Although their big-boy range is far from hardcore, I really can’t understand why Honda has tagged its 250 with the iconic CBR badge. It has no resemblance to the bigger bikes at all. That said, it does everything you require from a learner-friendly ‘sportsbike’. The whole ride is far smoother and more intuitive than the Ninja, and the CBR is super-stable – as long as you’re not chasing Valentino Rossi around the Mountain course. That’s never going to happen, so it’s never going to be an issue for most. But I struggle to get anything from the ride, even when the bike on the next page is a few quid more.
Al’s verdict 6/10