Poor man’s 250 Ninja

But the ZZ-R250 is cru­elly un­der­val­ued

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

You’ll have a job track­ing down one of these, be­cause they only sold them in 2002 and 2003, and not many peo­ple bought them then be­cause 250s were as dé­modé as afro hair­styles. But just as the afro can be seen in the wild, here and there, so too are ZZ-RS creep­ing out from the backs of garages.

What you get is ba­si­cally the same en­gine as in the 250 Ninja, though you have to rev the tits off it to get any­where: max power is at 11,000rpm.

It also has a beam frame and styling from the ZZ-R1100, so that’s all right. Oh, and it has an 18-litre tank and a range of 200 miles.

But look here – the en­gine is more or less the same unit as you’ll find in the mod­ern 250 Ninja.

OK, so the Ninja looks rather more con­tem­po­rary and sporty, but the ZZ-R’S slip­pery styling is still cool. You’ll see 100mph on the speedo: true top speed is nearer 95mph, but with a fol­low­ing wind, you’ll def­i­nitely hit a gen­uine ton, if it’s been kept well main­tained.

These bikes are cheap be­cause no­body re­ally knows they ex­ist, which is un­der­stand­able. In Aus­tralia, they love them. You’ll have to put some hours into scour­ing the clas­si­fied ads and ebay to find one, but re­ally, right now £750 is all you need to get a good one in your garage. That’s just a quar­ter of the price of a de­cent 250 Ninja, but you’re get­ting 90% of a Ninja’s ca­pa­bil­ity for your money.

It’s a rare beast, but the ZZ-R250 is very ca­pa­ble

Styling comes from the ZZ-R1100

Clas­sic ana­logue dash, no mod cons here

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