About the bike : After numerous speculations and umpteen anticipations, Honda finally launched its CBR250R, its 250cc sports-tourer. Almost all the specifications and details from the speculations turned out to be correct and the bike hit the Indian two-wheeler’s wish-list pretty soon. Honda, since its inception in the Indian market hasn’t ever been able to shout out to the market with any significant product that has taken the biking scenario by a storm. Although the engine of the Unicorn and even the Dazzler of the present days are known to be very good, Honda could never present a product that was very exciting. With the launch of India’s first affordable 250cc bike, its quite evident that HONDA is aiming big with the CBR250R. Now as soon as the news had hit the market I was kept in a huge state of excitement of its brand name. Now as we got to test our first one, let’s see if it lives up to the expectations from a “CBR”. Maintenance & Mileage : Maintenance issues are yet to originate for this bike, but from its quality of build and items used, maintaining this bike doesn’t seem to be a very difficult dream and it can be done away by most people desiring the CBR250R. Approximate Mileage 28-32kmpl Overall Impression : Now, here it is a bigger sibling for those who were impatient with the R15. The CBR250R is an excellent replacement for the R15 riders as this bike gives amazing smoothness and reliability which is comparable to the Yamaha. The CBR has a bigger mill, better tires and advanced Honda technology to give good return to your money. When comparing it to the Ninja (this comparison is not worthy though), the CBR would be more of a practical bike whereas the green devil would be for the extra-ordinary speed enthusiasts who donot love to have a single glitch in between. The CBR 250R is an excellent Value-For-Money bike and does stand well in its place in the Indian Two-wheeler business. As for its touring capabilities, it is an excellent companion for the long highway bum burners, but for extensive Indian Touring it cannot be awarded a successful Sports-tourer tag. Pros: Very even power distribution Very refined engine Wide tires, enhance stability C-ABS makes it a very safe bike Cons: Gear ratios too long for an exciting ride Compromised pillion comfort Very hard gears Less ground clearance Pricing & Competition : City Price Delhi Rs.1,68,000 (ABS/ex-showroom) Rs.1,43,001 (STD/ex-showroom) Other bikes in the league: Though it is being compared to the Ninja extensively, but the CBR doesn’t stand a comparison to the Kawasaki which is a flawless performer in its class. The CBR is more of a good upgrade from an R15 in terms of power and comfort, however on the technological front, the Yamaha would still be a benchmark.