Dirt bikes are best for trail riding or even for rides in and around the city. While most people consider riding such bikes to be extreme sport, you can very well use them for your daily commute to school or college. And the best part of riding the bike is you can stay fit and healthy.
From increased strength, endurance, heart rate to boosting balance and keeping you outdoors in natural environment, the bikes offer several truly beneficial advantages. Though these bikes are excellent for off and on road riding, they can be very expensive. Good quality component parts, performance and maneuverability are vital aspects such bikes need to have. Ensuring these criteria results in their cost being high.
However, the Hawk dirt bike 250 cc is an exception. It is cheap but comes with great features . So does it deliver what you are looking for in a dirt bike? Get ready to find out with my Hawk 250 Enduro Review.
Overview Of Hawk Dirt Bike
For dirt bike enthusiasts like me an inexpensive and street legal bike that is convenient and best of all cheap is certainly a fantastic offer. Hawk 250 cc dirt bike is one such offering. And to top it all, the bike is really nice to look at.
With 4 stroke engine, manual feature and warranty of 3 months on parts , the bike certainly packs a punch.
Now let us move deep to Hawk 250 Enduro Review and go into the features in detail to know whether the dirt bike is really as fantastic an offer as it seems.
Features At A Glance
- 250 CC four stroke engine with kick start and electric start feature
- Hydraulic disc brakes for front and back wheels
- Has 60 miles per hour maximum acceleration
- Manual shift transmission with 5 speed
- Front tire has 21 inches diameter with a clearance of 8 inches
- Fuel tank capacity is 12.5 litre
- Maximum weight capacity is 330lb
- Structure is made of durable steel and needs minimal maintenance
Other notable features in Hawk Enduro bike include upgraded carburetor, performance exhaust and paint job. The fuel tank comes with a tight locking cap.
Seat has leather padding for comfort and there is optional glove compartment storage space. The sunglasses, handgrips and gloves offered with the package increase riding convenience.
The bike is fitted with odometer, tachometer and speedometer and has turn signal lights, high beam front headlight and sleek mirrors for rear view. Instrument panel, horn and holder for license plate are other features found in the bike.
On the design front, the Hawk looks sleek and cool. The bike sports a twin spare steel frame of heavy duty caliber. Available in green, red, blue and black colors , the dirt bike design is focused on high performance and stylish look.
The exhaust pipe is optimally placed to increase the aesthetics besides boosting the performance. The manufacturer has used precise technology for design and manufacture to obtain the rugged and sturdy look of the bike.
The head and tail lights are stylishly shaped and the bike also comes with turn lights and rear view mirrors.
The front and back tires are designed for allowing strong traction and have dimensions of 8.3 x 36.2 x 55.1 inches. The fat tiers with strong suspension ensure you have a room and very comfortable experience riding off-road or on road.
While I was preparing this Hawk 250 Enduro Review, I found that the seat is a bit low but comfortable to ride on and is designed for allowing maximum movement for the rider.
The Hawk engine is a single cylinder unit of 250 cc capacity that is air cooled. The four stroke engine is controlled by manual clutch.
With a capacity to accelerate to 65mph speed, the engine shows amazing gas mileage and performance.
For riding trails and enjoying rough terrain the speed is just right. The brakes are of hydraulic disc type for the front and back ensuring you get sturdy and reliable power while hitting the brakes.
A convenient and comfortable ride is an essential part of a dirt bike as it has to navigate rough terrain without any hassle to the rider.
The Hawk has several convenience guaranteed features most important of which is the large sized rear and front wheels of dimension 110/100-18 inches and 80/100-21 inches respectively.
With seat height present at 35.4inches it may seem a bit low, but combined with the huge tires and robust hydraulic disc brakes the bike offers a very comfortable ride.
The mono shock absorbers in the rear and double shock absorbers in the front make it easy to navigate rough terrain with style. Air cooled engine helps maintain top speed without getting overheated and losing it mileage and performance.
Even if the bulky shape of the bike had me wondering about maneuvering it around sharp turns, I found that I need not worry about it much as the bike handles any sharp turn even uphill with ease.
The brake system serves as a perfect complement for the suspension ensuring any colossal jumps you try are handled with ease by the bike.
The large frame of the bike also helps to make it sturdy and robust providing better control over the bike while riding at top speed.
