2007 Honda CB250 Nighthawk from United States of America
Great starter or 2nd bike
Just fixed and cleaned from the previous owner.
I wanted a second smaller lighter bike to ride to go with my ST1300.
Found this one with 3k miles and got it for $1300. Needed the carb cleaned, fixed a few minor things, etc.
Mods for more power: It's really lean from Honda. I've got a 118 main with a 38 pilot now. 1 washer under the needle. Stock air box snorkel removed and several holes in the airbox lid. Stock filter. After removing severe bluing from the pipes, they now don't even try to blue. Unaltered mufflers. Don't know what power you'll get from altering mufflers, but I don't want the noise. Intake noise is already increased.
Up 1 tooth on the front sprocket. 7% less RPM. Just seemed geared too short.
Valve adjustment: really simple and the best power is at .002 in. on both valves. I found them at .006 so they appear to grow with wear anyway.
Remove spark plug wire resistors then open the gap to .035 in.
With the above mods I've got more power, it's smoother, cooler running, no hesitation, quick cold starts, can take right off without wait. Gets 60 MPG on the one tank I checked.
Running Delo 10-30 oil. Changing it every 1k miles.
I got what I wanted; a light, fun, ride around bike when I don't want the big bike. It will go on the highway, gets up to 75 mph on level ground fairly quickly. But that's what the big bike is made for.
I'm 6'2 in. and 340 lbs. Anyone smaller will get much more performance.
I am looking for a 750 Nighthawk casually.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2016