Honda Rebel 250 Review

The Honda Rebel 250 is one of the first motorcycles I ever got a chance to ride. This is because they are often times the bike you get to learn on while taking the MSF course. This isn't just a motorcycle to learn on though, it's a great bike that can keep you happy for a very long time.

For a long time there were only a few 250cc bikes to choose from if you were buying a bike in that class. If you wanted more of a sportsbike you would choose the Kawasaki Ninja 250. If you wanted more of a cruiser style bike then the Honda Rebel was your best option. Even though it was one of the only options for a long time, it's still one of the best to this day. 

Engine and weight

The Rebel is powered by an air-cooled 234cc V-twin engine that has proven itself for decades. The engineers at Honda have perfected this little powerplant and I would venture to say it's practically bullet proof at this point. The engine looks a little small in the frame of the bike, especially when compared to a larger cruiser. That small engine really helps to keep the weight of this motorcycle extremely low. Filled up with oil and gasoline this bike only weighs around 329 lbs. 

The weight is just one of the reasons that makes the Rebel a powerhouse in the 250 class. It's also quick off the line while still having the power to cruise at 60-70 mph. If you are going to be traveling up some steep hills in your journey though, you may notice that you have to downshift to keep the bike happy and cruising along at a respectable speed.

hondarebel.jpgTall riders?

The one caveat to this bike is it's not ideal for taller motorcycle riders. If you are 6'0 or taller you may find yourself a bit cramped on this machine. Although it will still have the power to pull you around, you may find the controls and seating position less than ideal.

What that really means is this bike is amazing for short riders. When you combine it's low seat height of 27 inches with it's low weight of 329 lbs, you get a motorcycle that is easy to move around at low speeds. That is the time when most new riders tend to drop their bikes. Many people will be able to flat-foot while sitting on this bike, which really helps with balance when you are parking or backing up.


All in all i think this motorcycle is really nice, it is one of the bikes I learned on while taking my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. In fact it was frequently one of the most sought after bikes for its ease of use and wide power band. Its very maneuverable when negotiating low speed turns, and is great when cruising down the highway leaning into big sweepers.

When all is said and done I think this motorcycle is one of the best you can get if you are looking for a cruiser style, reliable, fuel efficient beginner motorcycle.


  • Great for low speed turns
  • Light weight
  • Engine is bulletproof


  • Looks a little dated
  • Taller riders may find it too small
  • Suspension is a little soft


  • Suggested base price: $2999
  • Wet weight: 329 lb.
  • GVWR: 675 lb.
  • Seat height: 26.6 in.
  • Wheelbase: 57.1 in.
  • Overall length: 83.3 in.
  • Rake/trail: 30 degrees / 4.4 in.
  • Handlebar width: 32.0
  • Fuel capacity: 2.6 gal.
  • Fuel mileage: 66 mpg
  • Average range: 172 miles
  • Engine type: Air-cooled, four stroke vertical twin
  • Final drive: Chain, 33/14
  • Front suspension: 33mm stanchions, 4.6 in. travel
  • Rear suspension: Two dampers, 2.9 in. travel, adjustable for preload
  • Wheels: Wire-spoke, 1.85 x 18 in. front, 2.75 x 15 in. rear



Yeah, dude.

Even back when I was frist starting out, and the speed limit was 55, this bike was underpowered.

Look at the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 if you like cruisers. It has the same engine that the Ninja 500 has, and you won't get tired of it in 3 months. It's quicker than most of the "big twins" and will outhandle almost all of them.

I'm an older lady. This has been a great bike for beginning. I have been riding for a few months now (RE-riding actually, I rode a little when I was in college in the 70s). I love the styling (dated look). And as this person says, it is underpowered if you are taking a long ride. But it is really an around town type of bike. After I take the motorcycle safety class in December, I expect to graduate to my partner's V-Star 650. It definitely has power. But I agree with other riders that say start small until you feel comfortable. I can tell that a long ride on the Rebel would lack comfort. I need to stop about every 30 minutes for a fanny break. Cushion is not great. I have no problem getting up to 55, though. GREAT BEGINNING BIKE. I have another friend who has a Rebel and takes it out on the interstate and highway rides. She is no bigger than a minute, so I guess maybe it is more comfortable to her.

I'm around 5'7'' and I'm wondering what other cruiser bikes are more powerful than the Honda Rebel but still suitable for my height. The Yamaha V-Star 500 looks great and more powerful but is it still good for my height? How tall are you?

I bought a Rebel in Jun '08 for commuting. (44mi round trip, all highway-freeway and highway is hilly). It was also my first ever motorcycle. I did learn some about riding, but when I tried to get to 50mph-it buzzed like a saw, couldn't seem to keep up with speed, especially on the hills which is dangerous around here, and it was difficult to hold it there even on flat. In my neighborhood except for the 3 blocks of 10-20mph-you have to be able to ramp up to 45-60mph very quickly with blind corners and cars coming and going fast. I loved the style, but it doesn't seem to be made for highway. I've heard if you change the sprocket from the factory to a different one, it will go highway. I sold it 8-10-08, and it does hold it's value. I bought an HD Sportster 1200 low and am relearning how to ride as the Sportster is not as sharp a turner (longer wheelbase) , weighs 200lbs more, and is a small bit higher. It does handle well, the throttle is very sensitive so I am proceeding with extreme caution. I feel more visible on the HD and know that people can hear me better. The Rebel was quieter which at first I liked, but then it started worrying me since mc riders are harder to noice anyway. Be aware that many serious accidents do happen with new cycles, so if you change make sure you "relearn" so you don't find yourself popping a wheelie out of your driveway into traffic or a tree. (I'm making it a point to never let THAT happen to me) My neighbors think I'm crazy to take so long learning, but-hey they've crashed on local freeways. I've met 3 people who have never crashed-one who's never even tipped theirs. They also took more time to learn. I'm planning to be one of the non-crashers although I look like an astronaut with all of my gear!

i just bought a 86 rebel for 700 bucks its has some cosmetic damage a little rust and dents on the tank but for 700 im not omplaining! its my first bike and i too plan on takin my sweet sweet time learnin on this....i dont really need power, but i say that now i just want something to cruise around on downtown where i live so this seems like the bike! ofr me

I am 5'6". When I look at photos Rich took of me on the Rebel, I look kind of scrunched up, knees look too high. I sold it to a lady that was 5' and I think it will be a better fit. The Rebel seems more of a city cycle and she lives in the city not using a freeway (I warned her about that).

