Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2010
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This motorcycle is designed to be used only on the road.
Pay special attention to the safety messages that appear throughout the manual. Thesemessages are fully explained in the A Few Words About Safety section which appearsbefore the Contents page.
This manual should be considered a permanent part of the motorcycle and should remainwith the motorcycle when resold.
This motorcycle is designed to carry the operator and one passenger. Never exceed themaximum weight capacity.
READ THIS OWNERS MANUAL CAREFULLY
OPERATOR AND PASSENGER
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All information in this publication is based on the latest production informationavailable at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co.,Ltd. reserves theright to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring anyobligation.No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.
Honda CBR250R/RAOWNERS MANUAL
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The motorcycle presents you a challenge to master the machine, a challenge to adventure.You ride through the wind, linked to the road by a vehicle that responds to your commandsas no other does. Unlike an automobile, there is no metal cage around you. Like an airplane, apre-ride inspection and regular maintenance are essential to your safety. Your reward isfreedom.
To meet the challenges safely, and to enjoy the adventure fully, you should becomethoroughly familiar with this owners manual BEFORE YOU RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE.
When service is required, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best. Ifyou have the required mechanical know-how and tools, your dealer can supply you with anofficial Honda Shop Manual to help you perform many maintenance and repair tasks.
Pleasant riding, and thank you for choosing a Honda !
As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. Thisinformation is intended to help you avoid damage to your motorcycle, other property, or theenvironment.
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The following code in this manual indicates the country.
The specifications may vary with each locale.
The illustrations herein are based on the type.
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Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this motorcycle safelyis an important responsibility.
To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating proceduresand other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potentialhazards that could hurt you or others.
Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all hazards associated withoperating or maintaining a motorcycle. You must use your own good judgment.
You will find important safety information in a variety of forms, including:
on the motorcycle.
preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words:or .
These signal words mean:
Safety MessagesDANGER, WARNING, CAUTION
A FEW WORDS ABOUT SAFETY
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such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions.
such as Motorcycle Safety.
how to use this motorcycle correctly and safely.
This entire manual is filled with important safety information please read it carefully.
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you dont followinstructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you dont followinstructions.
You CAN be HURT if you dont follow instructions.
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LOAD LIMITS AND GUIDELINESPROTECTIVE APPAREL RIGHT HANDLEBAR CONTROLS
LEFT HANDLEBAR CONTROLS
TUBELESS TYRESENGINE OILFUELCOOLANTCLUTCHBRAKESSUSPENSION
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ESSENTIAL INDIVIDUALCOMPONENTS
MAJOR COMPONENTS(Information you need to operatethis motorcycle)
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STEERING LOCKPRE-RIDE INSPECTIONSTARTING THE ENGINERUNNING-INRIDINGBRAKINGPARKINGANTI-THEFT TIPS
HEADLIGHT AIM VERTICALADJUSTMENT
SEATHELMET HOLDERDOCUMENT BAGSTORAGE COMPARTMENT FORU-SHAPED ANTI-THEFT LOCKRIGHT UNDER COWL
OPERATIONFEATURES(Not required for operation)
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SERIAL NUMBERSTOOL KITMAINTENANCE SCHEDULESAFETY PRECAUTIONSMAINTENANCE SAFETY
THE IMPORTANCE OFMAINTENANCE
REMOVAL FROM STORAGESTORAGE
THROTTLE OPERATIONCOOLANTDRIVE CHAIN
ENGINE OILCRANKCASE BREATHERAIR CLEANER
BRAKE PAD WEARWHEEL REMOVALSIDE STAND
FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSIONINSPECTION
DRIVE CHAIN SLIDER
TAKING CARE OF THEUNEXPECTED
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There is much that you can do to protectyourself when you ride. Youll find manyhelpful recommendations throughout thismanual. Following are a few that weconsider to be most important.
Your motorcycle can provide many years ofservice and pleasure if you takeresponsibility for your own safety andunderstand the challenges that you canmeet on the road.
Some drivers do not see motorcyclesbecause they are not looking for them. Tomake yourself more visible, wear brightreflective clothing, position yourself soother drivers can see you, signal beforeturning or changing lanes, and use yourhorn when it will help others notice you.
Its a proven fact: helmets significantlyreduce the number and severity of headinjuries. So always wear an approvedmotorcycle helmet and make sure yourpassenger does the same. We alsorecommend that you wear eye protection,sturdy boots, gloves, and other protectivegear (page ).
Pushing the limits is another major cause ofmotorcycle crashes. Never ride beyondyour personal abilities or faster thanconditions warrant. Remember that alcohol,drugs, f atigue and inattent ion cansignificantly reduce your ability to makegood judgements and ride safely.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETYIMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Always Wear a Helmet
Make Yourself Easy to See
Ride Within Your Limits
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For your safety, we strongly recommendthat you always wear an approvedmotorcycle helmet, eye protection, boots,gloves, trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt orjacket whenever you ride. Althoughcomplete protection is not possible, wearingproper gear can reduce the chance of injurywhen you ride.Following are suggestions to help youchoose proper gear.
Alcohol and riding dont mix. Even onedrink can reduce your ability to respond tochanging conditions, and your reaction timegets worse with every additional drink. Sodont drink and ride, and dont let yourfriends drink and ride either.
For safe riding, its important to inspectyour motorcycle before every ride andperform all recommended maintenance.Never exceed load limits, and only useaccessories that have been approved byHonda for this motorcycle. See page formore details.
PROTECTIVE APPARELDont Drink and Ride
Keep Your Bike in Safe Condition
Not wearing a helmet increases thechance of serious injury or death in acrash.
Be sure you and your passengeralways wear a helmet, eye protectionand other protective apparel when youride.
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Your helmet is your most important piece ofriding gear because it offers the bestprotection against head injuries. A helmetshould fit your head comfortably andsecurely. A bright-coloured helmet canmake you more noticeable in traffic, as canreflective strips.
An open-face helmet offers some protection,but a full-face helmet offers more. Alwayswear a face shield or goggles to protectyour eyes and help your vision.
In addition to a helmet and eye protection,we also recommend:
Sturdy boots with non-slip soles to helpprotect your feet and ankles.Leather gloves to keep your hands warmand help prevent blisters, cuts, burns andbruises.A motorcycle riding suit or jacket forcomfort as well as protection. Bright-coloured and reflective clothing can helpmake you more noticeable in traffic. Besure to avoid loose clothes that could getcaught on any part of your motorcycle.
Helmets and Eye Protection Additional Riding Gear
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How much weight you put on yourmotorcycle, and how you load it, areimportant to your safety. Anytime you ridewith a passenger or cargo you should beaware of the following information.
However, exceeding the weight limit orcarrying an unbalanced load can seriouslyaffect your motorcycles handling, brakingand stability. Non-Honda accessories,improper modif ica t ions, and poormaintenance can also reduce your safetymargin.
The following pages give more specificinformation on loading, accessories andmodifications.