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2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 First Ride Review

 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 First Ride Review | Hot Tramp, I Love You So

It was a long wait, but Honda has all-new entry-level cruisers this year. The 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 have nothing in common with the discontinued classic Honda 250, and that’s a very good thing.

  1. The new Rebels are a huge improvement over the old Honda Rebel 250 twin. For 30 years, the Honda Rebel 250 served its purpose of introducing new riders to the motorcycle fold, but it was time for a change. The 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 will make you forget the 250 instantly.
Honda Rebel 500
  1. Everything is new about the 2017 Rebels. There isn’t a single significant part carried over between the old 250 and the new Rebels. The 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 share the same rolling chassis, highlighted by the hybrid trellis/perimeter steel-tube frame.
  1. The new engines are a huge step up. The air-cooled carbureted two-valve 234cc twin has been replaced by two different liquid-cooled fuel-injected DOHC motors—a 286cc single and a 471cc twin. Performance isn’t even close, as the two current motors are sourced from the CB500 and CB300 series of sport bikes, with some minor retuning for more low-end power (the 300) and additional midrange (the 500).
  1. The Rebels are cruisers, but with a dash of sport. In addition to the willing motors, the ergonomics of the Rebels are moderate. Yes, there’s a reach to the bars, but the footpegs are in a neutral mid position that is comfortable while making it possible to ride aggressively when desired.
Honda Rebel 500 Custom
  1. Fat 16-inch tires give a planted feel, and help the suspension. The 130 front and 150 rear Dunlop tires both have high profiles to absorb the nastiest roads in urban Los Angeles, as well as provide a reassuring footprint wherever they are ridden.
  1. Seat height is low, but not overly low. With the seat sitting just over 27 inches above the pavement, almost anyone can be flat-footed at a stop. My 30.5-inch inseam had no problem with this, of course. By not dropping the seat too much, there’s enough room for comfort between the seat and the footpegs. The low seat makes mounting and dismounting especially easy, in conjunction with the light weight of the Rebels.
  1. The Rebel 500 weighs 44 pounds more than the 300, but it’s not an issue. When the 500 tips the scales at a claimed 408 pounds, with its three-gallon fuel tank filled, and it carries its weight very well. The difference between the two is negligible out on the road. Beginners, of course, will love the 364-pound weight of the 300.
Honda Rebel 300
  1. Suspension travel is long for such a small motorcycle. Even with the low seat height, Honda still allows 3.8 inches of rear wheel travel and 4.8 inches in the fork. It’s not adjustable, as you’d expect, but Honda’s engineers hit the sweet spot, so the suspension sucks up bumps admirably while not giving the Rebel a mushy feel. Remember, the chunky Dunlops help, too.
  1. It’s not a canyon bike, but it handles well. With the light weight, spunky motors, conservative 28 degrees of rake and reassuring 58.7-inch wheelbase, the Honda Rebels have a great feel for the road. Cornering clearance isn’t bad, but you can scrape pegs on the 500 sooner than the 300 on tight turns around town.
  1. Braking is plentiful and controllable. Again, the footprint of the 16-inch wheels are crucial—they provide the traction to make the basic 296mm front disc and 240 rear disc more than adequate. ABS is an option, and I tested the non-ABS version. Really, any rider should spend the extra $300 for the ABS versions.
Honda Rebel 500 Customized
  1. The transmission is excellent, but the clutch isn’t newbie-friendly. Honda should have sprung for a slip-and-assist style clutch, as the lever pull isn’t exactly light. Also, the reach to the clutch lever feels long, and I wear size L women’s gloves. A hydraulic clutch and fast adjust lever would have been great. Even better, of course, would have been a DCT option for Millennials and Gen Y riders who just can’t come to grips with a manual transmission.
  1. The 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 are ready to be customized. Honda has already shown us some highly customized Honda Rebels that look fantastic. People are going to have lots of fun with this inexpensive starting platform.
  1. I’d buy the 500 because I’m an experienced rider, but the 300 is more than satisfactory. The extra performance of the 500 is worth the $1600 premium if you’ll be doing any amount of highway riding. Riders who are sticking to urban areas with speeds below 60 mph most of the time will be completely happy with the 300. Amazingly, the 2017 Rebel 300 costs just $209 more than the Rebel 250 is directly replaces. That’s an incredible deal.

