Honda classic motorcycles : 1984 Honda CB250RS

Honda classic motorcycles : 1984 Honda CB250RS

For the CB250RS, Honda just simply took the engine from the XL250S trail bike and came up with a super classic lightweight sports bike. Great fun to ride, the Honda CB250RS could out perform most, if not all of the four stroke twins of the day and easily out handle all of them. Sadly neglect usually caused top end and main bearing problems. The later ones with an electric start got heavier and seemed to have lost their edge, so for me the ultimate classic Honda motorcycle, would be a CB250RS which was one of the earlier kick start models

The Honda CB250RS is a 250 cc motorcycle designed for road use. It has a four stroke, four valve, air cooled, single cylinder engine, which was built for the earlier XL250S trail bike. The RS is known for its slim build, with a dry weight of only 128 kg, and nimble handling. The engine featured counter rotating balancers which reduced vibration and allowed a lighter frame. Further weight savings were achieved by making the engine as stressed component. Early models were kick-started (with a completely superfluous automatic decompression lever), while later Deluxe models (designated RS-D) came with electric start and different paintwork. The bike has a front disk brakeand rear drum brake, and while it had only a single cylinder, it had twin exhausts.

The engine generates modest power and achieves a top speed of around 150 km/h or 90 mph. Early models sported 26 hp, while later models reached 33 hp. The bike was known for being hard-wearing and reliable. It is also very fuel efficient, achieving up to 70 mpg (3.4 L/100 km). One known issue with the bike was that at around 50,000 miles an RS will often suddenly stop and this can usually be traced to a faulty ignition coil in the alternator. The CDI also tended to fail on high-mileage bikes.

Overall the CB250RS is a fun, low cost motorcycle, and has a loyal following among students and delivery riders for both its economical and nimble characteristics. The CB250RS was phased out of production in the mid-late 1980s.
Honda classic motorcycles : 1984 Honda CB250RS Reviewed by Barra Khatab On Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 1:24 PM Rating: 5
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