This Japanese cruiser has been around since 1998 with few changes. With its light frame (331 pounds wet), low seat height, and comfortable fit for a smaller rider, this bike is a good learner ride. Sitting just 4.9 inches off the ground, it's also an exceptional pick for the petite female rider. Great on fuel, with a 300 mile range before hitting the reserve makes it an economical choice. Painted in black only, its dressed with lots of chrome and comes with spoked wheels to give it the classic cruiser look.
The instrumentation is what you would expect from a bare-bones bike. Arriving with a speedometer, a trip re-set, and a low level warning light, little else is needed. Under the seat, you’ll find a locking storage compartment. The handlebar-to-seat ratio is set up to accommodate a variety of riders, as is the seat itself. Made of vinyl and seating for two, the seat is surprisingly comfortable.
The single cylinder, carbureted engine is fine for around town, but out on the road is a different story. Hills are met with sluggish performance, and adding the weight of two riders into the mix is unsatisfactory – despite the fact that the bike can technically seat two passengers. Even on flat ground, acceleration with one rider is acceptable, but again, the performance suffers with two. Freeway acceleration is also lacking, and don't even try to pass with little room to spare. The bike is still a great bet for around town riding with smooth handling and a good turning radius. If you don't mind zero-to-60 in almost 12 seconds, this is the bike for you. Stopping isn’t bad either; with front hydraulic disc brakes and a drum in the rear, it will stop adequately.
If the performance issues aren’t a problem, this is a great bike. It’s a sharp-looking bike, comfortable to ride, easy to repair, and very reliable. The single cylinder beats all the others of its class in terms of mileage, as other 250 cc bikes are all two cylinders. It has lots of bolt-on accessories to help customize it for each individual taste. The electric transistorized ignition is trouble-free and the five-speed transmission shifts nicely. The forward controls mesh well with rider position. This entry level cruiser is a perfect fit for novice riders, shorter riders, and petite riders.