Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: U.S. Rocky Mountain West
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The Takegawa 305cc kit sells for about $300 USD. In addition to the cost of the kit, you would need a good aftermarket programable fuel controller, as well as a quality aftermarket exhaust to take full advantage of the larger displacement of the 305cc kit. Then, after everything is installed you'd want to have the bike dyno tuned to get it all working together. When it's all said and done, you'd easily have spent over $1000 (not including labor) to get that extra 8-10 horsepower... so it's not a cheap proposition. I think most CBR250R owners, myself included, just don't see themselves putting that kind of money into a small bike for several reasons... one major reason being that it doesn't increase the resale value, so you'd never get that money back when you do go to sell it. For me, if I want more power I'll just move up to a more powerful bike... it's a much less costly proposition to get into a bigger bike.
I doubt you will see very many CBR250R owners selling or trading in their bikes for the 300R. There just is not enough of a difference between the two bikes to justify the cost. Besides that, most who move on from the CBR250R after a year or two are moving up to larger displacement motorcycles, at least 500 or 600cc. The CBR300R won't change that... just like the 250R, the 300R will still be considered a entry level sport bike.
There are plenty of brand new 2013 CBR250R's in U.S. dealer inventories right now, as well as in the American Honda Motor Co. distribution warehouses. Some Honda dealers still have a few brand new 2012 CBR250R's (with full factory warranty) available at significantly reduced prices... I've heard of prices as low as $3200 USD for a non-ABS '12 CBR250R. That's an amazing price for a brand new motorcycle.
I know that many of you guys are eagerly waiting for American Honda (and Honda Canada) to make an official announcement regarding the release date for the CBR300R. The latest word on the street is that they won't be available until late spring or early summer, at the earliest. I believe that this is due in part to the current inventory levels of CBR250R's... Honda dealers (and AHMC) want to sell through some of the current inventory before adding the CBR300R to the showroom floors. It only makes sense to do that.
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- Founder Soichiro Honda at the inception of the Honda Collection Hall.
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Last edited by MotoMike; 01-22-2014 at 11:38 AM.