While the world’s attention was focussed on new cars introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda rode a brand new motorcycle into Long Beach.
Introduced at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show in California, the 2017 Honda Rebel is the long-awaited revamp of the little cruiser (launched in 1985) that has taught so many people to ride and served as a first bike to countless others.
The newest Rebel is a mix of old and new-school style to continue to attract young riders. Contemporary lines are created by a new tubular steel frame, while a relaxed, neutral riding position is helped along in part by a low 690 mm seat height. A high, upright tear-drop tank means the handlebars sit at full arm’s length away.
Power is supplied by either a 286-cc single, making about 30 hp, in the Rebel 300, or a 47-hp 471-cc 8-valve parallel twin in the Rebel 500. Both engines are water-cooled and fuel-injected, with emphasis placed on bottom end torque.
There are a variety of colours available, depending on model. The Rebel 500 comes in Matte Armored Silver Metallic, Bright Yellow, Graphite Black and Millennium Red; the Rebel 300 comes in the Silver, Black and Red, as well as a Matte Pearl White.
Both models come with disc brakes and available anti-lock braking, with the ABS models available only in Black.