Photography by Kevin Wing

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2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 Specs:


  • Type: Liquid-cooled parallel twin (300: liquid-cooled single)
  • Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm (300: 76.0 x 63.0mm)
  • Displacement: 471cc (300: 286cc)
  • Valve train: DOCH; four valves per cylinder
  • Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
  • Induction: PGM-FI; 34mm throttle bodies (300: 38mm throttle body)
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final drive: Chain; 15T/40T (300:14T/36T)


  • Front suspension: 41mm telescopic forks; 4.8 inches of travel
  • Rear: Twin shocks; 3.8 inches of travel
  • Front brake: 296mm disc
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc
  • ABS: Optional
  • Front tire: 130/90-16; Dunlop
  • Rear tire: 150/80-16; Dunlop


  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Rake: 28 degrees
  • Trail: 4.3 inches
  • Seat height: 27.2 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3 gallons
  • Curb weights: Rebel 500 ABS: 414 pounds; Rebel 500: 408 pounds; Rebel 300 ABS: 370 pounds; Rebel 300: 364 pound
2017 Honda Rebel 500 Colors:
  • Matte Silver, Black, Red
  • Bright Yellow (Rebel 500)
2017 Honda Rebel 300 Colors:
  • Matte Pearl White
  • Black (ABS models)
2017 Honda Rebel 500 Price
2017 Honda Rebel 300:

Availability: April 2017

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2017 Honda Rebel 300/500 – First Ride Review

2017 Honda Rebel 300/500 – First Ride Review

A Beginner Bike with Expert Ideas

Images by Justin W Coffey and Kevin Wing

The Age of Technology is upon us, and the spawn of this generation is starting to evolve accordingly. Autonomous cars are a thing, and certainly Honda has its sights set on the future [see: self-balancing motorcycle]. An influx of A.I.-commanded vessels is coming to fruition. More and more, adolescents and young adults are claiming little to no interest in piloting their own vehicles, car or otherwise. They’d give up literal and proverbial control in favor of lounging, updating their Instabookchat, and letting the world pass them by in a blur.

OK, for the sake of argument, safety is a factor in all this, and motorcycles aren’t exactly a product of safety. OEMs do their best, but without the invention of an invisible forcefield (fingers crossed) a persistent element of riding is risk. So, what can an industry forged almost entirely on one’s independence do about a growing demographic that’s content with unceremoniously revoking theirs? Maybe the key is to give in? Fold your cards; wait for the next hand to be dealt. Or, do what I suspect Honda has done. Keep an eye on the cool kids, then attack the Achilles heel and chant known Millennial weaknesses over and over like a mantra while (re)building an old bike from the beginning.

In delivering the new Rebel 300 and Rebel 500, Big Red has tried to take a product that’s synonymous with “beginner” – one that could be the epitome of youth, yet still harkens to Honda’s heritage – and make it badass. From the look and feel of the new Rebels, the engineer and design teams tacked up motivational posters of kittens portraying positive and inspirational images appropriately labeled something like… “Nostalgic,” “Artisanal,” “Customizable,” “Approachable,” “Rebellious.” The perfect arsenal of adjectives to invade the hearts of Generation Y.

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Though my own experience with the infamous entry-level motorbike had been limited until now, it was actually the first bike I’d ever ridden. I earned my motorcycle endorsement astride a previous-generation model. At the time, the Rebel seemed massive. My lack of comparisons and excitable imagination grew the 250cc machine to one 10 times its size, with power to match; I was intimidated. Luckily, I passed my class with flying colors, and Honda became my go-to OEM for a few years (my next “beast” was a CM200, rawr). Mine is a story many moto enthusiasts share. Since 1985, most new riders have likely learned aboard Honda’s good girl bike with the bad girl name. The CMX series has always been considered a launching pad, and it’s never been more than a means to an end. It’s a motorbike most known as the portal to Freedom as America knows it best. Aside from necessity, however (there's no arguing its low price-point, durability, simplicity and accessibility), the previous Rebel, frankly, wasn’t renowned for performance, aesthetic, or comfort.

But 2017 might stir things up a bit.

Honda has been quite blatant about its intentions for the new line. It wants the Rebel to reach the older teens and young adults – those making up the next wave of riders – because they’re the next set of humans to rule the world. And they’re the toughest to crack. They’re picky and fickle and contradicting. I know because I’m part of this group. We claim to want comfort, or style, or performance, or heritage, or reputation, yadda, yadda. We think we want it all, then the next thing comes around and we want that instead. Screw the well-rounded product that took years of R and D! That was cool last year, but this year I want to be a hooligan who races flat track or pops 12 o’clock wheelies on a Dyna or travels the world on an Africa Twin.

But we’ll always need something to get us started. And it would be nice if that something could also serve as a bike to cruise round town on when we’re seasoned riders. A bike that does the simple stuff first and fulfills all the other demands second, third, and fourth.

What we really need are choices: variety within a few quality products that are different enough, but relatively interchangeable. A good base to work with – if customizing is in the cards – a handsome look that catches the eye but isn’t so fashionable we’ll lose interest at that upcoming indie motorcycle show. We want a bike that can be ageless, or, if not, show its age well through patina. The manufacturer should offer some accessories to seal the deal on aesthetics and satisfy our need to keep buying more stuff. It should be a bike that has enough of everything: low- and high-end torque, even power delivery, good stopping ability, maneuverability and (a decent amount of) comfort. Oh, and above all – to actually gain attention from all variety of rider – it must be approachable. Because fear can conjure up plenty of excuses as to why we don’t need or want something.

So, yeah, pretty simple right? All the things for not all the money. And I believe the Rebel 500 is the sure thing we never knew we wanted, and more. The 300, however... I’m not quite convinced.

With the Rebel’s two displacement sizes, we have options. Within each option, we have even more options: pull off the fender; change the pipes; stiffen the suspension; paint the tank to match your aura; whatever comes to mind. And even better, that whole process has been made easy courtesy of the Rebel’s design team, who believed that everyone should have the ability to make the 300 and 500 their own with little effort. For example, they shortened the stock sub-frame so the rear stays clean and uncluttered if an owner removes the rear fender. Their keen eye on style and configuration ensured the Rebels could be a few wrenches and a good paint job away from truly being yours. Equally, you could add the accessories and touring accoutrements that’ll help squeeze out even more miles of use.

Both blessed with a 27.2-inch seat height, you might guess that these short-stacks have a Napoleon Complex. The Rebels stand up for themselves, and they can be (a little bit) mean if they need to be. You want them to climb a steep, twisty mountain? Done. The 300 might lag a bit, but give it the chance, and it’ll make it without being run over by some inattentive commuter. The 500, meanwhile, blasts through most obstacles without so much as a bead of sweat. Though the horsepower wasn’t divulged to our group, neither bike felt lacking in straightaways, around bends, or when passing semi-trucks at a cool 75 mph average. They did so with barely the buzz on the bigger bike's parallel twin, and as much smoothness as you could expect from the 300's single-cylinder thumper. Though, both bikes could afford a lot better suspension. For someone of my stature – 5 feet 1 inch tall and 125 lbs – it wasn’t a huge issue, but when the ride became rough my butt was reading the road like Braille.

Neither Rebel is the fastest among its peers. Or the strongest or even the loudest. But hell, do they have heart! Sitting low, I felt some tension while wading through rush hour but it wasn't long before my faith in the nimble and swift little mid-control cruisers bolstered my courage, blasting me between cars and trucks and SUVs.

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Unlike the more sizeable cruisers I’m accustomed to, the bikes don’t have a booming voice. But as they say, it’s always the quiet ones you need to watch out for. Like Indiana Jones slipping past a sure crushing death, we – the Rebel and I – narrowly escaped bottlenecks, swerving stationwagons (Are there still stationwagons on the road? –Ed.), and the rippling crevices of the lane between the lanes. Whichever challenge we encountered that day, both bikes took in stride and looked damn good in the process. Highway, byway, or side street, they turned heads.

Both ’17 Rebels possess an upright seating position and standard controls. They also both come branded with the iconic Honda wings. But beyond that, not many traits are shared between the modern machines and their ancestors. In this year’s models, fit and finish are as important as function. The motorbikes share mind, body, and soul. Both are fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 6-speed and chain-driven. They sport dual-shocks on the rear, cast wheels and fatter front tires than the former iteration. Not to mention, the metal bits are fully “murdered out” to allow the perfect canvas for a creative gearhead to base his or her art upon, while maintaining a sleek and attractive appearance until they’re ready to do so.

Guts are what make up the real differences between the two new models. A disparity begins first and foremost at the engine. The 500 roars to life with a parallel twin, while the 300 hosts a single beating heart in its cage. The 500's extra cylinder helps beef its fighting weight up to 408 lbs (wet). The 300 keeps svelte with a respectable 364 lbs. Both feature angular tanks that carry 2.96 gallons of fuel and come in all of my favorite colors, though only the 300 comes in the Matte Pearl White - a color I love - and the 500 in Bright Yellow - a color also on the top of my list.

In my opinion, the 300 is a six-month bike, but the 500 has the prospects to be a long-term love. Once you’ve modified the bike to your taste, it can grow with you. The 500, of course, shares the same powerplant (albeit with different tune) as the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X – bikes that the RideApart team have been in love with for years now. So, it's no surprise the 500 could soar beyond the short ceiling of a beginner bike and remain in your herd for a long time.

I can't help but wonder why anyone would pay the $4,399 sticker price for the 300, considering it's a bike that might not hold your attention for long. Why not just buy its predecessor (the old Rebel 250) for pennies, then move on to the new Rebel 500 at $5,999? If Honda hadn’t created the 300, I wouldn’t be wanting. It’s not a bad bike; if it had potential to be more than a stepping stone, then the real-world value would be closer to matching its price-point.

Ultimately, though, both of Honda’s new Rebels are responsive, smooth, unsuspectingly assertive, moldable as putty, as manageable as any lightweight bike you’ll ever handle, and a damn good time! With the 500 in particular, the Rebel is no longer just a beginner bike but a promising choice for a variety of interests; it's as much for an entry-level rider as an expert – the casual ride with an edge. Ride around town. Cruise through the canyons. Grab a board and head to the beach. Or just survive the horrific California congestion.

Rider Stats

Rider: Kyra SacdalanHeight: 5 feet 1 inchBuild: 125 lbsExperience: 4.5 years, street and dirt

Helmet: Icon Airframe ProJacket: REV'IT LevantePants: Moto Girl UK Armoured LeggingsBoots: Danner Quarry BootsGloves: REV'IT Monster 2Backpack: Colfax Design Works

​Обзор новинок Honda. Модели Rebel 300 и Rebel 500 2017

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В самом начале своейжизни, Rebel позиционировалсякак чисто городской круйзер с увлекательнымдизайном, собственной харизмой и хорошеймощностью. Действительно, модели 1985года выпуска стали реальным прорывом,и многие байкеры с удовольствиемиспользовали классический байк длякаждодневных поездок по городу. Он былживым, надежным и очень вписывался вличный класс. Но шли года, а модельный рядконсервативных японцев из Hondaне вытерпел существенных изменений.

И вот наконец, Honda решилась сделать большой шаг в развитиимотоиндустрии, представив свежие мотоциклыиз легендарной линейки Rebel.За 31 год выпуска традиционных байков,разработчики провели достаточно многоисследований и теперь их новинки должнызанять подобающую нишу техникидля начинающих мотолюбителей. Этомуспособствует интересный и современныйдизайн, какой объединяет классическиечерты вместе с модными хай-тек деталями,а также уравновешенные техническиесвойства – 300 или 500 кубов навыбор, технические и инженерные узлы,готовые для тюнинга и кастомайзинга.

Honda Rebel 300

Honda Rebel 500

Касаемо дизайна,байки получили современный иинтересный внешний вид. Стоит отметить,внешний вид новейших байков, разрабатывалсяс учетом комментариев многих пользователейпопулярной сети Instagram.Как раз поэтому, новинки получилиутонченный, но в то же время весьмадерзкий дизайн. В отличии от нечужихпредшественников, современные Honda Rebel будут практически лишены блестящихдеталей, теперь это темные и матовыецвета, которые подчеркивают отдельныекалоритные участки корпуса мотоцикла. Хотьновинки и выглядят современно и интересно,это не лишило байка нрава классическогоRebel. То тут, то тампроглядываются знакомые всем черты.Это понравится всем любителям традиционныхбайков, сделанных в современном дизайнес превосходной начинкой.

Помимо особого внимания,уделенного знакомому нраву Ребелов,разработчики сделали все возможное,чтобы упростить и добиться абсолютногоминиатюризма во всех чертах мотоцикла,специально созданного для городскойезды. Узнаваемости байку добавляетисполнение топливного бака и удобногоседла, а абсолютно новым выступает всяколесная база и выхлопная ОС.Некоторые мотолюбители смогут заметитьнотки боббера в новом Rebel.Что б еще легче сделать из байкаинтересный кастом, пользователь сможетбез проблем снять крепление крыла и подрамника.

Модели Rebel500 2017 и Rebel 300 2017, не имеютнаружных отличий между собой. Основнаяразница между байками – сердце мотоцикла.

Младший байк из линейкиновейших Ребелов, получил обновленнуюверсию популярного 286 куб. четырехтактногомотора. Агрегат обладает современнымжидкостным охлаждением и одним цилиндром.В целом новейший движок имеет более тонкиенастройки, которые позволяют ему получатьусовершенствованную производительность. Попредварительным данным, младшая версияRebel, имеет 30 однулошадиную силу при 27 Нм крутящегомомента. Стоит отметить, новинка содержитэти показатели при 164 килограммах веса,поэтому за динамику разгона и скорость,разрешено не беспокоится.

Старшая модель подмаркировкой 500, получила более мощнейший471 куб. двигатель с двумя цилиндрами.Точная подгонка деталей и отличнаянастройка, вместе с водяным охлаждением,позволяют новинке выдавать 47 л.с. при43 Нм момента. Из-за массивного двигателя,мотоцикл получился весом в 185 кг. Приэтих параметрах, такие характеристики болеечем достаточны для использования байкапо назначению, то существует в условиях города.

Из общих для обеихмоделей характеристик, стоит отметить6 ступенчатую коробку передач, атакже надежные дисковые тормоза отNissin. По желанию покупателя,на новинку может быть установленаантиблокировочная ОС. Данная опцияимеет невысокую цену – 300 долларов, нов то же продолжительность добавляет более трехкилограммов веса.

В целом новинки отHonda вышли более чемдостойны. Надеемся обе модели получаттакую же популярность и собственные предшественники.Этому способствует комфортная посадка,подходящая абсолютно для целиком пользователейнезависимо от роста. Еще в мотоциклереализован удобный руль, за которым небудет нужно тянутся, поэтому байкер сможетсидеть ровно с расслабленной спиной ируками.

Honda Rebel 300 - Motokub

Honda Rebel 300 — самый доступный классический мотоцикл. Rebel 300 несет лозунг «my-first-bike» (мой первый байк). Стоимость начинается с очень разумных 4 399 долларов за базовую модель и 4 699 долларов с ABS.

Honda Rebel 300

Honda спроектировала новый Rebel для любителей дорог. Из компонентов можно отметить классические одиночные большие круглые светодиодные фары, открытая решетчатая ​​рама. Honda решила не просто делать миниатюрный cruisers, указал ведущий инженер Кейта Микура, но как доступный bike, который будет делиться своим стилем с большими крейсерами. Rebel включает широкую переднюю шину 130/90-16 и заднюю часть 150/80-16.

Если мы говорим о настройке, я бы убрал полностью стальное заднее крыло.

Варианты цвета для стандартного Rebel 300 — матовый жемчужно белый, матовый серебряный металл, черный и красный, и загадочно только черный имеет ABS .

Вместо старого 250-сантиметрового карбюратора с воздушным охлаждением, который едва хватало на выпускной день в гору, Rebel 300 получает прямо из CBR300R с жидкостным охлаждением.

Rebel 300 оснащен двигателем 286cc с жидкостным охлаждением с четырьмя клапанами на цилиндр, чтобы обеспечить лучшую силу, чем ее собратья. На удивление, способно вырвать довольно сладкое рычание. Имеет топливную экономичность в 71 миль на галлон, что позволит проехать 210 миль в расходе 2,96 галлона.

Наряду с двигателем, Rebel получил тормозное обновление. Дисковые тормоза спереди и сзади, по сравнению с передним диском предыдущего поколения и задним барабанным тормозом. С относительно небольшим весом Rebel и высокими стандартами Honda даже для своих «доступных» мотоциклов, тормоза отлично работают и обеспечивают хорошую функциональность.

Honda Rebel 300 Технические характеристики

Honda Rebel 300 Технические характеристики
Тип двигателя 286cc с жидкостным охлаждением с одноцилиндровым четырехтактным
Болезнь и инсульт 78 мм х 63 мм
индукционный PGM-FI
Зажигание Полное транзисторное зажигание
Степень сжатия 10.7: 1
Поезд клапана DOHC; 4 клапана на цилиндр
коробка передач Шестиступенчатой
Final Drive О-кольцевая цепь
Передняя подвеска 41 мм вилка; Путешествие на 4,8 дюйма
Задняя подвеска Двойные удары с ходом 3,8 дюйма
Передний тормоз Гидравлический диск
Задний тормоз Гидравлический диск
Передняя шина 130 / 90-16
Задняя шина 150 / 80-16
Грабли 28 ° 0 ‘(Угол заклинателя)
тропинка 110 мм (4,3 дюйма)
колесная база 58,7 дюймов
Высота сиденья 27,2 дюйма
Снаряженная масса 364 фунта (Включает в себя все стандартное оборудование, необходимые жидкости и полный бак топлива, готовый к поездке)
Вместимость топливных баков 2,96 галлонов
Выбросы Соответствует действующим стандартам EPA. Версия Калифорнии соответствует действующим стандартам CARB и может незначительно отличаться из-за оборудования для выбросов.
Доступные цвета Матовый Перл Белый, Матовый Серебряный Металлический, Черный, Красный
Гарантия Один год Ограниченная гарантия с ограниченным пробегом; расширенный охват с помощью плана защиты Honda

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