2012 Honda Rebel Review —

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Honda 250 Rebel

The Rebel remains an iconic motorcycle

Photos by Pete

I can’t think of a big-league manufacturer that specifically the term “beginner bike” as the key point to lure new riders. some might loosely as much, but we’ve never a “Beginners-Only” tag dangling from a or in a brochure.

However, if manufacturers had to up one bike from their that best defined a model, we bet Honda would with one word: Rebel.

A workhorse of motorcycle training and courses over the years, mini-cruiser weighs in at an ultra-manageable 331 with all fluids and a tank Its power source is a 234cc x 53mm), SOHC, four-valve, parallel-Twin fed by (are you ready for a constant-velocity (CV) carburetor.

you read correctly, carbs exist on current production

The Rebel, she ain’t no speed as you might’ve imagined. It takes seems like only the of an eye to click through the Rebel’s gearbox, yet the tiny Twin overly wheezy. The modest is, however, buzzy, especially at speeds where most will spend the majority of time.

Vibrations eventually smooth out speeds reach the vicinity of 65 but by that point there much room left in the power reserves.

This cruises dutifully at 70 mph yet she’s good for another 5 mph or so when And depending on the grade of the incline ascending, the Rebel’s yell a little weak, but not so much as to frantic downshifts in search of power. Just stay in the and the bike will soldier on.

it to say that the Rebel’s engine, not grossly underpowered for use on the interstate, is suited to zipping along streets and secondary roads.

a fuel capacity of 2.6 gallons 0.7-gallon reserve) the Rebel require more frequent to the gas station than will its counterparts. Still, I was more happy with the 56.6 mpg fuel economy, which was mostly while trying to pace with traffic in Los sprawling freeway system.

While Honda’s claim of 84 mpg optimistic, it’s easy to that the Rebel could the above recorded fuel by an additional 10 mpg or more when the of the miles are on surface streets than a high-speed freeway.

is a fitting description for the appearance of the 33mm Showa fork, but quality in front is surprisingly through its generous 4.6 inches of I came away genuinely by how well damped the fork was for is presumably budget suspension, if it succumbs to large expansion and potholes that’d give any bike fits.

The dual spring shocks with preload adjustment offer suspension travel at 2.9 inches, but again the Rebel’s somewhat suspension performed admirably. I with the shocks set to preload 2 which never felt for my 160-pound frame. And with more positions available to up the ride, the lil’ Rebel afford heavier riders comfort as well.

Honda 250 Rebel
Honda 250 Rebel

Considering how briskly the Rebel direction, I suspected it weighed than its 330-pound wet weight. steering inputs aren’t by a wallowing chassis, but instead the remains stable and on track turns. And, man, this pint-size cruiser have some cornering

Despite its limited rear travel and a lowly 26.6-inch height, the Rebel leans what feels like more clearance than other cruisers I’ve The Rebel’s bias-ply Dunlop (18-inch front, 15-inch also contribute to the good and I never questioned their while darting along roads. Thankfully the front narrowness, as well as its tread never caused the front-end to as if it was “seeking” on L.A.’s rain-grooved like some other bikes with bias-ply

Brake components, like things on this fundamental are basic: a single disc by a hydraulically actuated dual-piston caliper in front, and a drum in the rear. The front brake is than up to the task of reeling in the as it has the envious combination of good and feel, making it easy to The rear brake is, at best, and has qualities opposite of the front: force and feel are uninspiring.

never look at the Rebel and it for a large, ungainly cruiser, yet it doesn’t look like a motorcycle, either. But within of my first seating, and many thereafter, the thought that came to mind was, This is a small motorcycle.”

With a 30-inch inseam and of 5 feet 8 inches I’m in the ballpark of the size rider most use when drafting the ergonomic of a motorcycle. But the Rebel’s seat-peg-handlebar feels nothing less cramped. I felt like my were tucked into my and my knees were squeezing the

The fit for me was as if I sat on a larger cruiser, then the bar, fuel tank and too closely inward, toward my Nevertheless, I’ve seen my size gleefully riding a 250, so for some folks the fit isn’t a deal breaker. riders will appreciate its easy-to-manage size.

Despite willingness to keep the Rebel’s tag effectively stuck in the 90s, the and its price create something of for the rider that’s wavering on type of street motorcycle to – cruiser or something sportier.

in optional $500 ABS for the CBR, and the modern, performance-oriented CBR250R like it should cost a dollars or more when put to the aging Rebel. Sure, the CBR a single-cylinder engine and is built in but we wonder why the long-serving twin-cylinder costs more than its We’d like to see a lower for the ol’ Rebel, but its continued presence in lineup implies that of riders see this motorcycle as a bargain.

Honda 250 Rebel
Honda 250 Rebel

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