Honda CMX250C

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Honda CMX250C
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Rebel 250
Predecessor Honda CM250C Custom
Class Cruiser
Engine 234 cc (14.3 cu in) air-cooled SOHC two valves per cyl. straight-twin [1]
Bore / stroke 53.0 mm × 53.0 mm (2.09 in × 2.09 in)
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Top speed 70 mph (110 km/h)[2]
Power 16.1 hp (12.0 kW)[2]
Torque 12.4 lb·ft (16.8 N·m)[2]
Ignition type CDI
Transmission 5-speed, chain drive
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Suspension Front: 33 mm fork; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel
Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability; 2.9-inch travel
Brakes Front: Single-disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Drum
Tires Front: 3.00"-18"
Rear: 130/90-15
Rake, trail 30° 40', 113 mm (4.4 in)
Wheelbase 1,450 mm (57 in)
Seat height 676 mm (26.6 in)
Weight 139 kg (306 lb) (dry)
145 kg (320 lb)[2] (wet)
Fuel capacity 9.8 L (2.2 imp gal; 2.6 US gal), incl. 2.6 L (0.57 imp gal; 0.69 US gal) reserve
Fuel consumption 52–62.6 mpg-US (4.52–3.76 L/100 km; 62.4–75.2 mpg-imp)[2][3]
Related Honda CM200T Twinstar
Honda CMX450 Rebel
Honda CB250 Nighthawk

The Honda CMX250, or Rebel 250, is a 234 cc (14.3 cu in) cruiser-style motorcycle made by Honda on and off since 1985. It uses the same 234 cubic centimetres (14.3 cu in) straight-twin engine as the Honda Nighthawk 250 standard. The Rebel is part of the CM series of cruisers. It is commonly used in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's certified rider-training courses.[4]

The Rebel's fuel consumption averages 52–62.6 mpg-US (4.52–3.76 L/100 km; 62.4–75.2 mpg-imp), with refills needed at around 190 miles (310 km).[3] The 1996 Rebel had the best fuel economy, 62.6 miles per US gallon (3.76 L/100 km; 75.2 mpg-imp), of the 352 past and current models tested in the 2010 Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN) Performance Index.[2] By 2012, the 1996 Rebel's fuel economy had been exceeded by several models on the MCN Performance Index, led by the Yamaha Virago 250 at 66.9 mpg-US (3.52 L/100 km; 80.3 mpg-imp).[5] Its maximum speed is 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), and 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time is 11.86 seconds, with a 0 to 14 mi (0.00 to 0.40 km) time of 17.86 seconds at 68.55 mph (110.32 km/h).[2] Its wet weight is 320 lb (150 kg).[2]

It has a single disc brake in the front and a drum in the rear. The only gauge is a speedometer that includes gear recommendations based on speed; there is no tachometer. The transmission is a standard down-1st, up-2nd to 5th 5-speed.

The September 1985 issue of Motorcyclist magazine, when the Rebel was first introduced, said, "by targeting the bike to a young audience, such as those who watch MTV, Honda hopes to attract newcomers and expand the motorcycle market ... Honda is not marketing this motorcycle as a woman's bike."[6]

Police use[edit]

The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia began to purchase the Rebel in the early 1980s to replace the Vespa scooters they had previously used,[7] but by the mid-2000s the MPD decided to begin replacing the Rebels with the Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster, citing a need for more power, durability, and visibility.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Honda Powersports - Honda Rebel specifications
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Performance Index '10" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, BowTie Inc., 2010, retrieved 2011-04-04 
  3. ^ a b "Scooters and motorcycles", Consumer Reports, March 2009 
  4. ^ Holmstrom, Darwin (2001), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles (2nd ed.), Alpha Books, p. 320, ISBN 0-02-864258-9 
  5. ^ "Performance Index Winter '12/'13 Edition" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, January 2013, retrieved July 5, 2014 
  6. ^ Berriz, Marcie (September 1985), "Honda CMX250c Rebel- Begin at the beginning", Motorcyclist (magazine), Philadelphia, Pa, pp. 54–57 
  7. ^ Joseph Lee Massey Jr. The Erosion of the Thin Blue Line: Memoirs of My Life As a Washington, D.C. Police Officer. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-1-4834-3637-1. 
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