1997 Honda CB250 Nighthawk
Nice little bike, I miss it and the times we had together
Nothing went wrong with this bike.
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