While Malaysia still gets the previous generation Honda CBR250R quarter-litre sports bike, PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) has released the 2017 Honda CBR250RR Special Edition “The Art of Kabuki” in Indonesia. Dressed in a Kabuki, or traditional Japanese dance-drama, motif, the CBR250RR Special Edition was presented to the public at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2017.

Taking the vivid colours used in Kabuki make-up, the CBR250RR sports a red frame, black shock absorber and asymmetrical paintwork on the wheels – black in front and white at the back. This special edition machine commemorates the first anniversary of the launch of the Honda CBR250RR, where paultan.org had a first look.

Only 100 units of this special edition will be produced, and sold through PT Astra’s Honda Wing dealer network. “The world premiere of Honda CBR250RR has been waits by sport bike enthusiast and rewrites the new market of supersport 250cc. We are optimist this unique special edition appearance increase emotional bonding with their bike,” said AHM marketing director Thomas Wijaya.

Carrying a 249.7 cc liquid-cooled eight-valve parallel-twin power plant, the CBR250RR pumps out 36 hp at 12,500 rpm and 23.3 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. New for the CBR250RR is ride-by-wire, which in Honda parlance gives the rider “total control” with fuelling by Honda’s PGM-FI, and there are three ride modes.

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

Braking is done with single callipers front and rear, the front disc being a 310 mm diameter unit clamped by a dual-piston calliper and the rear disc measuring 240 mm with single-piston calliper. Seat height is set at 790 mm, and weigh is claimed to be 165 kg for the base model, and 168 kg for the ABS version.

Fuel for the CBR250RR is carried in a 14.5-litre tank and top speed is claimed to be 179 km/h. As for pricing, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR Special Edition “The Art of Kabuki” is being sold, ex-Jakarta, at a price of 70.825 million Indonesian rupiah (RM22,744).

Meanwhile, the standard model options for the 2017 Honda CBR250RR come in non-ABS and ABS flavours, with four colour options. Pricing for the Anchor Gray Metallic and Matte Gunpowder Black models are 63.525 million rupiah (RM20,399) for non-ABS while the ABS version goes for 69,525 rupiah (RM22,326).

Further up the price list are two colour options, Honda Racing Red which comes in non-ABS and ABS versions at 64,125 million rupiah (RM20,592) and 70,125 million rupiah (RM22,519), respectively. The Honda CBR250RR Repsol Edition comes with ABS only, and is priced at 72,375 million rupiah (RM23,241).

Meanwhile, Malaysian Honda 250 fans have to make to with the 2017 Honda CBR250R single-cylinder, while waiting for the upgraded CBR250RR. What do you think? Should Boon Siew Honda bring this mean machine in as soon as possible, at a reasonable price?