Honda CB250R

Coming in new for the Malaysian market is the 2022 Honda CB250R that now features Showa Separate Fork Function Big Piston (SFF-BP).

  • The Honda CBR250R gets new Showa 41mm SFF-BP front forks.
  • The new CBR250RR is available two new colours; RM23,999. 

The ‘neo-sports cafe’ motorcycle finally received a proper update for 2022 after its last revision in 2019. 

The 41mm Showa SFF-BP USD front forks feature a separate damper in one tube and a spring mechanism in the other capable of delivering better dampening performance.

Together with a larger-sized piston, the front-end feel of the motorcycle is significantly improved, thus enhancing the riding experience.

Meanwhile, the rear shock offers a 5-stage of spring preload adjustment.

Other notable improvements include a new fully digital LCD that features a clearer gear indicator than the previous generation. 

Mechanically, the 2022 Honda CB250R continue to draw power from its 250cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 27.2hp @ 9,500rpm and 23.4Nm @ 7,750rpm. 

Other features include:

  • Bosch ABS (dual-channel)
  • slipper clutch
  • full LED lighting
  • 10.1L fuel tank

According to Boon Siew Honda, the 2022 CBR250R is available in two colour options; Matt Gun Powder Black Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red and are priced at RM23,999 (exclude registration and insurance). 

Boon Siew Honda dengan rasminya melancarkan Honda CB250R 2022 untuk pasaran tempatan dengan harga RM23,999 (sebelum cukai jalan dan insurans).

Model ‘neo-sport cafe’ ini menjalani kemas kini bagi tahun 2022 yang merangkumi naik taraf suspensi.

Hasilnya, Honda CB250R 2022 kini didatangkan dengan fork depan 41mm Showa Separate Fork Function Big Piston (SFF-BP). 

Fork terbaru itu meningkatkan lagi tahap kendalian motosikal terutamnya ketika melalui selekoh. 

Sementara itu, monoshock belakang pula menawarkan pelarasan lima peringkat mengikut kesesuaian penunggang.

Bagaimanapun, bahagian enjin kekal sama dengan platform silinder tunggal DOHC menawarkan 27.2hp pada 9,000rpm dan 23.2Nm. 

Kuasa disalurkan kepada tayar belakang menerusi transmisi enam kelajuan dengan bantuan ‘slipper clutch’.

Sementara itu, sistem brek pula dikelola sistem ABS dwi-saluran.

Untuk pasaran tempatan, Honda CB250R ini tampil dengan dua pilihan warna, Mat Gun Powder Black Metallic dan Cany Choromosphere Red.

The Honda CB250R received some mild upgrades for 2022 in an effort to improve the rider’s comfort.

  • The CB250R now features improved Showa USD front forks.

  • The quarter-liter neo-retro motorcycle continues to run on the same 250cc single-cylinder engine.

Currently, the 2021 Honda CB250R is on sale in Malaysia for RM22,999; however, the upgraded model are now available in Europe and Japan.

According to the Japanese motorcycle company, the CB250R now gets a 41mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Front Fork – Big Piston) similar to the one found on the 2022 CB500F, CB500R, and CB500X.

The new Showa SFF-BP improves handling and reaction thanks to a separate function (hence, the name) with the pressure damper in one leg and the spring mechanism in the other.

Other mild upgrades include a revised gear indicator display.

Nonetheless, the Honda CB250R continues to run on the same 250cc single-cylinder engine capable of producing 27.2hp @ 9,000rpm and 23.2Nm @ 8,000rpm.

  • Motosikal Honda CB250R 2019 adalah sebuah model yang disasarkan untuk penunggang baharu dan juga yang berpengalaman.
  • Ianya merupakan sebahagian daripada rangkaian Neo Sports Café Honda.
  • Ia mengimbau kembali keseronokan sesuatu yang ringkas, mudah difahami, dan mampu milik.


  • The 2019 Honda CB250R is aimed at both beginners and experienced riders.

  • It is part of Honda’s Neo Sports Café line-up.

  • It brings back the fun of something simple, easy to understand and accessible.

We always crave for more power, of course. Power, power, power, but it never seems to be enough, does it? However, the 2019 Honda CB250R may just change your mind.

Honda aims the CB250R at both entry-level and more experienced riders alike, featuring all the basic needs of virtually any rider.

Introduction to the 2019 Honda CB250R

The CB250R is styled like its bigger brother, the CB1000R, as part of the Neo Sport Café lineup. The three words Neo, Sport, and Café points to the mix of classic and modern styling cues. In a nutshell, the line-up’s designs aren’t modern retros like the CB11000F, yet not wholly contemporary like say, the VFR800.

So, you have the round LED headlight and steel tube frame combined with multi-angled lines on the fuel tank and modern elements. Consequently, the bike looks unmistakably “Honda CB” but with a twist.

