2008 Suzuki GZ250 Reviews

2008 Suzuki GZ250 from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired1400 miles
Most recent distance1700 miles

Summary:

Good starter bike

Faults:

I will be riding at a steady speed and it will pop a fuse.

My transmission makes a clicking noise when I shift gears.

General Comments:

Everything else is great.

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

Review Date: 1st July, 2009

29th May 2010, 16:55

Blowing the fuse is not good, have the dealer check it out. All GZ owners I know say it has a really sweet transmission, so I don't understand the clicking noise. They also say that changing from dinosaur oil to synthetic makes the transmission even sweeter, as the clutch and transmission are immersed in the crankcase oil.

10th Jul 2010, 18:02

Every bike I've ever owned makes a clicking sound when I shift gears, my GZ250 included. The only exception is my 85 Shadow, which goes "CLUNK!".

2008 Suzuki GZ250 from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance1007 miles

Summary:

A good bike that could have been better

Faults:

Spring that attaches the rear brake cable to the brake light switch broke at 900 miles.

Needed new brake pads at 995 miles.

General Comments:

I have to say, this is the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. I've operated/owned a Royal Enfield Bullet 500, GSX-G 1100, CM400E, Sportster Custom 1200, Honda Shadow 700, Bandit 1200, Nighthawk 250. Out of all of those, this bike seems to be the most comfortable.

Bear in mind that my rating scores are based upon the type of bike that it is, not bikes in general (with the exception of comfort). For handling and braking it definitely gets a 10 because the bike is so light, it stops on a dime and can be flicked around without much effort.

Roll-on performance is based upon entry level bikes. It gets a 7, as it's not too bad but could be better.

Running costs should be less for a bike of this type. Low maintenance right? One plug, one cylinder, one carburetor. But remember, you have a chain and sprockets that will have to be dealt with, valves that need setting (the manual recommends setting the valves at 1000 miles... kind of ridiculous if you ask me), and the fact that you cannot replace a simple spark plug without removing the fuel tank. Tires are tube tires to keep costs down obviously. Fuel economy is about 50mpg. My Shadow 700 gets 60mpg.

While the bike does have its charm and is fun to ride at times, I don't appreciate the fact that 2 things have needed repair since I purchased it. The rear brake has a spring that attaches to a switch to activate the brake light. Upon an inspection one day, I saw that this was broken. Dealer fixed it in a flash under warranty.

Soon, the front brake pads started to squeal, bad. The longer you rode it, the worse it got. Starting off in the morning, there was no rubbing noise, but soon it would start, and would get worse. A visual inspection revealed almost no padding left, while the rotor seemed uncompromised.

I took the bike to the dealer and was informed that brake pads are not covered under warranty as they are a normal wear item. Working in the automotive industry, I fully understand this. I pointed out however, that 1,000 miles of soft riding wearing down the pads does not constitute normal wear. The service department offered that if I purchased new pads from their parts department, they would put them in for free. I agreed, and the problem is solved.

For a new rider (I bought this for my wife), the riding position, handling, and ease of use make this one of, if not the best starter bikes around. I think there might be some quality control issues with some of them, but overall I'm happy with the purchase.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2009

23rd Jun 2009, 11:27

I am the reviewer and just wanted to add a correction and update;

You do not in fact have to remove the gas tank to replace the spark plug. I assumed this based on the way it looked, but reading the service manual reveals that removing the head cover reveals the plug and it can be done without removing the gas tank.

At 1015 miles the chain needed adjustment. The owner's manual says.2-.6 inches for chain slack which by the way, is very tight. I did this and it seems fine, bike doesn't bog down when you let off of the throttle or pull the clutch in like a lot of bikes will do if the chain is too tight.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews