My first "wheels" were the honda rebels. I am a female, so I had to consider the street bikes carefully. With the help of my brother, I choose the Rebel because it was light weight. I had fun with it. I could control the movement without being overwhelmed. When I drove it home from Richard's honda it was the first time I had ever drove a street bike. The gears are easy to find and easy to switch. I really liked the fact that neutral was readily found. I never had a problem with it at all. It would start up instantly. The rebel also gets really good gas milage. I travel back and forth to school everyday. It was quite amusing to see others look at me twice to make sure they had seen a girl. I would recommend this bike for anyone.
The Rebel is 250cc. It has enough power to drive on the freeway and not get in trouble. The bike has plenty of pulling power for those with a few extra pounds. My favorite color on the rebel is silver with black. That is the color I had. My brother had a electric blue rebel. It is great to have two or more bikes to ride around on the weekends. The rebel is fun on windy roads. It also takes bumps well. At first I was leery of going over pot holes. After I acidentally did it I noted the bike stayed stable.
Advantages to riding a bike verses a car is the visibilty. You can easily see all around you. There are hardly any obsticles in your view. In a car you have to deal with the windows, side panels, and other distractions. Although I enjoyed my bike I had to sell it and get a car. The reason for the switch was that I drive in a pretty populated area to and from Mount Saint Mary Academy. There were several wrecks involving motorcycles after I had mine. We decided that a care is highly visible to other traffic compared to a motorcycle. If I lived in a less traveled area the bike would be great, until it gets really cold outside!
Over all the rebel is a fun machine. I encourage people, expecially women, to go and test drive one. A used one is perfectly fine if the history of it is available. The rebels will practically run forever with a little TLC.
Bought the Honda Rebel 125 after doing my CBT. Cost me £450, in great condition, with 14800 miles on the clock. Bike parts are not expensive, tyres are fairly pricey, rear tyre being £75 fitted, Front Tyre being £45 fitted. Fine for city riding, can hold a nice 60 mph and has a bit of oomph if needed. You can pootle in 5th at 30ish. I'd recommend it for anyone wanting a nice comfortable, economical bike as a starter. I'll be doing a DAS next year and moving to a bigger cruiser if funds permit.
I was inspired by seeing Harley's as a youngster, but could never afford to own one - so when I came to be able to get my first motorbike at the ripe old age of 34, I was amazed to see that I could ride a cruiser on L plates when I saw the Honda Rebel in my local dealer's window... I was hooked, and bought my bike without a test ride.. and was delivered + bike to take my CBT arranged by the dealer, having never even started it up before. I was so impressed that I wanted to share my experiences with other Rebel owners, but as there was no club for them - I started one up! I have now made some really good friends within our club, and we have riders with all sorts of Rebels and other cruisers / male & female / learners and veteran riders.
My bike inspired all this, so you may get some idea of how hooked I am to Honda's baby cruiser. It really is the best at inspiring confidence in new or shorter riders. Having said that I'm 5'10.
The Honda Rebel CA 125 - well I bought mine 6th hand, it looks like it's taken a beating, the last guy was a mud lover and never cleaned it so there's rust in every nook and cranny. That's why it cost just under a grand. I saw the same bike in mint condition and with a few 1000 less miles going for £1300 and £1600. But I'm a beginner and I'm as likely to kill the bike as I am myself so why waste good money that I can spend on old leathers ? So far (3 weeks in) the bike seems like it might still be going long after I'm finished with it.
The handle bars are genuinely quite wide. Not ridiculously so, you really only notice when trying to squeeze into a miniscule parking space between two Vespa's. But they're wide enough to make you think twice about careening down between the traffic queueing along the A4 - which is exactly why I bought the bike, I needed something that might STOP me behaving like an a-hole. Well, at least it's stopped me driving like one.....
And this bike is REALLY popular with the ladies. The ones who ride bikes I mean. Check out the Honda Rebel Owners Club website. The Ladeeez like to ride the 125 - it looks like a Harley and they look like they're hairy. I'm more the latter than the former and I too am in love with this ride. And you can trust the gals to accessorize - they've got studded leather saddle bags et. al just like real cowgirls, so I've no doubt you can get them too if needs be.
By the way, there's no after sales owner's manual if you're buying 2nd hand, but if you can find £6 and the phone number for a Honda Dealer you can get Honda's own work-shop manual - part number 62KEB00C - (quoted price is what I paid, including p&p).
