Honda CBR250R ABS motorcycle report

INTRODUCTION:

Many greetings! I’m Vinay Raj Somashekar, a 25 year old Bangalore born and bred motorcycle enthusiast, product designer by profession, car and motorcycle designer by passion.

I augur most of you know enough about the Honda CBR250R’s little history, so I’ll skip the boring stuff and get straight to it. It’s been a little over one month to this day (1764 km on Odometer) since I got my Tri-Colour ABS Honda CBR250R, and I figured this might be a good time to share my thoughts and experiences with my mini Blade. Please note that this is a collection of observations and experiences on my bike, and it is something I’m writing with the idea that it might help another person choose this bike if he (or she) is considering it but just can’t seem to take that last step into the showroom. Along the way, I’ll also be jotting down my opinions and critique on certain things. I hope you find this helpful.

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WARNING: I’m in overflow mode and I suspect this might turn out longer than I presently imagine, so if you dare to go ahead and indulge me, please get yourself some snacks and a cola, sit back, and enjoy my report.

Well, let me start by saying, and I mean this with all my heart, that my experience with this little CBR/VFR so far has been nothing short of breathtaking. I rolled it out of Silicon Honda in Basavanagudi, Bangalore, on May the 4th, a bright, sunny, but cool Friday. The showroom manager was a very enterprising guy, and the showroom in general is very good in my opinion. I bought my Honda Unicorn from them seven years ago, and apart from a slight change in location and size, not much has changed in the showroom, and it is, in my opinion, the best place to buy your Honda in Bangalore. On multiple occasions, they allowed me take their test CBR250R out for a substantial solo ride when I expressed desire to do so. I told them that if I were to buy the bike, I’d be riding it alone 99% of the time and that made it necessary for me to experience it as such. They were really cool about it, and this made it so much more easier for me to experience the bike enough to go ahead and buy it. The manager personally handed me a cool complimentary Honda tank pad too, the reason for this being that I’d booked my bike before the excise duty hike in April when the bike was cheaper by about two grand. A sweet cherry of a gesture on top of the icing that would be the start of an undoubtedly amazing experience with my bike that was to follow in a few minutes.

Honda CBR250R Blue-white

So, I swung a leg over the bike, thumbed the starter, and the bike settled into a familiar and eager idle. As is their custom, the manager was beside me trying to familiarize me with the bike’s features, but I don’t think I was paying attention. I can only recall a gargantuan imaginary grin plastered across my face as I sat on my very own Honda CBR250R and woke it’s engine up to a pleasant humming sound for the very first time. One of my oldest and best friends was there with me that day and I’m sure he could relate to that feeling because just a couple months back, he’d received his Royal Enfield Classic 350 after a year’s wait, and I was there to watch him glow like a gigantic firefly. Anyway, as an involuntary reflex, I thanked the manager after he was done explaining, shifted the bike into gear, released the super smooth clutch, twisted the throttle, and there it was – one of those experiences I’m sure a biker would never forget, and I remember it all too well.

The bike moved ahead calmly and cleanly up until a crossroad a few hundred feet from the showroom. The adrenaline was already kicking in and I felt adventurous enough to try and lean my bike over a bit as I turned a left towards an uphill road. Surprise! The bike responded clean and sharp and I executed the right angle turn to perfection without anything left to be desired. Now I’m stressing this because I was not the least bit happy with the bike’s handling and flickability when I test rode it the first three or four times. The fifth time and after, I was too busy throttling the life out of the engine to test the bike’s agility. Anyway, I’d made a mental note that if I were to buy this bike, I’d have to compromise some on agility in city traffic. Little did I know back then that I’d soon realize that this was not the bike’s shortcoming, but mine. Maybe it was an apprehension or a mental block that made me think that fully-faired bikes are not agile, but anyway, coming back to the present day, the imaginary grin had quickly turned into a real one inside my helmet. Another important box ticked. Good handling? Hell yes!

The bike pulled effortlessly in third gear up the road where I continued further down. And that’s when I saw someone riding a presumably new Hyosung GT650R, and it was one BIG bike. Well congrats to him, but even something like that was not enough to distract me from what I was experiencing, so I twisted the throttle and the bike quickly surged down the road towards the famous ‘Bull Temple Ganesha’ where I planned to have the bike’s pooja performed. Along the way, I cut across one of the busiest pedestrian roads in Bangalore, but the bike just refused to be fazed by this kaleidoscopic obstacle course that was thrown it’s way. Just brilliant!

CBR travelogue

When I reached the temple, I was told that I’d have to wait about half an hour before the pooja could be performed. Now, I’m not a religious guy, and I draw my spirituality from experiences in my immediate environment and by imagining and wondering about those outside of it. The only reason I was at the temple was because my parents would be really happy if I had the ritual done, and that in turn would make me happy. But still, 30 minutes was an eternity, what with the CBR standing there quietly, it’s pilot lamps staring at me like a tiger’s eyes burning bright, and the way they whisper in your head to just get on the bike and get the heck out of there is a prospect that’s impossible to resist. And that’s exactly what transpired. I got on my bike with my friend in pillion, rode towards a less busy temple lovingly named ‘Vehicle Ganesha’ where I had the formality completed, rode back to the first temple to drop my friend off, and rode back home through a plethora of traffic, turns, humps, jaywalkers, more traffic, and a few free stretches. As you can imagine by now, the bike took all of this in it’s stride like Master Yoda. Calm, quiet, completely in control, and ready to pounce like a tiger on steroids if you asked it to. Manners, manners. And all this while, the ear-to-ear grin, imaginary or real, had never disappeared. My love for the bike had already come full circle.

But wait, a newer bigger circle was just beginning to form. I hadn’t even touched a highway yet.

The next day was Saturday, but I decided to go to office anyway. Mind you, I said office. Not work. Now, there are three different routes I can take to get to my office. One of them takes me through a 15 km stretch of the awesome NICE road section between Bannerughatta Road and Mysore Road. For those of you who are not from Bangalore, NICE Road is a kind of a ring-road expressway that connects important roads around Bangalore. I can’t even begin to stress how awesome this road has been to a lot of peoples’ commutes. Anyway, it was a no brainer that I was going to use NICE road that day, so I reached there, paid the toll fee, and taxi’d off the connecting ramp and onto the road. It was time to take off! Now, since my bike was brand new, I was taking it easy on the RPM and avoiding hard and sudden acceleration, as tempting as it was. But man, the bike got rolling and before I knew it, I was already at 125 kmph, and rising. Let me stress this. Once you get to 6th gear and keep the throttle open and your eyes off the speedometer, you will not realize it, but the bike will steadily and relentlessly build up speed, and before you know it, you’ll already be cruising at speeds close to 130 kmph, and while doing all this, the bike just yawns like it’s all child’s play. I remember hitting something like 136 kmph this way, and that’s when I decided to back off and take it easy on the bike. But yes, there was a lot more power left to be tapped as I’d just barely grazed about 8500 RPM. Major ass whooping stuff gents! With this little highway jaunt, the bike exceeded all my expectations. And my expectations were nothing short of stratospheric.

