Honda VTR250 Review from New Zealand

2003 Honda VTR250

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance22500 kilometres


Excellent learner and workhorse bike


Indicator bulb blew. Nothing else has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Great learner bike, very forgiving, excellent handling.

Great commuter bike, very economical, good brakes, including rear.

32bhp, not bad for a 250cc.

I kept this bike when I upgraded to a 750 for another 5 months. On one ride (other bike being serviced), mostly twisties, my friend couldn't keep up with me.

Top speed 140kph, but easy to 120.

Clunk into first and you're good to go.

Tank range 13 Litres for 300 kms.

Get some Pirelli Sport Demon tyres. The best tyre for these bikes.

This bike was killed when a car driver turned in front of me, $10,000 damage! It was a very sad day.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2010

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review