The 250cc Bike List

A50 (Suzuki)

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Baby of the A series.

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50cc
1
4 or 5-speed
2-stroke

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A95 (Suzuki)

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European-only model?

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95cc
1
4-speed
2-stroke

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A100 (Suzuki)

Suzuki A100

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A very pretty bike.

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100cc
1
4-speed
2-stroke

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C50 (Honda)

Honda C50

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The Cub of the C series.

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50cc
2-stroke

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C100 (Honda)

Honda C100

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Scooter/moped first introduced in 1959.

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50cc
4-stroke

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CB160 (Honda)

Honda CB160

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Street only trim version of CL160

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CB250 (Honda)

Honda CB250

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Unexciting, asic tourer. Reliable but old. Large and sluggish. Good for tall, light people who don't want to go fast but want a big mount. The CB250N is very solid. There are also "R" and "T" models.

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CB250N (Honda)

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The CB250N is very solid and known as the Honda Hawk, really a sleaved down CB400N.

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CB250RS (Honda)

Honda CB250RS

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Predecessor to the CBX, just as powerful. Older but small, light, (30kg lighter than the N model), single cylinder quick, nice. 21Kw, 130kg, 24km/L, 150km/hr $1000-$1500. Hard wearing and cheap.

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CB250S (Honda)

Honda CB250S

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Tips: You can put a 32 tooth sprocket on the rear to replace the 33T which quietens down the cruising noise and smoothes the shifting. Rejet to a #38 slow jet to replace the #35, replace the #110 main with a #115.

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CBR250 (Honda)

Honda CBR250

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Expensive, maybe not imported into Oz Hot equivalent to GSXR250. Can get "Aero" (fast) & "Hurricane" (really fast and go to 18500RPM).

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CBR250RR (Honda)

Honda CBR250RR

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Now officially imported into Australia by Honda, so avoid the grey imports to get proper warranty.

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CBX250 (Honda)

Honda CBX250

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single cylinder ~$1500-~$1800 Reasonable. Successor to CB250RS. Small fairing. Smaller bike. 22kW, 120kg, 25km/L, 160km/hr

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250cc
4-stroke

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CD250U (Honda)

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Fun, cheap, slow, low power, good beginner bike. Parallel twin.

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CD250 (Honda)

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Fun, cheap, slow, low power, consistent good beginner bike. Not pretty. 15kW, 140kg

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CH125 (Honda)

Honda CH125

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Quiet little commuter.

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125cc
1
4-stroke

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CH150 (Honda)

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Enhanced version of the CH125.

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150cc
1
4-stroke

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CH250 (Honda)

Honda CH250

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80's / 90's scooter since overtaken by new technology but still holding a loyal following.

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250cc
4-stroke

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CL160 (Honda)

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Big but quite manageable as a beginner bike feels small and upright in hindsight. The CL model is street and dirt trim. See CB160. Reliable, easy to service, and torquey. This bike is essentially the CB160 with a higher exhaust pipe. Produces 8-10 horsepower, can maintain a highway speed of about 100 km/hr on a its reliable 4-speed transmission. If not tuned properly is prone to holing pistons (cooling problem) but has to be ridden hard to cause this. Check cables reliability, can retrofit newer

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CM250 (Honda)

Honda CM250

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"custom" style along the lines of GN250 & SR250

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250cc
4-stroke

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CMX250 (Honda)

Honda CMX250

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Equivalent in many ways to an EL250. Looks a bit Harley-ish, given the constraints of size.

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CN250 (Honda)

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Stretched scooter with a low seat height, watercooled 250cc single with a belt drive automatic gearbox. Good weather protection. Large luggage trunk. Comfortable, safe, commuter with a top speed of about 75mph. Very popular in France / Italy / Japan. Not currently available in UK except as Grey import.

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CT70 (Honda)

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See CT110

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CT90 (Honda)

Honda CT90

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See CT110. It's possible there is also a variant of the CT90 which is a trail bike(?)

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90cc

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CT110 (Honda)

Honda CT110

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They _are_ actually the most popular (in terms of numbers produced) of any model of motorcycle, but traffic conditions in Australia don't really suit them. Perhaps, as local transport in a quieter "country" town, they may be considered a good thing...beats walking! ;-). ..but in fast traffic, they are well out of place. This family of bikes do provide interesting transport options in certain circumstances.

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CT200 (Honda)

Honda CT200

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See CT110

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200cc

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CX125 (Gilera)

Gilera CX125

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Jet black and chrome. 6 speed, single front fork, very cute looking race bike along the same vein as the Mito.

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CZ250 (Jawa-Cz)

Jawa-Cz CZ250

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twin made in Czechoslovakia. mid-70s and parts are hard. Good for the classic clubs. 15kW, 140kg, 135 km/hr

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2-stroke

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DR250S (Suzuki)

Suzuki DR250S

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16kW, 115kg, 22km/L, 135km/hr. Proven commuter/fun bike. $650-$2700

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DT50 (Yamaha)

Yamaha DT50

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Dirt bike.

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50cc

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DT175 (Yamaha)

Yamaha DT175

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A bush basher - road/trail.

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175cc

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DT200R (Yamaha)

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No information, see what is down for the other DT family models.

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DT250 (Yamaha)

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Can use it on the farm.

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EL250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki EL250

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Pretty little cruiser. Low seat and centre of gravity (chopper style). GPX/GPZ250 engine 20kW, 140kg, 21km/L, 140kg

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250cc
4-stroke

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ER185 (Kawasaki)

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No information, see ER250.

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185cc

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ER185TS (Kawasaki)

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A dirt bike model(?), no other information.

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185cc

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ER250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki ER250

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Uni-trak, belt-drive Z250. 22kW, 145kg, 19km/L, 155km/hr, $850

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ETZ250 (Motorrad Zschopau / MuZ / MZ)

Motorrad Zschopau / MuZ / MZ ETZ250

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15kW, 135kg, 25km/L, 130km/hr. Dependable, solid, and exciting as a brick. $800-$1300. See entry for MZ250

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EX250R (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki EX250R

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Ninja

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4-stroke

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FZ250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha FZ250

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Mid 80's 4 cyl. Apparently the first 250 4-stroke to get over 50 hp. Imported. Predecessor to FZR, equiv to Suzuki GF250

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FZR250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha FZR250

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Hot! Think of a FZR400 scaled down. Japanese market model imported. Quick (~180kmh) and better than GSXR250.

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FZR250R (Yamaha)

Yamaha FZR250R

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Grey import to Australia, be careful. Faster than the CBR250RR and ZXR250

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GF250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GF250

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Suzuki's second attempt at a 4cyl 250. If you keep it in the powerband (8000-13000) it fairly hoots. Delivers as much power as the much later ZZR250, but without the curvaceous fairing is probably only good for 155-160km/hr. Nice little bike, really fast steering, good brakes. Resale value may not be high, depending upon condition so don't pay too much for one. watercooled, similar style to the FZ250. 33kW, 155kg 19km/L, 165km/hr. $1800-$2400

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GN250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GN250

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Sensible small single cylinder thumper.

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250cc
1
4-stroke

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GPX250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki GPX250

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RECOMMENDED, air-cooled aim for 25000km. GPX, ZZR, GPZ250R all use variants of a water cooled DOHC 16 valve parallel twin. 28kW/40HP, 140kg, 18km/L, 160km/hr. Chassis, styling, like the bigger GPX. Tough but watch out for thrashed engines. Cinder-switch is occasionally burnt out so check it when buying. Wind shears prone. Black with red striping, or black with purple and cyan (maybe). Expect to pary ~$4000 for newer models or around ~$3500 for older.

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4-stroke

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GPZ250R (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki GPZ250R

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Newer, water-cooled, sporty, red seat comes off on clothes. Frame, engine as per GPX250 but more power (noiser). Handles well, no fairing. Cheaper alternative to GPX250 GPX, ZZR, GPZ250R all use variants of a water cooled DOHC 8 valve parallel twin. Chain drive.

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4-stroke

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GPz250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki GPz250

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Not very strong but ok. Belt drive. Early models had dicky camchain tensioners (maybe not all of them). Suffers from being thrashed. Air cooled SOHC parallel twin, bikini fairing. Direct descendant of the venerable Z250 engine. 24kW, 145kg, 18km/L, 155km/hr. $1200-$1800

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GS250FW (Suzuki)

Suzuki GS250FW

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Suzuki's first attempt at a 4cyl 250, redline at 11500, very few around, and hence not many parts to be found at the wreckers. Good performance for the time but with pronounced powerband. The engine is essentially the same from GS250FW to GF250 to GSX250F with about 8 years extra development to the Across. Fuel economy not great.

