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2010-12-08 11:40

NEW LIVERY: Honda tuning specialist, Mugen, tweak a CBR250R

Honda tuning company Mugen has turned its attention to motorcycles - check this beefed-up Honda CBR250R.

Applying one’s tuning talents to a 250cc package isn’t common in the western markets usually much more preoccupied with chunky, large- displacement engines.

In the East, where the market is saturated with buzzing 125cc bikes, a stonking 250cc is a much more logical move. That’s also part of the reason why this model will only be available in Thailand.

Honda’s relationship with Mugen is legendary but while the tuning company’s name is generally associated with Honda cars, Mugen has now turned its attention to one of Honda’s motorcycles – the CBR250R.

A sporty colour scheme makes the Mugen’s nature clear - black and red livery that extends to the seat covering and the alloy rims, which sport a red line with Mugen script.

In addition to the sportier colour scheme, the Mugen has an improved exhaust muffler which, Mugen claims, boosts power and gives the 250cc bike a gruntier sound. A new windshield better protects riders.

The Mugen bike also benefits from the same combined brake system and anti-lock brakes as the standard model. Sad, but the liquid-cooled 249cc DOHC engine is unchanged - and still mated to a six-speed transmission as on the standard bike.
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