Honda brought one of its most recognized model families into the 21st century with a complete overhaul of the much celebrated Rebel range in 2017. Available as the Rebel 300 and 500, this reworked line features water-cooled mills & fuel-injection induction control to lớn meet modern và near-future emissions standards. A sportier look greets the eye this time around, though the Rebel still targets the same small-, entry-level market.

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It has a much more modern look with elements borrowed from the sportbike sector thatgives them an edgy, modern appeal.
The original Rebel was released in 1985, và was designed to reflect the custom culture popular among cruiser riders at that time, và the bobbed fenders, low seat height, và buckhorn handlebars struck a chord with the riding public. As popular as it was then, the design was getting rather dated as years went by. Enter the new-from-2017 Rebels that retain the same small-cruiser stance but with a bit of a nouveau-bobber finish. An experienced eye will pick out the similar flylines between this gen & the previous one, but everything below that point are as chalk khổng lồ cheese.

A fat front tire leads the way beneath the cut-down front fender, & the fuel tank looks cut back as well over the exposed frame members. Unlike the originals, this new generation comes with a solo seat instead of a two-up saddle with an unusual loop behind it that closes off the frame & acts as a mount for the canted-forward shock absorbers. One can only hope the seat is more comfortable than the original, ’cause I can tell you from personal experience that my ’87 Rebel was softer than a cinderblock, but not much. Overall, we have a much more modern look with elements borrowed from the sportbike sector that don’t look at all out of place on these pocket cruisers, but instead gives them an edgy, modern appeal.

Honda Rebel Chassis


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The front forks are rather beefy for such a small bike and they provide a fairly plush ride, but come with nothing in the way of adjustments.
A tubular-steel frame connects to the engines at three points with a pair of downtubes that mount the radiator up under the steering head. Instead of the old backbone-style frame, this new mix of bones has an external structure similar to a Trellis frame, & a die-cast aluminum subframe mounts the rear fender struts while keeping things light at the ass end. A tubular swingarm completes the standing rigging with a pair of coil-over shocks on damping duties.

The 28-degree steering head angle and 4.3 inches of trail gives the Rebels a stable demeanor that helps keep the ride from feeling too squirrely, but depending upon which mã sản phẩm you choose you are looking at something between 364- & 414-pounds curb weight so that will only help so much. You’re still going to lớn feel every gust of wind & pressure wave from the surrounding traffic.


At 41 mm, the front forks are rather beefy for such a small bike và they provide a fairly plush ride with 4.8 inches of travel at the axle, but come with nothing in the way of adjustments. In back, the dual coil-over shocks give up 3.8 inches of travel and come with the usual (read: minimal) preload adjuster but nothing else. One thing that hasn’t changed much is seat height; at 27.2-inches tall the new ren is only around a half-inch taller than the original. I gotta say that if that’s too tall for you, perhaps the two-wheel life isn’t in your cards.

Cast 16-inch wheels mount the 130/90 front & 150/80 rear hoops, & I’m happy to announce that Honda finally abandoned the rear drum brake on the Rebel family. A single-pot caliper binds the 240 milimet rear & 296 milimet front disc, và both the 300 and 500 have ABS as an available option.


The engines are close in power delivery khổng lồ the CBR-R models of similar displacement, so you can consider the Rebels khổng lồ be plenty strong enough for a pocket cruiser.

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Everything up to lớn this point has been consistent across the range, but naturally we have some differences when we get lớn the engines (hence the ingeniously clever names). At the bottom of the scale we have a 286 cc thumper that breathes through a 38 mm throttle toàn thân with electronic fuel injection to lớn meter the juice. This one-lung mill runs a 76 mm bore và 63 mm stroke with a somewhat warm 10.7-to-1 compression ratio.

The larger of the two engines doubles up with a twin-cylinder layout, and the 67 mm bore & 66.8 milimet stroke measures out lớn a total of 471 cc with 34 mm throttle bodies feeding the mill. Dual over-head cams time the four-valve heads across the board, & liquid cooling manages the waste heat for the whole family.

A six-speed gearbox keeps the rpm in the usable range for both models, và unsurprisingly, we have a standard clutch with no slipper or hydraulic-assist in evidence. As usual, Honda is keeping its cards close to the vest, but the engines are close in power nguồn delivery to lớn the CBR-R models of similar displacement. The CBR300R puts out 30 horsepower và 20 pounds of grunt, and the CBR500R cranks out 46.9 horses & 31 pounds of torque, so you can consider the Rebels khổng lồ be plenty strong enough for a pocket cruiser.