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GSF250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GSF250

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Suzuki Bandit 250 (GSF250) Naked commuter / semi sporty thing. Two main types the GJ74A model (early nineties to 95 I think) and the GJ77A model 96 - present. All models up to 1999 are gray imports in Aus. The GJ77A model comes with optional variable exhaust valve timing to boost midrange. You can tell these models by the red cam cover and the distinctive noise when 10,000 rpm is hit. All 250 bandits sold by Suzuki domestically have the variable valve timing. The engine is derived from the GSXR2

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GSX250F (Suzuki)

Suzuki GSX250F

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4 cyl. Power range in 11500 to 14500 RPM. Similar to the GSXR250 which runs out of puff at 185km/hr. Complex motor and therefore higher servicing on the F model at least. No centre stand. Dry weight 163kg, which helps for longer distances but arguably a comfortable bike. Sporty feet position. Small 12 litre tank, but great helmet compartment (put your Macca's or KFC in the via drive through).

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GSX250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GSX250

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Early 80's commuter. Just like the GSX400 air cooled twin, sleeved down so heavy for the size. Nice, honest bike for the commuter and big person, not real zippy. Some had electrical problems. Pay anywhere from $700 up to $3800.

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GSXR250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GSXR250

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Tops at 180km/hr (maybe 200km/hr brand new) Lasts well. No dead spots in the rev range right up to the red line. Gentle and holds a nice cornering line a lot more steady & predictable than the RGV, but otherwise the RGV corners better. Front end is light so cornering is a bitch in the wet when you hit a bump, line, line marker etc. 4-cyl, 4-stroke. 16 valve 2*twin barrel carb DOHC. Some have SPES (Suzuki Powerup Exhaust System) a go-fast bit which has a slight edge. Redline @ 17,000RPM Looks lik

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GSXR250RR (Suzuki)

Suzuki GSXR250RR

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Jap import race replica. Has a different frame, different carbs, and looks like even different engine angle. The whole shape of the bike is a lot more angular, like GSXR750 meets RGV. May not go a lot better than the GSXR250.

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GT250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki GT250

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In its day one of the popular 250s. Generally very reliable. Sometimes had gearbox problems, instruments went 'cloudy' almost straight away, rear sprockets were soft and wore out quickly. If in good condition, should be ideal as a first bike, but maybe not worth $1000. Maybe half that? Age is against it.

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2-stroke

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KLR250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki KLR250

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Answer to the Honda XL. Nice soft dirt bikes. If you want to tune it up you're probably limited to just intake and exhausts. Has a disc brake as opposed to the KL which has a drum (you can spend a lot of time cleaning mud out of the drum).

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KLX250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki KLX250

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Only seen 1983, but they are making it again. Was dual rear shock, all plastic tank etc. Basically a motocrosser with lights. List price $7499

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KR250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki KR250

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predecessor of KR1/S. The engine design is close to the racing KR which ran at late 1970s. It has a unique mixture of rotary valve and reed valve for induction. Notable as a production bike that uses tandem (Front-Rear) cylinder placement. It has twin crankshaft, and a strange combination of 16in fr. wheel and 18in rear wheel. It does not have power valve so torque&power is a bit low compare to new comer (ie, RGV). 2-stroke. 40kW, 123kg, 14km/L, 185km/hr

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KR1-S (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki KR1-S

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45kW, 131kg, 13km/L, 205km/hr, $5300-$6000

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KR1 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki KR1

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Standard parallel twin watercooled pocket rocket. *The* bike before the RGV. Exhaust port power valve (KIPS). 60hp (45kW), 200km/hr, 16km/L 123kg, $4000-$5500

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Kriss (Modenas)

Modenas Kriss

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Malaysian-made bike. 110cc, 4 stroke (us$1200-00)and very cute [ I think the spelling is right and it's not a KR1-SS ]

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110cc
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MVX250 (Honda)

Honda MVX250

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V3 Slightly earlier than the NS250. Environmental disaster. Not related to NS400R (also V3 stroke). Performance would suit a learner nicely. Maintenance requirements would NOT suit a learner at all. Badly designed engine is prone to shredding the inside of the middle cylinder. 25kW, 130kg, 20km/L, 170km/hr

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MZ250 (Motorrad Zschopau / MuZ / MZ)

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East German, single cylinder. Ugly but nippy in town. Good tourer, commuter, basic transport, low maintenance. Good motor. Models are ETZ250 (12 volt, disk brake) and the TS250 (6 volt, drum). Most MZs you see will be ETZ. 120kmh tops. Motorrad Zschopau now reborn as MuZ and making those truly scrumptious Yam engined Scorpion singles.