Hard Parts

The engine is a 250cc, DOHC, four-valve, single-cylinder unit. It produces 27 bhp at 9,000 RPM and 23.3 Nm of torque at 8,000 RPM.

Suspension duties are handled by a pair of upside-down forks up front and a monoshock at the back. ABS is standard.

The instrument cluster is fully LCD, while lighting is LED all-around.

Riding the Honda CB250R

The engine started quickly and was typically Honda quiet and so was the exhaust. The tapered handlebar is rubber-mounted, isolating the engine’s vibes from your hands.

But it was quick-revving. A blip of the throttle sent the bars leaping up the tachometer.

Thinking that since it’s a small capacity bike, I gave it lots of throttle and slipped the clutch to get going. It was totally unnecessary because the engine was surprisingly torque for a 250.

In the city, the CB250R’s acceleration was one of the most important points. However, it never seemed to run out of breath and we never hit the rev limiter, either. One usually needs to possess a left foot like the Riverdance dancers when riding small capacity bikes, but not so on this bike. All you need to do is choose a gear and give it throttle.

Speaking of the throttle, the PGM-FI controlled fuel-injection provided smooth and linear response. That’s a boon especially for newer riders and an advantage for veteran riders to apply gas much earlier while cornering.

The suspension action was pretty good, too. Of course, you’ll feel the deeper potholes and sharper bumps, but that’s because the bike is light at just 145kg (kerb weight).

A good suspension test is by charging into sharp corners at high speeds. The chassis never once protested. Full throttle blasts through sweepers? The suspension didn’t wallow.

This is when you discover the joys of riding a lightweight bike like the CB250R because you hardly need to concern yourself with neck artery popping hard braking. Just charge toward the corner, brake earlier, let go earlier and yell BANZAI!as you turn in. And don’t forget to slam on the throttle on your way out.

Being lightweight also means the bike reacts quickly to braking. The radially-mounted front brake caliper gave plenty of feel at the fingertips.

Out on the highway, we were also surprised at how easy it was to maintain a 120 km/h cruising speed without the engine threatening to grenade itself.

Last but not least, it’s one of the very few bikes that our rear seat reviewer (i.e. my wife) liked. She found the seat and suspension comfortable, besides being easy for her arms to reach the fuel tank.


“Aimed at entry-level and more experienced riders alike” may sound like a misnomer, but the 2019 Honda CB250R does exhibit that kind of attribute.

It’s very simple for beginners to understand and you won’t outgrow it quickly too soon because it can perform whatever you command it to. As for experienced riders, this is one bike which reminds you of the fun and convenience of riding a lightweight bike.

Priced from RM 22,999 (basic selling price and not on-the-road), it’s a worthy buy.



ENGINE TYPE Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled
BORE x STROKE 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm
POWER 27 bhp @ 9,000 RPM
TORQUE 23.3 Nm @ 8,000 RPM
FUEL SYSTEM Electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle
CLUTCH Multiple-plate wet clutch, cable actuation
FRAME Steel tubes
FRONT SUSPENSION Upside-down forks
FRONT BRAKE 2x radially-mounted 2-piston calipers, single disc
REAR BRAKE 1X single-piston floating caliper, single disc
ABS ABS standard
TIRES FRONT/REAR 110/70-R17; 150/60 R-17
WHEEL BASE 1,355 mm


  • Boon Siew Honda has launched the CB1000R and CB250R as part of their Neo Sports Café lineup.

  • The two new bikes augment the X-ADV and Africa Twin as part of Boon Siew Honda’s Big Bike offerings.

  • The CB1000R is priced from RM 74,999 and CB250R from RM 22,999 (basic selling price with 0% GST).

Malaysian Honda motorcycles distributor, Boon Siew Honda, has just launched the Neo Sports Café lineup – the CB1000R and CB250R.

The launch event also served as an occasion for BSH to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with members of the media. It is a tradition that BSH has observed throughout the years and to spice things up even further, the media was treated to riding the CB1000R, CB250R, X-ADV and CRF1000L Africa Twin at the Sepang International Circuit.

In his speech, Mr. Keiichi Yasuda, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Boon Siew Honda revealed that the company had received overwhelming response for the Africa Twin and X-ADV – which became the catalyst to introduce the Neo Sports Café bikes.

Safety briefings from both BSH’s riding instructor and SIC’s clerk of course followed Mr. Yasuda’s speech and we were then ushered to the paddock downstairs for a short product introduction and briefing.

The briefing centred primarily around the Africa Twin and X-ADV as they were both with Honda’s proprietary Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The DCT on both bikes could perform as fully automatic, more “aggressive” SPORT auto and manual by way of push buttons on the left handlebar.


