Honda’s CBR250R may be the favored staff errand-runner, but since our last update, it’s also been to another rev-limiter-bumping track day, as well as serving on several long road trips. We added a few items to help it perform better in these varied uses.
No secret its 250cc Single, while tractable and snappy, isn’t a powerhouse in the grand scheme. To help us get a better edge on traffic by allowing WOT upshifts, we installed a standalone Dynojet Quick Shifter ($399.95; www.powercommander.com). The shift-actuator-rod change and simple wiring operation were clearly outlined in the instructions, and installation took less than an hour. DQS works well on the street, but it’s even more fun on the track, enhancing the Moto3-like, chin-on-the-tank, gear-grabbing experience.
Other track-oriented upgrades were swapping the stock IRC tires (not quite worn out at 4038 miles) for a set of Dunlop Sportmax GP Unbeaten 02s ($299; www.dunlopmotorcycle.com). These performed brilliantly on the racetrack and continue to work well in street duties, although, because they are so grippy, they are wearing quickly. Got to pay to play…
To improve braking performance, we fitted SBS 828HS front brake pads ($44.95; www.sbs.dk), which boosted initial bite and overall stopping power versus the less effective but perhaps more beginner-friendly front setup.
And what about staying comfy for those long days on the road? The stock seat is decent, but freeway trips while burning 8000 rpm were a bit taxing on at least one rider’s, ahem, equipment. Looking for relief, we fitted a Saddleman Track CF ($272; www.saddlemen.com), replete with an owner-installed matching passenger-seat cover. The seat’s perineum-friendly, channeled-center design is inspired by bicycle saddles.
The 4000-mile service ($299) involved idle and clutch adjustments, an oil-level check and brake inspection.
|Maintenance costs (including tires):||$642.95|
|Average fuel mileage:||64 mpg|
|Price as tested (2011):||$4499|
|Related content:||Honda CBR250R ABS – Update #1|