Church Of MO: First Impression: 1996 Honda Insurgent 250

The Honda Insurgent 250 might be the bike many people rode once we had been taking our Primary Rider Course. Although I didn’t know what I used to be doing again then, once I rode the bike whereas attempting to get my license, I may nonetheless inform it was a little bit of a turd. An absence of expertise meant I couldn’t put my finger on precisely why, although I chalked it as much as getting used and abused after having gone via the palms of many new riders.

For this Church function, we glance again on the 1996 model of the Insurgent 250 and see if present recollections align with what MO testers considered the bike again within the day. Did a brand new Insurgent present a bit extra enjoyment than an previous, abused one?

Insurgent With A Trigger

By Ryan Cousineau, Contributing Author Apr. 25, 1996

The Insurgent 250 has wandered out and in of Honda’s lineup for a number of years. For 1996 the Insurgent is in, and Honda will in all probability discover it of their coronary heart to forgive you when you didn’t discover this whereas drooling over the CBR900RR or the Valkyrie.

Sure, the Insurgent is again to fill a small however secure market area of interest for a light-weight novice bike with a low seat. There’s just one approach to say it: This bike was made for brief individuals.

Very quick individuals, truly. At a comparatively stubby 5’6″, our shortest tester was barely sufficiently small to suit on the bike. The suspension didn’t backside out and his elbows didn’t contact his knees, however it will have been way more snug if the bars, pegs, and seat had all been about an
inch farther from one another.

The one normal-sized function of the Insurgent is its handlebar. The extensive, flat bar places your palms far aside. It additionally makes lane-splitting barely harder than it must be: if the bar was a number of inches narrower this 250 might be the last word commuter bike. However that very same tiller permits you to push the entrance finish round with ease. The bike may be very flickable at low speeds.

This flickability makes the Insurgent an entertaining experience. It has extra floor clearance than most cruisers, and the sunshine weight truly makes using the native canyons enjoyable. There may be sinful pleasure in pushing this little bike via a nook with the peg grinding away.

For a rider with any expertise, the dearth of energy from the air-cooled twin can be an issue. Tucked in as tightly as we may get, we noticed an indicated 80 mph on the speedometer. To its credit score, the bike was fairly completely happy to take care of this kind of abuse, and displayed no scary traits at velocity. In fact, Honda hasn’t aimed this bike at skilled riders, and novices will discover the facility output unintimidating.

As you’d count on, this 250 is constructed to a worth. Sadly, it reveals. A lot of the match and end of the bike is as much as a excessive normal. However little particulars, like a lacking oil gentle (by no means thoughts the dearth of a tach), funds OEM tires, and a weak non-halogen headlight stick out. Additionally, the transmission was at all times balky, and we had hassle stepping into impartial whereas stopped and skilled occasional false neutrals whereas shifting via the gearbox.

All nitpicking apart, the one actual downside is that Honda hasn’t priced this motorbike as cheaply as we want to see. At $3999, it’s a hundred {dollars} greater than a Yamaha Virago 250, and solely 100 {dollars} lower than Suzuki’s GS500E. So who desires a Insurgent? In the event you’re searching for a novice-level motorbike and may’t discover one other bike available on the market that may suit you, then the little Honda may work out properly.


Producer:  Honda Mannequin: 1996 CMX250C Worth:  $3,999 Engine: sohc, 2-valve Twin Bore x stroke: 53mm x 53mm Displacement: 234cc Carburetion:  26mm Keihin CV Transmission:  5-speed Wheelbase: 57.1 in. Seat peak: 26.6 in. Gas capability: 2.6 gal. Claimed dry weight: 306 lbs.