Now getting a little long in the tooth, the current model Honda CBR250R, with its single-cylinder engine, has been soldiering on, despite the release of the CBR250RR in Indonesia in 2016. Many readers are, naturally, asking why our neighbour gets this all-singing, all-dancing quarter-litre sports bike, while we settle for less.

We posed this question to Nobuhide Nagata, chief executive officer of Boon Siew Honda (BSH), during the BSH media gathering held at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). Nagata explained that the Honda CBR250RR as it stands is not currently Euro 4 compliant, and this much-awaited sports bike will only enter Malaysia after it has passed homologation.

“This is because Malaysia certification rules are very close to Euro 4, and for us to certify the CBR250RR only for Malaysia will be very expensive,” said Nagata. “So, it is better we wait for the CBR250RR to pass Europe law, then we can bring it here,” he said.

Pressed on the question whether it will be confirmed if the CBR250RR will come to Malaysian shores, Nagata said the chances are good, but a lot will depend on final pricing. “If the bike is too expensive, then it will be difficult to sell, if only a small quantity,” Nagata said.

Currently available only in Indonesia and the Japanese domestic market, the CBR250RR is also scheduled for potential introduction to the Philippines. Those nations have emissions rules that are easier to comply with than Euro 4, whilst Malaysia’s standards are close enough to European limits as to make a minimal difference.

There you have it, boys and girls, the reason why the Honda CBR250RR is not in Malaysia, and not likely to make it much before the end of next year. In the meantime, the current model 2017 Honda CBR250R, relatively unchanged since 2011, retails for RM21,940 in black, with the red and yellow versions going for RM22,258.

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