God, I hate Honda. I really do.
It’s only a few days away, and they’re gonna launch the Honda VTR250…
… in Thailand! Arggg!!!!
But why not here in Indonesia? Hell, it’s not as if there wouldn’t be any demand; there surely would.
And I’d be the first to put my name down on the waiting list!
But so far, the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers – with one notable exception, Kawasaki – have failed to come up with the goods. For them, the Indonesian motorcycle market is just a huge “mass market” of seething mediocrity, meaning they only produce and sell girly little bebek (duck?!!!) motorcycles (which strangely enough are mostly ridden by guys) and relatively low-performance men’s motorcycles like the Honda Tiger and Yamaha Scorpio.
Yet will things change? Well, possibly. Because now that the AFTA (Asia Free Trade Agreement) has been signed, Indonesia can no longer impose ridiculously high import duties on motorcycles made in other Asian countries – as was the case in the past.
This is what has made it possible for Kawasaki to launch the high performance Ninja 250 on the Indonesian market (made in Thailand, the Ninja 250 is a very quick bike with great looks).
But will Honda buck up the courage and follow in Kawasaki’s footsteps? Well, speculation is rife that they will, and some pundits have even said that Honda might manufacture the VTR250 in Indonesia rather than import it from Thailand!
Not that I am holding my breath…
Honda VTR250: essential specs
Engine and transmission
Engine type: 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, 90° V-twin
Displacement: 250 cc (15.28 cubic inches)
Cooling system: Water cooled
Power: 29.91 HP (22 kW) @ 10500 rpm
Torque: 22 Nm (2.24 kg-m) @ 8500 rpm
Throttle: Cable operated
Gear box: Manual 5-speed
Wheel base: 1405 mm
Seat height: 775 mm
Weight 161 kg
Fuel capacity: 12.4 l