I'm 5'7" and the rebel works fine for me.

Im 6'2 and 15 and i have been learning to ride for awhile. And i actually have a 1982 250cc honda rebel. It does everything i need it to perfectly. I admit when i was first learning it seemed a bit cramped but now it fits perfect.

Maybe there's a reason this is called "Beginner Motorcycles." This bike isn't really meant for long-term cruising. It's more than enough for getting around town, which is the target use anyways. No need for highway power in a town bike.

The Rebel 250 is a perfect bike for riding in town. If you are considering a scooter, the Rebel will have more power, cost around the same, and get around the same gas mileage, and doesn't look like a scooter!

If you are just starting out, there is no better bike out there, period! You will get a lot of respect for starting small.

I think I might get one of these and I'm only 15 and my parents don't exactly want me going 100 miles per hour anyways and this bike seems like the cheapest and best thing I can get right now, sure I'll want something bigger eventually, but I don't really want to get a Vulcan 500 for my first bike and the ninja is too fast. So this seems to fit the bill best.

How does this compare to the Nighthawk as far as top speed or handling?

it uses the same engine as the nighthawk, but the design of the nighthawk gives it a few more hp

Just bought a Honda Rebel today and its a awesome looking bike. I am only 105 pounds so I think it will be just right for just starting out! The speed limit is up to 65 most places anyway-so its greaaaatttt!

I am just starting out with the whole motorcycle riding thing and though I haven't bought it yet, I like the honda Rebel, It fits me okay, both in size and price; My question is: I am 6'3" and weigh 205 lbs, will the rebel be able to take me 65mph??? Will it also be able to carry both me and my wife (who is 5'10", 135 lbs) around town together? She will not ride with me on the highway. I will be using it for commuting to and from work and school (roughly 40 miles a day). Can anyone give me some assistance?

Hmm... I would definitely sit on a rebel before you buy one to make sure it is comfortable enough for you, they are pretty small bikes. They would fit me fine as I'm only 5'10, but I think at 6'3" you might feel a bit cramped. If you like the cruiser look take a look at the Kawasaki Vulcan 500. It is based off of the Ninja 500 engine but has more of a classic look that I think you would like. Plus it would be more than powerful enough for 2up riding around town. Ben ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

I am 5'6" and sold my Rebel after 1 month (bought brand new too) because it really was a bit too small. Best for about 5'3 or less. My husband is 6'2" and he felt too cramped and looked like a monkey on it. It is not a freeway bike unless you get a different sprocket.

I've got the 07 Rebel, I'm 6 foot, bout 190 lb, and I absolutely love it, I rode it on a 6 hour trip to the beach with some buddy's all on 650 ninjas, and I kept up just fine. I take it on the interstate everyday to work, and mine runs great up until about 70mph it's a little too shaky for me. And as far as taking passengers, I take my girlfriend around all the time, but not for long rides. We went on one ride for about 3 hours and we both swore we'd never do it again, very uncomfortable. But two people on it does work quite well for quick rides around town. Handles beautifully, best beginner bike out there.

I am 6'0" 200lbs. I got a great barder deal on a garaged 1982 Honda cm250cc street bike, it had 1,500 miles on it... super clean 62mpg ...I still own it... my wife is 5'2" 130# with muscular legs we road the bike on short trips and it would be OK 63mph... my wife thought she wanted to try to ride it on her own... she couldn't touch the ground... I bought after market short shocks (adjustable height) and I took the seat in and hait narrowed for her legs... there was also enough adjustment in the forks to lower 1-1/2" she now touches the ground and rides the bike regularly... I just found a garaged 1983 Yamaha Virago 500 with 443 miles on it... paid $1,000.00 it fits me better and she can ride on the back or along side. I see it has been a while since you wrote this but I needed to resond.

I am 6-4 and 245. I ride a 1200 cc bike and sometimes it seems a bit underpowered for me and I`m not a speed demon. We bought a 2007 250 rebel for my wife to learn on. She`s 140 and 5-3. It seems to fit her fine. The bike wouldn`t fit in my truck under the camper so I ended up riding it about 70 miles home. I`m sure some of the bikers passing me got a good laugh. But I had no problems with the bike at all. Shifted well, had a lot of pep for such a small bike. I got it up to seventy on a straightaway with no problem. I`m sure it would have at least hit eighty carrying my big self. No problems on the hills either. I kept running off and leaving my wife in the truck behind me every time we stopped. I had to stop at least 3 times while the truck caught up. If you want to take short rides around the country or town it seems fine.But a grown man of average size is going to look like a fool. But hey , you get what you can afford and times are tough moneywise. I wish everyone would ride a bike for a while. Once you get a bike you start seeing a lot more of them where you ignored them before. It might make it safer for us. Watch everyone around you. Don`t assume they see you.

i am debating purchasing a 2008 rebel. i am 5'7"and 160lbs. my wife is 5'3" and 120 lbs. will it be too much weight for both of us to ride together?

If you are planning on riding both you and you wife, I would look into a 600 to 700 cc bike. Honda makes a couple of good one in the Shadow series. I have a VStar 650 and I'm a little taller 5'10" but my wife is the same size as yours and it has enough power for the both of use.

I am looking at purchasing my first bike and have found all of the info on the website useful. Here is my question. I am 5'8 - 5'9 and weigh approx 275 (yes I know I'm overweight but that is another issue). I have been looking at the Rebel and Virago as starters but am wondering if my weight will be too much for a 250 bike that I will probably ride the interstate with on occasion. Would I be better off with a 400-500 bike like a Vulcan or are there other 400-500 that are good for beginners such as myself. Thanks for your input.

