(Honda XR250 Dirt Bikes four-stroke. 1998-2005 models. Sorry, we stopped providing these bikes from early 2019 and upgrade to the newer Honda CRF250L.)
About Our Honda XR250, XR250 Baja Dirt Bikes
It really is a confidence-inspiring bike to ride. It’s easy to get seen by car drivers because of its height and bright single (XR), it also makes for excellent visibility. It goes round corners better than most of the bikes available in Vietnam – faster, leaner angle and really easy to flick side to side.
Made between 1996-2005, Honda XR250 and XR Baja 4-stroke, 250cc is the best dirt bike for Vietnamese off-road riding where power is what you need to get over dirt roads. However, this bike is only ideal for riders from 1.85m and experienced bikers who can handle bike repairs.
The original Honda XR250 Baja came with twins headlights. However, this model has a week supporting frame for the lights. In addition, many customers complained that the light didn’t go where they turned and suggested a single headlight. We now use a single headlight for this model as you can see in the photos below. Note that XR250 and XR250 Baja use identical engine, XR250 is the newer model.
Important! We stopped providing the older Honda XR250 Baja in June 2017 and currently have only newer Honda XR250 2003-2005 models. From 2018, you can hire the newer 2013 – 2017 Honda CRF250L.
Today, the minimum a serious long-distance traveller would use is around 650cc. In fact, most travellers are riding from 750 to 1200 cc bikes, preferably shaft driven. BMW is by far the most popular bike followed by Honda Transalp and Africa Twins, Kawasaki and Yamaha 650 and 750 Enduro’s etc. During the 70’s most of the trips were done on 250 cc bikes. At that time the Yamaha XT250 and Honda XL were the most popular bikes. However, Vietnamese speed limit is from 25 to 60km/hour, therefore we found out that 250cc is the maximum our riders need for a great trip at reasonable prices.
Important note for Honda XR250 hire in Hanoi
– To be honest, this Honda XR250 is not really suitable for riding two up on one bike because of the small and skinny seat. Ideally, riding solo is the best option. If you have to ride two up, relax often and don’t ride long every day, especially after dark or on rainy days. Buy air or soft cushion to make it more comfortable, at least for the pillion passenger.
– We are based in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam only. Therefore, we sadly don’t offer bike hire outside of Hanoi nor one-way rental. Sadly, we have nobody to recommend because we don’t know their bikes or the quality of services.
– As these bikes are old models, expect some problems and therefore bike repair experience is needed. If you want freedom of mind but accept lower HP, hire the new Honda XR125. Due to 120% taxes and huge registration fees, a new Honda CRF250L costs over 10,000$US and there is no way we could do business at that price. We are honest about bike options and if you want to know more just email us.
Click here to download Honda XR250R 1996-2004 Service Manual.
To have an idea of how this dirt bike manages off-road riding please watch the video below. This bike handles challenging off-road better than the smaller Honda XR125, it is, in fact, the best bike for exploring Vietnam.
Honda XR250, XR250 Baja Dirt Bikes Specifications
|Number of seats
|Country of origin
|249 cc, air/oil-cooled, 4-stroke
|Engine power (hp/rpm)
|28 hp (20.9 kW) @ 8,000 rpm
|OHC, 4 valves per cylinder
|CDI type battery ignition
|22 km/liter speed 50 km/hour (standard gasoline)
|Manual, wet multiple plate coil springs
|Fuel tank capacity (l)
|Ground clearance (mm)
|Curb weight (kg)
|Seat height (mm)
|Wheel base (mm)
Sorry, this trail bike is not available for rent anymore.
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