Small-displacement sportbikes may not seem like the most exciting thing out there, but they're certainly tons of fun on track or on a tight twisty road. Indeed, here in the Philippines alone, there’s no shortage of such spirited machines, as we've talked about in the past. In other markets such as the U.S. and Europe, these spritely little machines are picking up steam, too. So much so that in recent years, manufacturers have been throwing in all sorts of tech into small-displacement sportbikes.
The recently launched Honda CBR250RR SP in Indonesia is a prime example of small-displacement sportbikes incorporating advanced technologies. While the Honda CBR250RR SP is not equipped with an inline-four engine like the Kawasaki ZX-25R, it does come with a parallel-twin powertrain, similar to that of the Yamaha YZF-R3. Although it may not produce the same piercing sound as a four-cylinder engine, it compensates for this with modern technology and styling upgrades. Set for distribution in the Asian market, the Honda CBR250RR SP is a testament to the growing interest in small-displacement sportbikes that combine advanced technologies with sleek aesthetics.
The 2023 Honda CBR250RR SP has undergone some notable updates, including an increased compression ratio from 12.1:1 to 12.5:1, resulting in a power boost to 42 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, compared to the standard CBR250RR's unchanged 39 horsepower. Additionally, the CBR250RR SP stands out in the small-displacement sportbike category by featuring a quickshifter, a feature previously unheard of in this segment. These updates demonstrate Honda's commitment to incorporating advanced technologies into their small-displacement sportbikes, making them more appealing to riders who value both performance and value for money.
The 2023 Honda CBR250RR models have all been equipped with upgraded suspension components, featuring a Showa BPF front fork with a distinctive gold finish. This fork is the same high-quality hardware used in larger bikes like the CBR500R and CBR650R. Despite its smaller size and weight of just 170 kilograms, the CBR250RR has a single front rotor and a single rear rotor with dual-channel ABS, unlike the dual front disc setup found on larger bikes. These changes not only provide improved handling and performance but also enhance the CBR250RR's overall aesthetic appeal.
The 2023 CBR250RR comes equipped with several advanced features such as a fully digital display, LED lights at the front and rear, and a throttle-by-wire system that offers multiple riding modes. In the Indonesian market, the standard CBR250RR is priced at around P230,000 while the premium SP version costs around P290,000.