For an average person (120lbs-200lbs) this bike will do 0-60mph in the high five seconds. But being over 275lbs I would recommend a different bike for you. I would still say, however, if it is at all possible for you to get a 250cc Ninja for 1month or so (while not going on the highway (like I-95 or anything where people go 80-90mph)) DEFINITELY do it. You will learn so much more about motorcycling on a smaller motorcycle. Yes it will be a bit sluggish for someone your size. It will still feel faster than most cars, but it won't be anywhere near true motorcycle speed. Anyways, get a 250cc Ninja for about a month or so. Practice U-Turns, cornering, breaking (front/rear), and clutching. Smaller motorcycles teach you so much more and so much more quickly than any big bike can. So, if it is possible get a 250cc for a month or so, then switch over to a 400cc-500cc. It takes about a full year/2 years to get up to speed. I would not recommend a 600cc or anything larger within 1 year of you learning. That is how motorcyclists kill them selves. It only takes a small accidental slip of the wrist to wheelie yourself at 80mph on a 600cc+ sportbike. Oh... I just re-read your comment. You can replace all the Kawasaki 250cc Ninja's with the Honda 250cc Rebel. I forgot that is what you prefer. Also, note that the 250cc Rebel gets like 15% less horsepower than the 250cc Ninja. Still, it will help you practice. I just recommend the ninja because I am a sports bike fan and I believe this bike teaches pretty good clutch control technique.

Don't forget to mention the 5 sec 0-60 time should also be adjusted to about 5 min 0-60 on the rebel.

my husband was 350 and abot 5'7 rhode ny rebel home and said it was to small for him he started out on a 650 vstar with no experience (not even a dirt bike) and we could both ride on it and it wasn't bad BUT START ON WHAT YOU ARE MOST comfy with

i am 6.2" and close to 290 lbs do think is this motorcylce will be small for me ? i am new to the motorcycle world and looking for a bike in a budget

my thoughts to the comments of the taller riders considering the rebel...i am 5'9" and a skinny minnie and i think this bike is too small for me, so i would suggest something bigger for you guys...ive been riding for about 6mths now, it was my first bike, very affordable, and easy to handle for a small girl but to be quite honest, i am bored with it....if you are comfortable with flipping it in a year or two, then go for it, they are cheap to insure for new riders but you wont find it the most satisfying...and its a really short bike so you wont be most comfy...if you can, go for something a bit bigger and maybe a little more power.

Check the mc's weight allowance. Will you want saddlebags? Would you be comfortable sitting on it in riding position for any length of time? Too low handlebars can cramp your hands, too high wear out you shoulders. Do you have to lean forward? Do your knees ride at your ears? Do you need to go fast, or accelerate fast when traffic ready? At 5'6" te Rebel was to small-a larger cycle can actually be easier to manage once you get used to the weight if you are cramped on too small a cycle. I think after buying 2 mc in 1.5 months that getting the one you plan to use "forever" to learn and start on is best-just be VERRYY cautious, do a lot of clutch slipping, barely move the throttle until you have a clear and permanent feel on what to expect.Stay away from traffic. Practice cornering slowly until you know how much lean you can safely use, how well it turns. Getting used to different sized cycles is a danger zone since mc's don't act the same. Many, maybe most accidents involve new cycles-not necessarily new riders.

I have had a coupld of Rebels (250 and one 450) and have found the 250s to have poor starting. There must be a knack that I've never learned to master, but I've already run down a battery trying to get mine started...What's the secret? Yes, it's been to the doctor's! For the bit taller and heavier people, I had an 82 Honda CM 400 or 450, forget which, but it was a GREAT bike. Only thing is, i am 5'1'' and while backing it into the garage one day, my foot slipped on some litter that was soaking up oil on the driveway, the bike fell over, I put my hand out nd broke my wrist......So much for that bike as to height, but it really is a great one. The comfort and ease of handling probably would be ok for a beginner as I consider myself a beginner even tho I've been fooling around w/bikes off and on for many years. Nothing steady. So, about the Rebel starting........?? Linda

Hi Linda,

Well, I've had my Rebel for over a year and kind of have a feel for starting it. First - make sure the gas is on, and the bike is in neutral (green light on), and then I turn the key on, and as I push the starter button, I pull the choke lever toward me about three quarters of the way to where it would stop. At that point, the engine starts and I let go of the starter button, and kind of move the choke lever until the engine runs smoothly, but not too fast, as the engine is still cold. let it run like that for 30 seconds or so. Then I start to push the choke lever away from me. Yes the engine will slow down a bit, and this also depends on the air temperature, If it's cold out, it will take longer warming up. I begin riding as soon as possible, sometimes with the choke still partially on, and then after a minute or so, turn the choke off completely (push it all the way forward).
Some people just pull the choke lever all the way toward them and crank the starter... then back off the choke as the engine begins to chug like it is getting too much gas...

I hope this helps...

hi. i'm considering buying a honda rebel because it is short, and somewhat lite for me. i am 5'4'' & 200lbs. i have my cycle endorsement, but i got that on a 125cc moped/motorcycle. i rode that around for a few months last year, but decided to sell it with all it's problems. anyway, i have a fear of motorcycles, somewhat. when i was little, like 5, my step dad would give me rides on the back, and he would go too fast for me, and it was very hard for me to hold on, it scared the crap out of me. but i do like the idea of my own, and i need to save on gas. my man said that this bike would be perfect for me to start. he wants to buy it for me, i sat on one, and it seemed like the perfect size. how do i get over the fear of wrecking???

Well, I am soooooo cautious myself. I partly try to avoid the "wrecking visualizations". I have met people who have NEVER wrecked-one has not even tipped over. I think of those people and then say-how can I be like them? I am allowing myself plenty of time-I don't get to ride often (work) or long (hot summers 100+ daily), but I am NOT rushing myself. I putt along in safe, as empty a possilbe roads and parking lots-my husband often has to drive the cycle there for me to practice, as it is all highway where we live and I am not ready for that. I use some exercises I got from a safety book to improve skills. I dress as if I were going to battle, helmet (not a "shorty"), name brand ballistic jacket with body armour and high impact mesh work, chaps, (I plan to buy the high impact mesh pants to wear under the chaps), gloves and motorcycle boots. The whole shebang. My neighbors jusr wear minimal stuff and they think I'm weird to wear all of this stuff but who cares what they think about that. Just let yourself gradually get a speed, try cornering very slowly, it's ok to let your feet down when barely moving, but DON'T put your feet down in order to stop, only when you are stopped, or jut about. Just walk around with the throttle barly going, scoot your feet along and try to get one foot up then the other WHEN YOU FEEL balanced. You can do it-just don't let ANYONE rush you.