Now, I’d be remiss if I did not mention that there definitely were vibrations through the handlebars at around this region. The bike was really peaceful until about 125 kmph, but beyond that it did develop some vibrations that increased with speed. I admit, this did leave me a bit disconcerted, but I was not ready to write it off yet. Fret not my friends, the vibrations story is far from finished. We’ll get to this later. Now, it’s time to let you know categorically, exactly what I think of it and what my experience has been with this gem of a bike so far.

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CBR250R LOOKS, DESIGN, STYLING, ERGONOMICS

Now, this is a very subjective topic, but I’ll give you my two cents worth. To say the least, the VFR250R (yes, you heard me) is a great looking bike, and I absolutely love it. I had the good fortune of seeing it’s cousin, the mammoth VFR1200F put on display in Silicon Honda, and it’s sheer presence just blew my mind. It’s daunting size packaged in beautifully flowing seamless surfaces overlapping one another in keeping with Honda’s new ‘layered’ design philosophy is an absolute treat to behold. The CBR250R in it’s scaled down VFR attire is no less of a treat to the eyes. When viewed from the rear three-quarter angle, the bike looks especially superb in proportion. The layered or floating panels are an original design touch from Honda, and they look as good on the CBR250R as they do on the VFR. The rear cowls on either side of the pillion seat carry the same soft and flowing design towards the back of the bike and they round off the package very well, but it makes me wonder how much better it would’ve been if they were connected around the back to house the tail lamp. Keeping things busy on the leading end, is a nicely designed ‘Y’ shaped headlamp and parking light cluster that once again gives significance to the softness of this bike’s design character. It’s interesting to note that the ‘Y’ shaped front design language is carried across by Honda not only on their motorcycles, but also on many of their concept cars (like the new Brio based MPV concept) and a couple of production cars (such as the 2009-2011 Honda City) as well. Anyway, the bike in itself is beautifully proportioned, and while it may look all big and bullish from the outside, it is a lot more compact than you’d immediately perceive.

CBR front

Once you’re astride the bike, what grabs your attention is a wonderfully designed cockpit cluster. It is so small and tidy that it makes me smile every time I see it. The matte silver flank that touches every part of the instrument cluster is beautifully conceived. What’s contained within this frame is a large central tachometer with a cool blue and black stickering. Under this sits a flattened hexagonal digital cluster which shows you the speed, time, total distance covered, trip distance, fuel level, and engine temperature in ample clarity. At night, this part of the cluster lights up blue in color which gives the whole experience a very futuristic feel.

Honda CBR250R meter display

I do have a couple of gripes about the design though. For instance, the tail lamp, though adequately styled, could have been made a lot more interesting in my opinion. Though it is nowhere near as big as those on the likes of the Karizma ZMR, it did not need to be as big as it is in it’s current form. Something more petite (like the CB1000R), adorned with LEDs, and connected to the rear cowl which in my opinion should’ve continued around the back to from one single piece (like the R15 V2.0) instead of two pieces on either side of the rear seat, would’ve considerably improved the aesthetics of the bike. Another gripe I have is with the exhaust. Though well styled, it sticks out a bit awkwardly from the bike when viewed from a few angles. And the exhaust heat shield, while good looking and well finished, is an absolute disaster magnet. For some reason it seems to get easily scratched or dented without any serious incidents. Weird.

But now, I’d like to address in my words, a question that’s scratching a lot of peoples’ minds – why name it CBR? Why not a VFR? The answer is simple – marketing. Honda made the CBR250R under the banner ‘world-bike’ which meant that it had to be universally acceptable. The CBR is almost a household name all over the world, while the VFR is not, and Honda couldn’t hope to sell their bikes without some marketing adjustments. While I do agree that it is slightly confusing, and even offensive in principle to true blue racetrack enthusiasts, I do not see any reason to raise a hue and cry over it. Sure the bigger CBRs look sharper, sportier, and are meant for the track and not for touring, but this brings me to a cliche’ all of us have heard – ‘What’s in a name?’ – especially when the bike is as good as the CBR250R is and has the potential to be just as great on a track as it’s bigger siblings with a few little modifications. But I digress. We’ll come to that in a jiff.

Honda CBR250R rear-pic

Anyway, how is the CBR to live on, ergonomically speaking? Well, with it’s not too sporty yet not too upright riding position, Honda has somehow managed to make this bike so comfortable, even a 6 foot tall guy like me has no problem adapting to it. I’ve been on two long rides, and even after over 100 km of continuous riding, I did not find a pressing need to get off the seat to shake my bum and find an ice pack for my palms. Great stuff!

All in all, the CBR250R is a very beautiful and impressive looking motorcycle that definitely looks the price you pay for it.

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CBR250R ENGINE, GEARBOX, PERFORMANCE

Now guys, lets get back to a story I left unfinished before – vibrations. Today, I came to office via NICE road. At 145 kmph, there was not a single vibration. None. Nada! End of story. Post first service, all of it seemed to magically vanish into thin air with every ride, and I must say that now this bike just oozes it’s abundance of magic every second you spend with it. It’s getting progressively smoother every time I ride it. Add to this the exhaust note that now has an amazingly bassy growl to it. Menacing, but refined. With the CBR250R, I find there’s always something new waiting to be discovered, and this bike takes it’s time and lets it out in controlled, subtle packages, and if you’re perceptive enough, this bike connects to your psyche and thrills you in ways you couldn’t have imagined.

And now, I feel I must take a couple of minutes to give testament to one of the best things that’s happened in the long and beautiful timeline of automotive engineering. That thing is Honda. There’s a very good and palpable reason why Honda is number one in the world. Their most important trait is not their top notch engineering, but humility, and I find this most appealing about them. You do not see them blowing their own horn and beating their own drum and turning themselves into self-proclaimed best of the best of the best of the industry unlike some companies we know (Cough! Cough! Bajaj! Cough!) just so they can brainwash people, sell sub-standard products, and make loads of quick bucks. They focus on better engineering instead of smart-ass marketing, and their CBR250R is a perfect embodiment of their relentless quest for perfection. There’s no two ways about it. This new 250cc engine from Honda is an absolute gem!

