Alternative Spares List

Alternative XR250 Tornado spares list

How to find spares for your XR250 Tornado outside Latin America.

If you’re like me and live in a country where the Tornado was not officially imported (like the USA), finding spares is more than a matter of calling up your local Honda dealer. You’ll look on eBay and find very little. If you can’t find the spare you’re looking for in the list I created below, here’s what to do instead:

  1. Find the part number by clicking here to select your model year and then using the micro-fiche to locate the part number.
  2. Enter the part number you found in the previous step into the search bar at and click “Go”.
  3. Check that the search has in fact found the part you’re looking for by comparing your part # with the part numbers of the search results. NOTE: Often will return similar parts if it does not recognize the part number you entered. Don’t be fooled. Check closely.
  4. If listed your part, you can order it new directly from them. They have reasonable prices. Alternatively, you can seek out the equivalent used part on eBay by entering the part number into eBay’s search field. If eBay does not have your part, try this:
    1. Click on the part in and take note of all the other USA sold Honda bikes listed that also use this part. For example, the speedo cable (44830-KY7-000) is also used on a Honda NX125 (1988,1989,1990) which was sold in the USA.
    2. In eBay’s search field, search for the other bike model and part name e.g. “NX 125 speedo cable” and you’ll get more results. ?
  5. If did not list your part, try this:
    1. Look at the similar parts that listed (if any) and then make a note of those part numbers.
    2. Google and eBay search those part numbers and compare the images you get to the actual part on your Tornado. Sometimes the parts are exactly the same, even if they have a different part number. For example, the Tornado speedo drive assembly (44800-MCG-003) is exactly the same as the XR250R (44800-KCZ-003) speedo drive assembly (and $30 cheaper).
  6. Finally, check to see that the XR250R equivalent part is the same. I’ve noticed that often parts from an XR250R, XL250, NX250, CRF230, CRF250L sometimes work.

I hope this helps you find the parts you need.

I’ve had good luck with a UK website called The Tornado was released in Europe for a while, so this UK online parts retailer often stock parts. Shipping is relatively cheap and customer service has been good.

Alternative XR250 Tornado spares list

Chain and Sprockets

  • Front sprocket: JT Sprocket Part #: JTF1321.13 (buy on eBay)
  • Rear sprocket: JT Sprocket Part #: JTR245/2.38 (more sizes available) or JTR251 (fewer sizes availale). Buy them on eBay)
  • Chain: Use a 520 chain with 104 links (buy on eBay). Don’t buy a heavy duty o-ring chain because it will suck your horsepower.

Alternative Tires

Here are the tires that I know of that work well for the Tornado. Beware of using a dirt bike rear tire that is anything other than 120/80-18 as it may be too big. Click here for more details on using a dirt bike rear tire on your Tornado. Click here for a great article on Adventure tires.

I’m going to use a simple 3 point scale of fantastic, OK and bad to represent each tire’s subjective performance on dirt, tar and sand/mud. The numbers next to each tire are their suggested (dirt/tar) usage percentage.

Metzler Sahara 3 (50/50): This tire comes standard with the bike and OK in the dirt. Fantastic on the road. Bad (even dangerous) in sand, loose stones and mud. If you plan to ride anywhere other than on tar or gravel road, forget this tire.

Chen Shin C858 (50/50): I love this rear tire for three reasons. 1) They are dirt cheap 2) they last 9500km (rear) and 3) they hook up really well for a 50/50 tire. My wife and I toured Latin America on these tires (never tried the fronts) and they were fantastic on tar and equally fantastic offroad. My wife rode a 3-day sand adventure using these tires and they even carried her through seemingly endless deep sand without complaining. For long-distance touring that includes tar, dirt and rocky single track, this tire is my goto rear tire. I’d pair it with the Pirelli MT21 front and be comfortable going pretty much anywhere.

Pirelli MT-21 (90/10): The Pirelli MT-21 is fantastic in the dirt and fantastic on the road. Fantastic in sand and mud. I cannot believe that such a dirt oriented tire can handle so well on the street too. This is my favorite front tire for my kind of long-distance dirt touring. My friend Toby (who runs a Honda Tornado rental business) swears by them too. The rear is great too. If you want to just set-and-forget, these are the tires that handle anything well.

Continental TKC80 (60/40): Fantastic in the dirt. Fantastic on the road. OK in sand, mud and deep gravel. I like these a lot, but prefer the Pirelli MT-21.

Shinko 804/805 (60/40): I’ve not tried these, but have heard good things.

Dunlop 606 (80/20): I have these on my KLR650 and absolutely love the rear. Fantastic in the dirt. OK on the road. Fantastic in sand and mud. They don’t last quite as long as the Pirelli. I would buy these again without hesitation.

Maxxis Desert IT (90/10): I’m running this rear tire on my Tornado currently, and it is the most aggressive tire I’ve used. It may not even be street legal in some countries. I bought it for a 3-day (mostly) deep sand trip. It is fantastic everywhere else other than tar – which it handles adequately. I’m commuting on it now and it is squaring off a little on the tar. I expect to get 7000km out of it, which is pretty damn incredible. Buy the 110/100-18 as the 120/100 won’t fit. I love this tire!

