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Honda Nighthawk 250 
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Honda Nighthawk 250 (red)
Many a new rider received their first experience in an MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Class. Chances are they did it on a Nighthawk 250. This little bird is easy to handle, light weight, yet it is physically sized so you don't feel like you're on a toy. Although it suffers on the highway, it is great for zipping around the city and short commutes. Honda also sells an optional windshield, a backrest, and a center stand. The Nighthawk 250 boasts nearly 70 MPG for fuel economy, and believe it not, some people actually take trips on these motorcycles. Maintenance couldn't be easier and the Nighthawk 250 is just plain fun to ride.

The final production year for the Nighthawk 250 was 2008.

From the Honda Website featuring the 2008 Nighthawk 250:

Versatile. Multi-faceted. Ultra-capable. The Nighthawk has garnered praise from experts and owners alike for decades, and perhaps no better word than “all-rounder” sums up this machine's appeal and longevity. Lightweight. Dependable. Performance-packed. And as easy on your wallet as it is to use. Whether you're a total beginner or a seasoned vet, the Nighthawk offers every rider the perfect combination of performance, Honda reliability, and possibly best of all, value.

Check out this review of the 2008 Nighthawk 250 from

Engine In-line 2 cylinder air cooled 
Displacement  234cc
Bore & Stroke  53mm x 53mm 
Compression Ratio  9.2:1
Max engine speed  9500rpm
Engine Horsepower  19.3 (per Certificate of Origin by American Honda)
Engine Torque  14.4 6500rpm 
Ignition CDI
Carburetor 26mm CV (constant velocity) 
Transmission  Gear primary drive via wet, multi-plate clutch to 5 speed, constant-mesh gear-box. Chain final drive, cable operated clutch.
Final drive sealed O-ring chain 
Fuel capacity  4.0 gal including .8 reserve 
Avg mpg 70 mpg
Top Speed 84 mph (Average real-world top speed: 80 mph)
Front suspension  31mm fork 
Front susp. travel  4.8 in. (per Honda Shop Manual since 1996)
Rear suspension  twin rear shocks with 5 way adj. preload
Rear sus travel  3.9 in.
Front brake 6 in. drum 
Rear brake 6 in. drum 
Front tire 90/100-18 (Dunlop K325) 
Rear tire 120/90-16 (Dunlop K300) 
Weight 286.6 lbs. (315 lbs. wet weight) 
Wheelbase 56.2 in.
Rake/Trail 28.5° / 4.3in. 
Seat height 29.3 in.
Ground clearance  6.3 in.
Frame tubular steel semi-cradle frame with engine as stressed member. 

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