The Honda Rebel 250 is the perfect bike for you if you prefer more of a cruiser style motorcycle instead of a sportbike like the Kawasaki Ninja 250. It is light weight and very easy to handle, plus its relaxed riding position allows you to cruise around all day in comfort. The Honda rebel is powered by an air cooled 234cc V-twin engine, this engine has been around for decades and the engineers at honda have perfected every inch of it. Unfortunately since this engine design has been around, it may look a little bit dated, which can be a plus or a minus depending on your perspective.
This little motorcycle is very responsive when compared to other 250cc's in its class, its quick off the line and still has some power when cruising at 60 or 70. When traveling up hills however, sometimes a downshift is required, but this is to be expected especially with smaller bikes. This motorcycle is very light with a wet weight of only 329 lbs and the frame of the motorcycle would fit smaller riders idealy. Unfortunately if you are a larger guy, over 6 feet tall or so, you may find this little guy just a bit too cramped.
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 saught after bikes for its ease of use and wide power band. Its very manueverable when negotiating low speed turns, and is great when crusing down the highway leaning into big sweepers. When all is said and done I thin kthis 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