Kawasaki ZZR250 Reviews

2003 Kawasaki ZZR250 from Australia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Distance when acquired4800 kilometres
Most recent distance9000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, economical, cheap and fun to ride

Faults:

I have had this bike for a few months now, and so far I have had nothing go wrong with it.

There have been some silly things with it that were very easy to fix. Such as:

Speedo needle broke - easy to re-glue it back on.

Speedo mounting bolt vibrated off.

General Comments:

Overall, this has been a very reliable bike, and great to learn on.

It's not the fastest thing on the street, but it goes well enough.

I get nearly 400kms from a tank BEFORE I hit reserve.

Keep oil to it, and it should last a very long time.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd December, 2010

1991 Kawasaki ZZR250 from Australia

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 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 acquired40000 kilometres

Summary:

Absolutely fantastic

Faults:

Haven't found any yet..

General Comments:

This is my first bike, I totally love it! I'm a 5ft tall female rider, and as long as I'm wearing my bike boots it fits me beautifully. It's not heavy, and very forgiving for a learner.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2009

2003 Kawasaki ZZR250 from United States of America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja 250

Summary:

I really enjoy this motorcyle!

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong with this motorcycle.

General Comments:

I had owned a 600cc that was just too big and heavy for me. I wanted a smaller bike that handled well, looked sharp and was comfortable to ride. This one fills those needs!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2009

13th Oct 2009, 21:57

The bike is about 145 kgs, and a 600 is not much more than that? Why would the 600 be too heavy for you? The only time that such a small weight difference would really make a difference would be if you were not using the counter-steering technique and were trying to steer by using your weight shift. If this is the case, I would recommend that you learn counter steering ASAP - it makes the world of difference to your ability to control the bike.

As a guide, steer slightly to the right if you want to go left, and vice verse. Let the bike move under your body, instead of having your body move all over the bike. If you already knew this I apologise. I just thought I should say something (for safety's sake).

Cheers.

15th Sep 2011, 05:16

It depends on where the weight is at, and the reviewer never mentioned the model of the 600cc bike neither. It's not always a gixxer or a CBR :).

That said - old gixxers / CBRs were pretty heavy by today's standards.

2004 Kawasaki ZZR250 from Canada

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleDerbi Derbi Scooter

Summary:

Great commuter, reliable and cheap

Faults:

Nothing really serious has gone wrong with this bike other than replacing the battery (after a couple years) and signal light relay (2008). Otherwise, only regular service at the prescribed intervals has been done.

General Comments:

Bike has a low seat, so taller riders won't feel comfortable on it.

Great gas mileage (60-72 MPG depending on riding style and city/hwy).

Great performance for a 250. Once you get beyond 9000 the engine really lights up. Cruises comfortably between 6000 and 8000.

Reliable and cheap to insure. Maintenance intervals are reasonable and the bike is relatively easy to service on your own.

Mild vibrations are a bit annoying on trips longer than 100km, but can be managed with periodic stops, and thick gloves and boot soles.

This bike is one of the best commuters there are out there. It's been replaced by the NINJA 250, which I would expect to have similar performance characteristics. When I do buy a larger bike, I may keep this one for commuting.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2008

2004 Kawasaki ZZR250 from Canada

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance34500 kilometres

Summary:

Easy to ride, perfect beginner bike with a high resale value to upgrade

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this motorcycle yet.

General Comments:

Bought this bike this year for my first bike. Really fun, very quick off the line, but the top speed is an issue, but it's a 250 so you know what you're getting.

The bike is big for a 250, but still much lighter than a 500, so it's perfect for larger beginners like myself (being 6'4" and still fitting comfortably on the bike).

My one issue is it's a bit too easy to ride. I've only had it for a short while, and I already want to upgrade to a 500, 600, or 650 bike. The good part about the ZZR is when you want to upgrade, the resale value holds up, especially if you upgrade only one season later.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews