1989 Honda VTR250 from United States of America
Honda built a winner with the mini Interceptor
The clutch cable broke at around 19000 miles.
This bike requires a lot of shifting due to the high-revving nature of the engine. Even on my 6 mile commute to work, it must require about 100 shifts.
I bought the bike with a bunch of issues and fixed most of them along the way.
Fuel petcock diaphragm is known to fail - replaced that.
The carburators needed a thorough cleaning, and eventually the cam chain-tension device broke on the forward cylinder, which I replaced myself as well. I was never much of a mechanic, but the Honda service manual and a basic set of tools was all that I needed to tear it down and rebuild it.
Great fun and the bike requires no restraint - full throttle to the red line every shift.
The brakes can definitely get overworked on a mountain road, so have plan-B always in your back pocket if you over-cook a turn.
Very little to complain about save for maybe the narrow seat.
I love this bike. I owned a liter bike at the same time and I never rode the bigger bike. I simply love the VTR250 and its character, efficiency, and looks. Everyone knows the bike and loves it like I do. Honda built a winner with the VTR250 Interceptor.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th May, 2009