports Concept: Designed with the key phrase “strong presence,” this next-generation super sport concept model and features a look possessing a sense of speed that comes from its long nose and low crouching position. The combination of a plane architecture, which indicates the sense of hardness and solidity, and sharp edges emphasize the aggressive look of this model. Moreover, the exterior featuring matte-black-based low-contrast graphics expresses beauty and the remarkable form.
Check out the CBR250RR rendering compared to the official Honda image of the Light Weight Super Sports Concept. They have a few similarities that are rather difficult to just dismiss as a coincidence. I may be blind and seeing things a little off but to me the front-end looks eerily similar. You can see by the outline of the engine that it looks to be a twin-cylinder but details beyond that are entirely speculation at this point. On two of the renderings above that were spreading like wildfire prior to the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” image was released – you can see certain aesthetic pieces that were robbed directly off of other CBR models. Example A: Using a 2008+ CBR1000RR tail. Example B: Uses CBR1000RR SP tail and seat cowl etc etc.
The image of the Light Weight Super Sports Concept that Honda released to us show the bike covered in carbon fiber and black fairings. Thanks to Photoshop and guys that are really itching to get an idea what this bike will look like we have the images below from Honda but with some colors thrown in the mix. The guys over at MotoBlast.org did quite the stand-up job if I do say so myself on the Light Weight Super Sports Concept rendering. The added color really makes me the bike pop even moreso than the carbon fiber finish in the original image Honda released a couple days ago.
High-performance, small-displacement sports motorcycles are gaining traction in a market where customers are beginning to understand the advantages of this particular set-up.
Small cc CBR250RR / CBR300RR Smart Move for the USA? With Yamaha and their stacked R3 and KTM with the RC390 / Duke variations and of course the Ninja 300 the small cc sport bikes have gotten their fair share of publicity here lately in the USA and gaining more and more attention all around the world. There’s also some evidence that Kawasaki is working on a 250 Supersport too as well as Suzuki with a GSXR250 (See magazine article). I’m not quite sure I can see a position for Honda to bring a CBR250RR into this market though. Why would Honda release a true performance-driven CBR250RR that would have a price tag that dwarfs the CBR300R and still smaller in comparison to the competition and their 300 cc class bikes? You would think that would be the last thing on their mind as it will do nothing but confuse the average motorcycle buyer. I can’t tell you how many people I have ask me on a daily basis why the CBR650F is cheaper than the CBR600RR even though the 650 has a large engine. True enthusiasts and riders can understand but we are the minority. Sport bike sales are still in the slumps when compared to what it was like prior to the economy crashing in 2008 / 2009.
The odds just aren’t in our favor to get them here in the USA if Honda does release a true mini CBR RR model in the 250 to 300 some-odd cc range. Overseas where they have different licensing restrictions will be a whole different ballgame though. A lot of times we think that we “USA market” actually matter in the grand scheme of things when it comes to new models but sadly that’s not the case. We are a very and I mean very very small percentage when it comes to the motorcycle market on a world-wide level.
UPDATE Part 2 | July, 2016
UPDATE | July, 2016
– 2017 CBR250RR Engine / Exhaust Sound Clip Video –
The first video below has a little bit of text that floats across the screen and then BAM you hear the CBR250RR engine fire up and come to life. At first, I was slightly disappointed by the sound of the parallel-twin 250 class engine… BUT! That was until they really start to twist it up and the lil engine-that-could comes to life at what sounds like it is exceeding 12,000+ RPM.
What do you guys think? Will the 2017 CBR250RR have enough horsepower to compete in 2017 against the KTM RC390? R3 / R25? GSX-R250?
– 2017 CBR250RR Promotional Video –
The next 2017 CBR250RR doesn’t really have anything special to note like the first video with the exhaust / engine sound-clip from the 1/4 liter CBR for 2017 but it doesn’t have some quick beauty-shots of the bike. They purposely cut away really quickly so you can’t see too much detail.
UPDATE | February, 2016 – Check out the cover of Young Machine magazine with the possible all new 2017 Honda CB250R, R25R, GSXR250 and Ninja 250 gracing the cover as well as the talks of a Supercharged 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa GSXR.
UPDATE | Video with Honda designer going over specs / details on the possible 2017 CBR250RR known as the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept”
2017 CBR250RR Walk-Around Video
Official Honda Light Weight Super Sports Concept Promotional Video / Commercial (CBR250RR)
UPDATE – October 28, 2015. The Honda CBR “Lightweight Super Sports Concept” had its official unveiling. Here are some pictures from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show…
All we can do now is patiently wait until the Tokyo Motor Show on October 27-28 and hope that Honda will give us some more information. It could be a concept bike that will never make it into production as we all know that happens more-so than them actually turning into production bikes. A lot of the stars have to align just-right for this bike to make it to showroom floors and then we have to wish on a shooting start that it’ll make it to our side of the pond…
If there is one thing that comes out of this Light Weight Super Sports Concept – I hope the 2016 / 2017 CBR600RR & CBR1000RR models get blessed with some of the design aspects from this bike. The entire design and the angles are just sexy! I still love my current CBR600RR to death but if they released a CBR600RR that looked identical to this bike I would have my money down on the first one to hit the USA haha.
What do you guys want to see? What are your speculations with the information that is available at this time? Could this engine or the CBR300R make it into a CRF300M Motard / CRF300L Dual Sport?
Short CBR250RR History Lesson
Most of the younger crowd (makes me feel old saying that haha) only know of the current generation CBR250R and don’t know anything about the history behind the name. To put it nicely, the current single-cylinder engine CBR250R we know of today that was introduced back in 2010 is a joke in comparison to the original. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great bike and a blast to ride but was and is still no comparison to the original that was introduced 30 years ago as of 2016. The CBR250 was introduced in 1986 and eventually evolved into what was known as the CBR250R and then CBR250RR before it was discontinued in 1996. In its hayday, this bike screamed to 19,000 RPM and produced 45 horsepower before being limited to 40 HP in the last couple years of its lifespan. I could ramble on and on about this bike as it has always fascinated me with all of the technology that Honda crammed into it – decades ago! If Honda does bring the CBR250RR nameplate back for this CBR “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” bike, I really hope they do it justice…
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