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NS250R (Honda)

Honda NS250R

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(not to be confused with NSR250!!) 90 degree V-twin, contemporary of RG250. Can be thrashed to death quite easily. Strange looking fairing on some. All had exhausts faired into seat hump. About $1500- $2000NZ for a good one.

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2-stroke

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NSR125 (Honda)

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NSR150R (Honda)

Honda NSR150R

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found in Indonesia, different from the model in Thailand.

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150cc
2-stroke

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NSR250 (Honda)

Honda NSR250

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Proddy racer bike. RGV-beater, imported in small quantities. Check for lockwiring! 90-degree V-Twin.

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RD200 (Yamaha)

Yamaha RD200

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No information. See comments for rest of RD family models.

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200cc
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RD250A (Yamaha)

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Generally reliable aircooled 2-stroke. First proddy bike to use reed valve induction. Mostly unchanged except for cosmetics and brakes till till the last of the line RD250G in 1981. A bit agricultural, but pretty reliable, cheap to work on, spares available. Very 70s handling, this is no RGV guys!

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RD250LC (Yamaha)

Yamaha RD250LC

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Watercooled. The "elsie" was *the* pocket rocket. Have been thrashed without exception. Also likely crashed... But still Ok if they go, but be prepared to do a top end, bottom ends OK as long as it wasn't seized. The earlier RDs didn't have the YPVS (Yamaha Power Valve System), meaning bugger all below 7000rpm and everything above (which can cause exciting things to happen if you wind open the throttle suddenly!)

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RG250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki RG250

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parallel twin. Predecessor of the RGV, competes with the RZ250. RECOMMENDED

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250cc
2-stroke

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RGR150 (Suzuki)

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found in Indonesia.

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150cc

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RGV250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki RGV250

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Powerful, good looking, average to lousy tourer (you're in the race position). Tight rear end. Early ones, especially K & L models have engine cradle and engine mountings are prone to cracking. This can cost up to $500 to fix. RGV-P = 61hp@11,000RPM (top ~130mph)

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RM50 (Suzuki)

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See RM250

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50cc

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RM80 (Suzuki)

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See RM250

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80cc

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RM125 (Suzuki)

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See RM250

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RMX250 (Suzuki)

Suzuki RMX250

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A full blown enduro motorcycle. One of the few sold in America that actually meets EPA Noise requirements. Early models came with all kinds of detuning modifications to meet the noise requirements, but with replacement noisy parts to make it run well. Later models come with most of the quiet parts but with less detuning, and the motor actually runs pretty well, and is an effective enduro motor. Any competent tuner can increase power considerably by modifying the ports and head. Suspension is sof

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RS50 (Aprilia)

Aprilia RS50

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Racer.

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RS125 (Aprilia)

Aprilia RS125

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Racer.

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125cc

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RS250 (Honda)

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Is a 250 racer just like the TZ250, used in 250 GPs and such. Again, v. expensive and not legal post 91/92. V twin 2-stroke available in NZ

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250cc
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RS250 (Aprilia)

Aprilia RS250

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Racer.

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RX-Z133 (Yamaha)

Yamaha RX-Z133

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Seen it zipping around Malaysia. Little sports bike at 133cc.

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133cc
2-stroke

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RZ250R (Yamaha)

Yamaha RZ250R

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RZ250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha RZ250

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parallel twin. Post RD250LC. Not as wild as the RGV. First powervalve model. Fairing. Prospective buyers might like to make certain that they're buying a 250; a favourite trick with the RZ is to upgrade the 250 barrels, pistons and conrods to those from an RZ350; you can tell by the size stamped on the side of the barrels (left, just above the crankcase). The warning is this: it's also important to uprate the oil pump, since a 250 oil pump has a lower capacity than a 350 pump, so engine wear may

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RZR150 (Yamaha)

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sport 1992 production. Indonesia.

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SDR200 (Yamaha)

Yamaha SDR200

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basically a single seater 200cc motorcycle with a single speedometer displayed in km. The motorcycle is extremely fast for its class and it has a chromed tubular frame like the Ducati monster. It seems that this bike is available in Japan only. kickstarter, with apparently 4 speeds ... very wheelie prone. It is a two-stroke, but the exhaust system on the unit is very well designed and reduces a lot of the noise that most 2's give out. Strange thing about the bike is the surprising amount of torq

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Sherpa T (Bultaco)

Bultaco Sherpa T

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A strange dual purpose cross between road and trials (as opposed to trail) use.