Complimenting this brilliant engine is a super slick, super precise six speed gearbox that’s mated to a light and progressive clutch. The gearshifts are buttery smooth and I haven’t had a single false neutral so far. The only thing I did not like was the angle of the gear shift lever. The front felt a bit too high and I developed some pain in my foot the first few days, so I had my local mechanic angle the gear lever down a few degrees. Now it feels absolutely perfect, and I like how the gearshifts have gotten shorter, slicker, and sportier. Also at traffic signals, you will not have trouble shifting to neutral from either gear above or below it unlike on the the KTM Duke 200 which just refuses to shift to neutral from second gear. Also, the gearshifts on the CBR are tall, so you can hold your throttle a lot longer and enjoy each gear as compared to the Duke 200’s super-short gearing which forces you to shift up gears very quickly and frequently, which personally I found very irritating. Anyway, like the engine, the CBR’s gearbox is perfectly set up and is a piece of engineering delight too.

The mechanicals are great, sure. But how does the bike perform? Well, I do not have the adequate instruments to record how many seconds and milliseconds the bike takes to cross a certain distance, but I can definitely share a piece of my mind and the state it’s in when I ride this bike. The first thing I noticed is that the engine has a very cool duality of character. It’s kind of like a wild mustang running around on plains and rolling hills on a green countryside. On one hand, you have the calm and cheerful side that just likes to trot around and mind it’s own business without any hustle or drama. And then there’s the other side that makes the bike rocket forward like it’s trying to outrun a nuclear explosion. This surge of acceleration is so relentless and addictive that it will leave you shouting ‘wooooooooaaaaaaaah!’ inside your helmet every time you get a chance to open it up. All this action happens above the 4000 RPM mark and it continues all the way to the red line. And that’s when you start appreciating the 25 odd BHPs and the 22 odd NMs of torque, but not as much as you appreciate the manner in which all this action is delivered. The spread of power and torque over 4000 RPM all the way to the red line is thick and is delivered in abundance in every gear. I’m a hefty guy, at 6 feet tall and over a hundred kilos, and with me in tow, the bike managed to hit a top speed of 147 kmph, but I had to slow down because of traffic. I haven’t had the chance to push it that much again, but I felt there was more power left to be tapped, so I don’t think the bike will have any problems crossing the 150 mark even with a goliath like me on board. The performance figures and times, as stated by many magazines and websites all over the world are more than adequate for a 250cc motorcycle running on 25 horses. A 150+ top speed has been unanimously agreed upon, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

It’s also worth noting that the CBR’s performance figures come very very close to it’s bigger, more powerful, and considerably more expensive (in our country) rival, the Kawasaki Ninja 250. With a substantial advantage of 8 BHP over the CBR, you’d think the Ninja would teleport ahead of it a jiffy, but that’s not the case at all. The CBR is lighter and makes a lot more torque lower down in the rev range, and that helps it keep up with the Ninja very very closely. But yes, the Ninja’s top speed is an easy 15 to 20 more than the CBR because it makes a lion’s share of it’s power high up in the rev band. This means that the Ninja is not too friendly in the city, but an absolute hoot on a free highway. The CBR on the other hand strikes a perfect balance between the two. But I can’t help but wonder how the CBR would fare if it made 33 BHP. Sure it’s fuel efficiency would plummet down to the Ninja’s level, but how would it perform? Some aftermarket additions and modifications will answer the question, I suppose.

Anyway, I’m extremely happy with the bike’s performance. Every single ride on my CBR has been an absolute delight so far!

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CBR250R CHASSIS, SUSPENSION, HANDLING

The CBR has some kind of a ‘semi-trellis’ diamond chassis frame which is perfectly set-up for the bike’s needs. One thing I wish was slightly different though, is the softness of the front suspension. While it works perfectly fine in the city, it can get slightly bouncy when you’re riding fast on undulated turns. It is by no measure something that will make you lose control, but it’s still something I definitely wish was harder. But hey, that’s where the great aftermarket world steps in. You could just get a couple of front fork pre-load adjusters that cost a little over 4 grand, and I think you’ll be good to go. Now, the CBR250R is not a track bike. It was not made to be one either. A few magazines and sites take pleasure in comparing it to the likes of the R15 (which was built exclusively for track purpose), and handing it bad reviews because it did not corner well enough. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s just the dumbest thing to do. They call the CBR’s suspension setup soft and soggy, and while I kind of agree with them about the front forks, I think the rear suspension is perfectly set up. On our less than perfect roads, I think that anything harder than it’s present form will make things very uncomfortable. Besides, I haven’t had any problems from the rear when it comes to cornering, even with it set to it’s second softest level. In any case, if you really want to harden it up more, you could just set the pre-load hardness level to 5 from it’s factory setting of 2, and get those front fork adjusters I mentioned earlier.

But one thing that’s worth a mention is how light and nimble the bike feels in spite of it’s 167 kilos of weight. The powerful engine and chassis work beautifully in tandem, and they make the bike feel so monolithic and easy to maneuver. The grippy and fat 140 section Continental tyre at the rear blends into this monolith seamlessly and offers you superb road-grip and cornering composure. Great stuff, really!

To summarize, the setup is extremely comfortable for city and touring purposes, but if you want to go racing with this bike, you cannot do it unless you make couple of small modifications. It’s worth mentioning though, that the track potential of this bike is really very good thanks to it’s punchy engine and super stiff chassis, but with it’s default suspension setup it is meant to excel at something else – touring with a touch of sports and in my personal experience, it excels in abundance in this department.

CBR250R BRAKING

With all the menacing forward motion the bike throws around, there has to be something worthy of it to rein in all the action, and that’s where the Nissin made combined-ABS system on my CBR rides in and shines. Now fellas, this is my advice to you, or rather a strong recommendation. If you’re going to buy this bike, please dig deeper and just go for the full blown ABS version. Another 30 grand is not a big deal, especially if it can save your arm or your leg, or even your life. You may be the world’s most professional and talented and gutsy rider, but there’s not a thing you have to prove to anyone, and especially to yourself. Our roads are far from perfect, and peoples’ riding/driving sense just seems to be diminishing with every passing day, and we’ve reached a point where your life is not completely in your hands anymore. In this light, Honda is offering you this safety net system that works beautifully in bringing you to a clean and perfect stop no matter how hard you jab the brakes. I had this little incident a couple of days back where I was riding on the right lane and some guy in an Alto suddenly decided he had to cut across from the left lane to the right and take a U turn at the junction. I had not much distance or time to react as I was riding at over 80 kmph. Adding to that, there was dust on the road blown in from heavy winds. As I applied both brakes, I could feel the ABS pulsing through the foot lever and I was able to safely swerve out of that lane and out of danger. If you’ve ridden on our roads for more than a month, you’ll know that these little incidents happen all the time, but sometimes, they can transpire in a more serious manner where you may not have any time to react, and that in turn may cause an involuntary panic-braking situation which will lock up your wheels and give you a fall. If you’re lucky, you’ll get away with it with just a few bruises and scrapes. But when you’re riding a bike as powerful as the CBR, you risk getting hurt more seriously. If you’re a stuntman, your choice is easy because the ABS will be useless for you. If you think it’s too expensive, ask yourself, whats 30 grand more when you’re already paying almost six times that amount. If you go around flaunting a badge that says ‘I’m a true biker and I don’t need children’s stuff’, well, I can only wish you the best.

