2008 Honda Rebel Review


When people are looking for a cruiser motorcycle, it’s most likely because they are beginning riders but, though an entry-level street bike, the 2008 Honda Rebel is comfortable, stylish, and durable enough for any rider to appreciate. Perfect for a quick trip across town or a long-distance road trip, the Honda Rebel is an easy-to-ride bike at a great price.

The Rebel is small, lightweight, and low, making it beginner friendly. However, with great handling and a powerful engine for its size, the 2008 Honda Rebel is not only a perfect starter bike for new riders but is also a great bike for people who haven’t ridden for a while. Light enough to be controlled easily, fast enough to keep up with traffic in the city or on the highway and backed by the reliability of the Honda name, the Rebel has it all.

Described as a cruiser, the Rebel can easily maintain a 50-65 mph pace in the city and can handle speeds up to 75mph on highways. The 234cc air-cooled twin cylinder Honda engine has historically been reliable and with a generous 2.6-gallon gas tank, this bike gets great mileage at approximately 150-170 miles between refueling. All in all, for novice or advanced riders looking for a durable and economical motorcycle, the 2008 Honda Rebel is a great choice.

New For 2008

  • New silver metallic color joins classic black

2008 Honda Rebel Specs

  • Model: CMX250C
  • Engine Type: 234cc, air-cooled, parallel twin cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 53mm x 53mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC, two valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Single 26mm diaphram-type constant-velocity (CV) carburator
  • Ignition: CD
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring sealed chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons, including 0.7-gallen reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc with twin piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): 33mm fork, 4.6 inches travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Dual shocks with 5-position spring preload adjustability, 2.9 inches travel
  • Wheelbase: 57.1 inches
  • Rake: 30 degrees, 40'
  • Trail: 133mm (4.4 inches)
  • Seat Height: 26.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 3.00-18
  • Tires (Rear): 130/90-15


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Key Competitors For The 2008 Honda Rebel

  • Yamaha - Virago 250 (aka Star 250)
  • Suzuki - Marauder 250