Honda NX250 – What?

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.

Manny and Rod enjoying a day of riding and talking motorcycles.

Manny and Rod enjoying a day of
riding and talking motorcycles.

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
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 pictures.

The NX250 is still a great looking bike 22 years later.

The NX250 is still a great looking
bike 22 years later.

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.

In full sunlight, it's easy to see that Manny takes care of his ride!

In full sunlight, it’s easy to see that
Manny takes care of his ride!

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.  


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).