There are enough seasoned motorcycle riders out there swearing by their 250cc bikes to get beginners excited about owning their first. In fact, even riders who ride the largest models tend to have a small, fun bike in the garage. The responsiveness and zip of a 250cc ride will always hold a place in bikers’ hearts.
Though consumers have plenty of choices in small cars these days, the selection of small bikes is limited in the United States. Riders can choose for lightweight bikes that jump from a standing position to nimble machines that beg for taking the long way home through the forest. Here are six motorcycles that serve up real fun in an affordable 250cc package. Base prices are included before destination charge for each bike in parentheses.
1. 2014 Honda CRF250L ($4,999)
If all-around thrills are what’s on the menu, the Honda CRF250L is known as a bike that strikes a balance between off-road fun and zippy rides through city streets. Powered by a single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine, the CRF250L has an electric starter capable of igniting in any weather and unique suspension with a curb weight of 320 lbs.
Top speeds above 80 mph are possible for highway driving, so distance riders may consider upgrading the saddle for added comfort. Still, the main draw will be transitioning from back roads to paved streets without batting an eye. New riders are bound to appreciate the versatility, while seasoned vets will know exactly how to adjust the bike to do your bidding. To top it off, the 2014 Honda CRF250L can get better than 70 mpg and go from 0-60 in about 8.5 seconds.