Plenty of riders have started their two wheeled journey with a Honda Rebel over the years. Perhaps it was the Rebel 250 from 1985. Now, Honda will try to bring new riders into the motorcycle fold with their new 2017 Rebel 300 and Rebel 500.
They were supposed to debut at the IMS Long Beach show, but Asphalt And Rubber has published images of them both in various paint colors ahead show. Under those bobber-style bodies lies the same powerplants as their CBR siblings. The Rebel 500 running on a 471cc parallel-twin and the Rebel 300 powered by a 286cc single-cylinder engine.
Aside from the engine difference, both models are identical with the same chassis components. Everything from their crosshatch handgrips down to the 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear Dunlop tires are the same.
Even the short rider friendly 27.2-inch seat height is the same. Ergonomically, the low seat and rise bar coupled with the foot peg placement provides riders with a relaxed and neutral position. A fully fueled curb weight of 364 pounds for the Rebel 300 and 408 pounds for the Rebel 500 will make it easy for new riders to park and maneuver the bike via leg power.
They should both start appearing in dealerships this April and we are expecting to see attractive prices at $4,399 for the Rebel 300 and $5,999 for the 500 model.