Just FYI: The Honda Rebel has always been my favorite motorcycle of all time. And I’ve never even owned one…

After 32 years, Honda has updated its Rebel. True, they’ve made little changes here and there and have even had years where it never even showed up. But, it has changed almost not at all over its long-toothed life. Most of us assumed it would just be discontinued for good at some point. But it kept coming back… same tiny, venerable, engine, crazy easy to ride, really low seat height and slick MPG year after year. And it remained the quintessential “starter bike”. I’m not sure you can call it that anymore. Read on…


This is 100% a brand new bike in every way: size, weight, power & drive trains, overall look (OMG!) and of course- price. No longer using a 234 cc parallel twin, the new for 2017 Rebel borrows not one, but TWO engines from its stablemates. For the first time since its debut in 1985, the Rebel offers two powertrains. The 300 is the single cylinder (thumper) from the CB(R) 300 and the 500(!!) is the parallel twin from the CB500(F,X,R) line. They are all stock, meaning they are completely unchanged for Rebel duty. That includes the 6-speed gearbox (yaaaaah!). Sadly, the Rebel is no longer a very small and very light bike. The Rebel 500 (which just *sounds* awesome!) weighs in at 408 lbs. That’s just 16 lbs lighter than the CB500. These are now so close to the weights of the other Honda offerings, that there won’t be a power/weight ratio advantage. The Rebel 300 is in the same boat. But at a (Honda) estimated 67 MPG, you’re looking at a much more powerful bike from what it replaces, and still great fuel mileage. If you’re a cruiser fan, or a Honda fan, you no longer have to feel embarrassed at owning the (cult followed) Honda Rebel of previous years. And you’re no longer looking up so high at every other biker, as the seat height has gone from 26.6 inches to 27.2 inches. This isn’t the Rebel on steroids, this is a 100% all new bike. And it looks fantastic. And either motivator will giddy-up in a hurry, unlike its predecessor. Did I mention it looks fantastic?

Oh, 1 more thing: The price. The Rebel 500 starts at $5999.00 That’s only $100 less than the CB500. But if you prefer cruisers, this could be the bike for you. Spend the hundred bucks you saved on a hat and tee shirt (Honda Powersports branded, of course).

2017 Honda Rebel

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