2011 Hondas Unveiled…Sort Of

Honda is planning to unveils a new adventure bike at EICMA next week.  This new bike is based on the new V-4 platform that is currently embodied only in the VFR1200F.  Honda has been saying that this new platform will be the basis for a number of different motorcycles, and this new adventure bike will be the second.  There’s only a sketch of it, no photos or anything else.

2011 Honda V4 adventure bike sketch
2011 Honda V4 adventure bike sketch

You can tell it’s an adventure bike, because it has a beak.  Despite being an “Adventure” bike, Honda has indicated this will be an on-road bike.  Other than that, we’ll have to wait for EICMA next week in Italy to learn more. So, I guess this doesn’t actually count as an unveiling yet, especially as the new bike probably will vary a fair bit from this sketch.  In particular, the rear looks like they just slapped a CBR100RR  rear end on it. Surely, for an adventure bike, those pegs will be thicker and wider.  As always, I love me a single-sided swingarm.

What we do have firm details on, is the new CBR250R, an entry-level street bike that incorporates what appears to be a new design direction for Honda, following the controversial looks of the VFR1200F.

2011 Honda CBR250R
2011 Honda CBR250R

Note the multi-layered fairing and the frog-shaped headlight–design features shared not only by the VFR, but the adventure bike sketch above. I guess this is a look that will define the new generation of Hondas. In this case, the design is wrapped around a 250cc four-stroke thumper that puts out about 26HP through a 6-speed transmission. I really like the looks of this bike a lot, and it should be a great beginner bike, especially as this little guy also comes with optional ABS brakes.

A&R has a couple of more pics with the different color schemes.

Honda provided the tech specs below.

2011 Honda CBR250R / CBR250R ABS Technical Specifications:

Engine:
Engine Type:
249.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke:
76mm x 55mm
Compression ratio:
10.7:1
Valve Train:
DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction:
PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
Ignition:
Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission:
Six-speed

Suspension:
Front:
37mm fork
Rear:
Pro-Link single shock with five positions of spring preload adjustability

Brakes:
Front:
Single 296mm disc
Rear:
Single 220mm disc
Optional ABS

Tires:
Front:
110/70-17 radial
Rear:
140/70-17 radial

Dimensions:
Wheelbase:
53.9 inches
Rake (Caster Angle):
25.0°
Trail:
95mm (3.74 inches)
Seat Height:
30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity:
3.4 gallons
Colors:
Metallic Black, Red/Silver
Curb Weight*:
359 pounds / 368 pounds (ABS)

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.

Author: Dale Franks

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1 thought on “2011 Hondas Unveiled…Sort Of”

  1. I like this whole, relatively new category of motorcycle. Being a man in his late 20s I don’t need a motorcycle made of lightning and razor blades, but it’s not time for a Goldwing, either. While I appreciate most of the styling, the anime-boot look of the muffler is always a bit much. Even though these bikes tend to look a lot like transformers, I still like them. Maybe that’s the reason…

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