Baja Motorsports Phoenix 250 Review from United States of America

2008 Baja Motorsports Phoenix 250

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 2 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 2 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance3200 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1000 Gold Wing

Summary:

Good commuter bike once tweaked properly

Faults:

Wire came loose inside headlight housing, causing the horn not to work.

Front foot peg bracket bolts come loose, and require thread lock to stay put.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is an almost exact copy of a Suzuki Marauder 250. The engine is based on the Honda Rebel 250.

The engine is tuned extremely lean from the factory, probably to meet emissions standards. This makes it very cold blooded and very slow. Changing the main jet from a 98 to a 112 and raising the jet needle one notch makes a huge difference. It's still not as fast as the equivalent Japanese bikes, but it'll do about 65 as checked with a GPS.

The speedometer is not at all accurate. When it reads 65 mph, your actual speed is 54 mph. I installed a digital bicycle speedometer to give me the actual speed.

Front brake is good, but the rear is nearly useless. Lubing up all the pivot points on the brake rod helps somewhat.

The raked out forks make it handle poorly at slow speeds, but once moving it's very stable. Installing wider handlebars helps a lot.

Adjustment of the shifter is critical. If it's a little bit off, it'll be difficult to shift.

Engine runs smooth and quiet.

Oil changes are somewhat difficult, due to the position of the drain plug.

The chain is an O ring type, which is nice on such an inexpensive bike.

Aluminum wheels are nice looking, and there are no spokes to deal with.

Gearing is very low, but I managed to find a rear sprocket with 2 fewer teeth, which made it much better.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

19th Sep 2011, 18:01

I had rear sprocket 33 => 30 installed today. I used "CMX250 and 30T" as search to find part JTR279.30 -- there was no need to shorten the chain (520 type chain). Shifter adjustment highly recommended.

There is definitely too much play in rear brake linkage. Probably need drill larger holes for larger bolts in brake rods linkage, or rebuild brake rods with one linkage rod less.

Speedometer was broken already out of box -- please get a $5 bicycle speedo right away.

The rake angle of front forks could be smaller, but would require very good welding skills to fix. The excessively large rake caused problems when installing a larger 7 inch headlamp; the lamp points upward, and cannot adjust more downwards tilt without touching lower triple tree, or getting longer headlamp brackets - annoying. Safe? Front forks have forward and backwards flex at highway speed 60 mph, which I didn't have opportunity to compare with other motorbikes.

Thanks for the jets 98 to 112 tips, will try it later.

Oil change plug location is difficult, I installed Fumoto valve (12 mm x 1.5 mm) with handle cut off with hacksaw. Baja PX250 with VIN number LUAH (=Hensim HS250CR). Front fork 37 mm, in case anyone is looking for headlamp brackets.

3rd Apr 2014, 11:28

I realize this is post is old, but could you give me a link to the type of jets needed? I'm new to motorcycles and there seem like a lot of types. I know I can just open it up, but even so, are they universal fit or is the Baja going to have something I just can't get anywhere?

I was able to find the sprocket you recommended on Amazon for $18. Thanks.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review