Until now, Honda built the VTR 250 as a Japan-only model, but the word is out that they plan to sell it in Europe as well starting with the 2009 model year. This is the first picture available of the new model year and it comes accompanied by serious suspicions in what concerns potential upgrades.
For instance, the engine is sure to remain the same 90-degree, liquid-cooled V-twin with 4-valves per cylinder, but will most likely get an improved Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system. This determines the airbox to be moved underneath the gas tank so that the bike would retain the overall slim appearance.
In what concerns the trellis frame, this is expected to remain the same as on the 2008 model year sold in Japan and so are the suspensions, wheels and brakes.
The instruments panel remains the same only in appearance because in essence digital is the main word. They also intend to make the naked bike practical so offering decent underseat storage space sure helps if intending to cut in the 250cc scooters slice of the Japanese market.
Colors available will be Silver, Red, Black, Blue and Yellow and the new bike is expected to make an entry in Europe by autumn.