Honda CM250C Reviews

1983 Honda CM250C from Australia

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 2 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance45050 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda XLV650 Transalp

Summary:

Cute 80s artifact with 70s tech

Faults:

Consumables. Nothing you wouldn't expect from a bike of this age.

Seat was falling apart. Rebuilt for $120AUD by local upholstery specialist.

Rust storm inside the fuel tank, blocked the tap. Cure: hold the tank upside-down and shake.

General Comments:

I got this bike off eBay in disheveled condition for $500AUD. I saw it as a cheap restoration project.

Being inexperienced, I learned that the cost of restoration depends on how much work you can do yourself.

Classic style. Derivative perhaps - but lovable. However, all that chrome is vulnerable to rust. And authenticity means drum brakes.

Apparently, Honda put a belt-drive on these things for the 1983 model year. Some previous owner may not have enjoyed this feature, as mine had been converted to chain-drive.

This machine is petite. I'm average in stature, but sitting on this baby-cruiser, it almost looks like I've borrowed a kids bike.

Very easy to ride, friendly towards learners. Nonetheless, a learner with any kind of passion will soon desire more power. Speed, braking and handling are inadequate for fast or aggressive traffic.

If you live in a quiet suburb or town, this bike would make a charming commuter. Chugging down a country lane feels great - very 'English'.

Honda + air-cooled twin + detuned = Reliable.

Easy to work on.

In Australia, the CM was popular enough for the wreckers to still have some parts lying around. Between them and your Honda dealer, you can keep it going forever.

Collect one if you must. After 2 years I sold mine. What I really want is a CM400.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2013

1984 Honda CM250C from Canada

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 kilometres
Most recent distance37000 kilometres

Summary:

Ideal bike to learn on safely

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong for the length of time that I have owned it.

General Comments:

My only complaint about this motorbike is that it seems nearly impossible to find parts for it. I've been to 4 different bike shops in the area, and a scrap yard, and no-one makes parts for my model year. I can find parts for '83 and '85, but for the most part neither year seems to have compatible parts to mine.

Aside from the above problem, the bike is excellent to learn on. It has a low enough centre of gravity that makes it very easy to maneuver at low speeds (perfect for your M1 exit test). The motor is easy to work on and pretty robust, I rode for my first summer unaware that one plug was not firing at all.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2006

12th Apr 2006, 19:59

I heard somewhere that Honda did not make a 1984 CM250C. Is that correct?

26th Jun 2006, 08:20

I believe they made them in 82 and 83, with the main difference being the 82 was chain driven, the 83 belt driven. I think the 84 model was similar, but differently named (Rebel perhaps?)

14th Jul 2006, 10:08

Great little bike - bought my one from the original owner with only 3200 miles on it.

Great bike to learn on, though you will quickly want more power.

Hard to start in colder weather, but a wonderful in-town runner - 60+ MPG.

Parts are hard to find...

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews