Suzuki GSX250EX Review

1981 Suzuki GSX250EX from United Kingdom

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZS600 Fazer


Interesting eighties commuter - a bit slow


Rectifier / regulator blew replaced for £40 with a pattern part.

Silencers rotted out.

General Comments:

It's a four stroke 250 twin from 1981, so it's generally pretty slow, but does have a little spurt of power if you cane it through the gears. Tops out at about 75mph, and does the same speed in 5th or 6th. Feeble on hills, partly due to the very high gearing.

Wouldn't tick over when I bought it, but this turned out to be tight valve clearances, which were easy to adjust.

Handles really well and also pretty good brakes. Does about 65-70 mpg, and quite reasonable finish. Very eighties - I love it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2011

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 1 review