The new Honda Rebel 500 and 300 was introduced at the Long Beach motorcycle show yesterday with the claim that this new bobber design is nothing like the Rebel cruiser thousands used to learn how to ride on.
Honda today introduced a pair of progressive customs that fuse tradition with groundbreaking new ideas and perspectives while providing ample scope for owner customization. Offering a fresh take on custom cool, the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 mix old- and new-school style and are engaging and fun to ride, with an outlook geared toward firing the imagination of a younger generation of riders.
With a 471cc parallel twin, the Rebel 500 has strong bottom-end torque and a smooth, linear power delivery, while the Rebel 300 is powered by a peppy 286cc single cylinder engine. In both cases, the bikes’ riding positions are relaxed and neutral, with arms gently outstretched and feet dropping straight down to the mid-mounted pegs. The versatile Rebels are fun to ride slow and fast, great for day trips, jaunts to the coffee shops or even sporty sessions on winding roads; low weights, slim frames and short seat heights equal agility at lower speeds, whereas good ground clearances allow surprisingly sporty lean angles was the take from motorcyclecruiser.com
These new Honda Rebels should appeal as a first motorcycle or as a stepping stone towards a bigger ride like the Triumph Bobber and with prices at $4399 and $5999 there will be plenty of takers.
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