Kawasaki ZZR250 Review from New Zealand

1990 Kawasaki ZZR250

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance11700 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB250N


Fun, smooth, great bike


Nothing major has gone wrong with my ZZR, but I have ridden it hard, on some long runs and to work most days.

Now the engine seems to be a bit noisy and she has lost a little power. I would love to know what the noise is about.

General Comments:

She has pretty good acceleration.

She has awesome handling and is very light to be flicked around.

She is a comfy ride.

Has a good all-round look.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th January, 2007

22nd Jan 2007, 14:54

With regards to the noise, is it a loud rattling noise, mainly noticeable at tick over? If it is, then it is the timing chain. Easy remedy is achieved by resetting the tensioner and then releasing it. If this is of no success, then a new timing chain would need to be sought.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 1 review