2008 Honda Nighthawk 250

2008 Honda Nighthawk 250 pictures, prices, information, and specifications.
MSRP
$3,699
Type
Standard
Insurance
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Model Type
Standard
MSRP
$3,699
Dealers
Warranty
6
Insurance
Finance
Generic Type (Primary)
Standard
Manufacturer Country
Japan
Parent Company
Honda
Display Name
Nighthawk 250
Year
2008
Make
Honda
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Cylinders
2
Engine Stroke
4-Stroke
Cooling
Air
Valves
4
Valves Per Cylinder
2
Valve Configuration
SOHC
Bore (mm/in)
53 / 2.09
Stroke (mm/in)
53 / 2.09
Displacement (cc/ci)
234 / 14.3
Compression Ratio
9.2:1
Starter
Electric
Fuel Requirements
Regular
Fuel Type
Gas
Fuel Injector
No
Carburetor
Yes
Number Of Carburetors
1
Carburetor Size (mm)
26
Carburetion Type
Carburetor
Transmission Type
Manual
Number Of Speeds
5
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)
Chain
Reverse
No
Wheels Composition
Steel
Tube / Tubeless
Tubed
Chromed
Yes
Front Tire Width
90
Front Tire Aspect Ratio
100
Front Wheel Diameter
18
Rear Tire Width
120
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio
90
Rear Wheel Diameter
16
Front Tire (Full Spec)
90/100 R18
Rear Tire (Full Spec)
120/90 R16
Front Brake Type
Drum
Rear Brake Type
Drum
Front Suspension Type
Telescopic Fork
Front Suspension Size (in/mm)
1.2 / 31
Front Travel (in/mm)
4.8 / 121.9
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load
No
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping
No
Front Central Suspension Strut
No
Steering Damper
No
Rear Suspension Type
Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Travel (in/mm)
3.9 / 99.1
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load
Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping
No
Number Rear Shock Absorbers
2
Air Adjustable
No
Steering Control
Handlebar
Wheelbase (in/mm)
56.3 / 1430
Wet Weight (lbs/kg)
315 / 142.9
Fuel Capacity (gal/l)
4.3 / 16.3
Fuel Capacity Reserve (gal/l)
0.8 / 3
Performance
Standard
Seat Type
One-Piece
Adjustable
No
Seat Material
Vinyl
Seat Location
Driver and Passenger
Folding
No
Seat Height (in/mm)
29.3 / 744.2
Number Of Seats
2
Grab Rail or Strap
Standard
Frame
Steel
Body Material
Plastic
Hand Grips
Standard
Foot Peg Location
Driver and Passenger
Adjustable
No
Drive Shaft Guard
No
Fork Guards
No
Saddle Bag Guard
No
Belt Guard
No
Hand Guards
No
Brush Guard
No
Heel Guards
No
Exhaust Guard
No
Light Guard
No
Side Cover
Yes
Front Fender
Standard
Rear Fender
Standard
Top Crown
Standard
Stand Type
Kick
Handlebars
Standard
License Plate
Standard
Trip Odometer
Standard
Speedometer
Standard
Warranty (Months/Condition)
6 / Limited
Battery Warranty (Months)
0
Paint
Standard
Handlebar Lock
Standard
Folding
Yes
Underseat Storage
Standard
Headlight Mounts
Standard
Halogen Headlight (s)
Standard
Headlight (s)
Standard
Light Type
Halogen
User Reviews
4 reviews
  • Great starter bike...
    By  (I am an Owner) on Dec 24, 2008

    Like everybody else says, it needs more power. It has to work too hard on the highway and still barely keeps up with traffic, but thats not what really it's for... It's a nimbal lightweight (300 lbs and some change) starter bike thats perfect for learning to negotiate those low speed short turns ...

    It's larger (in size) then you would expect a 250 to be so you don't feel like you're on a mini-bike in traffic. Most people don't realize it's only a 250 until you tell them it is.

    After about 7 months and 8,000 miles I'm ready to upgrade to a slighty larger bike (a 500 cc maybe) then on to the 750 class.

    If you are a beginner and want to hone your riding skills with lower risk of spills than a bigger bike (lets face it, we're ALL clumsy starting out and WILL take the occasional beginners dump)...here is where to start. It appears to be the bike than can train you up for more power and weight the quickest.

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  • Nighthawk 250
    By  (I am an Owner) on Dec 05, 2008

    I have had the nighthawk for about (6) months now, a bang for your buck. Its my first bike but wish it had more power.

    Great start bike and good for driven around town, not a freeway bike.

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  • So far...
    By  (I am an Owner) on Dec 02, 2008

    so good! I've had the Nighthawk 250 for 6 months and it's been a very reliable, fun little bike. I've always owned bigger bikes, and thought I might regret purchasing this 250. I was wrong. Although it doesn't have the freeway speed/power of a bigger bike, it still does the job. I've had a few ...

    The bike gets 60-70 MPG, cruises easily at 70 MPH on the freeway... it will go up to 85, but the ride is pretty rough at that speed. If you're in a strong wind or hit a steep hill, you'll be lucky to maintain 65 MPH (this is where the little 250 can't keep up).

    All things considered, I recommend this bike. Not only as a starter bike, but also as a commuter vehicle, and just an all around fun and inexpensive form of transportation.

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  • Good bike, great price
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 01, 2008

    I've had a Nighthawk for a while now, and other than a few issues that were fixed under warranty, its a pretty good bike. It could use more power though, and maybe some better tires. But its a good bike considering the price. I would buy it again.

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