HONDA CB250 (1992-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Trusted, reliable and entirely without pretence"

Honda CB250 motorcycle review - Riding

"Trusted, reliable and entirely without pretence"

  • At a glance
  • 234cc  -  20 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  265 miles range
  • Medium seat height (755mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Never were the words “trusty little workhorse” so apt as to describe Honda’s CB250. The latest incarnation, launched in 1992, represented the swansong for a motorcycle with a history going back to the 1970s. Trusted, reliable and entirely without pretence, the Honda CB250 is a cracking little motorcycle that’s given long service to bikers everywhere.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Honda CB250 is very basic but honest and competent, nonetheless. The suspension’s adequate, ditto the disc/drum combo braking system. The gearbox is typically crunchy, and the gear lever’s a bit small for chunky motorcycle boots, whilst the clutch lacks absolute precision. A doddle to ride, though, and the handling’s not bad either. Light and turns easily, the Honda CB250 is also very forgiving of little mistakes.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Honda CB250's engine began its life in the old 250 Superdreams of the 1970s. Despite it’s modest power and torque figures, it performs its duties without complaint, unless you thrash it, of course. There’s plenty of go for town riding; aim for the top speed, though, and the Honda CB250 will soon start to complain

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Unquestionable. Thirty years on the go enough for you? The Honda CB250 may not be flash but it’s a honest and well built motorcycle, just getting on with the job without glamour or glitz or loads of modern gadgetry, so what little does go wrong is easily fixed. Used motorcycles may well be ex-learner models: treat with caution although Honda CB250s can take a good battering without too much fall out.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Honda CB250 is excellent value. Cheaper alternatives may be available but the Honda CB250's staying power means you don’t have to ditch it along with the L plates. Loads of Honda CB250s are used for daily commutes. Insurance is dirt cheap and the fuel economy is phenomenal. Easy to work on, too, saving garage bills. Find a Honda CB250 for sale.

 

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Honda CB250 is a budget, basic motorcycle with the accessories to match. The clocks are straight out of the 70s with large, analogue rev counter and speedo. The seat and pegs make for an upright riding position which doesn’t cripple the rider too much but carrying a pillion over long distances could be a chore. Grabrails and bungee hooks are handy. Parts for the Honda CB250 are easy to find.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their HONDA CB250 (1992-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

“Ideal Commuter Bike"

21 June 2013 by mrvhappy

Hi there, I have a Honda CB250 Super dream 1997 which I purchased last October as a winter hack. It had 28000 miles on the clock. My BMW K750S is a great bike, but getting a bit expensive & heavy for the commute especially in snow/ice. The... Read more little Honda is an absolute cracker. Its like a motorised push bike! Great for use in the winter in the snow/rain/ice (I didn't see many big bikes used during that time!!) Good points:- 1) Cheap to Insure & tax 2) Approx 110-130 mpg for my commute of 13 miles each way to London & back from London Suburb.(keeping the chain lubed aids this)easily get 350+ miles before reserve tank needs to be used. 3) Parts are inexpensive & readily available from non Honda outlets 4) Light (approx 130 Kg)and easy to maneuver in the rush hour & around pot holes. 5) No expensive oil/filters required..simple gauze that can be cleaned and replaced. 6) Doesnt use any oil. 7) Fun to ride & can park almost anywhere without fear of theft 8) Easy to maintain by novice rider. Can find plenty of maintenance tips on YouTube. 9) Air cooled. Bad points:- 1) Chain to clean/lube (guess i am used to the shaft drive of my K75s) 2) Feels a little under powered for my 95Kg body :)..or maybe its my bike? 3) On the motorway, you can feel large vehicles overtake. Max speed is approx 70mph..but not a great idea to do this type of speed. 4) No windshield on my bike as standard. 5) No cig lighter socket for GPS/ heated grips. 6) TOO quiet!!...cars/pedestrians cant hear you coming!! If you want a solid reliable bike to commute on or just get around, I would highly recommend the CB250. (try and get one with a top box..soo useful). I might consider a scooter as an alternative, but thats only because I dont like to lube the chain.(assuming that it gives me the same MPG). I hope that this helps. Safe Riding Regards Ben

