HONDA CMX250 (1996 - 2000) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£200|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v parallel twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||10 litres|
|Front brake||240mm disc|
|Rear brake||130mm drum|
|Front tyre size||3.0 x 18|
|Rear tyre size||130/90 x 15|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||75 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£200|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||17 bhp|
|Max torque||5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||75 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||16.8 secs|
|Tank range||10 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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Owners' reviews for the HONDA CMX250 (1996 - 2000)
3 owners have reviewed their HONDA CMX250 (1996 - 2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£200|
Annual servicing cost: £200
Not my first bike but by far the smallest. I commute 40 miles a day on it but I stay off the highways. Bike is too small, light, quiet and slow for busy interstates. It handles very well and sets the bar for reliability and fuel efficiency. Clean smooth operations and a joy to scoot down back roads. I bounced mine off the pavement at 65 mph, picked up unharmed, fired it right up and rode out of there with only a broken mirror and a scar on my eye.
It rides great smooth easy and fun. The brakes are sufficient.
A little gutless but fun to ride bar to bar in town, don't split for the coast on it.
Starts and rides every time and puts wind on your face. Very reliable, this bike is hard to kill.
Nothing goes wrong, reliable even when abused.
I disliked the blinker switch.
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.
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.