2011 Honda CBR250R from Norway


Probably very reliable and of high quality, but not having the "charisma" of the Kawasaki competitor


Nothing yet, but I only had it for a few days.

General Comments:

I just bought it, so I'm trying to sum up my first impressions, especially compared to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which I also own.

The Honda has more low end punch than the Ninja 250, but is probably unable to reach the top speed of the Ninja 250R. The Ninja feels much sportier, and has more "character", in a way. I also think the Kawasaki looks better.

The front brake is much more effective on the Honda, when compared to the Ninja 250R, from my impression. The instrumentation for the Honda also provides more information than the Kawasaki, except it has a digital speedometer.

The riding position is slightly more upright on the Honda (I'm 6 feet tall).

The Honda seems to have excellent build quality, and the fairing and the parts in general look almost like new, even for this 7 year old bike.

It will probably look new longer than a Kawasaki, for example, not due to its shape, but the quality of some of the materials.

When that is said, I have about 55000 trouble free kilometers on the Kawa - about 1000 times more riding experience than with the Honda.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2018

1987 Honda CBR250R from New Zealand


Fantastic, just make sure the last guy changed the oil!


Bought the motorbike with low oil. Topped up before leaving to drive it home (1700kms). I changed the oil and it went another 400kms before it was running really badly - blown main and con rod bearings.

Got a replacement 2nd hand engine, which worked for 1000kms before holing piston #1!

Noisy cam gears - impossible to fix (tried using 3 different sets!), so I built up a new engine.

Goes through 428 (heavy duty) chains like nothing I've ever seen before! (probably should find out if I can get 520 chain for it)

General Comments:

Wing mirrors actually work.

Handling is excellent.

The high red line and power band make it very fun to ride. Nothing else on the road sounds like it.

Brakes very well (mine has dual front discs)

Bike is big for a 250. Looks normal sized in height compared to other bigger bikes. I am nearly 2m tall and yes it isn't perfect but it's not bad.

Seat is hard. I have traveled long distance (up to 1600kms in 1 day) and you do get saddle sore onset after 4+ hours, but it never gets really bad.

Once I discovered the way to align the rear wheel properly that didn't involve the markings on the swing arm, fuel economy jumped from 180-200kms max (200-220 inc reserve) to a whopping 220kms + reserve of more than 20km. Fuel economy is consistently around 16-18km/L, riding fast or not.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2008

30th Jun 2012, 06:37

Hi, I'm looking to buy a CBR250RR soon, and the only thing I'm worried about is that I'm too tall for it. I'm 193cm tall. Would I be too tall for the bike?

1989 Honda CBR250R from Philippines




Fork seal needs fixing.

Hi-tension wire needs replacement.

Carburetor needs cleaning.

General Comments:

Extremely solid and durable motorcycle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2008

1990 Honda CBR250R from Australia


Excellent first bike to learn how to ride and maintain


First bike, treated well throughout its life.

* Front fork seals needed replacing pretty soon after I bought it.

* New chain and sprockets at 55,000kms.

General Comments:

No other (or major) problems. The bike is serviced regularly. Always starts first kick - barely need choke most of the time. Responds well and stops effectively. Excellent in traffic, especially if you intend to lane split.

Servicing and parts can be more $ than you'd initially expect, because a lot of the CBR250R's are grey imports into Australia.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

1989 Honda CBR250R from Australia


Very fast, very fun, and has good spares support


Spark plugs needed replacing.

Fuel pump needed replacing.

Ignition and ECU also needed replacing.

General Comments:

This is my first motorbike. It was given to me in very poor condition by a friend, and at that early stage, was not working.

The main problem was that the electrical system was completely shot, and also the fuel system was also in very bad condition. Admittedly, it had had a hard life before I got it. The bike had been dropped, and it was pretty badly scratched as well.

I believe the bike was hardly ever run, and was left to die quietly from no use under the house of the previous owner. It probably suffered from years of this sort of treatment.

So now, I have replaced the fuel pump, fuel pump relay, ECU, ignition, engine kill switch, filters, spark plugs, some of the fairings, replaced, the brake light bulbs with LEDs, and found a replacement headlight.

The tyres were in near new condition, and are Bridgestone Battlaxs.

Currently, now that the bike is going, it runs well and only has an occasional hiccup while idling at the lights. Given the condition and past history with this bike, I am very pleased it runs as well as it does.

The acceleration is very strong; it handles very well and revs up to around 18-19k rpm. Braking is good with a single front disk, but the newer models (RR's) have two disc brakes at the front. Still, the CBR250R stops in a hurry.

It is not the most comfortable bike to ride, as it is quite thin, but this may be because I'm a fairly large person at six foot.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2007

1989 Honda CBR250R from Australia


What else do you want besides more power?


Mechanically, apart from normal wear and tear... Nothing.

General Comments:

This was my first bike. Comfortable, economical, popular, cheap and so so reliable... Never skipped a beat. Started every time on cue. The bike did lose power when the spark plugs were ready to be changed, and they were difficult to get access to, but the bike still rode well.

I used to leave it for a week and it will still start first go. Unless you left the fuel switch on and flooded the carby.

Very quick bike, maybe even the quickest in its class, but you will want more power when you become more experienced.

Comfortable bike. I rode for almost 3 hours straight and was still feeling good. This bike also handles well, especially when you learn how to get your bum off the seat.

Brakes are great. Haven't had any problems using the gearbox to slow down as well.

Holds its value well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2005