Inner Tubes

Rear: 4.0 – 4.5 – 18″
Front: 2.75 – 3.0 – 21″

Shock (rear)

  • The original is the same as 2003 – 2008 HONDA CRF230F – 52400-KPS-901ZA
  • Here’s a CRF230F heavy duty spring for your shock.
  • If you have the money, just replace the Honda shock with an aftermarket CRF230F one: Fox Podium RC2 ($700) or Hagon ($400)


  • Speedo Cable: 44830-KY7-000 (same part on Honda NX125 1988,1989,1990 models).
  • Speedo Drive Assembly: 44800-KCZ-003 from 96-04-XR250 and 08-09-CRF230 fits too and is cheaper.

Clutch Discs/Plates

Mine lasted 26000 km before they started slipping.
Clutch discs and plates from a Honda XR250R (1996-2004) will fit.

Air Filters

  • I found a replacement air filter on AliExpress here.

Clutch Cable

The clutch cable is 117cm or 46 inches long. I bought a generic one off eBay for US$10 but the cable housing was too long, so I had to cut the ball off one end, insert the new cable into the original Honda cable housing and buy a screw on ball end (for the engine side of the cable) from a bicycle shop. If anyone knows of a replacement Honda clutch cable from another Honda machine that fits the Tornado, please write to me.

Oil Filters

  • Use HF113 or KN113.
  • Oil filters for a Honda XR400, XR250, XR600, TRX 250, 300EX or 400EX are all the same as the Tornado oil filter.
  • Avoid the Bajaj 3-wheeler oil filter which looks the same as the Tornado filter – it will seize your engine because its fine paper material will restrict your engine’s oil flow.
  • I bought a cheap pack of 5 oil filters here.

Brake Pads

The front brake pads are Honda part 45105-KAS-415. However, part 45105-MY6-415 is identical and I currently have these in my Tornado.

Headlight Bulb

  • Replace the awful stock bulb with a H4 12V 60/55W Halogen Bulb, which is a lot brighter and will not draw too much current on the bike.

Wheel Bearings

I’ve tried the Pivot Works bearing kit, but they lasted me less than 4000km. Absolute crap. Stay away from Pivot Works. Go to a dedicated industrial bearing store and ask for the following sealed bearings with seals on both sides:

  • Front Wheel Bearings: 2 x 6202U (15mm x 35mm x 11mm? – same as XR250R)
  • Rear Wheel Bearing RHS: 1 x 6303U?(17mm x 47mm x 14mm? – same as XR250R)
  • Rear Wheel Bearing LHS: 1 x 6203U?(17mm x 40mm x 12mm – same as XR250R)

Failing that, buy them from Honda. The Honda ones are great as long as you get the double sealed ones.

They never come with enough grease inside them, so open each bearing by removing the dust covers on each side (using a pen knife blade) and stuff the bearings full of water resistant marine grease. Now your bearings should last 25000km.

Steering Stem Bearings

  • Same as XR250R – I bought the All Balls Steering Stem Bearing Kit from Rocky Mountain ATV.
  • If you’re buying from a bearing shop, ask them for two taper roller bearings with codes BSSH902 or 22-1021. The specs are 26x47x15mm. You’ll have to buy the seals separately or reuse the old ones.

Unless you have a bearing race removal tool, get them installed by a mechanic with a tool for removing the bearing races. They are a bitch to get out without the tool. I ended up using a Dremel tool to cut the old races. It was messy. ?

Swingarm Bearings, Pivot Bolt and Spacer

When I replaced my swingarm bearings (at approx 25000km and 10 years after the bike was manufactured), the Swingarm Pivot Spacer that the bearings rotate against was worn to hell because the bearings had never been greased by the previous owner and has rusted apart. They came out in a pile of rusty dust! The bolt and spacer needed replacing, but those parts did not show up on parts catalogs in the USA. I discovered that the following parts from a 2004 CRF230F are identical.

  • Swingarm Bearings: 91070-KPE-901
  • Swingarm Pivot Bolt: 52101-KPS-900
  • Swingarm Pivot Spacer: 52141-KPS-900

Fork Seals

  • Same as XR250R

Valve Shims

The Tornado uses 7.48mm valve shims. These are the same shims found in the 2019 Honda CB500F (and CBR600 and VFR750) and many other Honda motocycles and all thicknesses can be easily sourced online using a parts fiche for the 2019 Honda CB500F here (part #14)

33 thoughts on “Alternative Spares List

    • Hi Stewart. I don’t know of any. I’m now in Chile and just bought two Tornadoes for my wife and I. I’ve seen some on Tornados down here. If you look on the Argentinian Mercado Libre, you’ll see many advertised. Bruce


  1. Hi Bruce – first off thanks for the website, it’s been a great resource! A couple of questions if I may:

    1) Would you happen to know if the XR250 brake pads and brake disc are transferable to the Tornado?

    2) Do you know of any available rear racks out there for the Tornado? Something to mount a top box or something else


      • Ah, that’s a nice simple design for the rear rack – sorry I must’ve missed that entry while looking at that page.

        Thanks for the heads up on the brake pads, do you know about the brake disc as well?


      • You didn’t miss it. I added it after you asked.

        Brake disc is Part #: 45351-KPE-900. I searched for it on and couldn’t find any other bikes that use it. Please let me know if you have any joy with finding an alternative. My first port of call would be the Chinese Tornado copies – particularly the Torque 250, which is essentially the same bike, but made in China.


      • Pleasure, glad this helped. Happy to share a picture of my tornado but not sure how to post it.


      • Hi Bruce, yes they do ship internationally. I live in Dubai and it took about a week to ten days to reach me.


  2. Hi Bruce, just a quick update on the brake pads and brake disc – They are not the same part as the GL1800 (at least not for my 2004 Tornado, maybe later models are different). I also managed to find a compatible disc on Aliexpress, I’ve installed it but I’m hesitant to recommend it as it is 0.5-1.0mm thinner than the original


    • Hi Jono. Thanks for letting me know. The part numbers are the same as my 2012 Tornado, so maybe the 2004 model has a different one. Hmmm… I’ll update the page to reflect that we are unsure of what pads to use.


  3. Hi Bruce,
    Just wanted to say thank you for creating this guide.
    It’s been very helpful and got a lot of answers to my questions for my Tornado 250.


  4. Hi Bruce, I use the MotoZ Tractionator tyre on the rear, and I have found that while the tyre is very (within a few mm) close to the swing arm, they do fit with no rubbing. They are a fantastic aggressive dirt tyre and very good value for money. I’m still testing its capabilities but so far they’re going really well. Very loud at 100km/h on sealed roads though!


  5. i just bought a hohda tornado in ireland ,i stripped it totally and got the rusty frame powder coated and any other normal metal part brackets ect ,replaced the cam chain (took a few links of a fzr600 cam chain) replaced the headraces (just run a weld around the inside of the old race let it cool and it will fall out) replaced front brake pads (standard ebc pattern ones same as CBF250 ,all bearings on the swinging arm and links ,(All Balls Kit ) forks seals (All Balls) some wheel bearings (NSK) starter motor brushes (ea/b 10) chain slider part that protects the swinging arm from chain rubbing it ,origanal honda part from Honda M50 ireland,tyres and chain and sprockets ,i put a 12 tooth front sprocket to give it a little more go for off road use,now i have a bike thats far better than the current CRF250L and its great, thanks for all your tips


    • Hi John. What an informative post. Thank you. Congrats on your rebuild.

      I also have a 12 tooth sprocket and just replaced all my linkage, swingarm and steering bearings too. I know hat you’ve been through!

      Was the chain slider an original Tornado chain slider, or was it from another bike. If from another bike, what was the part number for the chain slider?

      Can you send a link to the starter motor brushes?

      Then, I’ll add all this info to the site.

      Happy trails,



    • No idea. Sorry. Have you tried your Honda dealership in Nepal? Otherwise, use the part number method I describe to find a replacement piston from another bike that fits. Good luck. Bruce


      • I checked out here in the dealership already and they don’t have it!!! Will try searching again on the site if anyone has it as we don’t have cbx here in Nepal so !!!

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      • The problem is that the CBX250 is sold only in the same regions that the XR250 is sold. So if the XR250 is not sold in that country, then he CBX250 is also not sold in that country. It has to do with emissions laws.

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  6. Hey Bruce this website is awesome. I have a 2010 Honda Tornado XR250

    But I don’t know where to get a fuel filter. Does this bike share the same fuel filters as other models? As well as the air filter which models share the same filter



    • Hi Jason. Why do you want a fuel filter when your bike already has two fuel filters – one in the tank and one in the carb fuel inlet (where the fuel hose attaches to the carb). Those two filters work great. Just clean them and you’re good to go. If your fuel filters are broken, then remove the in tank filter and install an inline filter with a high flow rate. I have tried cheap inline filters and they killed performance because the flow rate was too low. Have you tried your Honda dealer locally? They should stock both filters.

      I don’t think there are any other models that share the fuel or air filter. But you can check using the procedure I describe at the top of this page. Just use the link I already provided you above to buy an air filter.

      Hope that helps.


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  7. Hey Bruce, thank you for this write up and the FSM.

    I just moved to colombia and bought a 2008 XR250 with 56k kilometers.

    I am replacing the wheel bearings ans swing arm bearings as they are original. I found all the parts numbers you listed and just wanted to confirm that the parts do fit a 2008.

    Thank you again,


  8. I’m in the USA and do suspension improvements on the crf230f and L’s. I have a possible client in Nicaragua wanting a Hagon shock for the XR250 Tornado, which Hagon shock fits this bike. We in the USA never had the ’88 XR250 Tornado.


    • No idea, Bruce. I’d assume any Hagon shock that fits the CRF should fit. BTW, the XR250 Tornado did not exist in ’88. First model year of the Tornado was 2001. So, the bike you have is not an XR250 Tornado. It’s probably and XR250R.


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