Something interesting popped up on one of the Indonesian blogs I had been following for R25 coverage. Reports are that Honda is working on a new 250cc V-Twin. Now I know that Honda currently uses a 250cc V-Twin in their VTR250 sold into Asian markets but I think a case could be made that this engine should find its way into the CBR250R/CBR300R.
This new 250cc V-Twin is said to put out 34.5 hp @ 11,000 RPM and 15.9 lb-ft of torque @ 10,000 RPM. Which would put CBR much more in line with Ninja 300 and R25 in terms of power figures and rev band. Now its also not just about power figures and marketing, I spoke with a guy who is a licensed MSF instructor and he was saying that they found the CBR250R's to be ill suited for beginners. Power coming off idle comes on too abruptly and people have had issues with figuring out clutch control, he said the bike was not overly quirky that someone with experience could make it work flawless, but for a beginner that is just not the case.
Now we know singles make tons of power and grunt down low but is that exactly the best situation for a rookie? Compare the dyno sheets for CBR250R and Ninja 250.
The CBR clearly works its way up the power band faster than the Ninja but the Ninjette delivers its power in a smooth linear format. If you watch this video of the VTR250 dyno run and compare the sheet to the Ninjette's you will see delivery is on par.
Now of course there is no discounting what Honda is capable of with a 250cc Single as evidenced by their work in the Moto3 class, but thats racing. I just have to figure that a smooth and linear powerband would be far more on par with what the entry level rider is seeking, not to mention power clear and present through out the power band for the more experienced of the bunch!
This is of course pure speculation so go easy