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