The CBR250R came into my household several weeks ago, and although it’s supposed to be handed off to another CMG tester in a few weeks, I’m not sure that’s going to happen.
There’s nothing wrong with the bike; it’s just that my girlfriend Roxanne (who uses it for a 40-km round-trip commute to work) and I (who use it for everything else) are likely to put up some resistance come time to give it up.
The quarter-litre CBR has proven exceptionally versatile, easily handling the above-mentioned commute, as well as errand-running, riding for pleasure, and even track duty, when I took it to a Turn2 track day at the ICAR circuit and used it to learn the track layout. It was even lent to a local Honda dealer during a demo ride, where it got mercilessly flogged by probably about a dozen or so curious riders.
It has even proven a breeze to work on, as I had to replace the coolant with water to prepare it for track use, and it took all of 30 minutes to do it, requiring only that the bolts retaining the right-hand fairing panel be removed and the panel be swung out of the way to access the radiator filler cap. The coolant drain bolt, located on the water pump housing on the right-hand side of the engine was accessible without any disassembly.
There’s 1,600 km showing on the odometer, and aside from being dirty now after being ridden in heavy rain, it has performed without fault. It has been returning great gas mileage to boot, so far averaging 3.5 L/100 km (80 mpg).
Editor ’Arris, you’ve been warned: the CBR250R won’t be given up without a fight…