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250cc
2-stroke

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SR250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha SR250

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Mini-chopper. Easy to get parts and holds value. Getting older now, but a good one is still fine if it hasn't been neglected.

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250cc
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SRV250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha SRV250

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SRX250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha SRX250

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Recommended. Medium fairing Comparable to the BR250 and CBX250 in many ways. Single cylinder. Light but not a lot of power. Good around town or on really twisty roads. Great learner machine. Easy to work on and maintain. Not so powerful if taking pillion. Around $2,500. They would rev out, off the speedo at 170 km/h. Vibration can be a problem, keep the engine mount and fairing bolts tight. The cylinder head has been known to crack but this may be related to allowing things to get loose.

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TC100 (Suzuki)

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high and low range ratio gearbox

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100cc
2-stroke

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TDR250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TDR250

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Road bike semi styled like a off-road bike, a similar concept to TDM850, but 5 years earlier, post 87. Used TZR250 motor, had a fairing a bit like the top half of a TZR. Lotsa parts interchangeable eg wheels, swingarm etc. Performance Bikes once described it as the "Best hooligan bike ever made"...wheelie city

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TGV200 (Suzuki)

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RGV style frame with bored out 125 motocross motor, faster than 250cc 4 strokes, unfaired about $6000NZ for a new one. [allowed in because it can outperform some 250cc bikes :-]

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TS250X (Suzuki)

Suzuki TS250X

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Really cool bike. water cooled 5 speed with yellow plastics and blue frame. It is great off road but can also ride it to work every day. Good learner's choice. Not a very common bike but well worth a ride.

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2-stroke

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TY250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TY250

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A full-on trials bike. Forget it unless you're into riding over boulders and up walls.

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TZ50 (Yamaha)

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Don't bother to get street legal, there are easier options/bikes. The TZ does not have any electrics or any way of powering anything but the ignition. You can not fit a kickstart or get road leagal exhausts. 8.3hp and 115 kg See entries for larger models in this family.

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50cc
2-stroke

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TZ250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TZ250

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V-Twin Proddy racer, post 91/92, very limited production, probably not street legal

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250cc
2-stroke

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TZM150 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TZM150

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Seen it whipping around Malaysia. very zippy for the kamikaze pilots there. Also found in Indonesia. Imported from Thailand.

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150cc

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TW200 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TW200

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2-valve electric start.

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200cc

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TZR250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TZR250

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Post RZ250. Faired and unfaired models. parallel twin street bike, japanese imports (e.g banana arm, USD forks) Also has aluminium Deltabox frame, as opposed to steel tube cradles on RD/RZ250s

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250cc
2-stroke

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TT250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha TT250

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Similar to XR ie Enduro

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250cc

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V25 (Honda)

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Harley/Cruiser style V-twin. 8 valve DOHC liquid cooled. 5 speed. Disc front, drum rear brakes. Looks meaner than the Rebel.

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250cc
4-stroke

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VT250FIIJ (Honda)

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Timing chain completely fixed. Smaller fairing, but a nice, good looking bike.

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250cc

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VT250FIID (Honda)

Honda VT250FIID

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Crankshaft fixed. Full-fairing. Sexy but subjectively ugly paint job. 160kmh@12.5krpm

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VT250L (Honda)

Honda VT250L

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No fairing, modern frame, more power, more appeal, more money. A company in NSW makes aftermarket fairings (~1$k) bearing "VTr" insignia, which makes them look like a VFR or Ducati. Replaced the VT250 FII Integra, mid-seating (between touring and racing position). Good bottom power range and peaks at 140-165kmh. Responsive. 180-200km/tank. ~$4000-~$5000

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250cc

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VT250FIIF (Honda)

Honda VT250FIIF

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Double-row timing chain (still noisy but mechanically sound). New frame & fairing. 14lt tank (280km). TRAC anti-dive and twin rotors up front. Comstar wheels. Has about 40HP, revs to 13,500, which equals 170kmh.

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250cc

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VT250F (Honda)

Honda VT250F

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First came out in 1983. DOHC, 8-valve 90 degree V-twin four-stroke. Pro-link rear suspension, but drum brake, and problematic "inboard" disc on front. Engine had crankshaft and timing chain problems. Be wary of the older VT's. Check them out thoroughly.

