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Honda Launches The New XR250 Motard Sport Bike

Tokyo, April 18, 2003 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the introduction of the XR250 Motard, a new sport bike equipped with an easy-to-manage, powerful, air-cooled single-cylinder 250cc 4-stroke engine that delivers exceptional on-road driving performance. The XR250 Motard goes on sale Saturday, April 26th.

The XR250 Motard is based on the XR250 off-road sport bike that underwent a model change in February this year. This new on-road sport model has 17-inch aluminum wheels (front/rear) and road tires, giving the bike a "Super Motard"* image.

These modifications assure the XR250 Motard nimble handling and improved maneuverability when riding around town. The bike features a black body color scheme emphasizing a powerful look that will appeal to street bikers, who ride mainly in urban areas.



Body color: Black

*Super Motard:   A bike race that has recently become popular, mainly in Europe, featuring off-road bikes with small-diameter wheels and on-road tires that compete for speed over asphalt and dirt surfaces.


XR250 Motard
XR250 Motard


Annual domestic sales target: 1,000 units


== Main Features of the XR250 Motard ==

Powerful and dynamic exterior design
The XR250 Motard is fitted with 3.00x17-inch and 3.50x17-inch (front/rear) wide-rim wheels equipped with 110/70-17 and 130/70-17 (front/rear) wide on-road tires. The combination of small wheels and long-stroke suspension achieves a striking, new exterior design. The sharp looking tank shroud and upswept design of the rear fender augment the bike's dynamic appearance. The exterior expresses an overall feeling of power by virtue of its black body color highlighted with silver stripes.

Combination of off-road bike design and small-diameter on-road tires generates a fresh handling feel
Combining a slim, lightweight off-road bike design with small diameter on-road tires provides comfortable handling distinguished by on-road agility and a tenacious road-holding feel.

Inverted front forks for exceptional handling stability and ride comfort
The front suspension employs a 43mm diameter inverted cartridge type fork tube, achieving both comfortable handling and outstanding shock absorption.

Seat designed for comfort
The two-tone black and gray seat features a slim design to facilitate rider body movements, together with a broad rider contact patch for assured comfort. Seat height is set 20mm lower than on the base XR250 model, enabling riders to assume an optimal position for on-road use.

Digital CDI unit ensures optimal ignition timing
A digital CDI unit is employed for high-precision ignition timing optimally matched to throttle opening. Digital CDI boosts power at low throttle openings, giving riders easier control of the engine.

Effective anti-theft equipment
Anti-theft protection includes a sturdy combination lock ignition key cylinder and pre-wiring for an alarm kit*, sold separately.

* The alarm kit consists of an anti-theft system that sounds an alarm if the bike is rocked or moved.


Specifications

Model Name
XR250 Motard
Model Type
Honda BA-MD30
L x W x H (m)
2.110 x 0.790 x 1.150
Wheelbase (m)
1.425
Ground Clearance (m)
0.2400
Seat Height (m)
0.855
Vehicle Weight (Kg)
134
Dry Weight (Kg)
120
Number of Riders
2
Min. Turning Radius (m)
2.2
Engine Type
MD17E (air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder)
Displacement (cm3)
249
Bore x Stroke (mm)
73.0 x 59.5
Compression Ratio
9.3:1
Maximum Power (kW[PS]/rpm)
21[28]/8,000
Maximum Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm)
25[2.6]/7,000
Fuel Consumption (km/)
40.0 (60 km/h low-altitude driving)
Carburetor Type
VE88
Starting
Self-starting type
Ignition
CDI battery ignition
Lubrication System
Pressure feed (dry sump)
Fuel Tank Capacity ()
9.7
Clutch
Wet-type, multi-plate and coil spring
Gearbox
Constant mesh, 6-speed return
Gear Ratio 1st
2.769
  2nd
1.882
  3rd
1.380
  4th
1.083
  5th
0.923
  6th
0.814
Differential (primary/secondary)
3.100/3.000
Castor Angle (degrees)/Trail (mm)
25°15’/71
Tire Size Front
110/70-17 M/C 54H
  Rear
130/70-17 M/C 62H
Braking System Front
Hydraulic disc
  Rear
Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front
Telescopic
  Rear
Swing arm (Pro-Link)
Frame
Semi double cradle