I'm new to motorcycles and trying to get a feel for what would be good for what I want to do. I won't be using the bike to get to and from work but will be using it to go to friends' houses and general riding. Problem is my friends tend to live about a half hour away and the best routes involve the highway... Is this bike in general just too lightweight for traveling on roads that often have traffic in excess of 75mph? I know it isn't going to out pace traffic, but then I really don't want it to, but I also do not want it to get blown around when some riced civic blows by me either.

I have an '05 Rebel, my first bike so I could learn, and I ride in central Cali. Once I got used to it, I started driving on the freeways and have not had any bad experiences. It is light, but I honestly don't feel blown around a whole lot. You should realize I don't have anything to compare it with since I haven't ridden anything else, but it works for me. I do like 30-40 minute highway trips several times a month. A windshield helps a lot, but even without it I think the Rebel can handle the freeway. I know everyone says the Rebel is great around town, and it's definitely no comfort cruiser for the long haul, but it does what I need it to even on the freeway.

I am strongly considering buying a rebel for my first bike. I like the look of it and it appears from the reviews that it is a great starter bike. My only concern is that I live in the Santa Barbara area where everyone drives ridiculously fast on the freeway (80-85 MPH) and I'm wondering if the rebel will be able to comfortably maintain those speeds. I am about 5'11" and about 155 lbs. It would be rather unnerving to be going 65 MPH and have people flying past me at 85 MPH. If anyone has experience riding the rebel on the freeway, then input would be greatly appreciated.

I'm thinking about a bike for a few reasons; gas and fun. However, I'm poor, a student still :(, and it would be my first. Thus, I have been investigating the Rebel. Anyway to answer the questions in your post I found a video on youtube of a guy in Georgia I beleive. He took video of himself riding a Rebel on the interstate to show that it could indeed handle it. He had the thing up over 80, or so he claimed. I could not read the numbers on the speedometer from my computer, but I dont think he had any reason to lie about it. Anyhow it was a few days ago iI found this so I dont have a link on hand. I found it though a google search. Take a look for the video. It may help you decided if the Rebel can handle your local intersates. Best of luck.

I am obviously a beginner with no driving experience (except MSF course) and shopping around for my first bike. I was considering either the Rebel 250 or Ninja 250; which one would be best suited for my need?! I'd be using it mainly to commute (about 50-60 miles per day), mostly FREEWAY. Would either one be good enough or should I go for something a little bigger? Please advise?!!!

The rebel would probably struggle a bit on the freeway. A ninja could keep freeway speeds but it is a sportbike and might be uncomfortable for you. It really comes down to preference, if you like sportbikes the ninja should be fine, if you like cruisers you might want a slightly bigger bike such as a vulcan 500.

I am looking at buying a 2006 Honda Rebel (250cc) with 400 miles on it. I'll be using it for my work commute (25 miles each way - highway miles, mostly two lane) in Pennsylvania (read: mountains, hills, curves). I'm 5'3" and about 155lbs. My riding experience is limited to the back, mostly. I started learning how to ride myself about 16 years ago - on a BIG Yamaha (1100?) - I did just fine going straight and slow (the power intimidated me a bit), but when my ex had me pull a u-turn to come back, I simply could not hold the bike up and had to gently lower it to the ground (no damage, I was gentle, but there was no way I was holding it up). Of course, that was an 850lb bike... I will be taking the state motorcycle safety course to learn how to ride (already scheduled!). Input? Thanks!

You probably have already bought it, if you did. You can get a 30 tooth sprocket to get up to highway speed better. The factory one is a 26 tooth. Your size is fine for the Rebel-I was a bit too tall. It is pretty good on mountain roads as I live on a fast highway that becomes a windy road taking the north direction in 1 mile for about 7 miles. Learn to lean a bit into the curve-practice turning and leaning BEFORE on the road. Oncoming cars may not be able to avoid you-some may be unforgiving anyway. Note that most lean photos are racers, you don't want to think of leaning as 2" from the ground-that's not for us regular riders.

I am just beginning, and I am wondering whether I should start with the Rebel or the Kawasaki Eliminator 125? The Eliminator is a little cheaper, but I'm not sure it's big enough? I am 5'11", so I'm sort of in the middle....Any suggestions or recommendations?

Long-time (25+years) bike rider. Started on a 70cc scooter, graduated to a 500cc Virago, went to an 1100cc Goldwing, and now ride a 1500cc Valkyrie. Now that my son is 18, we've bought him a Rebel 250 to get him started. Having just ridden it home from the dealer, it was a shock to ride something so tiny. But after about 10 miles I must admit that although the rain was pouring down on me, I had a huge grin on my face. No, it's not fast, it's not heavy (stable), it's not big. But what it is is fun, good in-town, and unbelievable on gas. My son feels like he's hit the lottery.

I too have been riding for 25 years. Started with a bike smaller than the rebel... a '79 Honda CM200T Twinstar, which later became the Rebel with a bigger engine. Now, you're talking about a bike that was at least 50 cc's smaller, but I took it to Canada once & several shorter out-of-state trips & ended up putting a total of 23,000 miles on it, all before I rebuilt the whole engine & sold the bike. I then 'upgraded' to a Yamaha 250 crotch rocket. :) In 2000 I bought my latest bike, a Suzuki Savage 650. I've had nothing but small bikes most of my riding years. I am 5' 7" & about 160 lbs for those asking questions about height/weight issues. Bigger folks might consider a bigger bike, but sit on a Rebel & try it out, you'll never know until you get up close & personal with it before you buy. I'm here because I'm considering getting a rebel for gas consumption purposes, for commuting only.

