2002 Suzuki GZ250 from United States of America


It's alright, not great, not horrible


I have a problem with the blinkers.

General Comments:

Firstly as a bike for a pure 100% beginner, I'd say the bike is fine, great even. It's really light and easy to handle, and it'll be a lot of fun for probably two weeks, but after that you'll start to get a little annoyed with the lack of power, or I did anyway. There's been a few times the wind has kept me from reaching a 55mph speed limit, and I weigh 160.

The gearing isn't great; if you're going up a hill at all you have to max it out then shift, or it'll just stutter for a bit, and 5th gear... is for purely maintaining speed maybe, not gaining LOL.

I hate to just diss on the little machine, it's kind of grown on me and I've certainly turned a lot of heads, and it shines up nicely and it's a fun ride most of the time, but if you're in a pinch for time, this is NOT the ride you should take! Mine is pretty big looks wise for a 250, but I saw a newer model the other day and it's a lot smaller...

Overall, if you're wondering if you should get this GZ250 or no motorcycle at all, I'd get it. But don't let this be your only opinion of a bike if you don't like it, because honestly it probably won't be the best motorcycle for the price; it's alright though.

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

Review Date: 18th February, 2015

2002 Suzuki GZ250 from Canada


Ideal motorcycle for beginners



General Comments:

Never rode a bike in my life (56 then).

I wanted a vehicle where I would be in control of it (i.e. weight, power, etc.), not the other way around.

Bought a Plain Jane 250. Ideal choice for the task.

Was told (by the salesman) not to invest into extras and upgrades as I would grow out of it into something bigger.

Was he right. Used it every day. Sold it (the same year) when something bigger (Honda 900C; 10 speed, 98HP) happened.

Maintenance: occasional wash only + chain lubrication (frequent, thus my next bike was shaft driven - entire different world; will never go back to a chain).

Comfort: rather spartan. The seat becomes an issue after 1 hour of driving.

Fuel mileage: excellent.

This is not bike meant for the highways (freeways) or speeds exceeding 55mph!

Had to abort passing of another (bigger) bike; an extremely humbling experience.

Ideal for learner on country roads to learn the ropes safely. Have it for a season and move on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2014

2002 Suzuki GZ250 from United States of America


GZ250 - a great little bike


I have a 2002 Suzuki GZ250.

It has been very reliable for the most part, although I did need to get the choke cable fixed last year after it got stuck.

Also, the front brake pads needed to be replaced after just 7000 miles.

The spark plug needed to be replaced at 11,000 miles, but it was very easy and cheap to replace.

The exhaust and chrome bits will rust easily if you don't keep them clean and polished.

The chain maintenance can be a pain. I have adjusted the tension 3 times in the past year.

However, I accept that a motorcycle will be more maintenance intensive than a car, and I enjoy a little tinkering.

It's a very fun bike to ride around town, but would get tiring on a long trip with the low power and high revving.

General Comments:

My 2002 Suzuki GZ250 is a great little bike. The gas mileage is fantastic - about 70-75 miles per gallon. With a 3.7 gallon tank, it has a range of well over 200 miles. It has a top speed of about 75, although 55 is a comfortable cruising speed.

It is a nice looking bike, and is cheap to insure and run. Plus the fact that it is a 250 makes it less desirable to thieves.

The bike is simple and very easy to work on. It makes a great first motorcycle that you can learn the ropes of riding and maintenance on.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2006

9th Aug 2007, 06:11

My Suzuki GZ250 has a power problem; the bike is a 2002, but has only 4500 miles and it has no power. First, second and third gear seem OK, and it can accelerate up to almost 40mph, but after that there is no power for more. Fourth and fifth gears stay the same speed and power, and it doesn'’t seem that she want to go faster. Basically after third gear, there is no need to change gear because there is no power anyway.

Has anybody had the same problem? And how you find the problem and how you solve it? I will appreciate any information about this in my e-mail chrisandy@hotmail.com

7th Mar 2008, 13:56

The problem mentioned by the previous poster (if they haven't fixed it by now) is most likely one of 2 things: a bad spark plug or something plugged up in the carburetor. Spraying some carb cleaner into the air intake may have solved the problem.

29th May 2010, 16:22

Run some carb cleaner through in the gas. This is a common problem with this carburated motorcycle, usually fixed with a couple tankfuls of gas with carb cleaner run through it.

9th Nov 2010, 13:13

You might check the valve adjustments. Sometimes bad valve adjustments can cause a lack of power.

5th Jan 2019, 07:31

I have the same issue. I'm 16 and this is the first bike I've owned. Please let me know if you've fixed the problem, and what it was.