2006 Honda CBX250
Unbelievably good value, and super cheap to use and maintain
Headlight bulb stopped working at 5000km. Other than that, not a single problem.
I bought my bike in June 2013 with 1700km on the clock when it was 7 years old. The previous owner used it briefly and then left it to gather cobwebs.
I was skeptical buying a bike that stood for so long, but I am fairly good with servicing and repairing bikes myself, so I took a gamble that seriously paid off. I also bought it for a steal (ZAR14000), whereas new ones are almost ZAR38000 now (May 2014).
I mostly use it for commuting 44km per day, but recently took it on a two week, 3500km solo trip from JHB to Cape Town and back. Long story short, the CBX250 was 100% reliable and consistent throughout the trip. Cruises comfortably at 110 - 115km/h, and got it up to 145km/h for brief periods, but fuel consumption and comfort were compromised at higher speeds. It's comfortable enough for 9 hours riding in a day, and I never experienced any discomfort at all.
I averaged 32km/l on the trip, with about 20kg luggage in saddlebags, which I think is amazing.
I do all servicing myself and takes less than 2 hours and ZAR100 to complete the service. I will use this bike for as long as it lasts, since it saves me an hour a day in traffic, and a small fortune a month in petrol. Super easy and rewarding to ride. It's no surprise I see so many of these in my neighborhood
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th May, 2014
I purchased my 250 CBX in 2011 and have put just short of 6000km on the clock. What a marvellous bike, I live in Durbanville (South Africa) and regularly go on ride of 300km through the magic Western Cape mountains. It has never let me down and happily goes along at 110 km/h. Fuel consumption is a miserly 28 km per litre.