Until now, our list of Ten Great Beginner Bikes was littered with cruisers, dual purposes, one sole sportbike-- Kawasaki's Ninja 250R... but Honda's just-announced, all-new 2011 CBR250 offers a fresh option for sport-oriented newbies.
The CBR250R is powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 249cc single (as opposed to the Ninja 250R's carbureted mill), and is mated to a six-speed transmission. The 359 pound package has a seat height of 30.9 inches, and unlike the Ninjette, will have the option for ABS (which adds only 9 additional pounds of weight.)
Price is TBD at the moment, but the bike will be available in Spring of 2011, and hopefully we'll be able to swing a leg over and provide a review soon.
Until then, here's a photo gallery of the 2011 Honda CBR250R which, incidentally, bears more than a passing resemblance to the big bore VFR1200F sport tourer. And to see more new Big Reds, check out our 2011 Honda Buyer's Guide.
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