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Review of the 2002 Honda VTR 250:
The best Learner bike available in New Zealand
Author: Jamie, 2007-04-16|
I´ve had a 2003 VTR 250 for one year in New Zealand. I´ve commuted on it, toured on it and even taken it to Taupo Grand Prix Track for a day. It´s a fantastic little bike.
Legislation in New Zealand restricts learner motorcyclists to 250cc. There is also a minimum term you must be on a Learner/Restricted licence between 9 months and 2 years dependant on age.|
This forces New Zealanders to own a 250cc bike for a while before buying a large capacity bike.
I wanted a bike that was less than 5 years old and had less than 5,000km on it which ruled out 4 cylinder performance 250cc bikes.
The VTR has the looks of a small Ducati Monster and fnatastic handling. The early delivery of torque makes it quite quick from a standing start. I fitted a small fairing to the front of the bike as I was doing fairly long trips of about 300-500km at weekends as well as a 25km commute every day. I saw a top speed of about 155kph on Taupo Track.
To make this bike perfect it needs 3 things. A 6th Gear (and a closer ratio gearbox), Clip on Handlebars (the stock handlebar was too high for me) and a full fairing.
The suspension, Nissin brakes and the general craftsmanship of this bike are all superb and it has never let me down. We covered 20,000km together.
This is without a doubt the best road going 250cc bike available new.
If you are thinking of starting your bike career on a VTR250 then stop thinking and do it!
They hold their value 2nd hand too.
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