Join Date: May 2017
Location: Europe - Norway
Dude, it's a Honda...
And second, the engine isn't new. It's been around a while now. What could go wrong has gone wrong and has been sorted out long ago.
And the Rebel was made with the word "bobber" in mind, so it ain't really meant for touring, and thus not really meant for a passenger.
Not impossible, ofc, but just not directly meant for it.
Even for driving solo with, on the stock seat, it's no joy ride over longer periods of time. With time you could get used to it, but a passenger would never get used to the stock seat they are offered.
So you would have to change that out to make it more pleasant.
Also, the pegs for the passenger is quite high, so if your girl has a bit of a length to her, she will suffer.
As for bags being in the way, it all depends on the size/shape of them.
Lyoko - Black Rebel 500