Kawasaki KX250 Review from Australia

1997 Kawasaki KX250

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Previous motorcycleYamaha XT600


It's a fun, exhilarating ride, every time


The rear shock absorber blew out in 2006 after doing a 12M jump.

The kick starter bolt keeps coming loose, even with a longer bolt, thread glue & heavy spring washer.

The exhaust seals at barrel don't seal for more than 2 rides.

The rear inner tube punctures when pressure is dropped below 16PSI, even with a heavy duty tube.

General Comments:

This bike has been a wheel spinning, wheel standing power house from day 1.

Mine has a performance muffler, reeds, piston, & it leaves all standard 250's behind.

It does have a bad habit of stripping tyre tread, even on a hard terrain tyre, in 4 hours of riding time.

These bikes handle well & when set up properly for the rider, & are very reliable when maintained correctly.

Bolts will loosen with age as vibrations increase, but the use of thread glue on threads stops this.

It's a good cross country bike too, when gear ratio is lowered, & handles the extra load of a higher ratio (47 tooth rear), for open track, but does delay power band characteristic.

They are a well engineered bike & they are a pleasure to work on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2008

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review