Honda Hornet 250 (CB250F)

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Honda CB250 Jade

The naked Honda CB250F Hornet was first introduced in January 1996 as a replacement for the Honda CB250 Jade. The motorcycle was produced and sold only in the domestic Japanese market and was not officially supplied anywhere. In 2014, Honda introduces the Honda CB250F of the same name, based on the modern 1-cylinder model CBR250R. Models Honda CB250F Hornet (1996-2007) and Honda CB250F (2014+) have nothing in common and are completely different motorcycles. In this review, we only refer to the Honda CB250F Hornet (1996-2007).

The model is also known as the Honda Hornet 250.

The motorcycle was based on the engine from the sports model Honda CBR250RR, which is an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled unit producing 40 hp. power and almost 24 Nm of torque. Despite some changes and tweaks to increase torque in the low and medium speed range, the motor is high-revving, showing maximum performance at 11000-13000 rpm. The timing is also noteworthy, the drive of which is carried out by means of gears. This solution was not new for Honda and was actively used on many models of the VFR, VF series and the CB-1 model.

Another important feature of the Honda CB250F Hornet are the wide wheels taken from the sports model Honda CBR900 / 919RR Fireblade - 130mm and 16 'at the front, 180mm and 17' at the rear.

In general, the Honda CB250F Hornet model has standard equipment and characteristics for Japanese motorcycles of this configuration and class: a steel frame, suspension in the form of a conventional telescopic fork and mono-shock absorber, a 4-piston front brake and a 6-speed gearbox.

The Honda CB250F Hornet was available on the market until December 2007, after which production was halted without further development. The reason for this was the next update of environmental emission standards, which the motorcycle ceased to comply with. According to the company's calculations, the costs of developing the model and bringing it in line with the new requirements turned out to be too high and overlapped all profitability.

Older models of the Hornet series:

The main competitors of the Honda Hornet 250 in the class:


Honda CB250 Hornet
Honda CB250 Hornet
Honda CB250 Hornet


Specifications Honda Hornet 250:

ModelHonda CB250F Hornet
Motorcycle typeroad
Release year1996-2007
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume249 cc cm.
Bore / stroke48.5mm x 33.8mm
Compression ratio11.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC gear driven, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 4x Keihin (VP03 / VP05)
Ignition typefully transistor
Maximum power40 hp (29.4 kW) at 13000 rpm
Maximum torque23.53 Nm (2.4 kgm) at 11000 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size130 / 70ZR16
Rear tire size180 / 55ZR17
Front brakes1 disc 296 mm, 4-piston caliper
Rear brakes1 disc 220 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension36mm telescopic fork, 125mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 128 mm
Length2045 mm
Width740 mm
Height1055 mm
Wheelbase1415 mm
Saddle height760 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h5.3 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity16 l
Motorcycle weight149 kg - dry

166 kg - equipped

Fuel consumption

The officially declared fuel consumption of the Honda CB250 Hornet is 3.12 liters (32 km / l) per 100 kilometers (at a speed of 60 km / h). Average fuel consumption, according to the owners, is 5-6 l / 100 km.