Honda CMX250C

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Honda CMX250C
Also calledRebel 250
PredecessorHonda CM250C Custom
Engine234 cc (14.3 cu in) air-cooled SOHC two valves per cyl. straight-twin [1]
Bore / stroke53.0 mm × 53.0 mm (2.09 in × 2.09 in)
Compression ratio9.2:1
Top speed79 mph (127 km/h)[2]
Power16.1 hp (12.0 kW)[2]
Torque12.4 lb⋅ft (16.8 N⋅m)[2]
Ignition typeCDI
Transmission5-speed, manual, chain drive
Frame typeTubular steel double cradle
SuspensionFront: 33 mm fork; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel
Rear: Dual shock absorbers with five-position spring-preload adjustability; 2.9-inch travel
BrakesFront: single-disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: drum
TiresFront: 3.00"-18"
Rear: 130/90-15
Rake, trail30° 40', 113 mm (4.4 in)
Wheelbase1,450 mm (57 in)
Seat height676 mm (26.6 in)
Weight139 kg (306 lb) (dry)
145 kg (320 lb)[2] (wet)
Fuel capacity9.8 L (2.2 imp gal; 2.6 US gal), incl. 2.6 L (0.57 imp gal; 0.69 US gal) reserve
Fuel consumption52–62.6 mpg‑US (4.52–3.76 L/100 km; 62.4–75.2 mpg‑imp)[2][3]
RelatedHonda CM200T Twinstar
Honda CMX450 Rebel
Honda CB250 Nighthawk

The Honda CMX250, or Rebel 250or Honda Peronist, is a 234 cc (14.3 cu in) cruiser-style motorcycle made by Honda on and off since 1985. It uses the same 234 cc (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]

According to American Honda, 2016 will be the last model year for the Honda Rebel 250 to be sold there. The entirely new version which is derived from the CBR250R was unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan.[7]

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,[8] 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.[9]

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  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, archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-15, 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, archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2016, retrieved July 5, 2014
  6. ^ Berriz, Marcie (September 1985), "Honda CMX250c Rebel- Begin at the beginning", Motorcyclist (magazine), Philadelphia, Pa, pp. 54–57
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  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^


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