Honda set a new record for most motorcycles sold in any quarter over the first three months of 2012. The Japanese manufacturer sold 3.456 million motorcycles over the quarter ended March 31, 2012, capping off its 2011-2012 fiscal year. By comparison, Honda sold just 2.934 million units over the same quarter last year. Figures include […]
Honda Reveals NSF250R Moto3 Racebike Specs
$34K for Honda's new 250cc GP bike
Honda has released official specs for its new NSF250R racebike developed for the new Moto3 class which will debut in the 2012 Grand Prix World Championship season.
The Honda NSF250R’s four-stroke single-cylinder engine was developed specifically for Moto3 competition, promising power delivery in the high rpm range. The engine is equipped with titanium valves and uses an offset cylinder with a nickel silicon carbide surface treatment to reduce friction and improve durability.
According to Honda, the engine has a peak power output of 47.6 hp at 13,000 rpm while peak torque is 20.7 ft-lb. at 10,500 rpm.
The inverted telescopic fork and pro-link rear suspension system use the same structure as the suspension system on the 125cc GP-legal Honda RS125R, though the settings are customized specifically for the NSF250R. The frame is as compact as the RS125R’s frame but has a revised rigidity balance Honda says offers cornering and nimbleness that matches or exceeds the RS125R.
Honda plans to begin sales of the NSF250R in December with a price tag of 23,600 euros (US$34,070).