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Português Next pages about my Honda CBX 250 Twister: II III IV V
*This motorcycle is exactly the same model of the Honda CBF 250. It is ''Made in Brazil'' since 2001 and exported to many different countries. This model has everything to became a classic in the future. Check current information (as from the 15th of May, 2009) at the end of this page, please.
On the 19th of November 2001 I had to make a hard decision - I sold my Honda C-100 Dream - trustful road companion of almost four years. The time had arrived to get my Twister. It was necessary to decide fast, the Dream would have to give its place to the Twister, as the latter was awaiting for me at the Honda dealer.
Having made the deal, and delivered the Dream to its new owner, I went to MotoFor (Honda dealer in Goiania - GO - Brazil) to get my Twister. I was observing and fancying this motorcycle since its launch in the Brazilian market. Its size and presence (comparable to the Suzuki GS 500 E and to the Honda CB 500), its design, four valve engine and Double Overhead Camshaft (DOCH), oil radiator, 6-speed transmission, monoshock rear suspension on aluminium swing arms, digital instruments and a big size fuel tank for a bigger autonomy when travelling, already had captivated me since the very beginning.
''Official'' photo of the Honda CBX 250 Twister: my new passion.
When revving the engine for the first time - still in the dealer showroom - we realized what we were already expecting: its high level of technology. The engine noise - smooth yet powerful - gave us the impression of a bigger bike.
We had ahead of us four days of intense rains, which contributed to turn the bike very dirty indeed; even before we could proceed our normal routine of waxing and polishing the whole bike, which I normally do to each bike I had so far, before using it for the first time. In doing so it is much easier to get the dirt out later, as the dust and eventually mud and road dirt particles will stick in a previously waxed and polished surface.
The Twister at the car wash - 09/12/2001 - after the trip to Goiás - GO.
I am still in the most wonderful ''honeymoon'' with the bike: it is smooth to drive (my Honda CB 400 from the 80's is coming to my mind frequently), the engine noise is like music to my ears, the driving position is excelent. The seat ''embracing'' the fuel tank reminds me the Honda CX 500 (Paris - 1982), and the handlebar positioning and height allow us to drive with pleasure.
The bike was so dirty that after washing it at the car wash I still had to put four more hours of hard work on it at home.
I'm just waiting for the next weekend to go onto the road again, and consequently to begin the following chapters of my ''relationship'' with the Twister.
Due to the hard work and effort I've put towards washing and waxing the bike, I've decide to make myself a complement (a rubber extension) to the front mudguard - which will protect the higher parts of the engine against spills coming from the front wheel - from the weather elements (rain, mud, loose particles and sand which are normally deposited on our roads surface).
The Twister on the afternoon of 09/12/2001 - T-29 Square, also known as Alternativa Square at Setor Bueno - Goiânia-GO.
Main characteristics noted so far:
Important observations: When driving the first 392 kilometres we achieved an average of 28 km per litre of gasoline. I put a personal target of 30 km per litre as a feasible mark. From then on I've noticed a progressive improvement on the economy / average consumption of fuel.
It is worth mentioning that after the first service on the bike, and subsequently after the following routine maintenance service the bike became more and more smooth. I realized then that I've achieved my goal of getting an average of 30 km/litre on urban traffic and 33 km/litre on roads. This is in my view an excellent result for a 250cc bike.
As we've noticed that our site (in Portuguese) - especially our pages on the Twister - is a referral point for all those proprietors of this model of bike, we took the initiative of turning this information available in English as well.
I had an incentive from my son Amyr to translate into English not only all pages about my Honda CBX 250 Twister - also known as Honda CBF 250 - but in reality all pages of this site. I hope you enjoy my motorcycling history, which has being written up to now by joining many true stories.
Posing for another shot. Shinning chromes and painting after four hours of hard work.
During the time I had this bike I have enjoyed it in every aspect. I did many trips (on the tarmac and on secondary roads without any sort of pavement other than gravel). It proved a very reliable, economical and robust bike, with a superb handling and ready to offer pleasure when driven in many different circumstances.
The tyres have an excellent grip, the suspension copes well with various types of roads, the engine is elastic offering power when asked for it, yet running smoothly most of the time.
When I first saw this bike in the dealer showroom (MotoFor - Honda dealer in Goiania - GO - Brazil) I predicted that this model would be an absolute market success, and in the future would became a classic. Five years on I still have the same opinion, even more now than in 2001.
|Total Km (until 27/01/2003)||Km on roads and highways|
|16 100||5 700|
Until the end of 2008 the Honda CBF 250 was made in Brazil, but due to the Euro III (Promot 3 in Brazil) emissions protocol the production of this model was discontinued in Brazil, and thus its availability to foreign markets. A new model fuel injected is due to be released during the first half of 2009.
On the 15th of May, 2009 Honda finally unveiled at their annual convention, in the city of Manaus - AM - Brazil, the new motorcycles that came to replace the discontinued Honda CBX 250 Twister and Honda XR 250 Tornado (these new bikes are: Honda CB 300R and Honda XRE 300 respectively).
In December, 2009 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Private) Ltd. launched its new motorcycle the Honda CB Twister, 110cc. This motorcycle has a very attractive design, and it was devised specially for the Indian market. But certainly it could be adequate for any market elsewhere.