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Old 06-27-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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honda vtr 250

Hi
i am looking at buyin one and would like to now what people think of it.
They look like a mini ducati moster.
but i cant find the full spec ie the true top speed ect
I think it be a fun bike if it will sit at 70mph for uk roads.
thanks sean
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:12 PM   #2
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I've had a VTR250 in 2011. If you're 180cm or taller try it out first. Things can get cramped size-wise. Also, the engine is pretty lame compared to bikes like CBR300/Ninja300/Yamaha R3. Although the bike looks cool I've found it pretty tiresome and boring to ride - you basically have to rev the shit out of it and wring it out all the time to get some halfway decent power - and sold it after a couple of months.
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. As i am 5.8 tall it my be a good frame size but no power. So best to keep looking.
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:44 PM   #4
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With 6', 240 lbs and 34 inseam I'm a definitely bulkier than you and probably not exactly the target customer Honda had in mind for that bike, so you have to check it out.
Top speed on the highway was about 80 mph, with some slipstream 90 mph, but it would take some time to get there. The VTR250 is at least 10 or more HP down on power compared to CBR300/Ninja300/R3 and you really feel it. Also, it only has a 5 speed gear box. Often one gear was too high and the next gear too low etc.
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:58 PM   #5
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My wife had a VTR 250 for a while. The VTR sold in the US in the 80's, pastel colors, enclosed disc front brake.
But, it had 6 sppeds in the box and I saw 100 mph by the speedo. She didn't take to riding and I had other bikes and it was a bit small for me so, off it went.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:18 PM   #6
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With 6', 240 lbs and 34 inseam I'm a definitely bulkier than you and probably not exactly the target customer Honda had in mind for that bike, so you have to check it out.
Top speed on the highway was about 80 mph, with some slipstream 90 mph, but it would take some time to get there. The VTR250 is at least 10 or more HP down on power compared to CBR300/Ninja300/R3 and you really feel it. Also, it only has a 5 speed gear box. Often one gear was too high and the next gear too low etc.
Thanks for the info. The bike is 4hr away does look stock in the ad and and at a ok price.
Need to think if the speed / power will fit my needs.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:38 PM   #7
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I think orangebear is looking at a newer model not offered in the US. 1997 to 2009 and has a 5 speed.

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gal...097%20%201.jpg

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Old 06-28-2015, 05:44 AM   #8
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Having ridden one......you would be well off to ride a Ninja 250 for comparison.

You may find the Kawi far more capeable, and around the same price.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:52 AM   #9
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Having ridden one......you would be well off to ride a Ninja 250 for comparison.

You may find the Kawi far more capeable, and around the same price.
There is a gpz250 at about the size price and its closer. But til my bike is sold i am stuck.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:31 PM   #10
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My wife had a VTR 250 for a while. The VTR sold in the US in the 80's, pastel colors, enclosed disc front brake.
But, it had 6 sppeds in the box and I saw 100 mph by the speedo. She didn't take to riding and I had other bikes and it was a bit small for me so, off it went.

The 88-90 model old school VTR250's would do about 110mph bone stock. Simple mods like a slip-on and jet kit and they would reach a true 125mph +/- depending on gearing and tire size.

That being said they stomp the newer 5 Speed VTR250's into the ground in terms of outright performance. back in the day the Ninja 250's never stood a chance against the VTR250 and nothing much has changed in almost 30 years. My 27 year old VTR250 still eats up the new Ninja 300 like they are dargging an anchor and the new CBR250R single might as well be stopped on the side of the road having a picnic. I do not understand how Honda has not advanced the performance of the 250cc engine or chassis for that matter with all the technology they have gained in 3 decades.





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Old 07-01-2015, 04:20 AM   #11
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I have to agree with LDH on this one. We have a 1990 with an upgraded suspension and the handling is superb, but being a lightweight certainly helps to tame the ergonomics. A great little bike.
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