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Honda CBX Twister 250 in India – Here to create an identity of its own





Introduction

HMSI (Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited) is the fully owned unit of HMC, Japan. 2004 saw the inception of Honda in India when they launched Honda Unicorn. Honda’s entry to India was a successful one. Their sales graph in the two-wheeler segment is pretty high with scooters like Honda Activa picking up very well and owned with pride by many of its customers in the country.

Honda recently separated from the Hero Group, but still would be supplying engines to them for a certain time. They plan on going solo with innovative technology of their own. There is a lot of responsibility on Honda’s shoulders to build a new image, create its own market share and compete against newly formed Hero MotoCorp who seem to have taken a different direction in brand marketing too. The bikes and scooters produced by Honda so far have been received very well in the country. Their engines have always been reliable.

The FI (fuel injection) technology incorporated by Honda on their engines are designed for accurate combustion and hence delivers max power, excellent fuel efficiency and is environment friendly too with lesser emission problems to speak of.

There is no doubt Honda are strong in the two wheeler segment in India with their products such as Honda Stunner, Honda Activa and Honda Dio to name a few. The recent launch of the Honda CB Twister yielded a positive response. Honda now seems all geared up to launch the Honda CBX Twister 250 in India. Honda is selling the Honda CBX Twister 250 in many countries including South America, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Europe.

Reports suggest that Honda is planning to launch the Honda CBX Twister 250 in India by October 2011.

Honda CBX Twister 250 in India

Engine

Honda CBX Twister 250 in India is an entry level sports bike. The bike is powered by a 249 cc, single cylinder, four stroke, four valve DOHC engine. The engine is powerful churning a peak power output of 24 bhp at 8000 rpm. Maximum torque produced is 2.48 kgm at 6000 rpm. Transmission is via six speed manual gearbox. Self and kick start options are available in the Honda CBX Twister 250.

Braking and Suspension

Honda CBX Twister 250 is a fully loaded bike. Disc brakes are fitted in the front and drum brakes in the rear to ensure better safety and short braking. Honda CBX Twister in India comes with advanced suspensions. It has telescopic hydraulic front fork and monoshock absorber for the rear with 100 mm travel. Fuel tank capacity of the Honda CBX Twister 250 in India is 16 litres. Wheelbase is 1370 mm.

Honda CBX Twister 250 in India

Styling

Honda has always looked into styling of their bikes in great detail. The Honda CBX Twister 250 in India is stylish like the other Hondas and has an array of cosmetic fill ups to it. When viewing the bike from the front, it looks bold and raring to go. Each time a Honda bike is released, it looks different than the other or rather made to look like a new breed of bikes that would follow it. The instrumentation panel looks very distinctive and unique. The Honda CBX Twister 250 in India comes with five-spoke alloy wheels. When viewing from the rear, the bike looks tapered, sleek and sharp. Step-up seats and a good-looking silencer add up to the existing delight.

The Honda CBX Twister 250 comes with the front fender that is body coloured and the shape of the headlamps is round. The handlebar houses the headlamp cluster and turn indicators are seen on either side. A number of plastic fittings are seen at the front. The image of the bike is further groomed with the fuel tank getting all the needed graphics and design and fitment consisting of strong plastic fairings. The instrumentation panel consists of a semi-digital dashboard, which features twin-pod dials. The instrumentation panel further has a trip meter, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and various other indicators.

Honda still has not disclosed the colouring detail of the bikes, so probably we would have to wait for the exact details this coming October. However, there is news that the Honda CBX Twister 250 would come in yellow, silver and black colours.

Pickup and acceleration of the Honda CBX Twister in India would be a delight for riders. As previously told, the bike is powered by a 249 cc, single cylinder, four stroke, four valve DOHC engine. The engine is powerful churning a peak power output of 24 bhp at 8000 rpm. Maximum torque produced is 2.48 kgm at 6000 rpm. Transmission is via six speed manual gearbox. So, this makes it really exciting to pull off some quick speed trips. Great pickup and acceleration is guaranteed coupled with an effective six speed manual transmission gearbox. The top speed of the bike is expected to be 160 km per hour.

The Honda CBX Twister 250 price in India is Rs. 1,50,000.

Honda CBX Twister back view Honda CBX Twister wheel

Conclusion

The naked mean looks along with a powerful engine and excellent features gives the Honda CBX Twister in India a new name altogether. Onlookers would have a hard time getting their gaze off the bike. Riders would surely have a good riding feel when opening the throttle. With sharper appeals, advanced technology, step-up seats along with good breaking and suspension gives that extra feeling needed when embarking on a long trip. So much is expected from Honda, which I think would be granted in full hopefully this October.

Specifications

  • Engine: Single cylinder, four-stroke, four valve DOHC.
  • Displacement: 250 cc.
  • Maximum power: 24 bhp at 8000 rpm.
  • Maximum torque: 2.48 kgm at 6000 rpm.
  • Ignition: Carburettor.
  • Starting: Self and kick.
  • Fuel type: Petrol.
  • Fuel capacity: 16 litres.
  • Front suspension: Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers (130 mm).
  • Rear Suspension: Monoshock, 100 mm travel.
  • Front brake: 276 mm dia single disc.
  • Rear brake: 130 mm dia drum.
  • Gearbox: Six speed.
  • Front tyre size: 100/80 x 17.
  • Rear tyre size: 130/70 x 17.
  • Wheel type: Alloy.
  • Ground clearance: 180 mm.
  • Wheelbase: 1370 mm.
  • Length: 2030 mm.
  • Height: 1050 mm.
  • Width: 745 mm.
  • Curb weight: 139.7 Kg.

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