Fuel For Thought
by Rod Morris
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Welcome To Fuel For Thought

Written by: Rod Morris

Glossary of terms and abbreviations:
MSM - Multisurface Motorcycles/Motorcyclist
MMP - Multisurface Motorcycle Products
TGMP - Top Gun Motorcycle Products

MSM Weight Classifications:
Lightweight (LW) - up to 250lbs
Middleweight (MW) - 251lbs - 300lbs
Light-Heavyweight (LHW) - 301lbs - 350lbs
Heavyweight (HW) - 351lbs - 400lbs
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Honda NX250 - What?, by Rod Morris

On Saturday 3/12/11 the sun was shining
and the temperature was in the 60's and I
decided it was time for a ride. Before I could
even get my gear on the phone rang and it
was Elden wanting to also enjoy the great
weather with a little ride.

I had already prepped my 1999 KLR650
(with red/black 2005 body work) early that
morning so I was on the road by 11:00. I
always try to take the same route no matter
where my ride is going because it's the most
fun. One mile from my home is a five mile
stretch of two lane curvy road to warm up
the tires and me. It goes through the Campo
Indian Reservation to Hwy 94, which is one
of the best two lane motorcycle roads in
San Diego County. I made my way down to
Campo, then past the Potrero Cafe where
most of the sportbike crowd like to meet on
Sundays after blasting up the lower part of
Hwy 94 (seems like Saturday is more
reserved for the cruiser groups). I continued
down the short twisty part where the
hwy94photo.com guy takes pictures of all
and any bikes or other interesting vehicles
that pass by on the weekends. This is
where you go real fast, lean the bike over
and maybe even drag your knee so he gets
a really good action shot even though a still
picture never shows if you’re going fast or
just learned to lean over real far at slow
speed. Only the knee dragging, sparks
flying photo tells it all. You can later go onto
the site and view pictures of yourself in full
stride and you can also purchase the

I finally met Elden at Honey Springs Road
which is another nice scenic motorcycle ride
but without the tight cornering you find on
94. Elden and I made our way to I-8 where
we decided not to go any higher up into the
mountains as it was a little on the chilly side.
Instead, we rode the freeway five miles west
to the quaint town of Alpine where we had
lunch at Subway (you know, healthy food for
the old guys). We then headed out the
backside of Alpine down Tavern Road to
another popular motorcycle road called
Japatul (pronounced "ha-pa-tool") and rode
back to the east and took Lyons Valley
Road to the Lyons Valley Store where all
types of bikes like to meet.

While sitting on a bench shoot-in the breeze
we heard the distinct sound of a small single
cylinder bike pull in and park next to our
bikes. The rider got off and went into the
store, but all we could see of the bike was
the back-end and neither of us could decide
what it was. I finally walked over to take a
look and found the words, "Honda NX250”. I
vaguely remembered that designation from
some years ago but knew nothing about
them. I called Elden over and we started
looking over this strange little bike (actually
it looked pretty neat). The owner, Manny
Marin, Jr. finally came out and we started
firing questions at him about his ride.
Unfortunately he had only owned it a short
time and really didn't have a lot of
information about its background but told us
what he could. Turns out it was a 1989
Honda NX250 that was fairly popular when it
was introduced in 1987-1994.  
Manny and Rod enjoying a day of
riding and talking motorcycles.
The NX250 is still a great looking
bike 22 years later.
In full sunlight, it's easy to see that
Manny takes care of his ride!
Ride safe, Manny. Looking forward
to seeing you on the road again!
Here are statistics:

  • Front disc brake
  • Drum rear (not much weight to stop)
  • 293lbs wet
  • 2.4 gallons
  • Liquid cooled 4 stroke DOHC single
  • 11.0: 1 compression
  • 249cc
  • 6 speed
  • 80-90mph top speed
  • 70mpg
  • 26 hp
  • 19"tire front/16" rear

Manny's NX250 was very clean, sounded good and appeared to have been well cared
for by previous owner(s).  Manny plans to have his wife ride the bike as they both took
the riders training course and hope to do some touring around San Diego and maybe
some in Baja. The little NX250 looked like it would be a lot of fun to ride and although
it's over 30 years old, it still looks rather up to date. With a few up-grades this light bike
could be a very nimble zinger on Hwy 94. Thank you Manny for re-introducing us to a
classic bike of yore. See, you do meet the nicest people on a Honda (the slogan
Honda used way back when the first step-thru was imported).