Daelim VJF250 Roadwin Review

The Daelim VJF250 Roadwin is another 250cc motorcycle in the sports class you can consider in your quest for your ideal learner or commuter motorcycle. Daelim is a Korean manufacturer that has been making motorcycles for a few decades but has only been in Australia since about 2010. Once of it’s first models is the VJF250 targeting the popular Ninja 250R and various Honda’s. I have yet to ride one so can’t comment on this aspect so here’s the showroom and specification opinion. But from a distance this motorcycle looks that biz.

Unfortunately the overall impression of the Daelim VJF250 is not good. The overall build quality is not impressive or even close to the other South Korean manufacturers or even really really low end Japanese motorcycles in the class. The most obvious examples are the welds on the frame – they look done by school kids. The blacked out parts only partially hide the very messy and spotty welding.  I even saw hand painted black on the really messy bits! Likewise the shiny metal exhaust pipes and other parts look very temporary. (I think it has shiny coated steel rather than stainless)  I would think twice about leaving this motorcycle in the rain. The rest of the motorcycle like the tubes and swing arm etc.. are again hampered but lower quality parts and fitting in some places which makes the VJF250 hard to take seriously and very hard to recommend to anyone.  

In terms of engine specifications the VJF has only a single cylinder but it is seemingly modern with a large 250cc engine with EFI. Unfortunately its not a very efficient design since it doesn’t make much power.  Apart from this the only other issue is the varying specifications for the bike. I have been sent two different sets not including detail on the various official websites which does bode well for potential purchasers.  Hopefully the engine is put together with better parts than the rest of the motorcycle which makes me think more than twice…

The bad bits aside the VJF250 looks like cool sporty design and with a 2 year warranty it should be OK? if reliable? The price is also way too high for what you are getting. If Daelim wants to sell more try an under $2990 ride away and replace the exhaust with something else…I’m trying to be nice about it because there are so many more really good choices in the price range.

Honda CBR250R Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve (EFI)
Capacity:  246cc
Power/Torque:  15Kw @ 8,500 RPM 23Nm @ 7000 RPM 
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  185kg
Performance:  0-100kph 9 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   15 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  784mm
Dimensions: L2025 X W764 X H1180
 Recommended Retail Price:   $4990 Rideaway

Hyosung GT250R Review

The Hyosung GT250R is a sports style motorcycle from the increasing known South Korean company. Like their cars, Sth Korean motorcycles undercut the Japanese manufacturers in price and match or exceed them on features. The model has been on sale since about 2006 and was the best thing to happen to the 250cc market then, as it made the Japanese manufacturers lower their prices to reasonable levels.

In 2009 the Hyosung GT250R was given electronic fuel injection (EFI) and along with its unique (for a 250cc) upside down front forks, dual front discs, digital and analogue gauges to became arguably the highest spec 250cc motorcycle on the Australian market. The GT250R despite it’s age still looks quite good in the showroom and on the road and it certainly appears to be a larger capacity bike since it shares the design with the GT650R version – however parts quality needs some updating in terms of design but at least the quality almost up to Japanese standards on most parts.

The half faired version, the GT250 is cheaper but I don’t think it looks as good. Both models have the same V-Twin engine which does sound nicer than the parallel twin on the Ninja 250R and the single on the CBR250R. None sound as good a prior 4 cylinders. The only low spec hardware on the GT250R is the five speed gearbox where the normal number is 6 speed for obvious reasons.

The GT250R retails for around $5490 which is a great price point especially next to the Ninja 250R when comparing specifications. However the more modern Honda CBR250R despite having one cylinder is more than a match. Sure the GT250R is reportedly not as good as the other two main competitors but I think it will be other factors like dealership and various forums that will decide which one you get.  I don’t personally know anyone who has bought one yet…

Overall the Hyosung GT250R is another great little motorcycle, it is well specified but no longer state of art, looks the part and sells at a fair price. 

Hyosung GT250R Key Specifications
Engine:   V2 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  249cc
Power/Torque:  21Kw @ 10,500 RPM 22Nm @ 8000 RPM
Gearbox:   5 speed
Kerb Weight:  182Kg
Performance:  0-100kph 9 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions:  L2085 X W720  X H1125
 Recommended Retail Price:   $5490 (2012)