Is a Rebel 250 the Right Bike for Me?

by Devan
(Michigan, USA)

First, I want to let you know that I love this sight! I have been riding with my dad since I was about 5 years old and I am now looking at getting my own bike. Although, I am only 17 years old and on my way to college so I'll have to save for a couple years. I have been looking at Honda Rebel 250s and fell in love with them. I have heard a lot that they are great for beginners, women, and smaller riders. Well, I fit all categories. But my question for you is how small is considered a "smaller" rider? I am only about 5'2'' and I'm pretty sure I'm done growing. :) The Rebel seems to have the lowest seat so I'm just concerned that I may be even too short for that. Please let me know what you think! It is greatly appreciated!

~Devan J. Breker-McCarty

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Jun 22, 2009
Inseam Length NOT HEIGHT
by: Quicklimegirl

Will determine whether you can comfortably fit on a bike. Although a comment below stated they don't flatfoot their own bike, I think it's VERY important to be able to at least flatfoot on one side or another; both would be optimal. This is fairly critical for gaining confidence in low speed maneuvers, especially on non paved or irregular surfaces where you will need to put your feet down.

The Rebel is probably a fairly adequate learning bike due to it's small size and fairly light weight, but it's not suitable for highways with sustained speed limits above 50+ mph. If you get one of those I'd keep off the freeway until you obtain something with more power later on.

Have you considered other types of bikes besides the Cruiser style? If not you might want to check out the '07 and prior year Kawasaki Ninja 250. It is a Sport-Standard with ergonomics similar to 70s models, with convention handlebars and a nice, standard layout. They have a lot more power than the Rebel but won't "surprise" you unless you rev it up pretty high, because most of it's power is > 6000rpm. However, at those engine speeds you can easily cruise the freeway at 75+ mph with power left over. You don't have that on the Rebel.

Jun 22, 2009
Not too Short
by: Anonymous


I'm only 5'2" also, and I ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 500. The seat height it actually higher than a lot of bikes. I don't have my feel flat on the ground, but as long as I can reach with the balls of my feet or lean a little and put my right foot on the brake, I'm comfortable. After I researched it (and after I already had my bike) I realized that there are a lot of bikes with lower seats. So, even though I love my bike, my next one will be something lower I think. You should have no problem with the one you choose.

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