Honda VT250

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Honda VT250 Spada MC20
Honda VT250 Spada
Honda VT250 Spada
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Spada, MC20
Predecessor VT250F
Successor VTR250
Class Sport bike
Engine liquid-cooled
249 cc (15.2 cu in)
4 valves per cylinder
V-twin
Power 40 hp (30 kW) @ 12000 rpm [1]
Transmission

6-speed, chain drive

electric starter
Frame type Aluminum
Suspension

Front tyre: 110/80R17

Rear tyre: 140/70R17
Brakes

Front: single disc

Rear: single disc
Wheelbase 1,380 mm (54 in)
Seat height 740 mm (29 in)
Weight 143 kg (315 lb)[citation needed] (dry)
Fuel capacity 11 l (2.4 imp gal; 2.9 US gal)

The VT250 or Spada MC20 was a Honda motorcycle built between late 1988 and the end of 1989.

The Spada's handling was enhanced due to its "CASTEC" cast aluminium frame, which is 5 kilograms (11 lb) lighter and over 30% stiffer than the previous steel version.[citation needed] It was geared to a theoretical top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) at a 13,500 rpm redline. Note that these figures are directly calculated from the gear and reduction ratios of the Honda Spada Workshop Manual. Tyre height is approximated at 70mm.

The VT250 Spada used Nissin brakes, Enkei wheels and a Showa rear-shock. It was designed by Mitsuyoshi Kohama, the designer also responsible for the first Fireblade, the NR750 and the Hornet.[citation needed] The model was principally marketed in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, although used models can also be found further afield, including Europe. Following the VT250 Spada, the Honda VTR250 was produced, which had a lower power output of 32 hp (24 kW) and a trellis frame in place of the cast aluminium frame.

Predecessor[edit]

The VT250F is a semi-faired, sport bike first produced by Honda in 1982.

The motorcycle had a DOHC 4-valve-per-cylinder, 90-degree water-cooled V-twin engine, which significantly reduced primary vibration when compared to inline twin engines used on similar machines. The V-twin engine also allowed the motorcycle to have a low centre of gravity and a low seat height.

The front brake was a single inboard ventilated disc that was developed to improve brake performance and feel. This was only seen on Honda models for a few years, before a switch to sintered metal brake pads with the more traditional disc/caliper arrangement. Other features included a hydraulic clutch, Comstar wheels with tubeless tyres, TRAC anti-dive front forks and Pro-Link rear suspension. Engine coolant passed through one of the frame tubes. The early UK specification model had built-in front fairing indicators, and optional radiator side-cowls and belly pan. Following the VT250F, the VT250 Spada and VTR250 were produced.

Successor[edit]

The Honda VTR250 is a 90° V-twin motorcycle produced by Honda that has so far had one major revision. The original VTR250 was a faired model sold only in the USA and Canada from 1988 to 1990. The current model VTR250 is a naked bike, produced from 1997 to the present, available only in the Asia-Pacific region, and for 2009, Europe.

The Honda Interceptor VTR250 was sold only in the United States from 1988 to 1990, with moderate changes occurring over the three model years. With a 249 cc four-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin engine and a six-speed transmission, VTR250 was the smallest of Honda's Interceptor line of motorcycles.

The 1990 model had a 17-inch front wheel and the front disc brakes were external.

Specifications[edit]

All specifications are manufacturer claimed as per specific model owners manuals and workshop service manuals, except as stated,

