Honda headed up a nearly full slate of returning 2017 machines today with two new ones, the Rebel 500 and 300. Based on the 471cc parallel twin in the CB500F and the 286cc single in the CB300F, the bikes are a mix of old- and new-school style, with aggressively raked front ends and fat tires on 16-inch wheels. Riding positions are relaxed and neutral, with arms gently outstretched and feet dropping straight down to mid-mounted pegs, and both the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are available in standard and ABS versions. Aimed squarely at new and returning riders, the smaller bike will replace the Rebel 250 twin that Honda has produced on and off since 1985, both in its lineup and probably in motorcycle training courses around the country.
“For many riders who have grown up through the digital age, motorcycles represent a lifestyle and an attitude, a means of expressing their individuality,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The machines that speak to these riders need to reflect this, to fit with their life while also offering the potential for further individualization. The Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are simple and raw, offering cutting-edge style and a radical image while minimizing the barriers to riding.”
Rebel 500: Matte Silver, Bright Yellow, Black, Red
Rebel 500 ABS: Black
Rebel 300: Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White, Black, Red
Rebel 300 ABS: Black
Rebel 300 Tentative Price: $4,399 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
Rebel 500 Tentative Price: $5,999 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
Availability: April 2017
Honda also announced that many of its 2016 models will be returning for 2017, including the CBR600RR, CBR500R, CBR300R, CB500F, CB300F, Africa Twin, VFR1200X, NC700X, CB500X, Gold Wing F6B Deluxe, Fury, CTX700 DCT, Ruckus and Metropolitan.