But guys, there is a flip side to this. For those who think that having an ABS system is no fun, I say different. When you know there’s a perfectly functional safety net, if gives you the freedom of mind to push your bike around on road conditions you normally would hesitate to play with, and in my experience, your ride becomes a lot more fun. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s some really cool ammo to have in your arsenal, so I’ll sign out of this section by once again stressing on how perfect, stable, and progressive the braking on my CBR is and how much better that’s made by the presence of ABS.

CBR250R FUEL EFFICIENCY

An extended full throttle highway blast from Mandya to Bangalore gave me a figure of about 30 km/l, but that’s about the only time I bothered to record my bike’s fuel efficiency. This was just a week after I got my bike and well before the first service. Most CBR owners report an increase in mileage after the first service. If I’m not throttling it to it’s hilt, I’m sure I should get over 35, but like I said, I never bothered to check because I was too busy enjoying the bike’s performance. In any case, I think that anything around and over 30 km/l on a performance bike like this is more than adequate.

CBR250R PROS

Here are some things about this bike that I feel are deserving of a special mention or re-mention.

  • Tremendous performance! Punchy, powerful, and refined engine that gets better with use. The way you can turn it from a peaceful pony into a thundering stallion with just a full twist of the throttle is fantastic.
  • High speed stability is stupendous. Riding at 145 kmph with crosswinds all over is not a problem at all. Very well planted motorcycle.
  • Suspension setup is very good as it soaks up bad roads like a magic carpet and still gives you adequate handling for city and touring purposes.
  • Braking is powerful, progressive, and effective. ABS works very well and is an added bonus.
  • Seating is plush and riding posture is very comfortable.
  • Compact size coupled with torquey engine makes this bike surprisingly flickable in tight traffic conditions.

CBR250R CONS

After living with this bike for over a month, I can frankly think of nothing to complain about. But if I were to nitpick, I’d say that I’m not particularly a fan of some design elements such as the tail lamp area, but that’s an entirely subjective and personal matter. Besides, it looks really good, just that I can imagine it being a lot better. I’d also mention the soft, or rather, spine-friendly suspension setup can be slightly un-nerving when you’re trying to turn a fast corner and you will not be too confident leaning it over when you’re in Rossi mode. But hey that’s not really a problem with the bike because it works perfectly well where it’s supposed to, and seeing that the bike is not an out and out sports machine or track bike, and I wasn’t looking for one of those, I wouldn’t have it much different either. Honestly folks, I just spent over five minutes here to think up something else, but it’s next to impossible. Funny that I should say this under the ‘cons’ section, but the bike is just THAT good!

CONCLUSION

It’s not often that a bike of such class, charm, and charisma rolls into our market. The CBR250R is one such bike with a trait that follows the ‘Still Waters Run Deeps’ saying. Not that the bike is a slow sitting duck. Not by any measure. Trust me, there are a lot of people who mistake the softness of this bike for it’s weakness, and when they challenge you to a traffic light Grand Prix, and they will, you’ll have a world of fun thrashing them up and down the road and leaving their loud and obnoxious bikes choking in your dust! If you’re considering not buying this bike because you think or you heard from someone or read somewhere that it’s not exciting enough, you have no idea what you’re missing. But still, it’s your choice in the end and I can respect that, and in this regard, I urge you to test ride every bike you’re considering at least thrice before you make a decision. After a lot of test rides on a lot of competing bikes, I cannot think of any reason why I should or would not have bought this motorcycle. Simply put, it stole my heart. The only other time this has happened before is when I bought my Honda Unicorn seven years ago. To this day, it remains the same beautiful machine I rolled out of the showroom way back then, albeit with a few loose panels and broken plastics that need tending to when I service it next. Anyway, I have not a shred of a doubt in my mind that seven years from now, I’ll look back on this day and feel the same amount of love (or maybe more) for my new CBR250R that I have at this very moment as I write this.

Honda CBR250 Review by Vinay raj

So, that’s about all I have to say about the Honda CBR250R folks. I hope you guys enjoyed my report, and more importantly, I hope you found it helpful. I’d love to hear your queries, thoughts, opinions, feed-backs, disagreements, and anything else you need to share, so please leave your comments so I can read and enjoy too. Think smart, choose well, ride hard, and take care! Thanks for your time!

– Vinay Raj Somashekar.

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87 COMMENTS

  1. what impressed me the most is not just the CBR, but the quality of your writeup and the command of the language. Definitely impressive when someone writes with meticulous precision. Superb review from the core of the heart.

    • What’s there to take offence to? The R1 used to be my favourite motorcycle in the world until about two years back when it was replaced by the Ducati 1198! I can totally understand your sentiment, unless, you mean you’re an R15 fan! 😛

      Even then, there’s no offence to be taken as it is your personal preference. Besides, I love the R15 too. Just a brilliant, brilliant motorcycle.

  2. Vinay,

    A serious, terrific review with due diligence and readability. You must be a Journalist/writer? I always thought of the Honda 250s as bland, since I did my License Training program on the CB250 here, in Oz. Yuor review provides fresh perspecives. The Kawasaki Ninja 250 seems to have better looks and a stronger sport appeal.

    That being said, my commendations for your effort into this review. I currently ride a 200, had brief experiences on 650cc from Hyosung and Suzuki (both were carb models) as well as a Suzuki 250.

    Wishes!

    • Nope! I’m not a writer or anything. I just write stuff because I like it! And since I’m a motorcycle enthusiast, I love writing about them.

      And no, I will not be drawn into a debate about a motorcycle’s looks, because its a very personal and subjective matter! That said, yes I like the Ninja’s looks too.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I’m glad I was able to give you a new perspective about the CBR. Happy biking!

