What a pleasant surprise. Getting on the CBR250R the first time wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Having ridden the CBR125R and knowing the power it lacks, I was expecting a little more gusto from the 250.
But my feelings changed the more time I spent in the saddle. The 250 is physically bigger than the 125 and feels like a full-sized motorcycle. I own a Kawasaki Zephyr 550 so I felt right at home on the 250.
After taking the bike for a ride to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont for ice cream, I was following Costa on his KLR650 and had no problem passing cars and keeping up with him on the bigger bike. And when we gassed up at the end of the day, I found the bike had only used 2.2 l/100km. Amazing!
Although it looks like a sport bike, the seating position is much more comfortable. The clip-ons are above the tripleclamps so you’re sitting more upright, and I use the bike occasionally to commute and it’s nice to have a light clutch for the traffic I encounter on the 40-km round-trip. I also notice a lot of people looking at it when I ride by.
Whenever Costa and I go for a ride, I don’t even question which bike I want to take – I’m really enjoying the 250 and will be sad when it moves on to someone else.
Next weekend we’ll be taking the CBR250R into New Hampshire for a tour of the White Mountains. We wanted to bring the Kawasaki Ninja 250R along on the trip but couldn’t co-ordinate a Toronto pick up.