I just did the same. I started out riding dirtbikes and my first street MC was a 2004 Honda Sabre 1100. Great bike but I quickly got bored with it and longed for a Harley. In 2005 I bought my Road King but upgraded the motor to 95" and other performance upgrades to triple digit HP and Torque. I have a short trip to work but gas was still painful even for the Harley (about 30 mpg but 93 octane). I just bought a used 2005 Rebel and love riding it to work. I don't care if my short commute is tearing up the motor although I don't believe it is. It is great on gas and has plenty of power in the 45 zones.

There is not a multi-purpose bike in my opinion. I'll save the Harley for the fun rides. This is my work bike.

I love my (1983) antique Rebel (named Rapunzel)... the Rebel was designed and a perfect fit for small riders... I'm 5'9 160lb and the bike fits me perfectly. My sister bought it for $200, and when she abandoned it, I loved its "swiss watch engine cranks up every time" engine and the bike feel so much, I had to save it and I bought it from her for $500 (she was in a major financial bind so I was being super generous, but still at that price it was a steal), and put a lot of TLC and love into it. Another $200 bucks of lights, mirrors, speedometer, and a saddlebag luggage kit off of ebay, and she is sweet and street legal, and she looks like one sexy little pony. She's awesome to snake through the fields on the farm.

I don't want a big heavy bike, or a new bike, or a fast bike. Its that much more metal to fall on top of you. And you don't need it unless you are racing or got a maschismo problem. I want a pony bike that fits me perfectly. This bike is aged. Its got character like a ripe old wine. And that's what my Rapunzel is. Its a pony bike, and I say that in a very flattering lovable way. Its so small, with such a tight turning radius, and so indestructible, you can do anything with it. You can sneak it anywhere. If you are a small person, and you get a big bike, you will be unhappy. You won't be able to pick up the bastard when it falls on its side. And you will drop your bike on its side lots of times, trust me, the way kickstands are. And its no big deal. Use it. Love it. Ride it. Pimp it out with a billion stickers like I did. Make it look like a rat bike straight out of the movie "Raising Arizona".

If its a rare super windy day you get blown around at 65mph, so just slow down. To ride above 45mph on any motorbike was disconcerting for me at first, but you get use to it. Slower than 45 is pure joy, esp. puttering around in 1st gear as slow as you can go through the grass. From 45mph upward on the highway the wind against you starts kicking in... 50 is quite comfortable, 55 and you start paying attention, 65 and the wind is really pushing against you. You don't want to go fast though, you want to to kick it slow and take in everything you see around you on the country roads.

My grandfather drove a motorbike as a teenager for the German army in WW2, and I'm so happy to be kicking it old school like he did on an old bike. A few hundred bucks for something that gets 60+mpg... hell yeah. You could buy a new motorbike off the show room floor, but it wouldn't be the same. Find you an old one off of ebay, and make it distinctly yours. You'll learn a lot about it through fixing it up, and love it that much more because you invested yourself into it, and it becomes even more of a joy to ride.

You have to respect someone who loves their bike!! Got any pictures of her?

yes, pics or it didn't happen lol

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I'm getting like 85mpg in the summer. That, and its 28 years old and keeps on purring like a watch (despite it being totally neglected by its previous owners), and still in production, makes the Rebel beat every other bike out there, hands down, period, for me. Reliable, fuel efficient, parts in supply, easy to work on, easy and fun to ride, and cheap if bought used. The only way you could improve it would be to make it all alluminum, rust free, even lighter, and an engine even more fuel efficient. But until somebody does that, and can sell it for $500, a used Rebel is king of the pony bikes.

Those who post that the Rebel is not a highway bike - who wants to ride a bike on the interstate? Sure you do it but not that often. The problem is not with the Rebel, but with speeding traffic that goes 80mph and tail you at that speed like the douchebags they are. I have no problem doing 65, and you can do 80 all day long but I don't like to, simply because at the moment my tires are bald and the Rebel is very light and until I put my new tires on this spring, such a thing is not smart. I don't want to have a spill at 80mph, and its not going to matter what bike you are on.

Don't trust a bike you can't pick up. If you are a college student, and need to get around campus and home on the weekends, or just back and forth to work every day using as little gas as possible, the Rebel is the way to go. My bike is purely for pleasure, but I use it as much as I possibly can with gas prices being what they are, and at this point I'm using it 95% of the time. An SUV before me will easily put $50 on the gas pump, where I put $5 with each fill up. Only very rarely do I use my cars anymore to go anywhere, only only then when its too cold to ride a motorbike.

I don't recommend motorbikes for winter use, esp. if you live in the colder states. Riding in any temperature below 60F will suck the heat right off your body. They have heated motorcycle suits you can buy, otherwise, dress up as warmly as possible. In the spring, summer, and fall though, they are just totally fun and thrifty on gas.

Bikes are a thing of preference. Someone my exact size and weight, could be unhappy on a Rebel. They may want some huge elephant under their ass for an ego boost, which for me I would myself not be happy with. I've rode big bikes before and I do not like them, I do not want that huge thing falling on me, or falling over, and not be able to pick it up, or even try to stop or control such a huge piece of steel in an emergency situation. Before you buy a bike, test drive several find the one that you like and makes you happy when actually driving it at various speeds.

Hello All,

I have enjoyed your comments. I am here looking at the rebel 250 for my first bike. I have been thinking about one for years as I have always had a fascination with them. I have never ridden a street or cruiser bike, only dirt bikes when i was young. Being female I have a very short stature at 5'3" (160lbs) and I am wondering if I will be able to handle this bike or if I need to be thinking even smaller (Kawasaki Eliminator 125?).

Should fit you just peachy keen. but you'd know for sure if you take the MSF course (assuming you're in the U.S.) as that's one of the standard bikes they use for the riding portion of the class.

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OK folks, I was thinking Vino 125 scooter and Rebel. I am 5' 4" 140 lbs and too damn old to ride a sport bike. Is Rebel too big for me to handle? I like to have my boy 12l lb 5'6" can ride with me occasionally/

I am having problem to decide bike or scooter. My boy wants a bike instead of scooter. This will be use around town, it can be nice if we can ride to go the beach solo (the ride will be 2 hours or so.

Thanks for the input.