And so, to mileage - well I'm getting through roughly 3-5 litres of standard unleaded for every 70 miles I drive (that's 2.5 days of commuting - great !). As mentioned, there's no fuel gauge but this appears to be about a half to two thirds of a tank (I prefer to be on the safe side). It's costing me £1 / litre at the moment. Is that economic ? I've no idea at all, but I'd bet my bottom lip it's better for the planet than Fiesta 1.4 - and you can still beat a Mercedes SLK at the lights (so long as you sneak past and pull up in front of him before the they go green !).
For economy travel, the bike seems to want to cruise at around 40mph in fourth gear. I think there is a 5th gear but this might be missing on mine - it's been around since Moses and god knows what damage I've done in the last few weeks. That said, it's still going and I'm still confident that what's there will go safely for as long as I do......
Insurance wise ? It's no CG125. I'm 27 and a brand new driver with a provisional license and a clean record. No garage. Shepherd's Bush / White City (thing's get nicked round here a lot but they only get shot at occasionally). Premium of £350 / year, or £35 a month fully comp (with datatag on the bike, which pays for itself in the first year !).
In summary ? This CA125 looks like, feels like, and sounds like a REAL bike rather than a snidey little learner's bike (which is of course what I am) - it's not the dog's balls or the bees knees, but then it's been around the block long enough that it's earnt its credibility with plenty spare to rub off on yours truly as well (regardless of the rider's gender) - call me a dreamer but I'm 10/10 that if a more experienced road user can guess that I'm an FNG then it's got more to do with the L plates and the constant stalling than it has to do with my bike
This Honda Rebel 125 is a great bike, the Honda power plant delivers every thing you could want from a 125cc and more to boot, stopping power is very good, the large disc brake at the front or the larger than life drum brake at the back make stopping, even in the wet a well controlled process.
The Rebel 125 sounds and feels like a 500cc bike. Top marks to the Honda Rebel
My wife and I are thinking about purchasing a Rebel as our first bike. We just took the MSF course and liked riding them in the class. Can it handle highway riding with both of us on there for several hours at a time. Collectively we probably weigh 270
I too took the MSF course. do not see this as a highway bike and have been told that it does not handle passengers well. look to the 650-750 bikes insteda.
I disagree with the last responder entirely. In fact, I'm dismayed at the motorcycle "bigger is better" arrogance that I continually see. I have a Honda rebel, which is one of the slowest bikes on the market... and admittably slow off the line... but once the bike is in 2nd or 3rd, it can outpace all of the cars on the road. It's top speed is 80 mph with one passenger and 75 mph with 2 passengers, and unless you like a lot of tickets, that's fine for the highway. the bike is stable and easy to ride. my girlfriend and i weigh about 270 lbs, combined, and we ride together without a problem on the highway and city roads... It also accelerates on the highway very well, even with 2 passengers. I think the bike is a great deal from all perspectives. If you want a racing feel and speed for the same money - then the Kawasaki Ninja 250 is a great buy - best price performance, but you will have a rice-burner look to the bike and but it will be fun (and easier to kill yourself)... good luck
Once you learn how to ride, the Rebel can *easily* ride on the freeway at 70-75MPH for many hours--I weigh 150lbs. I did ride with my wife on the freeway once and together we weigh 250lbs and it ran fine.
The only problem I have seen witht he Rebel is the passenger seat is a bit small and the controls a bit more forward would be better for me. I own a VLX 600 myself and love it. The Rebel is a fine bike for any beginner, or anyone else for that matter who wants something real easy to handle. Heck, the thing only weighs around 300 pounds! If that darn seat was a little bigger I would give it 5 stars. But if you have ever had thoughts of riding a long distance, those little seats will rewuire you to stop more often than you might want to. All in all, it is a good trade off in my opinion.
This bike is an excellent choice for a first bike or for any one who wants an economical ride, provided you are under 5' 9". Cycle World says in the FEB '06 issue that this bike will cruise at 70 and has a top speed of 78 and gets about 78 mpg in normal riding. Their only complaint: It was cramped for an average sized man, and blessed it for someone under 5' 7".
I have a new 2006 Rebel with around 200 miles on it... I hear tapping in the engine (sounds like valves maybe) and I'm wondering if this is normal. It drives fine, no other symptoms.
One or more valves may be out of adjustment. I did the break in service on my 2006 Rebel myself and found the left exhaust valve in need of adjustment. Now no problems.
How fast does this baby go? Anonymous
I weigh about 150 lbs and for me, it easily goes 80 mph. But, I'm just breaking it in... With my girlfriend on the back (who is very small) for a total of 250 lbs, it tops out around 75 mph...
Mine will go 65 - 70 mph with no problem, you can push it to 75 mph.