2012 Honda Rebel Review


The 2012 Honda Rebel has not changed much since its introduction in 1985 and perhaps that is one of the reasons that the Honda Rebel has always stayed in the spotlight. The Honda Rebel is one of those bikes that even non motorcycle enthusiasts know something about. The Honda Rebel may be considered by some as one of the cult classics of the Honda line. The Honda Rebel is a mini cruiser that is lightweight and considered by many to be the perfect bike to gain rider confidence on.

The Rebel is powered by a 234cc, parallel twin with bore and stoke dimensions of 53mm x 53 mm gives this mini cruiser the power that one needs to experience the thrill of the legendary Honda Rebel. The engine is smooth and relatively quiet and requires minimal maintenance. The Honda Rebel also features an electric start that starts the bike with a push of the button even in colder weather. It only takes what feels like the blink of an eye to click through the five speed transmission which helps inexperienced riders the chance to gain the confidence they need and the ability to hone in on their riding skills.

The 2012 Honda Rebel while it offers a fair amount of power, the Honda Rebel is not all about power. This bike features a classic and smooth design that accentuates the low seat and sleek lines. The lower seat height adds a visually appealing aspect as well as allowing the rider to gain even more confidence by being lower to the ground. The seats are padded for extra comfort and there is no doubt about, the Honda Rebel is sure to please just about any rider.

The 2012 Honda Rebel has been a favorite entry level bike for quite some time. From the stylish looks and reliable performance, this mini cruiser is a perfect ride for running errands in and around town or taking the extended drive and heading out of town for the weekend.

New For 2012

  • Easy shifting five-speed transmission that goes from gear to gear in the blink of an eye. Perfect for inexperienced riders looking to gain the skills they need on the road.
  • Excellent throttle response is achieved from the constant- velocity carburetor that provides a constant throttle in all driving conditions.
  • A Semi double cradle frame that allows a very long wheelbase. The frame also allows for a low seat height giving the rider the ability to be lower to the ground. Excellent for the inexperienced rider looking to get used to riding a bike.
  • Fuel efficient bike that averages 84 miles per gallon.
  • Available in two colors which are the Silver Matte and the Candy Red.
  • Low riding is achieved by the low seat height as well as the design of the bike. This allows the rider to put both feet on the ground when stopped which can help to achieve a higher level of riding confidence.

2012 Honda Rebel Specs

  • Model: 2012 Honda Rebel Base
  • Engine Type: 234cc V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 53mm x 53mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Constant velocity ( CV) carburetor
  • Ignition: CD
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: O-Ring sealed chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 84 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Single Disc with twin piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): 33mm inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Dual shocks
  • Wheelbase: 57.1 inches
  • Rake: 30 degrees
  • Trail: 4.4 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.6 inches
  • Curb Weight:331 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 3.00-18
  • Tires (Rear): 130/90-15


  • Deluxe custom cover to protect your bike from the various bad weather elements as well as dirt and debris when parking your bike outdoors.
  • Premium dust cover that comes with added reinforcements to help protect your bike from dust when storing your bike for an extended period of time. Ideal for indoor storage use.
  • Windscreen that helps to protect rider's face from any dirt, debris or flying particles when driving. Available in a few different sizes.
  • Variety of custom seat covers available in many different designs and styles. These add a custom look to the bike as well help to protect the seat from normal wear and tear.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Honda Rebel

  • 2012 Yamaha V Star 250
  • 2012 Suzuki GZ250 Cruiser
  • 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
  • 2012 Honda CMX250C