I think that at only 305 lbs and with a low center of gravity, the Rebel is very easy to handle. Go sit on one and it will feel like it's only 200 pounds.
As far as comparing the Rebel to a scooter. It's no contest. Scooters don't make a lot of sense for people with a motorcycle license. Scooters are more dangerous in my opinion because they can't keep up with traffic, so you have people tailgating you and trying to pass and force you on the side of the road. The Rebel can keep up with and pass traffic, so you stay out of trouble and off the side of the road. As far as mileage... my Rebel gets 80MPG and I cruise at 60MPH. Scooters get only a little better than that going a frustrating 45MPH with traffic eating them up. And the Rebel doesn't strain like a scooter will, and costs only a litte more.... it's no contest. And have you seen how sweet the REBEL looks? You'll look like a sissy on a scooter, and you'll regret buying it after 2 days.

I am about 6 ft, 240lbs. I just bought the rebel and love it. I have no problems getting up to speed. It is soo much fun, and that is what it is really all about. I have only gone 65 mph so far, and the throttle was not all the way open. I was too nervous, being a new rider to do more. I say don,t worry about your weight, have fun and learn, and enjoy. Are we riding for speed or fun?

BTW--the Rebel is a vertical twin, not a V-twin. Regardless, it's a decent bike for around town even though it sounds like it's wringing it's little heart out at 45 mph. Would be nice to have a tach so I can tell how much I'm really abusing it.

I just bought one , it's a 2007 . Some guy bought it for his girl friend and it was to much for her . He paid $4,200 out the door at the local Honda dealer , and I bought it for $2,500 . I've been driving bikes for 40 years , I've owned mostly larger bikes . This time I wanted some thing that could get 65 to 70 MPG . I looked at a lot of scooters but they were to expensive when you get up to 250cc and above .
Plus the rebel is way more stable at higher speeds , and the weight to power ratio in the rebel can't be matched by any scooter . I'm 5 foot 11 inches and weigh 185 so the bike is a little small for me , but I just want it to go shopping and running errands like going to the bank etc etc . At $2,500 it's a lot of bike / hardware . When you are buying a 2 wheel any thing , make sure it meets your needs . So many people buy the wrong cycle because they don't think it through . So many buy these 50cc scooters because they get 80 MPG , then they find out they really can't go any where on them . Think driving a bicycle in the car lane on a 55 MPH highway , that's no place for 50cc's . Whatever you do don't buy a new one , there are plenty of them out there like the one I got , just be patient .
As far as scooters go , they are fine for in town or a campus but they are a little iffy on the highway .
So if you're just starting out or you need economical transportation , the rebel is for you . FYI , I got mine off of Craig's List . TheReaper!

I was looking at a 1982 Honda Nighthawk 750cc for only $1200. I am a beginner though, and from what I read on here this would be too powerful a bike to start on. I was thinking it might be ok because its older though, and maybe not as powerful? What do you guys think.

Also, a review of the nighthawk would be a good idea for this site =) love the site by the way, it has helped me alot!

I think there's some validity in that. I remember reading a reputed sport bike magazine a while ago say something along those lines for what kind of sport bike is a good beginner bike. They stated something like stay away from 600cc inline 4 bikes that are newer than some year and had a list of good beginner sport bikes. There's no reason that doesn't transfer over to cruiser or standard class bikes that I can think of. Now whether a 1982 nighthawk falls in that category of an "acceptable" beginner's bike, I can't tell you. Sorry... :-\

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Its a good time to begin motorcycling/scootering with the current fuel prices and traffic congestion. Make sure you take the MSF training course first. In most states, completing this will automatically give you a motorcycle license. You may find you do not like the two wheel aspects of road sharing with big-rigs, cars & trucks pushing you around. It takes a while to get road chops on two wheels, there's a "feel thing" that develops. . . 'That one's on the phone, this one looks like turning with no indication, that person can't see over the steering wheel, hey the road surface here is duff & its wet over there' etc etc. Traffic & wind noise is another thing I find surprises new riders, yep - you have to wear some special clothes and a helmet too.
Get a machine that does not need deft throttle control to start. (Those ripping sports 600s rev to over 16000rpm! that is a handful to regulate for a novice - don't do it). But get enough power & size in order to be in front of 4 wheel traffic when you sneak through to the front at the lights.

But its great!
Have fun

I started about 2 months ago looking for a commuter bike that had high gas mileage. I have a 25 round trip to my work. I looked at Hondas first for the relibility that anything with a Honda trade mark has. I have owned 8 Honda cars so far and had few problems and great gas mileage. My current '97 accord wagon has 353,000 miles on it and still gets 25-30 miles per gal with the original engine & transmission! So, back to my quest. I looked in a local owner for sale magazine and found several Rebels, but when I called they were gone. I finally went to the local Honda Dealer to look at a new one, but they where sold out and back ordered till next year. The salesman said he had a 07 Rebel return with 104 miles on it. The lady wanted a bigger bike with more power. I sat on it and I knew I wanted it. I've had my Red Rebel about a month, it has everyhing I want in a Bike. I have averaged a little over 80mpg on my commuter trips and one trip on back roads (around 130 miles) I got over 100 mpg. Plus I have had it going 75 on I-95 with more power if I wanted to go faster. It is a fun bike to ride , I look forward to my drive to and from work now. I live in Hampden, Maine I just wish we had a longer riding season.

Hey I'm thinking of getting a rebel but I'm a little worried about all these people complaining about the rebel's power. If you can cruise at 75 thats more than enough for me, I was just wondering how much you weigh so I could get a comparison for myself. I'm 6'0" and 180lbs. Thanks.

I am looking into getting a bike to ride back and forth to nursing school (which is 50 miles away one way) several times a week. I was hoping to save myself on fuel since my current car gets 19 mpg on a good day. I am 5'7 and weigh in at 125 lbs but was concered as to whether or not i could hold this bike up and control it on a windy day. I will be traveling all highway to school most of which is 4 lanes with stop signs every 200 yards. I dont want to pull up to light and accidently lay the bick down. I was trying to learning on a Honda Shadow 750 but its a little heavy and I hadnt made too many sucessful turns so my aunt let me start using her Honda ? trike but thats not really helping me get used to balencing at all, so I was looking into the Rebel. Being unexpirenced with bike I could really use some input from someone with more knowledge. Thanks a bunch.

