1993 Kawasaki ZZR250 from United Kingdom


Reliable sports tourer and fairly quick, step up from a learner


Several days after buying the bike, the speedometer started giving incorrect readings in damp weather. However, the mileometer continued to record the distance. Therefore no repair necessary.

Also, the engine started lacking power

intermittently due to running on only one cylinder. Changing the spark plugs made no difference, and whacking the throttle open due to frustration, cleared the blockage in the carburettor main jet. It was trouble free after that.

A bit of metal from one of the camshaft bearing caps broke off and got caught between the crankshaft sprocket and timing chain, thus knocking out the valve timing. This resulted in one of the rockers being shattered and two bent valves. New cylinder head (second hand off a GPX250R) and hours of labour was required. Cost approximately £600.

This failure was due to my inexperience and not poor motorcycle manufacture.

Please note when fitting the rocker cover to these machines, make sure it is seated properly, and then carefully tighten up the four shoulder bolts lightly (10NM is all is needed).

After having this repair done, the timing chain started to rattle on idle.

Easy enough to cure. Remove the tensioner, reset it, install it on the crankcase and the release it (ping).

The engine sounded sweet after that.

Apart from this, nothing really went wrong with this bike. Only consumables (tyres, chains, pads etc) and a couple of wheel bearings were replaced.

General Comments:

This little baby ZZR was quite pokey (35BHP at 12500RPM) through the gears and would do 100mph. The engine had more mid range than top end.

The handling was impressive.

The action of the front brake was worrying in the wet. I thought it was not going to stop.

I use to thrash this engine hard, and it never complained.

The rear tyre use to wear too fast for my liking and at nearly a hundred quid a time I had to sell the bike and ended up with a granny machine (Yamaha T80 Townmate). However, the ZZR was good on fuel (60mpg urban)

I would recommend this bike, but if you are not the one for DIY mechanics, then get something basic. Doing the simple things such as changing plugs, balancing carbs etc is quite a task.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2005

13th Dec 2005, 13:24

I am a owner of a ZZR250, I have just brought it. It had been in a shed doing nothing for one year. I rode it home and I was quite pleased with the bike, in very good condition for being 15 years old.

I have been reading some of the comments from people who have the ZZR250 and say it will do 100 to 108mph. Mine will do 75 flat out and it drinks petrol. Could you or anybody else give me some suggestions on this matter? Thank you.

2001 Kawasaki ZZR250 from Spain


Perfect Starter Bike


Nothing went wrong with this bike at all... only slight carb icing on very cold mornings and it disliked cheaper brands of gasoline.

General Comments:

I purchased this motorcycle as my first bike. As I was limited to 25 KW for my first 2 years of having a bike license in Spain, it was perfect for learning on.

I could keep up with larger engined sports bikes through the curves and filter through traffic easily as it was quite narrow.

One can still purchase a ZZR 250 brand new in Spain for 5000 Euros including tax and registration, which is a bargain. As it goes, I paid 3000 Euros for mine.. I used it for a year and then sold it on for 3500 Euros!!

Highly recommended!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004