Year 1982-83 1984-85 1985 1986 1987-89 1989 1997-99 2000-2002 2003-2008 2009-
Model VT250-FII (VT250F) VT250-FII
(VT250Z H/J/K)
MC15
VT 250-FII (Integra) VT250F special edition/F2H
(VTR250 Interceptor)
MC15
Spada VT250L
MC20
VTR250
(VTR250W)
MC33
VTR250
(VTR250Y)
MC33
VTR250
(VTR2503)
MC33
VTR250 (EFI)
MC33
Engine Type /
Configuration
Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, petrol, DOHC, V-Twin 4-stroke - 8-valve
Liquid-cooled
DOHC 90°V-twin
4-stroke - 8-valve
Liquid-cooled EFI
DOHC 90°V-twin
Body type Fully faired & naked Semi-naked & naked Fully faired Naked
Displacement 248 cc (15.1 cu in) 249 cc (15.2 cu in) 250 cc (15 cu in)
Bore and Stroke 60 mm × 44 mm (2.4 in × 1.7 in) 60 mm × 44.2 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in) 60 mm × 44.1 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in) 60 mm × 44 mm (2.4 in × 1.7 in) 60 mm × 44.2 mm (2.36 in × 1.74 in)
No. of cylinders 2 (V-twin)
No. of valves 8 (4 per cylinder)
Max Power Output 35 PS (26 kW) @ 11,000 rpm 40 PS (29 kW) @ 12,000 rpm 32 PS (24 kW) @ 10,500 rpm
Max Torque 21.5 N·m (15.9 lbf·ft) @ 10,000 rpm 25.5 N·m (18.8 lbf·ft) @ 9,000 rpm 23.5 N·m (17.3 lbf·ft) @ 8,500 rpm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Ignition / Starting Transistorized / electric Full transistor / electric firing Computer-controlled fully
transistorised with electronic
advance / electric
Fuel Delivery 2x 32mm Keihin carburettors 2x 32mm Keihin VD10F 2x 32mm VD10 carburettors Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system
Transmission 6-Speed, constant mesh, chain and sprockets final drive 5-Speed, constant mesh, chain and sprockets final drive
Primary reduction ratio 2.821
1st gear ratio 2.562 (41/16) 2.733 (41/15)
2nd gear ratio 1.850 (37/20) 2.000 (38/19) 1.800
3rd gear ratio 1.478 (34/23) 1.590 (35/22) 1.375
4th gear ratio 1.240 (31/25) 1.333 (32/24) 1.111
5th gear ratio 1.074 (29/27) 1.153 (30/26) 0.965
6th gear ratio 0.965 (28/29) 1.035 (29/28) na (no 6th gear)
Final reduction ratio 3.214 3.176 2.928
Front Sprocket 14T 17T 14T
Rear Sprocket 45T 54T,51T 41T
Chain type 520 O-ring
Rake / Trail 26°70' / 91 mm (3.6 in) 26°30' / 97 mm (3.8 in) 26°05' / 100 mm (3.9 in) 25° / 96 mm (3.8 in) 25°30' / 98 mm (3.9 in) 25°30' / 96 mm (3.8 in)
Front Suspension Air-assisted telescopic Air assisted
Telescopic with anti-
dive adjustment
Showa 35mm Telescopic,
130mm travel
37mm telescopic,
120mm travel
Showa 41mm telescopic Showa 41mm telescopic
Rear Suspension Pro-link air assisted monoshock Monoshock, 100mm travel Monoshock with
7-step preload
adjustment
Monoshock with preload adjustment Monoshock with preload adjustment.
Front Brakes in-board disc brake Single disk,
2-piston calliper
drum Single disk, 2-piston calliper 296mm single disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brakes drum single disk
Front tyre 100/90-16 54S 100/80-17 52S 110/70-17 54H
Rear tyre 110/80-18 58S 120/80-17 61S 140/70-17 66S 140/70-17 66H
Fuel Capacity (total) 12 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.2 US gal) 14 L (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal) 13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal) 11 L (2.4 imp gal; 2.9 US gal) 13 L (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal) 12 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.2 US gal)
Reserve fuel 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.2 L (0.48 imp gal; 0.58 US gal) 1.9 L (0.42 imp gal; 0.50 US gal) 1.5 L (0.33 imp gal; 0.40 US gal)
Oil capacity 2.5 L (0.55 imp gal; 0.66 US gal) 2.4 L (0.53 imp gal; 0.63 US gal)
Dry weight 153 kg (337 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 155 kg (342 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 149 kg (328 lb) 153 kg (337 lb)
Wet weight
Gross weight 322 kg (710 lb) 319 kg (703 lb) 243 kg (536 lb) 263 kg (580 lb)
Length 2,027 mm (79.8 in) 2,028 mm (79.8 in) 2,030 mm (80 in) 2,010 mm (79 in) 2,040 mm (80 in) 2,080 mm (82 in)
Width 750 mm (30 in) 730 mm (29 in) 715 mm (28.1 in) 720 mm (28 in) 715 mm (28.1 in)
Height 1,190 mm (47 in) 1,185 mm (46.7 in) 1,140 mm (45 in) 1,020 mm (40 in) 1,050 mm (41 in) 1,055 mm (41.5 in)
Wheelbase 1,385 mm (54.5 in) 1,370 mm (54 in) 1,380 mm (54 in) 1,410 mm (56 in) 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Seat height 760 mm (30 in)
Ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 in) 150 mm (5.9 in) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Turning ratio 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Fuel economy 40 km/L (110 mpg‑imp; 94 mpg‑US)
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h) 111.85 mph (180.01 km/h)
Standing ¼ mile 13.5sec @ 83 mph (134 km/h)
Place of Manufacture Japan
Market availability USA Japan, New Zealand, Australia

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Honda Spada Owner's Manual, 1989