Amidst all the speculations and rumours, Honda has released the first official photo of the much talked about 250cc supersport concept bike. With a debut planned at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show, this quarter-litre twin-cylinder concept will eventually spawn off Honda’s brand new Yamaha YZF-R25 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 rival.
Though the Japanese manufacturer hasn’t revealed any technical details, or for that matter even its name, a closer look at the motorcycle indicates that it will be powered by a parallel-twin engine. The two exhaust manifold mould into a single unit, finishing off with an Akrapovic end can. The aggressive riding position and the lack of a rear seat hint at the bike’s track-biased approach. The edgy bodywork seems to be heavily inspired by aerodynamics. The front wheel of this concept rides on USD forks, unlike the conventional telescopic ones used in the current CBR250R.
Honda released a statement saying – “Designed with the key phrase ‘strong presence’, this next-generation super sport concept model and features a look possessing a sense of speed that comes from its long nose and low crouching position. The combination of a plane architecture, which indicates the sense of hardness and solidity, and sharp edges emphasize the aggressive look of this model. Moreover, the exterior featuring matte-black-based low-contrast graphics expresses beauty and the remarkable form.”
Though Honda already has a quarter-litre motorcycle in its line-up, the arrival of Yamaha YZF-R25, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC390 have made the single-cylinder CBR250R an obsolete model. As such, it is high time that Honda introduced a new quarter-litre contender to go up against these new-age machines. We can expect the new production-ready version of this new quarter-litre bike to be ready by next year.