Review of the Honda CMX 250

By: Ren Withnell

This ain't no big and fancy motorbike, but don't let that putyou off. I bought my CMX 250 Rebel after my bike accident, dueto it's light weight, forward pegs which reduced the bend in mydodgy knee, and the fact it was for sale at a cracking price.

The bike was delivered to me and I took the thing for a ride,first time in 7 months. I was all scared and nervous...for about3 minutes then it all started to fall back into place again. Iremembered why I liked to do this, what it meant to me and whyI'll risk everything again.

I had some understanding of what to expect from the motor,having owned a CD200 "Benly" from where the CMX 250 motor isderived. It's a small and compact motor with 2 pistons risingand falling together and only 1 carburettor. Having 1carburettor is unusual for a twin, and it does reduce availablepower, but in return you have no need to balance the carbs, andGREAT fuel economy. I could easily return 90mpg whilst 2 up withcamping gear, 97mpg was the best I achieved. The motor is quitebuzzy, not very fast and not very powerful. But it is smooth,solid and feels like it will take you on forever...slowly. Butthis bike was never meant to set the road on fire!, it's acruiser, for cruising. You can't get the motor running slowly,well you can but you'll only be doing 20mph.

It's difficult to comment on it's comfort, as I was still nevercomfortable from my accident on or off the bike. That said I wasno worse on the bike so I guess it can't have been that bad. Ididn't do any great distances but I could take an afternoon outwith the gf and not suffer later. 2 up the bike was just fine, alittle less power but still stable and easy to ride. I wouldsuggest for regular pillioning a "sissy bar" of some kind wouldbe required. The laid back position of the rider causes thepillion to lean back, which means they have to crunch thierstomach muscles to avoid falling backwards. Might be handy ifthe pillion's tummy is getting flabby...

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