2005 Honda CB250 Nighthawk from United States of America
All you need and most of what you want
Nothing has gone wrong. Stone reliable.
I bought this for my son to learn on. He moved on but I kept the bike. I had one in the early 1990s after I gave away my 450 Nighthawk with nearly 80,000 miles. Back then I commuted 45 miles round trip to work on the 250, so I decided to do the same with the newer one.
It's a comfortable bike, but the seat was low. I added a born-behind-barz gel seat and it fits me better. It accelerated and held 65 MPH, but I switched out the front sprocket to a 15T. It now cruises much more comfortably at 65, and I've even held 75 MPH for many miles. My record so far is 250 miles in a day. I can still walk afterward. Haven't carried a passenger, but plenty of luggage.
I average 70 to 80 MPG, with lower results the faster I go. It hasn't needed any work and I don't expect it will. It's a Honda, after all. I plan on using it for short tours and it's small enough to throw in my van and take with me if I go farther or the weather is bad. I have driven it in thunderstorms and it is remarkably stable. A keeper for a man who will enter retirement soon.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2019