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Honda unveiled the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, and since then rumours have been flying fast and furious about whether this concept motorcycle is the pre-cursor to the CBR250RR, Honda’s small displacement replacement to the CBR250R.

Reported to debut in the middle of 2016, little is known about the CBR250RR, aside from that it will have a parallel-twin engine displacing either 250 cc or 350 cc, depending on intended market. Indonesian site tmcblog.com has reported that this pocket rocket will have a fly-by-wire throttle, making it a first from a major manufacturer for a small engine.

While 250 cc motorcycles with EFI and electronic throttles are not new, especially in prototypes and racing, its installation into a small engine such as this is perhaps a harbinger of things to come. An electronic throttle will allow the integration of a whole slew of rider aids and controls, previously the provenance of superbikes, race track weapons and other high-end motorcycles.

The redline is reported to be a stratospheric 14,000 rpm. High rev limits are not new to motorcycles, with the 1985 Yamaha FZ250 Phazer turning the dial all the way to 20,000 with its tiny inline-four.

In this case, Honda are eschewing the the laid back nature of the twin in favour of squeezing as much performance as possible of the engine.

Other features of note on the concept bike are a possible aluminium swingarm and trellis subframe. If released, the CBR250RR will be going head-to-head with the Yamaha YZF-R25/R3, Kawasaki Ninja 250R/300R and KTM RC250/RC390.