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Little Workhorse

02 November 2012 by Meaty79

I've just started training as a motorcycle instructor so I got this 1995 model for £400 so I don't wreck my Z750S and I've got to say for a 250 it's a right laugh, yes you've got to rev it and use the gears to get up to speed and the handling isn't... Read more as good as some others but it just gives it a bit of character and for town use it's got plenty of go and is light and nimble for nipping through traffic, probably easier than my Z to be honest, so over all don't take it on dual carriageways or motorways and it'll be a good little bike for you.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

1999 CB Two Fifty

01 December 2011 by macbean

This is the ideal commuter bike. I've changed from a Sprint RS to this for commuting and it is an absolute hoot. Light, easy to service and very little maintenance to carry out. Do check that the caliper is in decent condition though as they do... Read more corrode. Valves are accessible and apparently a 45 minute job to check. Oil service is a doddle. 1.5 litres of 10W40 Halfords Motorcycle oil every 4K. To clean the oil screen, drain oil, take off the clutch cover - right hand engine case - remove oil pump and then remove the screen to clean it. Put all back together for a further 12K miles of riding. Tyres are 29 psi front and rear - but I run it with 31psi rear as I'm 115kgs and 1.96m tall. I cannot fault the bike as a reliable commuter. I've put Fazer 1000 bars on as they are more comfortable and a nice Airblade screen. Bike came with a Motad 2into1 exhaust, which is nice. Braking power is adequate, but putting a new disc on as the current one is worn. So far I am averaging 75mpg on a 28 mile round trip into London each day. No motorway riding - too slow for that... just city riding. The engine is relaxed and easy going, clutchless gear changes up and down the box when blipping the throttle are a doddle. These bikes are a cracking bargain and a sensible tool for getting about cities. Although it only tops out at about 65mph with me on it (gets there eventually) it is happy to sit at 50mph all day long.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

What a beauty

23 October 2008 by a.a.haslam

This is a fantastic bike, providing a very comfortable, and economical ride (at least 80mpg). It is a perfect commuter bike, especially for cities. It is also the absolute best choice if you have a restricted license. I love my CB250. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

better than credited

16 March 2008 by d0thomas

although quite slow for a 250 when compared to the modern equivalents i.e. the new 250 by kawasaki, this little bike is alot more fun than you are led to beleive. its down points are that all round the bike is basic, the top speed is small and... Read more the handling average, but mix with that; exceptional fuel economy, high quality finish and a low seat for slow riding. this bike isn't all that bad... i've had my little 250 since 2006 and was a step up from a suzuki ts50er. and apart from having to replace the exhaust prematurely after the balance tube snapped due to over corrosion (caused by the previous owners lack of care) ive had little else to replace other than the chain and sprokets and the tyres. this bike however does complain alot with two up riding but will reach its top speed even with a full top box and tank bag. i enjoy riding this bike however at 18 going on 19 my sights are now set for a sports tourer middle weight. but i will say though that i've had more than 80mpg before and 89 miles an hour out of the poor bike (albeit down hill with the wind behind and leaning on the low slung petrol tank.) and with dunlops on the rims its possible to grind the foot rests around the twisties... just remember though that it's not a sports bike by any stretch of the word or imagination... but is a good solid bike...

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1992
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 20 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 17 secs
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 265 miles
Specification
Engine size 234cc
Engine type 4v parallel twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 755mm
Bike weight 132kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 240mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 90/100 x 18
Rear tyre size 120/90 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1992: Honda CB250 launched as a “traditional roadster”.                     2003: Honda CB250 Discontinued to make way for a new model, the Honda CBF250.

 

Other versions

None.

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