However, if you are riding the 250 cc for the first time and are used to a smaller engine of 125 cc or even less, learning to control the bike can be quite a challenge. But with its sturdy, nimble and convenient features mastering it is possible with some effort.
Using it on US roads
Being manufactured in China, the bike has EPA approval. However it does have NHTSA label but not FMVSS. You need to confirm whether it is street legal in your state.
Designed to suit traveling over long distance with minimal maintenance the Hawk is a versatile ride to own. Before you buy it, you need to check with the local DMV for confirming the street legal status.
Assembling the bike
One of the issue users’ have to deal with Hawk 250 CC is assembling the parts from the crate it is shipped in.
Here is what I did with my HAWK 250cc package.
I removed the plastic wrapping and cardboard of the package, and disassembled the shipping case made of steel by removing the nuts and screws.
The owner’s manual is very helpful to identify all the panels, parts and assembling them. I then connected speedometer to right hub with the help of the arrow given for right orientation.
Next I routed the cable via the right fork point and on left side fixed additional bearing given for the speedometer connection.
I made sure the front rotor is in line with front brake pads. Once this was done, I greased the front axle bolt. Now I could easily install the speedometer, bearing and tire with the fork.
By the way, assembling was the most time taking part of my Hawk 250 Enduro Review.
For The Controls
Once I had the two wheels fixed, I jacked it up and inserted the bolts for the rear shocks. I inflated tires to the specified levels that is 32 lbs. for rear tire and 40lbs for the front. The spring for the kick stand was a bit difficult to install.
I had my friend hold the hike while I set it up. Next came the handle bar and clutch control and pedal for rear brake. Make sure you grease the pedal before capping it with cotter pin and washer.
Then I added the turn signals for the rear. I checked the brakes while the bike was stationary and also did a short ride on the driveway to ensure it worked well.
Before installing the battery, make sure you assemble it properly and charge it. This has to be done with care as the lead battery used here needs to be charged properly initially to ensure long battery life.
The acid is provided in a container separate from the battery. I removed the battery from under the panel on the left side, which was already installed by the manufacturer.
Make sure you use appropriate screws, washers (metal and rubber) for fixing the parts together. Proper fixing of the panel will ensure you have comfortable ride without worries about improperly aligned panel.
Fitting The Cables – Hawk Enduro 250 Review
The owner’s manual is of great help to find the right bolts, rings and screws. For the break cable, you get a ring made of plastic and grommet made of rubber as guide.
While the grommet easily fit in the retention bracket for the left cable, the ring needed some maneuvering to fit inside the retention loop bracket present on the fork.
I had to deal with different cables including those for throttle, clutch, speedometer, front brake and other connections to the headlight. With a bit of adjusting I had all the cables in place along with the stiff speedometer cable which serves to retain all other flexible ones intact.
I could now do the electrical connections from speedometer and handlebar. The matching is just a matter of linking shapes and colors.
Connection to the headlight is the final connection to do. If you do the electrical wiring and cabling properly there will space for the headlight wiring.
Realigning and securing handlebars is the final step. Once all the connections, wiring, nuts, bolts and screws are checked, the bike is good to go.
Starting The Bike
Check the oil before you start. According to owner’s manual, you need about 1.6qt of 15 W40.
Fill fuel tank with gas and setup the valve. To fire the bike I used the half setting for the carburetor choke. And while you do this make sure you are outdoors.
It is not safe to do it inside your garage with the door open. After setting the choke and turning the power on, set the kill switch and start the bike. Let is warm for a while before you open the choke.
Leave it to idle a bit. I was alarmed that the bike had caught fire, when I did this. The fire may be due to the oil coat used to prevent corrosion of the part or paint.
But it burnt off soon and the when the smoke stopped, I put the bike in gear and had a wonderful time riding it.
One of the best things about Hawk I like is its price. For the features and quality you get with the bike, the price is definitely incredible.
But if you are looking for a bike that you just ride everyday without having to check the wiring, nuts, bolts etc. the Hawk 250cc is not the right one for you.
However, if you keep an eye on the parts, check them and make the upgrades available from the manufacturer, the bike is a pretty awesome one to own.
And the upgrades are also affordably priced. If you like working on your bike and don’t mind getting dirty doing it, the Hawk is a very budget friendly bike to buy.
