Honda VTR250

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Honda VTR250
HONDA VTR250 2003 Pearl Shining Yellow.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Interceptor 250, MC33
Production 1988-1990, 1997-
Predecessor Honda VT250 Spada
Class Naked bike
Engine 4-Stroke, 4 valves per cylinder, 249 cc 90° V-twin DOHC
Bore / stroke 60 mm × 44 mm (2.36 in × 1.73 in)
Compression ratio 11:1
Power 23.9 kW (32.1 hp) @ 10,500 rpm
Torque 23.5 N·m (17.3 ft·lb) @ 8,500 rpm
Transmission 5-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, chain drive
Suspension 41mm showa telescopic fork (front), direct-link monoshock with preload adjustment (rear)
Brakes Single 296mm disc, 2 piston caliper (front), single 220mm disk, 1 piston caliper (rear)
Rake, trail 25°30', 96 mm (3.8 in)
Wheelbase 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Dimensions L: 2,040 mm (80 in)
W: 720 mm (28 in)
H: 1,050 mm (41 in)
Seat height 760 mm (30 in)
Weight 141 kg (311 lb) (dry)
Fuel capacity 13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal)
Oil capacity 2.4 L (0.53 imp gal; 0.63 US gal)
Turning radius 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)

The Honda VTR250 is a 90° V-twin motorcycle produced by Honda that has so far had one major revision. The original VTR250 was a faired model sold only in the USA and Canada from 1988 to 1990. The current model VTR250 is a naked bike, produced from 1997 to the present, available only in the Asia-Pacific region, and for 2009, Europe.

Generation I[edit]

1990 Honda VTR250

The Honda Interceptor VTR250 was sold only in the United States from 1988 to 1990, with moderate changes occurring over the three model years. With a 249 cc four-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin engine and a six-speed transmission, VTR250 was the smallest of Honda's Interceptor line of motorcycles.

The 1990 model had a 17-inch front wheel and the front disc brakes were external.

Generation II[edit]

2009 Honda VTR250

Introduced in 1997, the newer VTR250 has been compared to the Ducati Monster in appearance, with a trellis frame, V-twin engine aligned transversely, and initially a similar instrument layout, with no tachometer. The transmission was also changed, from a six-speed to a five-speed. The 2009 model VTR250 saw the first major design changes since the instrument panel update in 2003, which added a tachometer. With a redesigned rear end and midsection, the 2009 model also has electronic fuel injection.[1][2]

The VTR250 is widely sold in the Asia Pacific region but not in the US. While currently difficult to obtain in European countries, the 2009 model VTR250 will be imported to Europe.[1] It was officially imported into Australia between 1998 and 2007, with the 2009 model being reintroduced mid-2009.

Specifications[edit]

All specifications are manufacturer claimed as per specific model owners manuals and workshop service manuals, except as stated,

