Join Date: May 2005
Location: Las VLXas (Vegas, baby!) NV U.S.A.
I am new to Honda Rebel 250's, and learning as read here and there. Are 85-87 model year referred as the first generation? Then, 96 on is the second?
Can I positively identify what year this engine is by looking at the S/N on it? Or do they completely look different?
The engines look similar, but the first gen had a smooth valve cover and a chrome carburetor cover while the second gen has a finned valve cover and no carb cover.
If you come across one with chrome valve & lower case covers and gold-ish carb cover, it's most likely a 1986 Limited Edition motor...although such finishes are not difficult to replicate with 85-87 covers at a local plater.
Also, it's easy to swap valve covers back and forth too...best bet is to make sure the owner knows for a fact what model year the engine hails from.
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