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Here is a first look at the 2016 Honda CBR250RR – launched in Indonesia recently – at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Coming in as the long-overdue replacement for Honda’s single-cylinder CBR250R, the CBR250RR brings the fight straight to the sports competition in the quarter-litre class, no holds barred, dirty tricks included.

Styling for the CBR250RR is bang up-to-date, with that sharp, angular fairing, and stacked LED headlights, giving the bike a very sinister look. Strangely enough, with all the new styling cues going on here, it makes us wonder if this is very possibly what the replacement for the CBR1000RR – also long overdue for an update – might look like.

Carrying a parallel-twin 249.7 cc liquid-cooled eight-valve power plant, the CBR250RR ticks all the right boxes for performance on the sports side of things. New for the CBR250RR is ride-by-wire, which in Honda parlance gives the rider “total control”. Fuelling is by Honda’s PGM-FI, and there are three ride modes.

Rowing a six-speed gearbox, final drive for the CBR250RR is by chain. The chassis is a steel truss frame affair, welded together with steel mounting plates for the swing-arm.

A non-adjustale upside-down fork does the suspension duties in front, made by Showa while a five-step pre-load adjustable singe shock absorber does the job out back. Braking is with a dual-piston caliper in front while single-piston caliper grabs a petal disc on the rear wheel, while the CBR250RR comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions.

Running with a wheelbase of 1,389 mm makes the CBR250RR look nimble on paper – and we have no reason to doubt this, Honda’s new quarter-litre sports bike comes with a 790 mm seat height, which makes it suitable for a wide range of riders.

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With completely re-designed bodywork, the CBR250RR now comes in a very fetching shade of stealthy matte-black, with very little in the way of graphics save the slashed “RR” in red on the side of the fairings, and a discrete “CBR” on the tail-piece.

The seat is very racing-oriented in style, cut narrow in front to facilitate the rider moving around in the saddle for high-speed corner work. There are cut-outs on either side of the rider’s bum for aerodynamics.

A nice touch is the LED lighting throughout, front and rear. It was a surprise to find the DRL on the Honda CBR250RR doubling as turn indicators, removing the turn signal on a stalk design that is currently prevalent due to Euro-centric design rules for motorcycles.

Pricing for the 2016 Honda CBR250RR has not been officially set as yet, but after a discussion with his superior, a PT Astra Honda spokesperson was allowed to tell us that the official Indonesian price for the CBR250RR is between 63 to 68 million Indonesian rupiah (RM19.5k to 21k) for the non-ABS version, while the ABS model goes for between 69 to 74 million rupiah (between RM21k to RM22k).

There was no word on current availability in the Indonesian market, save that the 2016 Honda CBR250RR is slowly making its way to dealers. So, is this the 250 cc sports bike you want Honda to bring in to Malaysia, to go up against the likes of the Yamaha YZF-R25 (RM20,630), KTM RC250 (RM21,081), and Kawasaki Ninja 250 (approximately Rm22,000)?

Is this the 250 sports bike Malaysia wants, or does it get the 250 it really deserves? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.