2012 Honda Rebel still the Iconic Starter Bike

Since it was first released in 1985, the Honda Rebel has by all accounts become the most well-known beginner’s motorcycle in the world.

Changed little in the past 28 years, the Rebel is used by motorcycle training and safety courses throughout America. Due to its easy-to-handle size of 331 pounds when fully oiled and gassed up, it is the ultimate learner’s two-wheeled vehicle. Being a starter’s bike, the Rebel is not going to win many races. However, its 234cc, SOHC, four-valve, air-cooled parallel-Twin fed engine is still powerful to get beginner riders out onto the roads and the highways. It reaches a comfortable cruising speed of 70 mph.

These days, many riders are probably thrilled about the relatively-small engine since it achieved a city MPG of 56 in tests run by a bike reviewer. Its official rating is 84 mpg. The newest addition to the Rebel lineup starts at $4190, as you might imagine, motorcycle insurance companies love to insure this bike.