Honda CM250C Custom: history, specs, pictures

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Honda CM250C
Also called Custom
Production 1982
Class Cruiser
Successor Honda CMX250C
Four stroke, parallel twin, OHC, 3 valve per cylinder
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Top Speed 85 mph
Spark Plug NGK CR7HS
Battery YUASA YB9-B
Final Drive Chain: 520x104
Front Sprocket 14T
Rear Sprocket 32T
Suspension Front: 31mm Forks, centre axle fork
Rear: Dual shocks adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Drum
Rear: Drum
Front Tire 3.25x18
Rear Tire 4.25x16
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 12.5 Liters
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda CMX250 Rebel was a twin, four-stroke Cruiser motorcycle produced by Honda between 1981 and 2005. It could reach a top speed of 66 mph (106 km/h). Max torque was 12.76 ft/lbs (17.3 Nm) @ 5500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 17.03 HP (12.7 KW) @ 8250 RPM. This bike was the precursor to the Rebel 250.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a Air cooled cooled Four stroke, parallel twin, OHC, 3 valve per cylinder. The engine featured a 9.4:1 compression ratio.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 3.25-18 front tire and a 110/90-16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Drum in the front and a Drum in the rear. The front suspension was a 31mm Forks, centre axle fork while the rear was equipped with a Dual shocks adjustable spring preload. The CM250 Custom was fitted with a 12.5 Liters fuel tank.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The CM250C lesson: A little larceny goes a long way. Let's talk sexist. A man's best friend is an understanding woman who, in hard times, is a) independently wealthy, or b) working steadily, and/or c) willing to co-sign. One of the greatest barriers to buying a new motorcycle is a perfectly lovely woman in all respects except that she regards motorcycles in the same class as cockroaches and poisonous snakes. Now let's talk sense. First, promise the WIYL (woman in your life) that you'll do lunch or have dinner with her. Carefully select a restaurant in the vicinity of a trendy Honda dealership, and then arrive at the restaurant by way of that dealer. Second, since she'll expect to be bored to tears while you're browsing for your new bike, surprise her. Show her something she could enjoy. Male or female, any beginner needs a Dumb-Proof motorcycle, and the CM250C is certainly that. If you can identify where to put your body on it, you probably know enough to own it. How hard, you ask her, could this be? Electric starting. Electronic ignition. By Honda standards the CM250C is about as complicated as a screwdriver. It has an 180-degree vertical twin engine with a single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, two 26mm slide-valve carburetors and chain final drive. The front fork is a simple telescopic, hydraulic unit; the rear shocks have five-position spring preload. The CM250 is also sized for fun, for those who feel intimidated by bulk. Beginners will tell you that security is having both feet flat on the ground when the motorcycle is stopped, and the Custom's saddle height is just over 29 inches. At a bit over 300 pounds, the CM can be supported easily by those flat feet. And getting the Custom under way is no biggie either. The controls— clutch, brake and throttle are all light. The CM250 Custom allows you to appear as savvy as the branch manager of a liquidating company and as warm-hearted as the bank's oldest loan officer when, in fact, you're nothing but a cheap snake. The 1982 CM250C rolled into showrooms carrying a $1448 price tag, which has shriveled to $1176. What fun. What savings. Whatta genius. So do a lunch and make a little conversation with your favorite person about the new Honda in her future . . . and, ah, oh . . . the other new one in yours. A little larceny, you see, goes a long way.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Make Model Honda CM 250 Custom
Year 1981-84
Engine Type Four stroke, parallel twin, OHC, 3 valve per cylinder
Displacement 234
Bore X Stroke 53 x 53 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression 9.4:1
Max Power 17 hp @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Front Suspension 31mm Forks, centre axle fork
Rear Suspension Dual shocks adjustable spring preload
Front Brakes Drum
Rear Brakes Drum
Front Tire 3.25-18
Rear Tire 110/90-16
Wet-weight 140 kg
Fuel Capacity 12.5 Liters

1982[edit | edit source]

1982 Honda CM250C Custom

The Honda Custom CM250C'82 was sold in 1982. Two color options were available: Candy Muse Red with Candy Antares Red and Cosmo Black Metallic with Gray Metallic. The tank and side covers are two-toned. The "CM250 CUSTOM" side cover decal was gold. The engine color was silver. This year the bike used a chain drive (next year it used a belt drive). The engine was a parallel twin OHC displacing 234cc and the transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2MC0600CM000066.

1983[edit | edit source]

The CM250'83 Custom was sold in 1983 and was available only in black. The gas tank and side cover stripers were chrome and red. The "250 CUSTOM" side cover decal was red and gold. The Engine was black with a silver cylinder head and case covers.

  • Engine: Parallel twin-cylinder, 234cc, four-stroke, OHC
  • Ignition: Solid-state CD ignition
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Drive: New, quiet belt drive system
  • Suspension: Five-way adjustable VHD™ rear shocks
  • Wheelbase: 1344mm (52.9 in.)
  • Seat height: 729mm (28.7 in.)
  • Fuel capacity: 12.5 liters(3.3 gal)
  • Dry weight: 129 kg (284.4 lb)
  • The serial number began JH2MC060*DK100011.

1984[edit | edit source]

1984 Honda CM250C Custom
1984 Honda CM250C Custom

  • Engine: Parallel twin-cylinder, 234cc, four-stroke, OHC
  • Ignition: Solid-state CD ignition
  • Starter: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Drive: Quiet belt drive system
  • Suspension: Five-way adjustable VHD™ rear shocks
  • Wheelbase: 1345mm (52.9 in.)
  • Seat height: 730mm (28.7 in.)
  • Fuel capacity: 12.5 liters(3.3 gal)
  • Dry weight: 129 kg (284.3 lb)
  • The serial number began JH2MC060*EK100011.

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