Some motorcyclists may recall learning their way around two wheels on a Rebel 250 as it was often times the bike used by course instructors. Now the 2017 Rebel 300 will carry on that torch and provide beginner riders with a tame and maneuverable cruiser to practice on.
Motorcycle.com has given the Rebel 300 an editor score of 80.5 out of 100, which is very good considering the fact that it is powered by a fuel-injected liquid-cooled 286cc single cylinder engine. For putting around the city, the Rebel’s bottom-end power delivery and six-speed transmission is great, but highway speeds may be pushing it a bit.
Aside from that, the Rebel 300 is a great beginner bike in terms of ergonomics as it has a neutral riding position a low seat height of just 27.2 inches will accommodate a wide range of riders. It’s also a good teaching tool as riders will find themselves shifting through the gears a lot or nimbly flicking through tight traffic. Perhaps the Rebel 300’s steady and confident ride will convince you to take it out on your first highway experience.
Fuel efficiency isn’t bad either with a claimed 71-mpg, that’s a total of range of 210 miles with the rebel’s 2.96 gallon gas tank and all this for a starting price of $4,399 and $4,699 with ABS.