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 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 53mm, giving 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 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, 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 it, 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.
  • Excellent throttle response is achieved from the constant-velocity carburetor that provides a constant throttle in all driving conditions.
  • A Semi double cradle frame allows for a very long wheelbase. The frame also allows for a low seat height giving the rider the ability to sit lower to the ground.
  • Fuel efficiency averages 84 mpg.
  • Available in two colors: Silver Matte and Candy Red.

2012 Honda Rebel Specs

  • Model: Rebel
  • 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 mpg
  • 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
  • Premium dust cover
  • Windscreen
  • Variety of custom seat covers

Key Competitors For The 2012 Honda Rebel

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