Honda’s two-wheelers are all the rage nowadays. The Japanese bikemaker recently commenced the bookings of the CBR1000RR-R and the Fireblade SP and it has also teased the launch of the upcoming 200cc motorcycle in India. Honda recently also gave the iconic CBR 600RR a set of new clothes and some updates. If you are thinking that the staff at Honda is probably on a hyper-active drug, wait till you see the CBR250RR SP Quick Shifter Special Edition Garuda x Samurai which was recently unveiled in Indonesia.
If the name of this limited-edition quarter-litre sportsbike doesn’t excite you, the artwork on its fairing definitely will. And the fact that it’s the oh-so-desirable CBR250RR which has received this exotic and mystic treatment, makes the proposition all the more mouth-watering. It is priced at 77.70 million Indonesian Rupiah, which is a heart-ache inducing INR 3.94 Lakh.
There are certain things which make this motorcycle so special. The new ‘Garuda x Samurai’ livery honours Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day, which falls on 17th August. Only 75 units of this unique livery will be made. The mythical Garuda holds a special place in Indonesian heritage; you can even find it on the country’s national emblem.
It flanks the left side of the bike while the right fairing is graced by a samurai. While you would associate samurais with Japanese culture, the Indonesians look at it as a symbol of strength.
Besides the livery, you also get riding aids like a bi-directional quickshifter and slip-and-assist clutch as standard. These aids first arrived on the CBR250RR last month when Honda introduced SP with the fancier dual-tone colours. For MY2021, Honda has made several mechanical changes on the CBR250RR in order to make it more powerful than before. The engine has been tweaked heavily to churn out more power than its previous iteration.
The 249cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine now makes 41PS of maximum power at 13,000rpm and 25Nm of peak torque at 11,000rpm. That is a significant power bump as compared to its previous iteration which used to make 38PS at 12,500rpm and 23Nm at 11,000rpm. This has been achieved by re-designing the pistons, piston rings, and connecting rods for the updated machine. Honda has also updated the intake system and ignition timing.
Some people might argue that goodies like slipper/assist clutch and an optional quickshifter won’t be of that much use in a motorcycle which displaces just 249cc but if you intend to take the CBR250RR on the track, these additional goodies can save precious seconds at the track, meaning the difference between a podium or finishing out of the points. The motorcycle sports a pair of USD Showa forks at the front, and a five-way adjustable monoshock at the rear. The braking duties are handled by a 310mm disc (with a two-piston calliper) at the front and a 240mm disc (with a single-piston calliper) at the rear.
The 2021 Honda CBR250RR is available in four colour options including Matte Gun Power Black Metallic, Pearl Glare White, Grand Prix Red, and Grand Prix Red with stripes. All of them come with gold alloy wheels.