and its sister
The Tornado is the on/off-road version in the new 250cc category of Honda in Brazil (By new I mean: 250cc DOHC, four valve, six speed engine). This is an interesting bike principally for light off-road, despite the fact that this bike has been undergoing tough tests in many competitions such as the Paris-Dakar rallye.
The Tornado, me, Carlos and my Twister, in front Foto Studio. Caldas Novas - GO, 11/05/2002. I was paying a visit to Carlos in the day I was completing 32 Years of Motorcycling.
My friend Carlos Alberto Filippelli has a special passion for trail bikes, and then the Tornado got his attention. He bought a brand new Tornado at the beginning of 2002, and did a "short distance trip" on it.
He left Caldas Novas - GO alone, in March 2002, and simply rode 17.000 km (Caldas Novas - Ushuaia (Patagonia) - Caldas Novas). His trip was fine, and he had no trouble at all according to his report.
Different concepts with the same powerplant. I still prefer my Twister: for its design, fuel autonomy, comfort, etc.
His bike had an average fuel consumption of 22 km/litre, had a back tyre changed and didn't have any problem in all trip. However he acknowledged the fact that if he had ridden the first 1.500 km accordingly to the owner's manual prior to do this big trip, he would have a less noisy engine. And certainly the overall performance of his bike would be much better. When he revved my bike's engine and compared with his bike's engine he could differentiate clearly how superior mine was, concerning smoothness.
Although many people think that modern vehicles already come from the assembly lines ready to be used in any circumstance, and regardless of any extra care, I don't think this is the case. In my view, specially with motorcycles where you normally have higher rpm levels than in car engines, it is recommended that you ride the first 1.500 km, at least, with care. It is wise to follow the owner's manual hints and recommendations, and above all use your common sense. I always had special care towards the brand new motorcycles I owned, and in return I always had a much better than average performance from them. As simple as that !
By extra care I mean all the necessary procedures to assure you have in the future an engine that performs well all the time, with low internal friction and consequently less noise, with lesser fuel consumption, with more reliability, and that achieve a higher than usual mileage. Here we have to take into account the oil changes, oil filter changes at recommended intervals, the maintenance services whenever necessary, the use of original parts, etc.
I express my opinion here embased in the fact that I coud get the best performance possible from the 7 motorcycles I bought brand new so far: 6 bikes from Honda, I hit the road with all of them in the first 1.500 km at least (ML 125, CB 400, XL 125 S, CBX 200 Strada, C-100 Dream and CBX 250 Twister), and a bike from Sundown (Hunter 90).
Achieving my goal: from the 10.000 km onwards, in reality after the 6.000 km maintenance service, I noticed that my Honda CBX 250 Twister is more and more smooth and economical. I am really pleased with this bike. On the 27/07/2002 I went to Brasília - DF to the Motorcyclist Day meeting.
Juliano and Chico (from Anapolis - GO) with our bikes. Morning of 28/07/2002. Brasilia - DF.
I left Goiania early in the morning, and alone I rode through the 220 km between my home and the local the event was hosted. Driving within the 80 to 100 km/h bracket I could get an average consumption of 33 km/litre. When returning to Goiania in the afternoon I got the same. This made me happy !
Juliano, me and our bikes: Honda Twister 250 cc, Suzuki GS 500 cc and Yamaha XT 600 cc.
On the 18/08/2002 I returned to Brasilia - DF, this time with my son as a pillion passenger. I was carrying a big bag attached to the fuel tank. I tried to drive similarly to what I described earlier, but revving sometimes a little bit more, reaching the 110 km/h, then I could get an average of 30 km/litro, the same result was obtained the following day when we returned to Goiania - GO.
My son Amyr in front of Jeriva restaurant, in Abadiania - GO. Goiania - Brasilia road (BR-060) on the afternoon of 19/08/2002.
All the comments I did with my friends and family, about my goal of getting averages of 30 km/litre or even plus, became reality.
Selling my Twister: On the 27/01/2003 I sold my Twister. I did it half-heartedly, as I still was on my "honeymoon" with this bike (despite the 16.100 km clocked after 14 months).
Some important decisions concerning life in general, career, my kid's education, and the search for new horizons forced me to make this hard decision. But in the near future I hope being riding another bike, in new adventures. See y'all soon !
English surprise : at the beginning of April 2004 the Honda CBX 250 Twister came to the British and European markets as the Honda CBF 250. For my surprise I saw a big outdoor advertising this bike in Bristol. I contacted Honda UK just to check the full history. They told me this bike was Made in Brazil, and Honda UK and Honda in Europe was importing this bike, that I knew much about.
I became happy to see that some things work well in Brazil, despite the fact that we are sometimes forced to leave the country, by the economic situation, in order to have better profissional perspectives elsewere. At the same time immediately came to my mind the fact that we are able to compete in many technological areas such as: the vehicle industry, the airplane industry, and other relevant fields.
I came to Bristol flying in a Air France plane, a EMB 145 jet Made in Brazil by Embraer, and some days later I see an outdoor advertising a Brazilian motorcycle as a big novelty, the very same model that I rode since 2001. So, such is the world...
(Until the end of 2008 the Honda CBF 250 was listed within the Tradicional Bikes, 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 300 R and Honda XRE 300 respectively). The following link, within Motonline site, brings the first info on these new bikes produced by Honda motorcycles in Brazil: