There is a cult following of smaller capacity motorcycles in Asian markets, especially in Indonesia. Most of the two-wheeler manufacturers are taking care of the enthusiasts in this region. Honda has been in this market for many years now and has formed its own fan following. It hasn’t been long (a year ago) when Honda launched its 2017 CBR250RR in Indonesia, the Japanese giant has now revealed a special edition of the same at the 2017 GIIAS.
The special edition features a new bodywork based on the ‘Art of Kabuki’, which apparently depicts the ancient, traditional culture of ‘Kabukimono’, an era of the Samurai warriors. There’s also a map of Indonesia. To make the motorcycle more eye catchy, Honda has also included a few other cosmetic changes like a new red frame, different coloured wheels (black front and white rear) with rim stickers, front forks with a black finish and a white rear seat cowl.
Apart from all the visible changes, the Honda CBR250RR special edition will be powered by the same 250cc, parallel twin, liquid cooled engine with DOHC setup. It has been tuned to produce a max power of 38.7 hp at 12,500 rpm and a peak torque of 23.3 Nm at 11,000 rpm. Honda will manufacture the CBR250RR special edition in limited numbers, 100 to be precise, and it is priced at Rp 70,825,000, OTR (On The Road), Jakarta.
While the CBR250RR is quite popular in this part of the world, it hasn’t even seen the light in the European market. There have been a few rumours that Honda doesn’t want to launch such a small capacity motorcycle in Europe and is working on a slightly bigger engine (350cc maybe) which will also give competition to the Yamaha R3 and the likes.