Honda VTR250 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1989 Honda VTR250 from United States of America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles

Summary:

Honda built a winner with the mini Interceptor

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

11th Oct 2013, 00:30

Cam CHAIN tensioners? Thought the cams were gear driven?

2007 Honda VTR250 from Australia

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11230 kilometres

Summary:

It was a perfect bike

Faults:

Nothing ever went wrong with the bike.

General Comments:

The bike was a dream to ride and a perfect bike for learning. Perfect for getting around the city and suburbia. I weigh 80+kg and still sat on 100km up and down the Kinglake mountains.

However the Black Saturday Bush fires in Kinglake Victoria took my bike and completely destroyed it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2009

2007 Honda VTR250 from Australia

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda VFR800FI

Summary:

Good bike to rack up the km's around the city

General Comments:

This is a popular bike among motorcycle couriers in Sydney, cheap to run, smaller than your bigger bikes so easier to get around stopped cars - I'm about 190cm tall and it's not too cramped.

It's also a naked bike so less bits to get damaged on the bike.

2007 - the last year of the VTR 250-end of an era.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2008

2006 Honda VTR250 from Australia

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance8000 kilometres

Summary:

The ultimate learner/city commuter bike

Faults:

Battery that came with the bike wouldn't hold charge (replaced under warranty).

Occasionally goes from 1st gear to Neutral instead of second. Sometimes have to force it if you're revving hard.

General Comments:

Extremely efficient; it's a joke how cheap it is to run!

When I first got this bike, I didn't have a great deal of on road experience, but because it was so easy to ride, I found my confidence growing pretty quick. It's a really good learning bike.

Generally pretty comfortable to ride, at slow or fast speeds, but the seat gets a bit firm after about an hour.

Really great handling. It really sticks to the road for a bike that's so light. I've thrown mine into a couple of nice corners at 70-80Kmh, pegs scraping the road, and still felt confident that I wasn't about to lay the bike down.

Acceleration from a standing start lags a bit, unless you keep revs RIGHT up, but roll-on performance surprised me. She's no Aprilia RS, but she's quick for a 250! (Dragged off a VS commodore with ease, kept up with a '02 WRX until about 120-130kmh)

Brakes are alright, they've got me out of a few pickles, but could be better. At legal speeds though, pretty good.

Reliability wise: I give this bike a hiding, it lives in the redline. It's never had any problems.

Would DEFINITELY recommend this bike to anyone.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

1990 Honda VTR250 from United States of America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles

Summary:

I would buy a brand new one tomorrow if I could

Faults:

The front fork seal ring broke. Cost about 150 bucks to replace. They replaced them with Suzuki rings that actually work much better.

General Comments:

Most reliable motorcycle I have ever had. Starts every time no matter how long I let it sit, or how cold it gets.

It corners like a beast! Just a few times I have had to take some extremely sharp turns that would have normally dumped a bike or have it slide out, but it kept on going like nothing happened.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2006

8th May 2010, 07:57

What Suzuki parts did you use for the forks? It is a great bike, but parts are tough to find. Wish Honda would bring the new VTR 250 over. It would put the Hyosung and Ninja out of business.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews