Honda Announces 2017 Rebel 300 and Rebel 500

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17 Honda Rebel 500_red RHP

Both youth-focused customs promote cutting-edge style and self-expression

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.

“For many riders who have grown up through the digital age, motorcycles represent a lifestyle and an attitude, a means of expressing their individuality,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The machines that speak to these riders need to reflect this, to fit with their life while also offering the potential for further individualization. The Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are simple and raw, offering cutting-edge style and a radical image while minimizing the barriers to riding. There’s literally nothing else out there like them, and we’re confident that both models will appeal to young riders who want to stand out and are open to new experiences.”

Rebel 500 / Rebel 300
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, glass 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.

  • Colors
    • Rebel 500: Matte Silver, Bright Yellow, Black, Red
    • Rebel 500 ABS: Black
    • Rebel 300: Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White, Black, Red
    • Rebel 300 ABS: Black
  • *Rebel 300 Tentative Price: $4,399 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
  • *Rebel 500 Tentative Price: $5,999 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
  • Availability: April 2017
Model Rebel 500 ABS Rebel 500 Rebel 300 ABS Rebel 300
Engine Type 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke 286cc liquid-cooled single-cyilnder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm 76.0mm x 63.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Induction PGM-FI; 34mm throttle bodies PGM-FI; 38mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive Chain; 15T/40T Chain; 14T/36T
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
SUSPENSION
Front 41mm telescopic fork; 4.77 in. travel
Rear Twin shock; 3.77 in. travel
BRAKES
Front Single 296mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS Single 296mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers Single 296mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS Single 296mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers
Rear Single 240mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS Single 240mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers Single 240mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS Single 240mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers
TIRES
Front 130/90-16
Rear 150/80-16
Rake (Caster Angle) 28º
Trail  110mm (4.3 in)
Seat Height 27.2 in.
Ground Clearance  5.4 in. 5.9 in.
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 3 gal.
Color Black Matte Silver, Bright Yellow, Black, Red Black Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White, Black, Red
Curb Weight* 414 lbs. 408 lbs. 370 lbs. 364 lbs.
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Meets current EPA standards
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment

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