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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride
 
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Hello, nyazgal. I'm glad to hear that you took the MSF course. It's a great starting point, but as I'm sure they told you, you never stop learning. The old guys here are very knowledgeable about riding in general, and Rebels in particular. This site has a wealth of info that I know you'll find helpful. Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Except maybe flitecontrol's age. That may be classified.
 

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Not classified. Currently 73, 74 in a couple of days. I'm growing into the person described in a couple of T-shirts my daughter gave me for my birthday last year. One says: "One owner, high mileage, needs body work" the other, "I never dreamed I'd be an old fart, but here I am, killin' it"
 
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Not classified. Currently 73, 74 in a couple of days. I'm growing into the person described in a couple of T-shirts my daughter gave me for my birthday last year. One says: "One owner, high mileage, needs body work" the other, "I never dreamed I'd be an old fart, but here I am, killin' it"
Welcome. You will love the Erebel...
 

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I am new to Rebel ownership, just got myself a non-running 2000 CMX250 C and trying to sort out wiring and ignition gremlins.
CMX250 C, 1974 Mobylette AV92, 1974 Vespa Ciao
 

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I am new to Rebel ownership, just got myself a non-running 2000 CMX250 C and trying to sort out wiring and ignition gremlins.
CMX250 C, 1974 Mobylette AV92, 1974 Vespa Ciao
Welcome to the forum..
Other than the CDI/ICM safety interlock ground the Ignition system is completely separate from 12v lighting/charging system..

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Welcome to the forum..
Other than the CDI/ICM safety interlock ground the Ignition system is completely separate from 12v lighting/charging system..
Thank you. I cooked one coil so I am replacing that & I think the safety interlock may have caught me out. I am a bit old school, or just old :)
 

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Hello all. I have been riding since 1974 on and off. My last bike was 2005 Suzuki Blvd, which I lost in 2016. Life and health got in the way of riding. I had open heart surgery last year and am now ready to ride again. I just bought a single owner 2012 Rebel (250 CMX) with about 3600 miles. I got a really good price. The bike needs a choke even when it's warm and it runs only on choke. I had the bike towed to my house, cleaned up and will change the oil before I take it for inspection. It might need new tires, especially in the front, if not now, very soon. The bike had been stored under the deck by the previous owner. There is some rust but nothing that is a cause of concern. The previous owner had been riding since the 1970s. I have not been able to unlock the tool box compartment lock. I still have the owner's manual and the tool set that came with my 1980 CM200T (bought new in 1984). I can't understand how people lose the owner's manual, the tool kit, or the title.

Anyway, I need to address the choke issue, I don't want to ride the bike with the choke on all the time. Any suggestions would be welcome.
 

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needing to use enricher/choke all the time indicates clogged idle jet
You are due for a thorough carb cleaning..

tool box isn't locked, simply a latching cam that rotates 1/4 turn to release..
Than pull from behind cover lip on latch side.

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I avoid old tires especially on the front..
 
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Welcome to the forum. Ditto on what Soaked Karma said about cleaning the carb. Lots of info here on cleaning carbs.

Once you open the tool box, don't expect a full set of tools. IIRC, over the years, Honda whittled it down to just a few.
 
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Welcome @Yaatri
needing to use enricher/choke all the time indicates clogged idle jet
You are due for a thorough carb cleaning..

tool box isn't locked, simply a latching cam that rotates 1/4 turn to release..
Than pull from behind cover lip on latch side.

View attachment 110658

I avoid old tires especially on the front..
Thanks SoakedKarma. Clogged idle circuit was my guess too. Couldn't an air leak cause it too? Just saying that from an academic point of view. Thanks for the carb schematics. Could any fuel like seafoam, marvel mystery oil or Berryman Chemtool B12 additives help a bit?

The key doesn't turn quarter turn at all. I can barely wiggle it.

I replaced tires and tubes on my CM200T in my younger days. Not sure I can do that myself now. I shall try though.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Ditto on what Soaked Karma said about cleaning the carb. Lots of info here on cleaning carbs.

Once you open the tool box, don't expect a full set of tools. IIRC, over the years, Honda whittled it down to just a few.
Yes, I understand. I have lost two sets of tools I had put together for on road use in my 1998 Yamaha 650, which I lost to Katrina in 2005 and the Blvd that I lost in 2016. I found Honda's sparkplug tool handy for on road use.
 

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I seem to recall those that bought late model Rebels were finding only a screwdriver in the box. Guess Honda was trying to keep the price low, and dropping tools was one way to do it. Honda sells the rest of the tools that used to be included, but a complete set runs $49.87, plus tax and shipping, and are overpriced IMO.

If the carb is more than moderately dirty, the only things I know of that will clean it are an ultrasonic cleaner or a loooong soak in Berryman Chem Dip (2-7 days and metal parts only). Sprays can't reach into the internal passages well enough to get things clean, and additives aren't strong enough to dissolve the crud.
 

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The only snake oil I have ever subscribed to is MMO marvel mystery oil..
Even it hasn't been the same since sperm whale oil was removed from ingredient list in early 70's, continued to use it in air tools though..

Seafoam is
40%-60% Pale Oil CAS # 64742-54-7
25%-35% Naphtha CAS # 64742-49-0
10%-20% Isopropyl Alcohol CAS # 67-63-0

So #2 home heating oil or diesel fuel mixed with Coleman's camp fuel and Isopropyl Alcohol and you have Seafoam..

my experience with carb soak products the last 2 decades has been disappointing.
I remember fingernails softening in the dips of yesteryear, and aluminum bodies coming out bright and shiny.. none of this dull oxidized look..
 

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I just bought my first Honda rebel 250 few weeks ago. I used to ride as a teenager but now as a 39 yr old mother of 3 and registered nurse I got a lot of "are you going through mid life crisis?" comments. I tell them it's for gas mileage but really I'm in love! Already I have found this forum very helpful for some minor diagnosis and repairs. Thanks for all the great comments and input
 

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I just bought my first Honda rebel 250 few weeks ago. I used to ride as a teenager but now as a 39 yr old mother of 3 and registered nurse I got a lot of "are you going through mid life crisis?" comments. I tell them it's for gas mileage but really I'm in love! Already I have found this forum very helpful for some minor diagnosis and repairs. Thanks for all the great comments and input
Congratulations and welcome. I don't understand why people make comments such as those about "going through mid-life crisis". In my opinion, riding a motorcycle makes you very keenly aware of responsibilities of a driver and have fun doing it. Enjoy your Rebel.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Be prepared for the "You're gonna want a bigger bike." comments to follow. Have you taken a basic rider instruction course?
 

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Welcome to the forum. Be prepared for the "You're gonna want a bigger bike." comments to follow. Have you taken a basic rider instruction course?
Haha yeah I like being able to touch both sides and my rebel is perfect for me as a 5 foot nothing woman. I'm signed up for a course in July and can't wait!
 
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