I'm 5'6" and thought the Rebel too small. I found it not really a freeway bike. It is very light and seems safer-but it may be too light for speed and wind-plus you are not short. The Shadow should be do-able eventually. Don't rush yourself. Many people, especially long time riders forget that 1) Safe riding takes a long time. 2) They may have been more foolhardy and therefore endangered themselves more than necessary while learning and you are smarter than that. 3) Turning, especially small turns are hard, some wheelbases are larger and not able to turn as sharp and (I've heard) right turns are harder than left turns. Many, if not most riders can't pick their bike up from flat on the ground and ride safely for years. Start with HUGE circles in a large and empty parking lot, gradually make smaller circles, try to keep feet on the pegs as much as you can-though this may take time.

I really like the Rebel the comfort of the cruiser seating position is more my style, but from what I've read it seems like the sportbikes are tuned for better handling and responsiveness.

Would that make them a safer choice for a beginner? (250cc or less of course.)

I bought my first street bike, A honda Rebel a few weeks ago. I have 600 miles on it already. I am a big guy at 6'1" and weight 250 lbs. This bike will do every bit of 75mph (i haven't tried any higher speed yet) with me on it. I enjoy riding it and think it is excellent to learn on.
As I kid I rode Suzuki dirt bikes but never really did any street riding. With gas at $4 per gallon, this seemed like a very econmical choice. I am currently averaging a little more that 62 mpg.

Ok, I am a big guy, 6ft 240 lbs of hard ass sexy muscle. ;-)
I bought a 08 rebel a little over a moth ago. I had a blast on it, got comfortable and learned a lot. I took it to the skills test and passed easily. Woo hoo!! Latter that day I went and bought a new v-star silverado 650. I am in-love! The rebel will go 80mph, and will de everything you want, but that bigger bike makes me feel safer. I can do 65mph and not notice it at all. I am not knocked around and I dont get funny looks or chuckles like I did on the Rebel. Now my wife gets my rebel and she looks good on it, she is 5'5 110 lbs. The rebel is great to learn on, and the resale value and demand are great. However, dont BS yourself, you will out grow this bike fast, and that says nothing negative about the rebel. A lot of people here are trying to sell THEMSELVES on thier purchase of stiking to the rebel. Fact is now on my 650 I can go on long highway rides, I can join in group rides and I can carry a passanger without struggling. Iknow it will go 100mph easy, and that is more than I need, so I think I found my life time bike. There is an entire world of biking out there, the rebel only opens the door, dont settle down with it, grow with it.

i prefer raider and warrior which are not too cruiser type..but the Vmax..dang!!!!

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I'm considering purchasing a Honda Rebel and am wondering if it is a good bike in terms of weight to cross over San Francisco Bay Area Bridges? Mainly the Bay Bridge, Richmond Bridge and Dumbarton...I'm a 5'8" female that wieghts about 180 and dont' want to be blown all over the place...Your thoughts will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance

I had a Rebel and felt I needed a bigger bike. I am not as tall as you. Check my and others posts about it too.

I f you can handle a bigger bike, I would. You may get blown around, but that will happen no matter what you ride.

I am thinking about purchasing a motorcycle to get me to and from work cheaper. My drive is thirty miles one way...and the speed limit on the highway is 70mph. Do you think the Rebel would be a good bike for this or should I look elsewhere?

My 2008 Rebel had difficulty keeping up at 50mph although it is supposed to go 70mph. A change in sprocket is supposed to fix that-but I just got a biiger bike. Heavier is harder to learn on, but I think a better long term investment.

I live in the mountains of Pennsylvania and my rebel does just fine on the hills at highway speeds. I have no idea why that one fellow said his only went 50mph. Mine will go over 75 uphill and I am 5'11", 225lbs.

NO! The rebel will go 70mph, no problem. You however will hate it on the high way.

no, you will hate it! The bike will do 80mph, but you may not feel safe onm it. If you do go with it be sure to get a windshield and higway bars.

Honestly if you are a new rider and are wanting buy a bike I would (unless you will never be going out of town) buy a 500cc,600cc 700cc range bike. Yes they are a little heavier rebel is around 330 and other bikes range about 40 pounds or so more, but:
~*~A~*~you will have no need to buy a lower tooth sproket for highway trips longer than 10 minutes(if you dont a rebel will make your butt fall asleep).
~*~B~*~If you are over 5'7" you will have no problems touching the ground on say a honda nighthawk.
~*~C~*~You wont have to resell the brand new rebel for $500 to $1000 less than you bought it for, after 1 month of riding.
~*~D~*~Any bigger bike you get will most likely be water cooled which is a HUGE factor in engine life and leg comfort
Now Im not saying dont buy a rebel but it is truely NOT an interstate bike it will not last 10000miles going 65mph it just isnt designed that way. If u are only going to be using its designed 20 to 50mph range it will last years upon years for in town driving.

So in conclusion if you still want to learn on a Rebel but still upgrade later thats cool just try to aviod buying a new one the older year 82 83 84 cm250s are all over the place as well as the newer used rebels and you can buy them and still them for usually about the same price, because theres always more newbies going to want these machines.

A great bike I would suggest as a beginning and yet good for years to come would be a Kawasaki 454 LTD or any other brand of bike comparing close to that kawi model, but watch urself going to 750cc and over, as in Kansas the insurance hikes up there.

AND lastly I hope my long winded rambling approach helps at least 1 of soon to be motorcyclist out there.

So in conclusion if you still want to learn on a Rebel but still upgrade later thats cool just try to aviod buying a new one the older year 82 83 84 cm250s are all over the place as well as the newer used rebels and you can buy them and still ****SELL**** them for usually about the same price, because theres always more newbies going to want these machines.

Honestly it really isnt safe to ride a Rebel with 2 adults maybe a child but anymore than a 110lb passenger you will not be able to get up to speed safely say for example going up a hill.

I would suggest at least a 600cc cycle or bigger for adult passenger riders.