  3. dude, ur a really good writer!! awesome job! keep it up! i would buy it but it costs 250,000pesos in the philippines!!

  4. Hi Vinay,
    I m also planning to buy this bike soon. but I have a little hitch i.e. about lady pillion who weare saree.
    Could you tell us that a lady pillion can comfortably sit on it ?? (specially with saree).

    • Honestly speaking, unless the lady is very athletic, this is not a bike you can use to ferry around a saree clad woman. But otherwise, the pillion seat, though slightly higher than normal bikes, is surprisingly comfortable for everyone.

  5. Its doesnt have a V Engine….So it cannot named as VFR250F…VFR series is a touring bike….CBR 250R is semi sport/touring bike…As it doesnt have a V Engine they named it CBR…

    • And now I’m ashamed for not knowing that little bit of history. I was only speaking from a designer’s perspective, but yes you’re right. Thanks man! 🙂

  6. BAJAJ is an indian company and the reviewer mentality to bajaj is very sad…Honda is making bikes far before bajaj…BAJAJ knows the pulse of the indian market….BAJAJ is trying to improvise with new technology and features…Pulsar 200ns seems value for money bike…but how would you justify the honda to sell overpriced bike with less features hoping the people would buy there bike just because of brand HONDA ….

    • honda bikes are not costly…..they are worth every penny you pay!
      The quality of plastics and engine and other parts are a lot better than bajaj…..
      And just because bajaj is an indian company and gives cheap bikes doesn’t mean every one will buy a bajaj!
      Ask a tourer whether he would chose a cbr or a pulsar for a 1500kms+ tour and you will get your answer!!!

      • we in india dont have tourers..but instead we have commuters here.so ask a commuter what he wants to buy and you ll get your answer.i ride a cbr 150r and i am not a bajaj fan boy.just because you like honda you should not hit at other brands.no offence

      • i have no problem with honda engine brother….they are the best and reliable engine…but they seems to have very bad strategi in india….there service is worst and bike plastic is average…still we have to give lots of money….they are fooling customers….

    • Sorry if I offended you. I’m very passionate about motorcycles, and lets just say that Bajaj’s methods and policies are very offensive to me in principle, and hard as I try, I can’t seem to see eye to eye with them. I don’t want to elaborate more on that.

      And yes, the Pulsar 200 NS seems to be a great bike, and I’m excited to ride it myself. Cheers.

    • @Navaneeth: Even i hate bajaj products now. And yes i can give valid reasons for the same. Please dont see Bajaj as Indian company and Honda as foreign brand. Compare the companies and their products. Honda’s plastics might look cheaper to you. but do you see any honda bikes making rattling noise? or do you hear any grinding noise from Honda engines.

      Since you brought the statement “Indian company” let me tell you that no one hates other manufacturers like Hero, TVS etc as they hate Bajaj. Honda might share technology with Hero, but it is Hero who is manufacturing the product. Do you see any Hero vehicle with low quality parts? they still remain same even decade. TVS quality is improving day by day which is evident in their products. But look at Bajaj. Once they had made Chetak which lasted for decade and even the first generation Pulsar was sturdy enough. But look at the present Bajaj products. They are giving lot of technology but how long does it last? My friend bought a avenger 220, though parked in closed space and cleaned and maintained well, there were rusts all over the bike in less than 4 months. People used to complain the same in RE, but trust me RE is far better than Avenger. Discover/platina during their initial period gives best mileage than competitors, but after years, not only mileage decrease, but the engine also looses its breath and start making noise. What is the use to technology without quality? I still love the old Bajaj products, but i hate Bajaj when I see the current attitude. Honda is not fooling Indians, but Bajaj does. If not how did they attain “the most profitable automobile manufacturer in the world” though they sell their product cheaper for what they offer?

      • Diwagar,

        i too agree with it as bajaj bike engines will not lost long. But they are improving , you should also see how many pulsars they are managed to sell, still pulsar is the hot selling bike in India. they have come up with a beautiful bike Pulsar 200ns with latest technology. this bike is the best value for money.
        on the other side honda is giving reliable engines but we are ending up in paying additional bugs that is too much for its quality, what you will say for this. they are not looking forwards for new technologies they are only en-cashing their brand value which is created long back.

      • These days, who needs bikes that last long? Here people need a fuel efficient bike for maximum 3-4 years use, then throw away and go for ‘newer’ models with ‘latest technologies’. Bajaj excels in this regard, selling cheap products that will last for 2-3 years.

      • Wow Achiever, seriously? I hope you were being sarcastic.

        I guess Mr. Wilde was right. These days, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. It’s no surprise that Bajaj is absolutely milking our market because of that trend.

  7. Nice review, hope Indian bikes also come up with such features with less price tags, so that every one can enjoy the techonology.

  8. Ahmm when i got ma cbr 250r i waz asked to ride it smoothly till 1000 km bt im nt able to copeup with it ….. So do i really have to follow it n i wana know then reason fo it ……

    • Just avoid sudden accelerations and full throttle bursts until you reach 1000 km. Since the engine is brand new, it has to be seasoned first. You’ll probably see a lot of metal dust in your engine oil when its removed during first service, and that’s perfectly normal because it is an indication that the cylinder has been smoothed out and refined from the inside. But you can go fast if you wish. Its really ok to touch the entire RPM range as long as you’re not bursting the throttle open and close every time you accelerate and decelerate.

  9. Nice review there dude. The language, especially is very good and neat.You’re one lucky guy!

    Off the topic, not specific to your review but in general, I don’t know why us Indians always crave for foreign products (Cough! Cough! Honda! Cough!). Just because Bajaj makes VFM doesn’t mean that they’re cheap. Value for Money means “More for less money” and NOT “Less, cheap for less money”.

    Somehow, as with any other product, we’re obsessed with foreign stuff. Just because Honda has a refined engine and the noise is less to our ears we think they’re superior? Unless we stop valuing foreign products more and take equal respect and pride in our own goods, we’ll never go global. If we don’t boast of our own goods, who else will??