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250cc

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VTR250 (Honda)

Honda VTR250

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This bike is available in Oz since 1999 and Japan, and is an update of the Spada bikes from the early 90's. See entry for VT250L.

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250cc

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XL185S (Honda)

Honda XL185S

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See XL250R

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185cc

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XL250S (Honda)

Honda XL250S

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Super Reliable single.

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250cc
4-stroke

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XLX250 (Honda)

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Looks like an XL250 but uses XR350 engine.

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250cc
4-stroke

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XL250R (Honda)

Honda XL250R

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Road/Trail. Good for the odd scrub dash. monoshock, roadgoing XR. 1983 had 250S motor, later had RFVC motor which came standard with crack between spark plug and exhaust valve. Honda used smaller spark plug in 1986 on to reduce problem. Same story for XR250.

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250cc

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XR80 (Honda)

Honda XR80

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See XR250

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80cc

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XR100 (Honda)

Honda XR100

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See XR250

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100cc
4-stroke

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XR185 (Honda)

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See XR250

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185cc

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XR200RD (Honda)

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See XR250

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200cc
4-stroke

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XR200R (Honda)

Honda XR200R

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See XR250

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200cc

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XR200 (Honda)

Honda XR200

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See XR250

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200cc
4-stroke

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XR250 (Honda)

Honda XR250

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The more "serious" Honda road/trail. More of a dirtbike. See XL250R. A '93/'94 model might go for around $4,000-$5,000. Try to avoid one that's been raced (worn brake disks, speedo may have been disconnected for a lot of it's life so misleading mileage, worn rear suspension & wheel bearings, head stem bearings, generally scratched plastics and/or ingrained dirt.

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250cc
4-stroke

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XR250RW (Honda)

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See XR250

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250cc

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XR250R (Honda)

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See XR250

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250cc

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XS250 (Yamaha)

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sluggish, slow, cheap. Upright chopper-style. Parallel twin, air-cooled. They may be sluggish, but they're darn reliable. Kickstart and electric start fitted as standard. Front & rear solid disc brakes. Wide, comfy seat.

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250cc
4-stroke

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XT225 (Yamaha)

Yamaha XT225

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See XT250.

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225cc

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XT250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha XT250

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2-valve. Basically the same bike from 1980 to 1991 Front drum, base model etc. 4-valve variant. XL equivalent.

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250cc

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XV250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha XV250

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Looks like a bigger bike (eg Harley). V-twin, good torque, smooth progressive power, fun, watch the pegs on the turns. The XV250 has been around for a number of years and has proven to be a big selling 250cc road bike. The cruiser style of the bike allows for a very low height, which helps the less tall rider to keep stable when stopped. Very comfy, nice wide seat and easy reach handlebars. Pillions will find themselves a little tight, better to get a bigger bike if you're going to do a lot of t

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250cc
4-stroke

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YP250 (Yamaha)

Yamaha YP250

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Yamaha copy of the Honda Helix. Stretched scooter with a low seat height, watercooled 250cc single with a belt drive automatic gearbox. Good weather protection. Comfortable, safe, commuter with a top speed of about 80mph. Very popular in France / Italy / Japan. Available worldwide except USA.

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250cc

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Z250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki Z250

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older twin, Light but not high performance. Basic, cheap. No fairing. Belt drive. Apparently there are some variants: single cylinder, a twin, a belt-drive, and a chain drive. The "Scorpion" *may* have been a one-off model. The variant of belt-drive twin, without the fairing and the GPZ paintwork (basically a GPZ!) is common. $550-$800

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250cc
4-stroke

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ZXR250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki ZXR250

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inline 4. Rare, grey import to Oz. Faster than GSXR250. Can be set up as racer (no mirrors, rep fairing) or as road bike (like a smaller ZXR400). Push it harder than 20500RPM and you'll see the pistons. Introduced in Malaysia in late 1997.

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250cc
4-stroke

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ZZR250 (Kawasaki)

Kawasaki ZZR250

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RECOMMENDED. Very sexy and popular. Good tourer. A bit underpowered. Wiggly rear end on some models. GPX, ZZR, GPZ250R all use variants of a water cooled DOHC 8 valve parallel twin. Redlines at 14500RPM. 35hp / 27kW, 146kg, 20km/L, 170km/hr $4500-$6700 (anything up to $8100) Better fairing rain protection than GPX250. three colour schemes: purple/silver, blue/silver, red. Sportier riding position than the GPX250. Introduced in Malaysia in 1995.

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250cc
4-stroke

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