You are both full of shit! I rode me,(240lbs) and my son (150lbs) and had no probem hitting 65mph. No it isnt comfortabl, with out a sissy bar. This bike will go higway speeds for many many years. You say it will only last 10000 miles, then say the older ones are all many miles do you think those bikes have on them. Look, the Rebell is good for beginners, and woman, mosty guys will not want to ride them for ever, I upgraded to a bigger bike after 6 weeks, but don't knck the bike/.
Oh, and from a 250 to a 650 bike is 230 pound difference.
Dumb ass!


so im about 6'2 310....never had a bike but im looking at trading my 95 s10 to a guy who can fix the damage on the truck that i cant afford to fix for his 85 honda rebel with 5000 original miles...bad idea? good idea? i know im a big dude im fine with it i mean it sucks i should probably lose some lbs but i dont care i just wanna get out and ride and have fun and its harder when you cant afford a new bike or a good looking one and i finaly found one that i like the way it works but i dont want to be please let me know what you think...thanks every one....i really dont care if you want to email me and let me know your thoughts id be ok with

I bought one early March 2008, after taking the MSF safety course here in northern NJ.

I can say as a beginning bike Rebel is an excellent choice, extremely reliable witha simple, proven engine.

I'm 5'8" about 170 lbs and I can fit nicely on it, (although not as comfortable as I'd like)

I'm a careful rider and always ride w full gear so it took me few months to learn how to properly ride. I am now selling my rebel for a bigger bike with a bigger engine. As some said, the Rebel lacks power on the highway, which is a major minus. I can get maybe ~75 mph going full throttle and its pretty scary on such a light bike.

But besides that its an excellent motorcycle and I'd recommend it to any beginner.

Folks, I don't think there is any question that a Rebel is a great starter bike, as long as is not too small for you. Mine fits me fine, and I'm 5'8", 190. I don't think there is much question that I will move up to bigger bike eventually, though, because there is no way you can do much two up riding on a Rebel.

But as I work to remember my riding skills from 30 years ago, it's a great gas saver and training bike. And if you have any questions about it's ability to handle the highway, you should watch this youtube video!

I noticed the back seat of the Rebel is minimal. Anyone tried carrying a passenger on it? How comfortable is it? The Nighthawk seat looks more comfortable.

When I originally bought mine, it was new. I was to bring it in for a 500mile 1st service. My other bike was given a schedule for a 2,000 mile 1st service. 500 miles seemed pretty short, like it should be able to tolerate not being serviced that much. It's really not a bad bike for basics. On the Vtwin mamma site she has photos of many kinds of bikes with people on them so you can see how it mght relate to you size-wise. Also notable are the heights,inseams and weights of the average rider of the bikes listed. Both men and women post there and if you want to get an idea about your size and the bike size it is worth checking on before you buy. There is one woman who is 5'10" who models on several bikes in a showroom. Again, without the 30 sprocket-set you may find it hard to go highway speeds, (>45-50mph,70mph is totally max and very hard to get to and hold) especially uphill at the same time. I don't think the back seat area looks too comfortable, but usually ther are custom seats than can be bought if you want a passenger to be comfortable. I tend to think 2 up is not so safe and each learning to ride is a better solution. The passenger must be calm enough to "go with the flow" and not try to brake with their feet or put their feet out to corner-it can cause you to crash. The driver must be able to handle the change in balance especially on mountain roads and sharp corners.

im looking for a 250cc bike, i was debating about what to get. its between the nighthawk, rebel, or gz250.
im 16 years old, 5 foot 6 and 155 pounds. im just doing short commutes(some being on gravel country roads)
what is the best bike for the money?

I am a 5'8" 225 lbs guy that rides an old 1980 version of the Rebel, one of the old Twin Stars. I've had it for the past five years, and it's one of the most favorite bikes I've ever had. I learned on a mid 60's Honda 50cc, moved up to the 600-700 cc bikes, and then moved down to the bike I have now. I've also been riding for around 25 years.

Here's my take the Rebel. It's a bike that fits my body type and riding habits very well. I ride it mostly around town, but take it on the road for one to two hour (one way) road trips on the weekends. It does very well getting up to speed and keeping up with the flow of traffic in town. I am a bit leery of having it on an interstate, simply a comfort thing on my part, but my Rebel handles very well on the highways around where I live and ride and have no trouble maintaining speed or keeping up with the traffic on the highway. anything over 65 on my bike gets a little exciting, but like others have said it's a bike designed for beginner to ride around town or on those short trips.

I know I won't trade mine for the world.

I have ridden bikes for over 30 years. I am 5'11", 210. I got a great deal on a Rebel 2 months ago and I like it. I also have a Honda CBR1000 and a Harley Softail Springer. Yes I am a little too big for the Rebel, it kind of pushes my knees up a little higher than I like and the suspension is soft especially in front. Also I would think a second person would slow it down too much for me, I have never had a passenger on mine and probably wont. But I don't care because it is so much fun to ride. I would like to lower the footpegs but I don't want to compromise cornering either. It is very light and very nimble, probably the easiest bike to buzz around town on than any other I have owned. I use it to commute about 6 miles to work. I have a choice of taking the highway or streets to get there and I choose the streets 90 percent of the time. Mine will go a little over 75 mph with me on it and it is pretty much out of poop then. Any Rebel that won't go at least 70 has a power problem. It should be able to go 65 in fourth gear, just look at the redlines on your speedometer. Now that is what it should do, not what I prefer. Mine sounds like a blender over 65 and it gives me a feeling like I want more bike under me. My CBR feels fine to me up to about 150 so it is not the speed it is just that this little bike is out of its element on the freeway. The Rebel is a great little bike and I bet it would be great for learning on and I bet I would like it even more if I were shorter.

I just bought an 82 CM 250 (pre rebel) for a friend and rode it about 20 miles home tonite. I must say that I liked it. It has the raked back bars of the cruiser and I'm gonna change those out for him soon. I took it on the freeway and got it up to 70 no problem. It runs strong and looks nice, it'll make a great cafe bike. I'm 6'2" and 230lb. I have a 700 Virago and it is certainly a lot bigger and faster, but this seems like a great bike for learning and for cruising around town.


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