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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

For laid-back cruising, miniature style, you can’t get much better than the Honda CMX250 Rebel. The engine’s been around forever and the light weight makes for a gentle learning curve. The lack of power can soon become a problem, however, although cruising through town is a right giggle. Just don’t try too much touring if you buy a Honda CMX250 Rebel.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CMX250 Rebel uses the same engine that ran Honda’s CB250, it has an ancestry dating back over thirty years. Safe to say it’s a reliable and long-lasting motorcycle engine. Grunty around town but take it up to faster speeds and it soon runs out of puff. The power’s enough for a new rider but the Honda CMX250 Rebel will soon prove too little once confidence develops.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Comfortable and laid-back, the Honda CMX250 Rebel is tiny and manoeuvrable, making it a handy motorcycle for fidgety town riding. The brakes and suspension do the job although the front brake can be over effective: progressive, rather than a handful, is the way forward! Good stability and handling but the Honda CMX250 Rebel can be a bit unstable and buzzy at higher speeds.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Honda CMX250 Rebel has a basic dash with a large, analogue speedo, housed in chrome. There’s a lot of that: pipes, bars, shocks, headlight, fuel cap and grab rails all gleam. The mirrors are wide and effective. The Honda CMX250 Rebel's seating position is traditional cruiser motorcycle style: low down, feet forward. It’ll suit all but the absolutely tiny or the positively vast.

Honda CMX250 Rebel (1996-2000)

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Engine size 234 cc
Power 17 bhp
Top speed 75 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CMX250 Rebel's engine is a smooth little corker, even if it is a bit gutless, whilst the bodywork’s well finished and major problems are rare. If things do go wrong, parts are relatively easy to come by and won’t break the bank. The Honda CMX250 Rebel is still hugely popular in the States; even some early 1980s motorcycles are still on the road…

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Honda CMX250 Rebel is easy to work on, keeping maintenance costs down, and cheap to run with low insurance and healthy mpg figures. They were fairly pricey motorcycles when new but you can pick one up at a great price if you look carefully. The Honda CMX250 Rebel is a toughie: keep it for ever as a cheapo commuter motorcycle. Find a Honda CMX250 Rebel for sale.

 

Insurance

Insurance group: 5 of 17

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Model History

1986: Original Honda CMX250 Rebel introduced in the UK. Honda discontinued it after a year.
1996: Honda CMX250 Rebel reintroduced to the UK.
1998: Updated logos on the tank.
2000: Honda CMX250 Rebel discontinued.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16.8 secs
Max power 17 bhp
Max torque 5 ft-lb
Weight 141 kg
Seat height 675 mm
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 10 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 234 cc
Engine specification 4v parallel twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 240mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 3.0 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • Great

    sa1988

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I think this bike is brilliant. I enjoy being a bit of a cheapskate/economiser, so it's the perfect balance of power with mpg. It's got enough pull to get you away at the front of the traffic light queues (this always bugged me on my 125!) yet is still amazingly economical - 77mpg! I have no idea how much more powerful a bigger bike is, but the step up to the Rebel 250 from my GN125 was phenomenal. Even if it's only 17bhp, I finally feel like I'm riding a real motorbike. I suppose it would be nice if it could go that tiny, tiny, tiny bit faster on the motorway, but to be honest I don't care - it can hit 75 on a good day, and that's fast enough for me anyway. I'm a young rider but have no desire to go hurtling along at breakneck sportsbike speeds. I had to replace the clutch about a week after I bought the bike, but I guess this is just down to the previous owner, or old age, or something. The bike makes a funny noise when the gears are engaged, but I've been assured this is nothing. In general, great bike, I won't be changing to a new one anytime soon that's for sure. It's great on fuel and powerful enough to ride on any road, including the motorway, easily. Super easy to balance as well.

    11 April 2013

  • Love everything but the name!

    charlesq_70

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had a Rebel as my first bike for a couple of years. Never let me down mechanically in over 10,000 miles riding. It is a great town bike but it's also highly capable on longer trips on country roads thanks to easy steering and decent torque. Only limited on long motorway runs as you'd expect, but even then it will run wide open throttle all day without overheating or burning oil. Great bike for a learner mechanic too -- air-cooled, only four valves, easy access to everything. Tank is small but then again you'll easily get 70mpg+ out of it. Obviously most riders will want more power eventually, as I did, but I'm glad I chose the Rebel as a first bike. I'd certainly recommend it over most other mini-cruisers. Note: There's a CA250T Rebel too, made for Japanese and other eastern markets. Virtually identical to the CMX but with staggered pipes and twin carbs, making about 21hp. The CMX's finish is probably better though.

    11 July 2009

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