    • You don’t know the entire story behind my non-liking towards Bajaj. I’ll probably need to write an article as big as my ownership review to express all of it, but in short, lets just say that I do not like their attitude. Not one bit – reasons be many in number. You’re just assuming reasons for my apparent dislike. I never stated that Bajaj is cheap, now did I? 🙂 Do you also know that I’m excited as hell to test ride the Pulsar 200 NS? Now if I blindly hated Bajaj, why would I feel that emotion? That’s because I hate passionately, but never indiscriminately. Never illogically. Ok hate is too strong a word – lets just say ‘un-like’! 😛

      Trust me, I’m all for pure Indian home-bred R&D, but I really don’t find the need to prove this inclination to anyone by blindly buying products I cannot relate to, and especially so when they come from an organization that cannot squeeze out a drop of humility and respect towards companies that have been their bread and butter for decades before their solo-success. Besides, with Bajaj, it seems like the Pulsar (and only the Pulsar – some nibbles from the Discover too maybe) was their only lifesaver, and more importantly, a ten year long bridge between the Japanese and the Austrians. A risky but successful (again, methods employed in achieving that success – disg***ing, in my opinion) jump between partnerships. But where now, may I ask, is a pure Indian product from Bajaj? It’s funny I’m bringing up the partnership and R&D sharing angle here because that is not even one of the reasons I don’t like them.

      Are they a good business? Good is an understatement – They are magnificent!

      Are they a good example? To me, NO.

      Now I’ll leave you a quote from the movie, ‘The Damned United’ – “They’ve been champions, but they’ve not been good champions.”

      Thanks for taking the time to read my article (seriously, kudos to your patience), and thanks for your compliments too! Thanks even more for allowing me the pleasure of an intelligible discussion. Cheers! 🙂

  10. Hi. Very articulate review indeed. You are lucky to have not faced any niggling issues with the CBR, few owners in Bombay are facing problems with Tyre grip, steering cone and rattling of fairings/instrument cluster. Could you tell me as to how grippy is the CBR on wet concrete roads? Also have you faced any issues with the suspension bottoming out with pillion? What is the max tank range of the CBR? Kindly reply asap. Thanks.

    • No seriously, weird! Was the CBR’s first lot THAT bad? Apart from a few skids on sandy/dusty surfaces, I haven’t met with any of the problems you’ve mentioned. With regards to build quality, the only thing I don’t like is the extreme end of the tail lamp. That black part – it feels cheap. On wet concrete roads, the bike is quite planted and confident, and of course, I’ve never skidded because I have the ABS version. Suspension bottoming out – may or may not have happened, I’m not sure. If its something I did not notice, then I guess its not a problem. And I guess the tank range will vary from rider to rider depending on riding style/height,weight, build/ riding environment/ etc. I guess about 300 km for 10 litres of fuel. But I’m not sure because I never seriously checked.

  11. Hey.
    Nice review. Slightly verbose but good. Regarding the Bajaj vs. Honda debate, I don’t think you’re in the wrong, Vinay. From my own experience, other than the Caliber, the quality of Bajaj products, for some time now, has been suspect.

  12. Mr:Raj,Very Nice review but I dont understand that Guys who have Honda-Yamaha-Hero Honda-Tvs n now KTM Duke talks Bad things about Bajaj,has Bajaj said U GUYS Anything that Buy Our Bikes,before u’ll decided to buy other bike or Some of U Guys Jealous of not Buying India’s Largest and Best Bajaj Pulsar…?

  13. Good review dude… i was very much interested in buying one myself but i have ended up buying a Royal Enfield Classic 350. But nevertheless i’ll be definitly buying a Honda CBR 250R the next opportunity i get… Thanks a heap for the amazing & POSITIVE review… Cheers Man…

    • Well, I’m not sure when your next opportunity will be, but if it’s going to be in the next couple of years or after that, I imagine there will be a lot of other bikes to choose from – Yamaha’s R-Series 250, KTM’s 350 Duke, Honda’s CBR400R, Aprilia’s RS4, maybe a revamped Indian manufactured Ninja 250? Lets see if the CBR will hold it’s own faced with these monstrous arrivals, but I think that the Yamaha might edge out the CBR in many ways, but hey, its too early to tell. For now, the CBR is a bloody great bike to buy! Thanks for reading! Cheers!

  14. Hey…i liked the review very much n made up my mind for cbr…but i hav one confusion ..how much average does ur bike give and do u think the bike is worth its price???

  15. Nice bike… nice review…

    The language is very commanding… but the way it is aligned is boring…. too much inside a single topic… even the conclusion is TOOOOO BIG….
    Dunno fi the alignment is the mistake of the writer or the editor…

    But it took me 10 yawns atleast to finish this….

    Anyways.. happy riding Vinay

    • Thanks! And nope, it was not the editor. It’s all me! I did leave you a clear warning at the start of the review about it’s size, didn’t I? 😀

  16. Should u say ” I’m not a religious guy”??? i’m sure you said it for a Bandha… We want to know only abt the bike…. not abt u stupid a**

    • If you do not want to read about me and my religious inclinations, please, by all means, go elsewhere and read another review. There are a hundred others out there, I guarantee you.

      Also Google,’ Freedom of speech’, and, ‘How to behave on a public internet forum’. I truly hope that helps. Cheers! 🙂

      • i know the reason Mr.Vinay. Just to get more attention you added that line. Why the hell you need the bloody publicity in the name of freedom of speech… i pity the bike really. it’s in the wrong hands 😛 😛

      • You know the reason? Wow, hooray and eureka and congratulations and all that jazz, but do you also know that nobody cares that you know? 🙂

        I don’t know if you realize this son, but my actions are MY business, unfortunately for you and your contorted mind. But I have to say, I’m intrigued. It sounds to me like you have a problem with everything and more importantly with yourself Mr. Venusean. I don’t see how you don’t see that. You strike me as a very unpleasant and unloved fella. What’s the matter? Your mommy and daddy abandon you in a busy market place? You know, I can see why they’d do something like that. Some people are put on this Earth to be ignored, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do right now to you and to your following comments, in fact, I’m going to stop typing right in the midd…

  17. Reading the review was like riding pillion on your CBR for the whole month that you owned it. Very well written, Kudos Vinay !!
    I like to add one more to the cons. The front shock-absorbers on the bike are so lean(probably not even as much as those on an FZ). The front fairing covers most of this, but then they seem disproportionate witht he over all bull and weight of the bike. Dont know what Honda have thought about it.
    How is the quality of serive with Honda?? I have been driving a Yamaha Fazer for 2 yrs now and thinking of graduating to a 250 for a while now. Your review has seriously got me thinking of CBR now !!! Thanks

    • Hey man, first of all thanks for reading! And well, I agree the forks do look a tad bit skinny for a bike this big. In any case, once you buy the bike, all these things take a back seat or a place in the boot because you’ll not even notice them. The service is good, I guess. The people in the showroom where I bought this bike do a pretty good job every time. I’m not sure about the others though, as I can only recant from my experience.

      I’ll be completing 3000 km in a couple of days, and I can only tell you this. If you do go ahead and buy it, you will NOT regret it. Scratch that. You’ll love it!

