Honda CB250 Nighthawk Review from Australia

1997 Honda CB250 Nighthawk

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres


Nice little bike, I miss it and the times we had together


Nothing went wrong with this bike.

General Comments:

I really liked this bike, you could chuck it about go off-road or on nicely. It had good fuel economy, although not so good compared to modern bikes, maybe 280-300km a tank (tank is 16 ltrs if I remember). People complain about the power, but I thought it was just right, considering the simple and bulletproof design of the engine, its 20bhp pulling its 125kg body was just about right. Not too powerful that a learner would lose control easily, and not too gutless that it wouldn't own city cruising. It is after all, a city bike.

I took this bike out of the city on a few occasions, once on a 600km journey up and back around 900km (I got lost going up). Overall, my back wasn't worse for wear, and I enjoyed the ride very much. I also took it into the hills quite often, and always enjoyed myself. You could wring its little neck for the power you wanted, and it would always be ready for more punishment.

I will however, say that the front suspension seemed a bit soft for tight and fast corners, but you just need to understand its limitations. The technology, after all, is very simple and sturdy, and softer is better most of the time anyway.

I miss my CB250; a nice little package.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2010

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 1 review