Honda introduces new Rebel

A2-friendly custom powered by 500cc parallel-twin

HONDA has announced a new addition to its lineup for 2017 – the custom-style Rebel.

It’s powered by the 471cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine from the CB family, which has been retuned to give it increased bottom-end torque – just what you want in a cruiser.

That engine means the Rebel is available for A2 licence holders and with A2 friendly offerings in the naked, sports and adventure categories, it means that Honda has further widened its appeal to A2 riders.

The Rebel is built around a brand new tubular steel frame and its unfussy styling and fat Dunlop tyres give it something of a bobber feel.

Honda says that two of the key words running through the Rebel’s developments were ‘simple’ and ‘raw’ – hence the simple lines on the 11.2 litre tank and the fact that much of the bike is blacked out.

Elsewhere, there’s a shotgun-style exhaust, simple speedo with a backlit LCD display and of course, a single round headlight.

The Rebel shares its non-adjustable front fork with the other CB500s, while at the rear is a pair of preload adjustable shocks. Brake force at the front comes from a single two-piston caliper and 264mm disc.

Seat height is low, at 690mm and Honda quotes the Rebel’s kerb weight as 190kg.

It’ll be available in three colour options: ‘Graphite Black’, ‘Millennium Red’ and ‘Matte Armored Silver Metallic’.

Price and availability haven't been announced yet.


More like "Cute and Tidy".

What are they smoking? Looks like a cheap Kawasaki. I can't imagine someone on the market for a cruiser seriously consider one of these...I'm sure on paper it's going to be a good bike, but then you have to look at it...unless it's half the price of the Bolt, these won't be selling like hot cakes.

The Rebel 250 dominated the entry level cruiser segment in the US because the learner's school had a fleet of them across the country and most women who started to ride motorcycles picked the Rebel because its easy to flat foot on both sides due to low seat height.

The Rebel 300 and 500 make more power and are obviously going to be more economical than the outdated Rebel 250.
There's a big market for ladies and newbies alike who can customize this thing as much as a Grom.

BubbaDaytona's picture

It's a simple bike, light, lower power, low seat. A lot of women bought Rebels and loved them.
As for the Cruiser market, those people buy Harleys anyway.

snave's picture

...the bubble has burst.

Shave the beard and lose the turn-ups peeps, when Honda turn up to the party you just know the party's over.

LS650's picture

I don't know whether to love it or hate it. Maybe a bit of both.

Personally it looks pretty decent, and they will sell a lot of them.

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