About The Manufacturer – Hawk 250сс Enduro Review
Hawk 250cc Enduro bike is manufactured by RPS (Ricky Power Sports). Based in Dallas, Texas, the company is a distributor of imported products especially those made in Taiwan and China. It is also investment firm.
The company helps sell products made in China and Taiwan in the global competitive market. While Chinese products are not exactly known for their reliability and quality, the company uses a team of experts to evaluate the quality and price to ensure the products it markets are viable for the US market.
The Hawk 250cc marketed by the company is therefore a product that meets with their quality and price standards.
Hawk 250 Enduro Review – Buyer’s Guide
I have compiled a few important questions that users ask prior to purchasing Hawk 250cc Dirt Bike. In case I did’t cover some question in this Hawk 250 Enduro Review, please ask them in comments.
Is it possible to get the bike shipped as fully assembled with additional charges for the assembling?
The Hawk 250 is shipped as 80% assembled and delivered in a metal crate. It cannot be removed from the crate before shipping for assembling it as it weighs over 300 pounds.
Are Enduro Motorcycles Street Legal?
All street-legal vehicles must have homologation for street use. Usually, it is several requirements, such as lights, mirrors, and turn signals. In case the specific model has this homologation, it is legal to use it on the street.
The bike is street legal in certain states, including California. But it does not have CARB approval.
How much speed can it clock?
Once the assembly is done properly and fuel and oil are checked, the bike can give 65 mph speed with a rider weighing 210 pounds
Is it necessary to use the clutch for every gear change?
It is important to pull back clutch whenever you change gears except in case the clutch cable failed or broke. In such a case, you can power shift but pulling clutch lever optimally will help avoid excessive wear.
What are the parts that need to be assembled?
The rear suspension, front tier, handle bar, front suspension, plastic covers, speedometer cable, battery, gas and oil are the things to be taken care of during assembling to make the bike street ready. It takes around 5 hours, if you do it alone and 2 hours if two persons are handling the set up with the right tool set.
How do I get the title for the Hawk 250cc bike?
To get the title, you require MCO. You have to email your seller and request the MCO. With the MCO and receipt of the sale, you can get the title for your Hawk 250cc dirt bike.
What type of fuel should be used for the bike?
Regular gas is sufficient but using premium gas would give you better performance
Is it really possible to have an entire bike shipped?
Yes, the HAWK 250 cc dirt bike is an 80% assembled bike that requires just a couple of hours to set up and begin riding. The manufacturer has detailed videos for the assembly, which help in easy and quick set up. The documents needed for the registration of the bike are included in the purchase and are mailed to the owner.
How much does a Hawk 250 weigh?
Curb weight of Hawk 250cc Dual Sport is 278 lbs (126 kg). Full weight with all liquids as oil and gasoline is 331 lbs (150 kg).
Who manufactures Hawk 250 cc dirt bike?
Hawk dirt bike is manufactured in China and distributed by Ricky Power Sports. A major part of the engine components, solenoid, transmission parts, starter, regulator and other parts are universal and generic. Hence it is easy to find a replacement for them online.
Does the bike have a warranty period?
The bike has a 30 day warranty period for all its replacement parts and one year for the engine. The warranty does not include mechanic and labor costs, accidents, returns and neglect.
Hawk 250 Enduro Review Conclusion
For riders who have moderate or good experience and are looking to move up from a bike with smaller engine, the Hawk is a good choice. The acceleration is good and the larger frame helps in better control. Ease of maneuvering, good suspension and brakes make it a breeze to ride on.
The specs make it ideal for off road adventure and even for those who are considering racing. With the price being very affordable, the Enduro dirt bike is wonderful gift every bike rider would cherish. As I mentioned before, to keep it running smooth you need to have it checked regularly. Without maintenance it can easily be rendered useless.
And not all parts are as durable as the manufacturer guarantees, especially the carburetor, which I feel could be replaced with a Mikuni for better performance.
Using some of the performance upgrader will further make the bike a dream to ride, whether it is racing or trail riding you are planning on.
For bike riders used to smaller 125cc engines or even those of lesser capacity, the large engine of the Enduro may pose a challenge, but once the initial tweaking and set up are done properly controlling the bike is easy and exhilarating. I would definitely recommend it for riders who are looking to step up their game to new heights.
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