Year 1982-83 1984-85 1985 1986 1987-89 1989 1997-99 2000–2002 2003–2008 2009-
Model VT250-FII (VT250F)MC08 VT 250-FII (Integra) VT250F special edition
(VTR250 Interceptor)
MC15
Spada VT250L
MC20
VTR250
(VTR250W)
MC33
VTR250
(VTR250Y)
MC33
VTR250
(VTR2503)
MC33
VTR250 (EFI)
MC33
Engine Type /
Configuration
Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, petrol, DOHC, V-Twin 4-stroke - 8-valve
Liquid-cooled
DOHC 90°V-twin
4-stroke - 8-valve
Liquid-cooled EFI
DOHC 90°V-twin
Body type Fully faired & naked Semi-naked & naked Fully faired Naked
Displacement 247.81 cc (15.122 cu in) 249.95 cc (15.253 cu in) 249.34 cc (15.216 cu in) 247.81 cc (15.122 cu in) 249.95 cc (15.253 cu in)
Bore and Stroke 60 mm × 44 mm (2.4 in × 1.7 in) 60 mm × 44.2 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in) 60 mm × 44.1 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in) 60 mm × 44 mm (2.4 in × 1.7 in) 60 mm × 44.2 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in)
No. of cylinders 2 (V-twin)
No. of valves 8 (4 per cylinder)
Max Power Output 35 PS (26 kW) @ 11,000 rpm 40 PS (29 kW) @ 12,000 rpm 32 PS (24 kW) @ 10,500 rpm
Max Torque 21.5 N·m (15.9 lbf·ft) @ 10,000 rpm 25.5 N·m (18.8 lbf·ft) @ 9,000 rpm 23.5 N·m (17.3 lbf·ft) @ 8,500 rpm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Ignition / Starting Transistorized / electric Full transistor / electric firing Computer-controlled fully
transistorised with electronic
advance / electric
Fuel Delivery 2x 32mm Keihin carburettors 2x 32mm Keihin VD10F 2x 32mm VD10 carburettors Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system
Transmission 6-Speed, constant mesh, chain and sprockets final drive 5-Speed, constant mesh, chain and sprockets final drive
Primary reduction ratio 2.821
1st gear ratio 2.562 (41/16) 2.733 (41/15)
2nd gear ratio 1.850 (37/20) 2.000 (38/19) 1.800
3rd gear ratio 1.478 (34/23) 1.590 (35/22) 1.375
4th gear ratio 1.240 (31/25) 1.333 (32/24) 1.111
5th gear ratio 1.074 (29/27) 1.153 (30/26) 0.965
6th gear ratio 0.965 (28/29) 1.035 (29/28) na (no 6th gear)
Final reduction ratio 3.214 3.176 2.928
Front Sprocket 14T 17T 14T
Rear Sprocket 45T 54T,51T 41T
Chain type 520 O-ring
Rake / Trail 26°70' / 91 mm (3.6 in) 26°30' / 97 mm (3.8 in) 26°05' / 100 mm (3.9 in) 25° / 96 mm (3.8 in) 25°30' / 98 mm (3.9 in) 25°30' / 96 mm (3.8 in)
Front Suspension Air-assisted telescopic Air assisted
Telescopic with anti-
dive adjustment
Showa 35mm Telescopic,
130mm travel
37mm telescopic,
120mm travel
Showa 41mm telescopic Showa 41mm telescopic
Rear Suspension Pro-link air assisted monoshock Monoshock with preload adjustment Monoshock with preload adjustment Monoshock with preload adjustment
Front Brakes drum Single or Twin disc,
2-piston calliper
drum Single disc, 2-piston calliper 296mm single disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brakes drum single disc
Front tyre 100/90-16 54S 100/80-17 52S 110/70-17 54H
Rear tyre 110/80-18 58S 120/80-17 61S 140/70-17 66S 140/70-17 66H
Fuel Capacity (total) 12 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.2 US gal) 14 L (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal) 13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal) 11 L (2.4 imp gal; 2.9 US gal) 13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal) 12 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.2 US gal)
Reserve fuel 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.2 L (0.48 imp gal; 0.58 US gal) 1.9 L (0.42 imp gal; 0.50 US gal) 1.5 L (0.33 imp gal; 0.40 US gal)
Oil capacity 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.4 L (0.53 imp gal; 0.63 US gal)
Dry weight 153 kg (337 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 155 kg (342 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 153 kg (337 lb)
Wet weight
Gross weight 322 kg (710 lb) 319 kg (703 lb) 243 kg (536 lb) 263 kg (580 lb)
Length 2,027 mm (79.8 in) 2,028 mm (79.8 in) 2,030 mm (80 in) 2,010 mm (79 in) 2,040 mm (80 in) 2,080 mm (82 in)
Width 750 mm (30 in) 730 mm (29 in) 715 mm (28.1 in) 720 mm (28 in) 715 mm (28.1 in)
Height 1,190 mm (47 in) 1,185 mm (46.7 in) 1,140 mm (45 in) 1,020 mm (40 in) 1,050 mm (41 in) 1,055 mm (41.5 in)
Wheelbase 1,385 mm (54.5 in) 1,370 mm (54 in) 1,380 mm (54 in) 1,410 mm (56 in) 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Seat height 760 mm (30 in)
Ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 in) 150 mm (5.9 in) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Turning ratio 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Fuel economy 40 km/L (110 mpg-imp; 94 mpg-US)
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h) 111.85 mph (180.01 km/h)
Standing ¼ mile 13.5sec @ 83 mph (134 km/h)
Place of Manufacture Japan
Market availability USA Japan and Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ets-Hokin, Gabe (2009-04-15), Revised Honda VTR250 Roadster Announced for Europe, archived from the original on Apr 28, 2009, retrieved 2009-05-01, Another one for the cool-bike-we-can't-get-here files: Honda announced a revamped VTR250 naked-sports-standard for the European market. The new model, a revised version of the Japan-only VTR that's been on sale since 1997, gives yet another option to European motorcyclists looking for a fun, inexpensive and sporty machine. We probably won't see it in the U.S. 
  2. ^ First Look: 2009 Honda VTR 250, /02/2009 in articles, archived from the original on 1 May 2009, retrieved 2009-05-01, Expect to see the new VTR250 in Europe next year CHECK OUT this, the first pictures of the all-new Honda VTR250. Currently, there's no details from Honda about the latest pictures, but it's clear that the hugely popular little bike has been given a pretty major make-over for this year.  Check date values in: |date= (help)