SINNIS APACHE 250 (2014-on) Review

Published: 12 December 2014

As with many Chinese bikes, it’s cheap and cheerful transport

SINNIS APACHE 250  (2014-on)

As with many Chinese bikes, it’s cheap and cheerful transport

  • At a glance
  • 249cc  -  19.3 bhp
  • 73 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Insurance group: 6 of 17
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  • High seat height (925mm)
  • New: £2,495

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

At first glance the new, good looking Sinnis Apache 250 Supermoto suggests Chinese built bikes are getting closer to the mainstream. But look closer and not THAT much has changed.

As with many Chinese bikes, it’s easy to criticize the new Sinnis 250. It uses an old engine (albeit one that’s now fuel-injected), the styling and build quality isn’t great, and, after riding it, neither is the handling.

On the flip side, it’s cheap and cheerful transport for under £2500 and comes with 24 months warranty, and if that is all you need and just want to go from A-B cheaply then it starts to make sense.  

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

Straight line stability isn’t bad but throw in some fast corners and you get a wheelbarrow effect from the front, a slight wobble or weave.  Below 60mph you don’t notice it as much and you can throw it around with ease. In traffic you can dart into gaps, bounce over speed humps and generally make light work of the inner city gridlock.

However there are still flaws.

Try attacking a few corners and it gets a bit vague. The damping is poor, as are the tyres which offered poor grip and lacked any feel even in near-perfect warm, sunny conditions. I hate to think what they’d be like in the wet or on a cold winters’ morning.

The racy looking ‘petal’ brakes weren’t much better, either. You need a real handful of lever to stop proceedings, not the one finger I was expecting from the large 300mm single disc.

Engine 3 out of 5

The engine is from Suzuki’s ancient GN250 which wasn’t that great when new last century and is as exciting as the Antiques Road Show, but it’s bullet proof and should take a hammering.

It’s a little agricultural with a few vibrations thrown in for good measure, will sit happily at 60mph all day long but at 65mph hills become your enemy and 70mph is nearly flat out.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

The colours may be bright, but up close the level of finish is below average and I wouldn’t like to think what one would like look after two years of teenage abuse and a harsh British winter.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

There IS a flip side – it’s very cheap, that’s nearly a grand cheaper than Suzuki’s Inazuma 250 or half the price of Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 ABS.

With that you also get 24 months warranty for peace of mind. If you just want simple transport it has to be one of the cheapest 250s on the market.

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Equipment 2 out of 5

The clocks look dated, the gear change indicator is an afterthought and the tyres woeful. Get the idea?

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £2,495
Used price -
Warranty term 2 year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £41
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 19.3 bhp
Max torque 14.4 ft-lb
Top speed 85 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 73 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 249cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 249cc single cylinder, 5 gears, chain drive
Frame type Steel tube double cradle
Fuel capacity 10.6 litres
Seat height 925mm
Bike weight 142kg
Front suspension 40mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Single rear shock, preload adjust
Front brake Single 300mm disc with two piston caliper
Rear brake Single 230mm disc with single piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Production began in 2014

Other versions

None.

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