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1993 Honda CB250 Nighthawk from United States of America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance17600 miles

Summary:

Moves from A to B with no frills

Faults:

All of the turn signals needed to be replaced after my fifth year of ownership because of my neglect, not because of abuse or faulty workmanship. The bike was parked inside a hot garage for about one year and the plastic mounts simply crumbled, flaked and fell off. I purchased after market turn signals for $50.

The battery has been replaced once. $50.

Both tires have been replaced once. About $70/each.

Speedometer stopped working at about 3500 miles. Speedometer cable was replaced $25 and that fixed the problem.

The seat developed a small tear and has grown to about 3 inches.

I have replaced the spark plugs twice. $4/each x 4.

The flasher fuse has been replaced once. $2.00.

Replaced mirrors with square aftermarket. $15/each.

The headlight has been replaced once. $60. The low beam died on the original so I just kept the high beam ON all the time until it too finally died.

General Comments:

I am the second owner. It used to belong to the city and used by the police to patrol downtown. The dealership warned the city the bike would be too small, so they returned the bike and upgraded to the Nighthawk 750.

The bike does not have an oil filter. It simply uses a small net-like mesh filter about the size of a US five cent coin. I should probably change the motor oil more frequently than every 3000 miles, but I don't.

I put gas, check the tire pressure (sometimes) and go.

The engine is a very simple 234cc air cooled design. It just works, but, I do not feel comfortable getting on the freeway. I weigh 220 pounds, have a 31 inch inseam and am 5'8". The bike begins to struggle once it reaches 60mph. The fastest I have ever gone on the bike is 65mph with a strong back wind helping me.

Surprisingly, the bike rides smoother with my wife riding on the back. She weighs about 150 pounds.

I believe this is the only bike in production that still uses drum brakes front and rear. The brakes are its weakest link.

The bike has been very reliable. I keep telling myself I will buy another bike as soon as this one dies on me, but I don't it ever will.

The seat is comfortable for about half an hour, and then my rear end begins to hurt.

I never mess with the preload rear shock suspension setting. I just leave it on the middle setting.

I average about 220 miles before I need to switch to reserve. I think I can probably get 250 miles before I empty the tank.

My longest tour was 200 miles one way and it took about three hours. Four hours later I made the return trip. I will never do that again.

I experimented with a fairing at one time. The engine noise was emphasised. The fairing did its job, but it was too hot in summer. I took it off and never used it again.

I have considered a used Honda ST1300 but, may just settle for a lightly used Suzuki Burgman 650. :)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2008

2006 Honda CB250 Nighthawk from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired2500 miles
Most recent distance6500 miles

Summary:

Great starter bike and good in-town commuter

Faults:

Transmission is clunky when changing gears, especially when up-shifting. Occasionally, when up-shifting, it will fail to catch the new gear and will slip back into the current gear, which is not a welcome surprise.

Also, it is very hard to get neutral, especially from first.

The lock on the storage cubby did not last more than a few months.

General Comments:

An excellent in-town commuter bike, gets great gas mileage (80+ in the summer, 75 or so in the winter).

Adequate power for 55-mph freeways, but power begins to drop off around 60 mph. Around 65 mph you get the feeling that the engine is about to explode.

Essentially, it behaves like what it is: a 234 cc standard. Corners better than a cruiser, but not as good as a sportbike. More comfy than a sportbike, but not as comfy as a cruiser. I dig the ergonomics of standards over cruisers or sportbikes - sitting up high to get a good view of the road and a better feeling of control over the bike, but still sitting upright and relaxed.

If Honda still made a Nighthawk in the 400-500 cc range, it'd be my choice for a replacement. Since I expect this bike to run for a while, maybe they will by the time this one dies. Until then, I'll just have to stick to surface streets and downtown freeways.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

17th Apr 2008, 01:19

I owned one of these for awhile, and followed up with a CB 250 Rebel. Both bikes essentially have the same power plant and transmission. Neither one is going to get you up to highway speeds very quickly, I was doing better than 100 miles a day on mine and I have to say it really starts to wear on you after 30 minutes or so. The only major complaint I have regarding the 250 Honda's is their size and the anemic throttle, it's difficult sluggish on acceleration beyond 50mph.

Overall, though both are great bikes to learn on and to have for short trips, for anything beyond 40 miles in one sitting, I'd suggest a bigger bike or driving a car.

5th Jun 2008, 13:14

I ride a 1999 250 Nighthawk on a 34 miles round trip, to and from work every day on the highway, and don't have any problems shifting or accelerating with power to spare. I live at a fairly high altitude, and compete with large trucks and SUV'S for space and recognition, so this is important to me. I am only 5' 2" and weigh 145 lbs., so this bike is a good fit for me.

The Nighthawk is extremely reliable, easy to ride and cheap to insure.

This is a perfect bike for low cost commuting and quick jaunts. It was never meant to be a touring bike.

7th Sep 2008, 19:00

I purchased a 2008 Night Hawk 250 in June. I love the bike and it's great on gas. 90 plus miles to a gallon. I too have problems shifting from first to neutral. Sometimes from second to neutral.

3rd Oct 2008, 22:28

I don't own this bike, but I can say the single 26mm carb will limit the acceleration a bit. I had a CB350 years ago and it had dual carbs. I imagine some sort of jetting kit or even a larger carb would make it fly.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews