1986 Honda VT250FD from United Kingdom
Cracking little bundle of complex fun
Think round bends, turns in on thought power alone due to the 16" wheel.
Very comfortable for a 6'2" 15 stone old duffer.
Needs to be revved for best performance, but cruises happily at 75 ish.
It is not easy to work on, compact and complex, 3 hours to check valve clearances. Once set they seem fine.
Some spares are gone, but others are relatively cheap and available.
I have two, my sons graduating to them after passing their tests.
Fast enough to be fun, frugal enough for an engineering student. Sounds pulls and handles like a little Duke. At 25 years old and £300 they are a bargain!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2010
31st Mar 2016, 11:05
I owned one from 1983-1984 (new) and was extremely happy with mine. It was about 1300 quid at the time. I also purchased a written off unit to play about with and ended up selling the engine off to a mate who blew his bike up (he redlined the machine through the gears and the con rod came away from the crank). I purchased my old one back from the second owner because I missed it so much.
Servicing was a chore. Remove tank, airbox, coils, etc just to get to the rear cylinder!!! After a few attempts I could strip it down in less than 20 minutes and became quite the expert.
The machine handled excellently. Even two up you could cruise at 75 mph no probs.
I would love to get my hands on a decent example, but I live in Australia and the 'Spada' version is the only one I have seen sold here.
I have a Ducati 659, which is what I call the VT250F on steroids.
31st May 2016, 19:54
Hello from the UK. I have just got my hands on one, and have to say it's the best 250. Got mine for £300, it runs like a dream.
Peter in Nottinghamshire.
9th Jun 2016, 10:30
Hey mate, there are quite a few VT250f's in Australia. They are hard to come by, but they are around.