Are we moving backwards ? / Stupid Snob with a MC41 !

by Arpit R

I had a very weird first contact with a Honda CBR250 , I saw it in a parking lot parked next to a Hero Honda (Hero Moto Corp ,now) Splendor+  last year . The Fairing only added to its muscular looks considering the puny engine displayed openly in the Splendor+  I awkwardly stared at its brilliant looks , considering that they are derived from VFR 1200 F which derives its genes from the V4 Concept Model displayed at Intermot (2008) ,The VFR  thing with its killer looks is the Gwyneth Kate of motorbikes. The CBR250 when launched was directly compared to the Kawasaki Ninja 250 which is obvious, but is clearly nowhere in terms of performance thanks to its single cylinder mill , but by Indian standards the machine is pretty decent .I mean you can snob owning a 250cc which is no good on the track when compared to a 150cc Yamaha (R15 ) but the public doesn’t care about that in general . So the point I’m trying to make here is that the CBR250 was/still is an exciting package ,  its easy to maintain and use & is very reliable but is it for enthusiasts ? No , is the perfect answer . Wait what if I take you back to the mid 1980 (I was not born back then,but I did brush-up some history , and I don’t give a damn about Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar because that part of history is still good in the movies & not in my tenth grade history exam) what if I told you about a bike which had a 250cc mill , 4 cylinders and punched-out ,” Forty-Five” friggin’ PS , will that give you wet-dreams ? I’m still talking about a Honda here , it was called the CBR250 (FG) , (FG-YA) “MC14” back in 1986 it had 16-valves , was liquid cooled and revved upto 14500 rpm . Phew ! and then Honda decides in 1987 let’s give the CBR250 a round figure RedLine so the made it rev till Fifteen mental thousand revolutions per min , Holy mother of god ! seriously , rite but this is not over yet , it did 190Kmph ,say what . So my vital question here is why are we moving “Backwards” while the dates in the calendar are actually moving forward , Honda can you please give us something like the Hurricane ? the irony here is the First Honda CBR250 was named “MC14” and the current Honda CBR250 is “MC41” we clearly are switching backwards  :[ and I hope everyone who owns a CBR250 manufactured under this monumental period 1986-1997 is preserving that Ultimate machine , for the future generations to experience mechanical sex , and I do mean mechanical sex only ! please do not confuse it to electronical sex or rubber sex because we don’t want them as long as we have such fine pieces of machinery .

here’s a picture of a 1987 CBR250


A general overview of the Honda CBR250RR in its middle age version , do remember the 1997/98 models had the same specs but were detuned to 40hp

1991 Honda CBR250RR

Engine Specs
Engine Type: 249 cc, 4 Stroke – Liquid Cooled – Inline Four
Engine Bore and Stroke: 48.5 mm x 33.8 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valves DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Carburetion: VP 20
Ignition System: Full transistor type battery Ignition System:
Claimed Horsepower: 45 hp (33.6 kW) @ 15000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 21.5 Nm (15.6 ft. lbs) @ 12000 rpm
Type of Lubrication: Force splash combined use system

Clutch System: Wet multiple plate coil springs
Transmission type: 6 speed
Gear Ratios: 1st 2.733, 2nd 2.000, 3th 1.590, 4th 1.333, 5th 1.153, 6th 1.035
Primary Drive Ratio: 2.966
Final Drive: Chain, 3.058
Starting: Electronic

Chassis :

Frame Type: Backbone
Suspension – Front: Telescopic system
Suspension – Rear: Swing arm system
Front Fork – Rake & Trail Angles: 24 / 89 mm (3.5 inches)

Dimensions :

Overall – Length: 1975 mm (77.8 inches)
Overall – Width: 675 mm (26.6 inches)
Overall – Height: 1080 mm (42.5 inches)
Seat Height: 725 mm (28.5 inches)
Wheelbase 1345 mm (53 inches)
Ground clearance 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Fuel Capacity: 13 l (3.4 Gal)
Dry Weight (without fluids): 142 kg (313.1 pounds)

Other Miscellaneous Specs:
Tire – Front: 110/70-17
Tire – Rear: 140/60-17
Brakes – Front: dual 275 mm discs with 2-piston calipers
Brakes – Rear: single 220 mm disc with 1-piston calipers



Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder four-stroke

Displacement: 249.4cc

Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm

Compression ratio: 10.7:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Fueling: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance

Transmission: Six-speed

Suspension Front: 37mm fork

Suspension Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five-position preload adjustment

Brakes Front: Single 296mm disc with two-piston Nissin calipers

Brakes Rear: Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper w/ Optional ABS

Tires Front: 110/70-17 radial

Tires Rear: 140/70-17 radial

Rake/Trail: 25.0 degrees / 95mm (3.74 inches)

Wheelbase: 53.9 inches

Seat Height: 30.5 inches

Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons

Colors: Metallic Black, Red/Silver

Curb Weight: 359 pounds / 368 pounds (ABS)

MSRP: $3999 (non-abs)/ 1.63Lakhs or $2963 In India, $4499 (ABS) 1.91Lakhs($3472)in India