Yoshimura Chassis Protector Kit Honda CBR250R 2011-2012
Super easy install
Great product - sturdy - super easy install. Look nice - have not "used" them and hope not to really so I can;t speak to durability or performance but they are not made from cheap materials.
June 3, 2013
Easy install, quality product
Ironically, I will hopefully never need these, but I got them just in case. They were very easy to install and they are made out of quality materials. Would definitely recommend.
April 12, 2013
Pricey - But a good product
It's a bit on the pricey side but the quality and finish are top notch as it should be. Instructions aren't the clearest they could be so pay close attention to the orientation of the panel on the bike. It helps if you line it up with the fairing before you place the screws. The screws fight very very tight and it takes a bit of nudging to line them up.
April 8, 2013
You can see where the money went
I shopped around quite a bit for sliders for my CBR250 and settled on the Yoshimura ones. Yes, they're more expensive than a lot of other ones, but once they are installed you can tell exactly where the money went.
First of all, all the brackets are really sturdy, the bigger parts are steel and the smaller brackets are billet aluminum. They look great, but that doesn't matter since it's all covered by my fairings. Another reviewer said that the black matches the bike perfectly and he wasn't lying--they don't just match the black paint, they match the black plastic as well.
I could have installed these with my eyes closed. But, a word to the wise, you will need a torque wrench and a set of allen ends for it.
Once everything is together it looks fantastic and looks like it will protect just about everything on the bike. The sliders stick out just far enough to protect the fairings, but not quite far enough to prevent minor damage to the handlebar ends and the exhaust heat shield (every CBR250's heat shield is scraped, deal with it).
So, is it pricey at around $150? Yes, but you already spent a few grand on the bike, you might as well spend another $150 to keep it looking good in style.
March 26, 2013
The price is a tad steep, but I figure they'll eventually pay for themselves when I don't have to go out and buy a new set of fairings. From what I can tell, this is the only slider set for this bike which doesn't require cutting holes in your fairings. I saw another set that sticks out near the crank case, but those seemed like it would only make the bike 'top' heavy if the bike should ever go over, and end up girding down the tank and the handlebars.
Everything came nicely packaged in a little box. The instructions are (surprisingly, at least for Yoshi) concise and the installation, if you don't run into any hangups (like I did) should take no more than a half-an-hour. Both the sliders, once assembled, have a good weight to them and feel VERY solid. That, coupled with the impressive finish (which matches the black 250's perfectly) on them, helps make up for the $150 asking point.
To install, you have to remove the side panels from the CBR, figure out the correct orientation that the baseplate of the sliders is supposed to attached to the cage of the bike, wiggle these U shaped connectors behind the bars in their proper places, hold the baseplate down, and screw it in. The first slider went on quickly, with no problems, but the second gave me a bit of trouble. On the left side of my bike, one of the hex screws was completely rounded in its socket, so I had to dremmel it out and use a different tool to unscrew it. Afterwards, because of the proximity of the engine and several rubber wires which are nearby, the U brackets didn't want to wiggle into place. And once they WERE in place, they were very hard to 'fine tune'. I tightened most of the screws to the baseplate only to have one give me trouble. This was most likely because the U bracket underneath was misaligned slightly, but it was wedged in there so tight that it wouldn't have moved anyway. After a bit of doing and a little worry about stripping the screw (or crushing something), I left it with about 1/3 tread left sticking out of the plate, instead of all the way in. It's as tight as it can be, and for all intents and purposes, the other five screws are going to ensure that the slider goes NOWHERE. When the fairings were put on, I happily discovered that you can't see the screw (or most of the screws, for that matter) because it's pretty well-tucked under the plastics.
Once on, both sliders are VERY secure. No, really. I tried kicking them and they feel like they've been welded to the frame. I have very little doubt that they will perform well in a slide.
February 24, 2013