Honda CBR250R Reviews

1987 Honda CBR250R from New Zealand

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBX250

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha RZ 250

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

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

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent first bike to learn how to ride and maintain

Faults:

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

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance679889 kilometres

Summary:

Very fast, very fun, and has good spares support

Faults:

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

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance38000 kilometres

Summary:

What else do you want besides more power?

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews