Honda globally has introduced a pair of progressive
custom bobbers that fuse tradition with groundbreaking new ideas and
perspectives while offering ample scope for owner customisation. 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.
Development for the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 began in the
U.S., with the objective of referencing a timeless look while also introducing
a forward-thinking, contemporary style all their own. Accessible, fun to ride
and easy to live with, the models go their own way but are also blank canvases,
ready for whatever their owners' imaginations have in store.
Simple and raw, Honda's new Rebel models are exercises in
straightforward, minimalist design where every detail matters. Low, lean
silhouettes are crowned by iconic fuel tanks, aggressively raked front ends and
fat tires on large-diameter wheels, along with a stamped-steel rear fender and
narrow frame body, resulting in stripped forms that express offbeat
individuality from every angle. The evocative round headlight sits up high in a
die-cast aluminum mount, the speedometer is a compact dial with negative LCD
display and blue backlight, and the ignition is housed below the left side of
the fuel tank. Everything that can be is blacked out.
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. Both the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are available
in standard and ABS versions. The bikes are expected to be available in April
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