      PS: I rode a friend’s Fazer last year. Great great bike!

  18. Hey man, first of all thanks for reading! And well, I agree the forks do look a tad bit skinny for a bike this big. In any case, once you buy the bike, all these things take a back seat or a place in the boot because you’ll not even notice them. The service is good, I guess. The people in the showroom where I bought this bike do a pretty good job every time. I’m not sure about the others though, as I can only recant from my experience.

    I’ll be completing 3000 km in a couple of days, and I can only tell you this. If you do go ahead and buy it, you will NOT regret it. Scratch that. You’ll love it!

    PS: I rode a friend’s Fazer last year. Great great bike!

  19. Nice review ,i like this very much. Vinay i think u r a brilliant mind & u had done hard work for this review .you love your bike hondaCBR250R .always use the HELMET .i like bmw bike but i earn low salary so i can’t effort it. vinay give me some suggestion about other bike. bye.

    • Same boat, brother. We all dream of the BMWs, the Ducatis, and the Aprilias man! Someday, we will own one of these bikes as long as our hearts are set on them. It’s just a matter of time, I suppose!

      Thanks for your compliments, and yes, the HELMET is very very important. Saved my life once, about five years ago. And if I am to suggest you a bike to buy, I’ll need to know what your budget is and what your commuting requirements are! Let me know!

  20. I totally enjoyed your review bro. Worth,the time. Btw im also planning to change my bike. Ur review certainly added another dimension to my perspective. Ive read through the comments as well and i agree with your views on,bajaj. I own p200 now and ive had enough. Ppl who say indian motorcycle n stuff ive got a serious qn to ask. Will u put your hard earned money on an indian experiment of a motorcycle or a motorcycle which is available internationally?
    Also about the mags u r absolutely right. The moment a bike is launched they pack up their leathers and off to the budh circuit along wid the r15. They will give u the lap times of some journos trying to become rossi. I dont know when these guys grow up. Btw kudos bro. I like ur blog ride safe.

    • Hahahah, regarding the magazine journos, I couldn’t have said it any better myself! Lol, well said!

      Speaking of Indian ‘experiments’, it’s not like any real experiments are coming from Bajaj. All copied/borrowed technology, cleverly disguised, packaged, and sold under fancy names by Mr. Smartass Marketer claiming to be innovative. TVS is doing some experiments that are worth a notice, but unfortunately, their marketing team sucks.

      I wouldn’t mind putting my money on Bajaj if I feel the product is worth it in terms of quality and longevity. I just don’t wan’t to pay 5 grand less for something that I’ll probably have to dispose off 5 years earlier than I would a quality product, Indian or international. Quality, not quantity. Bajaj is all about the latter.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and more importantly, finding it enjoyable and helpful! Makes me happy that I wrote it. Cheers bro!

  21. Hey dude i liked your review,i am also having this bike ABS version , ut i am facing problem with the cooler in rainy season, its vibrating a lot.

  22. Thanks! And I think you’re talking about the ‘Radiator’. Why don’t you get it checked up at your service center? Maybe the screws/nuts/bolts have come loose at the mounting points.

  23. Hi. Thanks much for the review. I think its different coming from a user than a tester. I dont have a licence yet and was overall considering the Ninja 250r. I have read a lot of reviews of the Ninja and this is the 2nd one for the CBR. I think my heart is stolen. I am only 1.65m and weigh 50kgs. CBR looks havnt stolen my heart, but looks may be deceiving as well. And as per the first review I would say you are spot on. By the way I havnt been on a bike before. Im 39years old and looking for a daily commuter. I travel a round trip of 120km to work and back. I wish i will get the 300km per 10ltr. Thanks, once I get one i will surely write a novice report on the bike, see,for me the competition is only between the 2 bikes, cbr and ninja 250’s so it wont be the hard for me to make up my mind. Thanks again.

    • I really think the CBR looks the part for the purpose it’s built for – Touring. But the surprising thing is how much fun this bike is to ride around in the city as well. The bike has an extremely strong mid-range, so whether it’s city riding or highway runs, you’ll have a blast. I’m nearing 4500 km now, and I’m glad to say that my initial observations on this bike haven’t changed a bit. If anything, I like it even more now, as I mentioned in the conclusion of my review.

      I think for your requirements, this bike is perfect. Commuter + tourer + sports-bike + city explorer – this bike does it all, and all this while giving you a good bang for your buck, fuel efficiency wise.

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad I could help!

  24. by the way, im in South Africa, Johannesburg. I have spent some time in Bangalore in 2005 and now how busy your roads are.

  25. One thing bro,i have a doubt which you’ve mentioned about the mileage.The mileage which you’ve written i.e 35+, is it by driving your bike in high speeds…or is it by riding the vehicle below 60 till few months….?
    Can you please tell me at what speed should i ride to season the engine and till how many months or till how many services should i sustain the bike at low speeds to get the mileage which you’ve mentioned…???
    Thank you please reply soon….!!!

    • Hey man, I never said I got a a mileage of 35+ on my bike. I said that I should get that much if I take it easy, but I never really do. I mean seriously, who would buy a CBR or a Duke and ride it below 60 kmph all the time?

      Even before my first service, I made sure that my bike touches every bit of the RPM band. The only thing I did before the first service was avoiding sudden jerky accelerations. But I once did check with some really easy riding, and I think I got something like 32 kmpl.

      What mileage you get doesn’t depend only on your speed. It depends also on road conditions, rider weight, riding style, and rider experience as well. If you constantly brake too much and too suddenly, or if you keep riding in lower gears, or if you weigh a lot, obviously your mileage will reduce. But on average, and with some sensible riding (combination of fun and economical), you’ll get an easy 30+ on the CBR, like I’ve mentioned in the review. Thanks for reading!

  26. Excellent review Mr Vinay, I really enjoyed reading it ,your CBR 250r looks awesome …………….I am 17 years old and I have booked the CBR150r…….its my first bike………could you please post a review on the CBR150r…….is it a better choice than the YAMAHA R15???…….I want to know your opinion.

    • Thanks man! If you want better initial torque/acceleration, sharper handling, and very sporty riding posture, go for the R15. If you want something that’s slightly more powerful overall, has a better top speed, better mileage, and a more relaxed riding posture, go for the CBR.

      I can’t really tell which is better, because both bikes are good in their own way. It boils down to your preference finally.

  27. Thank you Mr Vinay ……….its good to hear that the R15 and the CBR150 are both good bikes……..I have booked the CBR150 because of HONDA’s reliability and because the pillion seat of the R15 it too uncomfortable……thanks again for your advice.

