cbr250r – overview

Although 70’s Honda’s are my favorite cycles, I’m having an absolute blast riding around NZ on my new 1987 cbr250r. I wanted to give you guys a breakdown of what the cycle is like…

  • It’s pretty ugly, but at the same time, I kinda like the way it looks.
  • Wether you love it or hate it, the cycle is an absolute blast to ride. I’m really enjoying exploring NZ with Erin, on the cycle.
  • Legally, you don’t need to have vehicle insurance in NZ. So, fuck it, I’m not gonna insure the cycle. It’s not worth anything anyway. Erin insured her new car (2002 Civic), and it’s like $300 a year for full coverage. ha, that’s so fuckin cheap.
  • The one I bought is pretty close to mint original condition. It’s almost gonna be a sin to rip it apart.
  • It’s light as shit. Prolly weighs similar to a 70’s cb200… but it has 45hp and 6 small gears!
  • The bike has no torque at all. I’ll guess and say it has 5ft-lbs at 18K rpm.
  • It would easily smoke my cb450 in a race. It’s pretty fuckin fast. I’ll guess and say it’s as fast as a 70’s cb550 supersport.
  • The bike won’t go anywhere under 10K rpm.
  • The front brake works so well, I almost flipped over the bars the first time I hit the brakes.
  • It’s super nimble. I would love to roast Fairmount park on it.
  • The bike is physically proportioned well. It’s small, but It’s not skinny like a Ninja 250. This cbr250r reminds me of the size of my cb450. It’s kinda wider, so it looks good.
  • Runs really really good. Even though it prolly doesn’t need it, I’m gonna give it a full tune-up next week.
  • I waxed it today. I kinda like the 80’s full-fairing in a weird retarded way.
  • I put ODI mushroom grips on it today. Now it’s officially my cycle.
  • The engine screams like it’s gonna explode at 18K rpm. It’s a loud, wild sounding bike. No exhaust noise. The loudness of the bike is from the engine only, not the exhaust.
  • I’m determined to bring this cycle back to the US when I return in a couple years. It’s fun as shit.

10 responses to “cbr250r – overview”

  1. Adam says:

    How does it handle with Erin on the back? Is it sluggish like the 500t and 450 do with a passenger?

  2. scott says:


    I’m anxious to see the transformation!

  3. ed says:

    Nah, it’s not sluggish with a passenger. Yesterday we went on the highway to the “North Shore” which is where we took those 3 pics from the water, and it felt great on the highway. Rev it up to 10 grand and it hauls ass. I’m tellin you… it’s pretty fast. Not like the cb650, but it’s still fast.

  4. Tom says:

    Fuckin rad dude. I kinda like the way it looks but will be cool to see what you do with it. Cant wait to see some ride reports from around there too.

  5. mick says:

    bet u look like a young Tom cruise on that thing…

  6. chris says:

    nimble, light, and fast…all sound good to me, let “er rip! …by the way me and ricky broke into your storage unit and the 450 is now a trike with wrought iron sissy bar and heated seats…hope that’s cool…reverse flame job is next…oh i said too much!

  7. Ed says:

    @Mick –
    Yep… Everytime I ride it I sing the top gun sound track in the back of my head and think about you “top-gunning it” with Claire… you’re the real Tom Cruise.

    @Chris –
    I’m into it.

  8. andrew says:

    “I put ODI mushroom grips on it today. Now it’s officially my cycle.” – I love it. hahah

  9. Patrick says:

    Aw I don’t think I could tear that thing up, way too cool looking. Grab a beat up one and wrench into that. Bring this one home with you as is.

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