Honda has filed a patent for a smart key for the CBR250RR. The quarter-litre motorcycle will likely gain this feature with the MY2020 update that is expected to be a mid-life refresh.
Below is what Honda stated in the patent:
By integrally forming the lock mechanism portion and the wireless communication portion, there is provided a steering wheel lock device for a straddle-type vehicle, which can optimize the arrangement position and improve the convenience.
The motorcycle can be unlocked and started when the key fob is in close proximity. The key fob will also feature a "Lock Button" that can be used to lock or unlock the handlebar. A similar feature is currently seen on premium segment motorcycles like the Ducati Multistrada range and the BMW GS series.
Apart from the addition of keyless ignition, the Honda CBR250RR will receive Euro-V emission norm compliance and minor visual changes with the MY2020 update. The visual changes may include new graphics and tweaked styling to the fascia and the bodywork. The company may also implement weight-saving measures to give the quarter-litre model a better power-to-weight ratio. There are rumours about a new instrument panel as well. It would be interesting to see if Honda introduces Bluetooth connectivity, something that's expected in even the next-gen Activa. Mechanical changes, apart from the Euro-V upgrade, may include the introduction of assist and slipper clutch along with a quickshifter.
The current Honda CBR250RR uses a 250 cc parallel twin-cylinder, 8-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 38.7 PS at 12,500 rpm and 23.3 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission and can propel the motorcycle to a top speed of 170 km/h. The motorcycle has a throttle-by-wire system, and it offers three riding modes – Comfort, Sports and Sports+. Full-LED lighting, petal-type discs on both ends, dual-channel ABS, upside-down front forks and five-step adjustable pre-link suspension are some other highlights of the current model.