  28. Hi Vinay,thanks for the wonderful writeup and showing your true passion for CBR!
    Once again i thank you for the support for the CBR loving people,at some point tomorrow i will possess a CBR & looking forward!Cheers

  29. Hi Vinay,

    A very good write up. Me having a passion for writing and been writing and being a part time writer, it was really nice reading it. Very nicely put across and everything is almost spot on. Even I own a CBR for close to one n half year now, and have clocked about 14,000 kms. Well got few suggestions for you:
    1. regards to shocks, yes the stock setting comes with 2nd and weighing in 90’s or above 100, I would suggest you get the shocks to one step stiffer, get it to 3rd setting and you will immediately notice the difference…… A difference for good and more friendly handling. Actually one has to adjust the shocks based on their weight and it shud be calculated. The shocks movement difference between the stand alone bike and sitting on it should be around 35-45mm…… You can just want to chk it by the travel, when you just push the front fork, it should bounce abt 2-3 times and not too much. And anything less or if it just sinks in or doesn’t even make more than one, then you know you have to do the settings. Anywayz the shocks thng got dragged here :), will stop it. Basic is just get the rear shock setting to 3 and it will be good.

    2. Yes as somebody said, break pads needs a replacement before 10,000kms, just keep checking and don’t let the scoring marks show up on the disc, simple.

    Anywayz I have to scroll all the way up again to chk for other point as I’m not able to recollect but def there aren’t anything much :), you have done a FANTASTIC and a very very honest and correct review.
    Oh yes regarding service, I would strongly suggest you or anyone to get it done from showroom itself. Doesn’t have to be CBR only but any vehicle for that matter….. This is totally out of my experience but ofcourse you are the boss of your choice and decission :).

  30. Well I never knew I had d patience, bt ur review is very well layout and I can really get the feel f how proud u r to b d owner of dat bike!!
    And yeah, it helped me to make up ma mind!!

  31. He Vinay..excellent write up. I would say even a person not thinking of any buy will buy CBR once he reads your stuff. Mouthwatering & impressive 🙂

    Now my turn to request your personnel opinion since we belong to same community. I am too a tall guy – 6’3″.
    Is the riding posture really comfortable? How comfortable are the thighs (especially the left) when you keep shifting gear in bangalore city traffic?
    Honestly, i just sold off my new Pulsar220 for its bad posture design. I used to cry with left thigh pain while changing gears…plus a problem of sliding towards front with every brake or slowdown. Again adjust the bump backward.
    The gear lever is so back positioned, tall guy like me need to lift let leg for every shifting…Hell painful man !!

    I am thinking of buying Bullet classic, but somehow I am holding myself for this beauty – CBR.

    I hope you got my point.

    Pls put forth your review / advise.

  32. Hi,
    well the whole write up was good. really very well written. i have this doubt. so please do clarify. i want my cbr 150r to stand out from others so i thought of replacing my airfilter filter with a UNI air filter will that be good or it has some drawbacks?

  33. Hi, Great writing!
    you helped me to decide to go for this Bike, I´ve seen it a couple times and it´s just beatiful, I began riding aboout 10 months ago on a Yamaha FZ16, my first ride, I feel now there´s more to enjoy, I need more to do, to travel especialy and get lost on the city, I just love that…

    Regards my friends, keep riding, keep safe.

    From Santiago, Chile.

  34. One of rarest and finest piece of reviews I have read so far. Till now my mind was juggling between 2 bikes – DUKE 200 and Pulsar 200NS BUTTTT…..now I am going for a test ride of his PONY cum STALLION!!!!

  35. Hello brother could u plz give me ur mobile num actually I am going to buy cbr 250r so want few tips frm u or message me ur num I’ll call u my num is 09990700203.

  36. Dear Vinay,

    I must say a good write up by you. i own a honda CBR from 2011 oct. for first 6 months the bike was riding fine say till abt 6000 kms. since then my bike till date has done 20000 kms but i have been facing numerous problems with my suspension. earlier the problem was that the suspension use to work on its own behaviour working attimes and then becoming non working after hitting a poth-hole….after a peroid of time the suspension had completely bottomed out with me riding pillion…the recent problem with my suspension is that when i go hit a pothhole the bike is throwing me off and the hit is coming directly on my spine with making the bike impossible to ride….for last 4 months my bike has been with honda service center with them trying to figure out whats causing the problem…they have changed n checked the suspension, the pulley attached to it and the kaichi(singham) but still problem is far from solved….ive come to such a scenario where i guess i need to launch a official case against honda or to sell off my bike….i would really appreciate if i could spek to you and if you could gimme some suggestion as to whaT TO DO….my mobile number is 9819515676 or 8879132078

    Thanks n regards

  37. hi buddy,
    First of all ****** nice writeup******. Impressive language to define passion. I own a HONDA DIO, had a VESPA Nv-Spl, a Discover 125 and currently running on Pulsar150 UG4.5 I have completed 14000kms in 9 months. HONDA no doubt is good, but BAJAJ is not something who has that bad engine, they definitely lack good service persons/mechanic. It’s my personal experience.
    I have upgraded my Pulsar (tyre) to 100/80-17 Pirelli (front) and 130/90-17 Pirelli (back), as it tends to bottom out with a heavy pillion rider weighing around 80-85kg with stock tires even at 60-65kmph. Not resolved exactly but something better has happened. Pirelli definitely improved the performance of the bike except the mileage.
    Lack of good mechanic is what I believe kills the bike whatever the brand may be. It happens with HONDA too. I have seen guys ruining good machines as I have a personal experience with my HONDA DIO, CBR is way far.

    Obviously every bike has it’s own good and bad as nothing is perfect. Pulsars of all series have a problem with the chain. In current date all the series of pulsars have problem with fuel meter, even 200NS also. Pulsar is a good commuter or city rider but not a long distance tourer. It’s good till 400-500km touring. As I did personally. But you know sometimes it becomes really tough to make it only on 80kmph in a open Expressway, since going above that it tends to loos it’s breath. So I accepted it not to stress my engine. Even APACHE have vibration problem RE has vibration problem. No offense but I have test ridden this all. As I was looking for a reliable city partner and tourer as well. Also mostly I travel with pillion rider, pillion comfort is also important for me.

    Well looking ahead to graduate to a CBR250R soon. I love the bike. I believe this to be a good city rider and tourer as well irrespective of all the niggles it may have.

    To all riders have a safe and happy ride and remember nothing is perfect how good it may be.

  38. After reading ur write up I changed my mind…I thought of buying r15 or r25…but now its 100% I am going fr cbr250…thank u vinay..

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