1980 Honda CB 250 T or 1981 Yamaha XS 250?

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1980 Honda CB 250 T or 1981 Yamaha XS 250?

Postby Mr.Ed » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:54 pm

Hi guys!
I could use your opinions on this;

I am very tempted to buy one of two bikes but I'm also feeling very divided about which one: A 1980 Honda CB 250 T and a 1981 Yamaha XS 250 (not the custom one). Both bikes are in reasonable condition, with scuffs, marks and a technical thing or two in need of a fix but running and in overall ok condition. Both are being sold for peanuts, so price is a bit secondary here. I was wondering if any of you out there has had any experience with these bikes you'd like to share, or if you happen to know a bit of both in terms of reliability and of course, if it's still relatively easy to find parts for these bikes over 30 years old.

Looking forward to hear your views and thoughts!! :-)

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Re: 1980 Honda CB 250 T or 1981 Yamaha XS 250?

Postby fido » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:32 pm

Go for the Honda! I had an XS250 I bought brand new and it was useless. I changed it for a Honda 250RS single when the Yam still had less than 1000 miles on the clock. At the time I bought the Yamaha I also had a Honda CB100N which I often used for the 7 mile ride to work. On days when I used the Yamaha I would have to set out earlier because the bike was so hard to start. Mine was not just a bad example, they were all like that. It also had very vague handling and you felt somehow remote from the road. The Honda 250 Dream was only made for a year or so as it was replaced by the Superdream but it was a pretty good, reliable bike.
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Re: 1980 Honda CB 250 T or 1981 Yamaha XS 250?

Postby Tman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:07 pm

Yep, Honda every time. My old XS (a low mileage one too) was vile. Worst bike ever.
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