Model:Rebel 500 Rebel 300 Engine:Bore x Stroke:Compression Ratio:Induction:Ignition:Transmission:Final Drive:
471 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke, DOHC; four valves per cylinder286 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke, DOHC; four valves per cylinder
67.0 milimet x 66.8 mm76.0 mm x 63.0 mm
10.7:110.7:1
PGM-FI; 34mm throttle bodiesPGM-FI; 38mm throttle bodies
Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advanceComputer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Six-speedSix-speed
Chain; 15T/40TChain; 14T/36T

These models retain the affordability factor of the originals with reasonable price tags. For 2019, the Rebel 300 rolls for $4,499 without ABS và $4,749 with. MSRP on the 500 is $6,199. ABS adds $300 lớn the price. As of this writing, price has yet khổng lồ be announced for 2020, but it’s going to lớn be in that ballpark.


Model:Rebel 500 Rebel 300
Model ID:CMX500CMX300
Warranty:Transferable,unlimited-mileage limitedwarranty;extendedcoverageavailablewitha HondaProtectionPlanTransferable,unlimited-mileagelimitedwarranty;extendedcoverageavailablewitha HondaProtectionPlan
Color:
└ 2017:Matte Silver, Bright Yellow, Black, Red (ABS: Black)Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White, Black, Red (ABS: Black)
└ 2018:Candy Lightning Blue, Matte Silver Metallic, Black, Red (ABS: Matte Silver Metallic)Candy Lightning Blue, Matte Silver Metallic, Black, Red (ABS: Matte Silver Metallic)
└ 2019:Matte Fresco Brown, Candy Orange, Matte Gray MetallicPearl Gray, Matte Gray Metallic, Candy Orange
└ 2020:Matte Armored Silver, Matte blue Jeans Metallic, Graphite BlackMatte blue Jeans Metallic, Matte Fresco Brown, Graphite Black
Price:
└ 2017:$5,999$4,399
└ 2018:$6,099$4,449
└ 2019:$6,199 (w/ABS:$6,499)$4,499 (w/ABS: $4,749)
└ 2020:TBDTBD

Both the Rebel and the Street 750 are built for a younger market, & as such carry features & looks that somewhat blur the line between thể thao and cruise.
The usual suspects just didn’t seem appropriate anymore since they are all so last century, so instead I looked for another sporty pocket-cruiser and found a likely competitor in the Harley-Davidson Street 750. Both are built for a younger market, và as such carry features and looks that somewhat blur the line between sport and cruise. Granted, the Rebel carries more of an Asian/Euro thể thao flavor blended with its cruise-tastic ingredients and the Street reaches for more of a cafe’ racer look that is equally as sporty, just with a healthy dose of Americana mixed in.

ABS is optional across the board, but Harley adds a security option that has no equivalent on the Honda side. In one of the few times Harley didn’t exactly wow us by offering only red, blue, & two shades of black on the palette in 2017; it was a let-down from the King of Paint, but it allowed for a competitive comparison with the plain-Jane offerings that is usual from Honda. For 2018, Honda lost that foothold when Harley expanded the palette for the Street 750 lớn its more usual plethora of eye-catching paint.

At 750 cc, the H-D mill has quite a few cubes on the Honda’s 471 cc displacement, and that shows up in the power figures with a claimed 43.5 pound-feet of torque from the H-D twin against Honda’s 31 pounds o’ grunt. Honda picks up a win at the till with a price of $6,199 for its non-ABS Rebel 500, while Harley asks $7,599 for its Vivid black model, & jacks it up lớn $8,094 for the đứng top shelf, two-tone package.


In the end, they are comparable, và folks who have khổng lồ have a Harley won’t bat an eye at the price difference, but folks not Hell bent for leather are going to lớn find the new Rebel an attractive alternative.

He Said

“As much as I liked the original Rebel, I gotta say the new one is pretty boss. The thiết kế is modern, but not overly so, & while it doesn’t look much like the original it does enjoy a certain charm all its own. Having said that, the previous ren enjoys a rather devout following with a whole custom culture built around it, & only time will tell if the new gene will draw the same kind of fanbase. “

She Said

My wife & fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, "When I first saw the new Rebel, I said ’Wow!’ But now that the initial surprise has worn off, I’m not sure what to lớn think about it. Yes, it is more modern và it will attractive some new folks lớn the fan-base, but I wonder what the die-hard Rebel fans are going to lớn say. I think I prefer the old Rebel look, but I do lượt thích the giải pháp công nghệ on the new model, if for nothing else, at least for the rear disc brake."

Honda Rebel Specifications