I drew the X-ADV on our first trip out. I had ridden this bike around in Pattaya, Thailand and found it to be superb around the congested city. I left the transmission in “D” (for “DRIVE” as in fully automatic just like in a car) while I concentrated on navigating through heavy traffic and throngs of tourists.

Of course, it looks like scooter with some offroad capability thrown in, but truth is, the X-ADV is a motorcycle of a different concept. It’s a bike that’s meant to go anywhere and does it in seamless fashion. Honda’s copywriting blurb says that it’s “A motorcycle that thinks it’s an SUV.”

Since we were given only three laps per bike here at SIC, I decided to just keep in “D,” too. Well, it was also because I kept finding the horn button through my race gloves, instead.

Out of the pits and into Turn One, the X-ADV felt strange initially. It turned out that I was trying to trail brake into the corner.

Anyhow, it didn’t take long to learn the bike and I was already speeding into Turn Five with the throttle held open. But when I let of the gas to set up for Turn Six, the transmission downshifted almost imperceptibly, and I had the right amount of power at the exit.

It was just a seamless piece of cloth as I blasted down the front straight (it’s a 750cc bike, by the way). The brakes were superbly strong as I braked for Turn One. It was as easy as that. The X-ADV touched down its centrestand through Turn Two but there was lots of cornering clearance, overall.

And it’s NOT a scooter!


Just like the X-ADV, I’ve also ridden the ‘Twin before but that one had a “normal” gearbox. The first thing I noticed about this one was the low seat height which took me by surprise.

Then I did a noob thing: I tried to grab the “clutch lever” but it was waaay further than the reach of my fingers. The group was about to leave the pits, so I waved my arms around like one of Caesar’s friends (as in Caesar in Planet of the Apes). The Honda guys ran over and stifled their laughter as they told me, “That’s the parking brake for uphill.” Ooooh-kaaay.

Now, a noob thing #2. I started searching for the gear pedal. The same guy saw it and told me to shift using the up and down buttons on the left switch cluster. I tried dabbing at them with my stiff gloves and found the horn again. So, yes, I decided to leave it in D.

The Africa Twin may have more cc’s than the X-ADV but it got going a lot smoother. The suspension was also much softly damped and I could feel that as I started braking for Turn One. However, while I could feel the rear swingarm moving up and down to cope with the cornering forces, the good news was the bike didn’t wallow like an old KL taxi.

Riding the Africa Twin with DCT was so easy perhaps anyone could do it. Accelerate, brake, turn, repeat.

Through this first experience, I could safety assume that the bike was geared mainly for the dirt, hence the soft suspension. Its power character was also on the softer and smoother side. Not that you couldn’t push it on tarmac, but it kind of defeats the bike’s real mission in life. As for the DCT, it should take the workload off the rider while he concentrates on negotiating the trail.

Please click on the link below for the prices of the X-ADV and Africa Twin.

2018 Honda X-ADV & Africa Twin prices announced! From RM57,999


Now, we’re talking! VROOOM! VROOOOM! Yeah, heh heh. The exhaust note was raunchy enough it could be heard through my Arai and racing earplugs. It’s probably one of the few bikes which the owner doesn’t have to bin the stock exhaust.

The styling was definitely a funky mix of new and old elements, hence Neo Sports.

The engine is derived from an old CBR1000RR Fireblade and has a longer stroke. It produces 143 bhp at 7500 RPM and 104 Nm of torque at 8250 RPM.

In SPORT mode, the bike charged ahead but it did so very smoothly. Its engine braking was equally as smooth without robbing you of corner rolling speed. The suspension and seat were equally comfortable.

Despite being comfy, the CB1000R could be hustled through corners with ease, even at the narrow Turns Two and Four. It flicked over with hardly any steering input.

But it did fly down the straight. Braking hard for Turn One, I was surprised to find a lack of fork dive. I only found out later that the forks are Showa’s new Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP).

I was just starting to have fun when Ahmad Zakhwan, our lead marshal waved us into the pits. Sheesh.


This is gonna be awkward, I thought. I should’ve started on this one instead of the progressively bigger bikes.

But it felt so good to ride a lightweight bike as soon as the clutch went out. The single-cylinder engine revved very quickly without much vibration. Just as the rest I’ve tested earlier, the suspension may be on the softer side but it didn’t mean the bike was going to squirm around.

And since it was so light, I just chucked it into all the corners in a gear too high. The engine was also super smooth for a single and didn’t feel like it was being revved to destruction despite hitting the rev limiter a few times. I had so much fun I actually missed the checkered flag and had to circulate for one extra lap.

But the best thing about it was just amazingly easy it was to ride. Coupled with the low seat height, beginners will find it easily accessible.

In closing, all four bikes were great and showcased Honda’s attention to detail and quality. All panels joined uniformly, the paint quality was consistently good for all four bikes.

But I couldn’t wait to fully review the CB1000R at a later date.


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