Honda CBR250R Reviews from Australia

1990 Honda CBR250R

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent first bike to learn how to ride and maintain

Faults:

First bike, treated well throughout its life.

* Front fork seals needed replacing pretty soon after I bought it.

* New chain and sprockets at 55,000kms.

General Comments:

No other (or major) problems. The bike is serviced regularly. Always starts first kick - barely need choke most of the time. Responds well and stops effectively. Excellent in traffic, especially if you intend to lane split.

Servicing and parts can be more $ than you'd initially expect, because a lot of the CBR250R's are grey imports into Australia.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

1989 Honda CBR250R

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance679889 kilometres

Summary:

Very fast, very fun, and has good spares support

Faults:

Spark plugs needed replacing.

Fuel pump needed replacing.

Ignition and ECU also needed replacing.

General Comments:

This is my first motorbike. It was given to me in very poor condition by a friend, and at that early stage, was not working.

The main problem was that the electrical system was completely shot, and also the fuel system was also in very bad condition. Admittedly, it had had a hard life before I got it. The bike had been dropped, and it was pretty badly scratched as well.

I believe the bike was hardly ever run, and was left to die quietly from no use under the house of the previous owner. It probably suffered from years of this sort of treatment.

So now, I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel pump relay, ECU, ignition, engine kill switch, filters, spark plugs, some of the fairings, replaced, the brake light bulbs with LEDs, and found a replacement headlight.

The tyres were in near new condition, and are Bridgestone Battlaxs.

Currently, now that the bike is going, it runs well and only has an occasional hiccup while idling at the lights. Given the condition and past history with this bike, I am very pleased it runs as well as it does.

The acceleration is very strong; it handles very well and revs up to around 18-19k rpm. Braking is good with a single front disk, but the newer models (RR's) have two disc brakes at the front. Still, the CBR250R stops in a hurry.

It is not the most comfortable bike to ride, as it is quite thin, but this may be because I'm a fairly large person at six foot.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2007

1989 Honda CBR250R

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance38000 kilometres

Summary:

What else do you want besides more power?

Faults:

Mechanically, apart from normal wear and tear... Nothing.

General Comments:

This was my first bike. Comfortable, economical, popular, cheap and so so reliable... Never skipped a beat. Started every time on cue. The bike did lose power when the spark plugs were ready to be changed, and they were difficult to get access to, but the bike still rode well.

I used to leave it for a week and it will still start first go. Unless you left the fuel switch on and flooded the carby.

Very quick bike, maybe even the quickest in its class, but you will want more power when you become more experienced.

Comfortable bike. I rode for almost 3 hours straight and was still feeling good. This bike also handles well, especially when you learn how to get your bum off the seat.

Brakes are great. Haven't had any problems using the gearbox to slow down as well.

Holds its value well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews