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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

This 125 cruiser from the '90s loses out a little bit, mainly because it uses the old 1980s Honda CB125cc twin cylinder motor. If you're short in the leg, or short on cash, then the Honda CA125 Rebel makes an acceptable used bargain, as the build quality is a cut above some other 125 cruisers, but Honda's VT125 Shadow is miles better.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

The old four valve, twin cylinder engine in the Honda CA125 Rebel dates back to the CB125 of the 1980s - the baby Superdream as it was known back then - and just hasn't got the refinement, or the acceleration of some V-twin powered 125cc cruisers. The engine gets you there eventually, and is frugal on fuel, but overall the Honda CA125 Rebel is hard work.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Most 125cc cruisers have pretty basic suspension and frame technology and the Honda CA125 Rebel is no exception. But apart from a bit of choppiness and a slightly vague feeling at the front end, it commutes just fine. It just lacks the finesse of more modern motorcycles.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Honda CA125 Rebel is a one person cruiser, the pillion pad is just that - a small pad. There are basic mirrors, lighting and brakes fitted on the Honda CA125 Rebel. It's got everything it needs, but extras basically boil down to spoked wheels, forward foot controls and a grabrail.

Honda CA125 Rebel (1995-1999)

Detail Value
Engine size 124 cc
Power 11 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Honda CA125 Rebel is a bit better made than the average 125cc cruiser from the Far East. Even today, there are some who would say that buying a used Honda CA125 Rebel would be a more reliable choice than an unknown brand new 125cc motorcycle off the internet. The Honda CA125 Rebel may be a bit dated, but at least it's a proven design.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

As a first time machine the Honda CA125 Rebel allows the learner biker to try out motorcycling on the cheap, and if they find it isn't for them, sell the thing on fairly easily, losing relatively little money. If you can find a used motorcycle which hasn't been dropped on a wobbly three point turn, then you've probably started motorcycling for under a grand. Can't be bad. Find Honda CA125 Rebel motorcycles for sale.


Insurance group: 5 of 17

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Model History

1995: Honda CA125 Rebel launched in UK.
1999: Honda VT125 Shadowreplaces CA125.

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Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 24 secs
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 6.6 ft-lb
Weight 137 kg
Seat height 675 mm
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v, in line twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel tubular cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 240mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 90/90 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

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