SSR Motorsports SR250
APRIL 2014
CYCLEWORLD.COM
AMERICA’S LEADING MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE
BERM SHOT:
The SSR
SR250
blends
capable
power and
handling
with an
affordable
price tag.
IGNITION FIRST RIDE
C W FIR ST R I D E
SSR MOTORSPORTS SR250
W
ith dirt bike prices knocking
on $10,000, market forces are
calling for a bike such as the
SSR Motor­sports SR250. Never heard of it? Unless you’ve
been a fan of Chinese-made
minibikes and side-by-side
ATVs, you probably haven’t,
which isn’t surprising, but
the SR250’s $3,699 retail price
certainly is.
At first glance, the SR
looks like a close facsimile of
Honda’s CRF250X, aluminum chassis and all. Power
is provided by a nondescript
four-stroke single that likely
serves duty in a multitude of
other Chinese offerings.
Build quality is better than
expected, though you can
tell it isn’t quite as polished
as the Japanese model it
mimics. Electric starting
brings the SR to life, while
engine response is amazingly peppy for a bike with
a non-pumper carburetor.
The cable-actuated clutch’s
pull is a little heavy, but the
engagement is smooth. First
gear is low enough for trail
riding, and the spread of
the five transmission ratios
is wide—a little more than
typical for a 250. Power is
plentiful for pulling through
the transmission gaps, but
the bike revs a bit slowly,
lacking the snappy and aggressive response of 250cc
motocross bikes.
The front end feels raked
out but provides a stable ride,
which should be comforting
to novices. Suspension is set
up on the stiff side, but you
can jump this bike and not
worry about the landings,
unlike with most other bikes
in this price range.
Swapping out the heavy
CST tires would improve
handling, while a couple
of other small mods would
transform the bike into a
solid-performing machine.
The SR250 already comes
with an aluminum skid plate,
but add a spark arrestor and
the bike is ready for the trail.
Other minor mods that would
help would be a new seat
(stock is too soft), grips, and
better control levers.
However you feel about
Chinese bikes, the SR250 is a
fun motorcycle at a very attractive price, and it performs
at a level typical of machines
costing much more.
SSR MOTORSPORTS SR250
EN G I N E T Y P E
s o hc s i ng l e
DISPL ACE M E NT
250 cc
SE AT HEIGHT
38.0 in.
FU EL C APACIT Y
1 .7 ga l.
CL AIMED DRY WEIGHT
2 6 0 lb.
Posted with permission from Cycle World, April 2014. Copyright © Bonnier Publications. All rights reserved.
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PR I C E
$3,699
PHOTOS BY SCOTT HOFFMAN
Budget Berm Blaster By Jimmy Lewis
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