So, it seems the first effects of Yamaha’s latest salvo in the 250cc segment are beginning to appear. Honda has very recently launched an updated CBR250R in Indonesia which comes with a new look and more importantly with a power increment.
However, barely within a few days of the launch of Yamaha R25, Honda has officially announced a price cut of about 2.15 million Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) over the prices which were announced when the new CBR250R was launched only a few days back.
According to a report published on Otomotif Kompas, Deputy GM of Sales of PT Astra Honda Motor, Thomas Wijaya said that they have passed on the benefit of stronger IDR against the US Dollar. Indonesia imports CBR250R directly from Thailand as a CBU (Completely Built Unit). Thomas also said that pricing depends majorly on the exchange rate and a minor consideration is given to the competition.
However, arch rival slashing prices within a few days of the other rival’s bike is something which will definitely lead to suspicion and speculations. Yamaha already has had a bumper start to the sales of R25 as it registered 2800 bookings within 25 hours of it going on sale.
The new CBR250R produces a 3PS increased power output of 29PS and 23 Nm of torque from its 249cc single cylinder engine. It also gets the proper ‘CBR’ looks with those new dual headlamps. In comparison, Yamaha R25 comes with an in-line dual cylinder 249cc 36PS 22.9Nm liquid cooled engine.
Reduced price of new CBR250R starts at Rs 46.8 million IDR against 53 million IDR of R25.
New Price List of 2014 CBR250R
Here is the new revised price list of 2014 CBR250R:
- New CBR250R Red: 46.8 million IDR
- New CBR250R Tricolor (red/white/blue): 47.8 million IDR
- New CBR250 Repsol Model: 48.3 million IDR
- New CBR250R Red ABS: 53.7 million IDR
- New CBR250R Tricolor (red/white/blue) ABS: 54.7 million IDR
- New CBR250R Repsol ABS: 55.2 million IDR
Prior to the price cut, Honda CBR250R started at 48.9 million IDR till 49.95 million IDR for the non-ABS variant and between 56.7 million IDR to 57.95 million IDR on the ABS versions.
*all prices listed here are on-road in Jakarta
So, the first traces of chaos caused by the R25 are easily traceable from Indonesia, however, Ninja 250 is still the sales leader in this segment there till now. We are waiting for a show in India where we have the Ninja 300!