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Honda CBX 250 Twister
The Honda CBX 250 Twister is branded as a commuter bike, but I think it can
be much more than that if you let it take you in to itís unique and special
The speedometer stops at Hondaís claimed top end of 160km/h but the actual GPS measured top end is 145km/h. This means that you could take it on the highway, but itís not advisable due to the sluggish acceleration above Ī 110km/h and the lack of any form of wind deflector. Thankfully the 0-100km/h is quite decent with a claimed 8.5 seconds, although Iíve noticed that from 80-100 the acceleration slows a little.
It comes with many features that some smaller bikes donít come with, such as
an electric starter, a semi-digital instrument panel, and a 2 piston 240mm disc
on the front. The back is stopped by a somewhat antiquated drum, but it provides
enough stopping power. Optional extras can include a centre stand and heated
handgrips. Technologically there is a mix of old and new, with a rear monoshock,
aluminium frame, and the other aforementioned items accounting for the new; a
drum brake and carburettor accounting for the old.
The design is that of a typical standard or naked form, without any front
panels or plastic. On the sides of the tank there are small hard plastic
fairings which add to the aesthetic appeal of the Honda. The seat is a single
moulded piece and is quite comfortable, but it tends to make the rider sit just
a bit too far forward, meaning one must make a conscious effort to sit a bit
back as itís more comfortable that way. The back end is quite stunning and flows
beautifully, itís a pity they didnít style the front with the same flair.
reasonable person tries to avoid like the plague. The reason the CBX 250 is
so great in these areas is due to itís naked design and 140kg weight, itís
extremely narrow and on many occasions I have found myself able to lane-split
between cars that many other riders had to wait for due to the tightness being
like a nunís chastityÖ Okay, bad analogy but you get the point, it was tight.
I really like this bike a lot, itís nippy in traffic, light on fuel,
affordable, styling is good especially around the back, and maintenance is easy.
It comes with great features to make your life easier, it isnít intimidating to
new riders but at the same time even more experienced riders will be able to
have some fun with it.