Maybe you’re still undecided about the 2017 Honda Rebel and have a few questions about its handling, ergonomics and maybe even how the paint looks under a certain light. Lanesplitter editor Andrew P Collins, was lent one for a week long test ride and he’s ready to find the answers to these pressing questions and more.
Not really a cruiser or an upright Universal Japanese Motorcycle, and it definitely isn’t a sport bike. This bobber-style fun on two wheels has a 471cc parallel-twin engine with plenty of bite, especially around middle and upper-rpms.
His initial impressions after a 10-mile trip from Honda’s headquarters in Torrance, California to Jalopnik’s office in LA is mostly positive. The Rebel felt low, smooth, light and pretty responsive even if it was a bit top-heavy. Shifting gears was satisfying, especially when you hear that telltale “Ca-Chink” every time.
Its compact body and light weight makes it easy to maneuver around parking lots whilst offering enough road hugging weight for confident riding on city streets and freeways. New riders will need little time to get comfortable with the Rebel’s size.
One gripe he does have with the new Honda Rebel is its horn and blinker button placements. Flipped from his regular ride, Collins was prone to sounding the horn instead of signaling when changing lanes. But this can be overlooked because the Rebel only starts at $6,000 each.
This is just from his first day of riding. What other features of the 2017 Honda Rebel are you curious about?