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Back in 1985, Honda rolled out the original Rebel, which housed the Nighthawk 250's workaday parallel twin in a seriously '80s-style "factory custom" cruiser. It was a hit, being simultaneously cheap, extremely economical, and very easy to ride. With an exceptionally low step-over height, it was popular with younger and shorter riders too. And still is ... a full generation later, you can buy a brand-new Rebel 250 for $4,510.

If that's simply too retro for you, there's a much more compelling option on the way: the all-new Rebel 300 and 500, just unveiled and going on sale next year. The 300 will use the water-cooled single found in the lower-end CB and CBR models, and the 500 will use a water-cooled parallel twin from the mid-sized CB and CBRs. It's a smart plan: a full range of smaller bikes in several different body styles, so there's something that should appeal to every entry-level rider (or any experienced rider who just wants a bang-around bike).

The new Rebels look pretty cool, too. The radiator isn't all that prominent in profile. The wheels look like classic motorcycle alloys, but lean and modernized. The trellis-style frame supports an upright and shapely tank, and the solo saddle blends well with the pre-bobbed rear fender. The overall look is surprisingly upscale, and should also be a great basis on which to build inexpensive custom bikes of every shape and style you can think of. If you are a new rider, or just like little bikes, this is a great new option from Honda.

Both bikes will have safety features riders want right now, like optional ABS. The colors at launch will be silver, yellow, black, and red – unless you want ABS, in which case black is the only choice. The 300 is expected to start at $4,399 and the 500 at $5,999, and both of these prices likely don't include an expected delivery charge of around $300. We'll get more exact pricing in December, and the bikes will hit dealers in April of 2017.

Read More Here: Honda Rebel, cult beginner bike and urban cruiser, reborn for 2017 - Autoblog
 

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The sad part about this is even Harley hasn't stepped into this segment, only been Honda. However Harley and some of the other cruiser brands out there have been slowly working down the ladder.


But at least Yamaha knows, and playing is accordingly...

 

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The price tag is what will draw in new riders to the cruiser segment because at around $4,399 each, that puts the price in comparison with some of the other 300cc sport bikes out there.
 

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The price tag is what will draw in new riders to the cruiser segment because at around $4,399 each, that puts the price in comparison with some of the other 300cc sport bikes out there.
It sure does and the best thing about this is they didn't have much figuring out to do, just look at all the 250-300cc sport bikes, how they have been priced and how well they have been received by riders. Only now timing is better than ever for the cruiser boom, seen this coming since Harley started selling the Street 500.
 

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The price tag is what will draw in new riders to the cruiser segment because at around $4,399 each, that puts the price in comparison with some of the other 300cc sport bikes out there.
I have a hard time focusing on that $4,399 because of how the Rebel 500 is priced and that might be how we see things reflected in sales, that is the 500 acting as a good up sell. Now if these were sport bikes it wouldn't be as easy.
 
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