The new Honda Rebel features the CBR500 471 cc inline-twin and a bobber attitude
Honda brings up to life its Rebel. The small cruiser aims the 20 yo beginners, and it’s A2 compliant.
Honda’s project leader for Rebel 2017 is Keita Mikura, also responsible for the awkward NM4 Vultus. However, this Rebel is more conventional.
Honda used the Kawasaki Vulcan S recipe when building its new small bike – a cruiser-shaped bike powered by a standard bike engine. Honda Rebel 2017 features a 471 cc parallel twin engine borrowed from the CB500 series. The 8-valve liquid-cooled engine was tuned for a lower rpm torque, but it keeps the same 45 horsepower @8.500 rpm. The 44.6 NM torque is available at 6.000 rpm. The 2-1 exhaust has a “shot-gun style,” and the engine matches a six-speed gearbox.
Featuring a small and compact shape, a 690 mm seat height and a 190 kg wet weight, Honda Rebel 500 is suitable for beginners. Honda’s target consists of “riders in their early 20s – Generation Y – who have grown up through the digital age”. The passenger’s seat and foot-pegs can be removed for a more “bobber look.” Moreover, it has a black-out color mix, an 11,2 l fuel tank and some fat wheels and handlebar, a round headlight and a digital dash. These elements come together in a nice mix for Honda’s “Y Generation.”
Honda Rebel 2017 will have three different color themes – Graphite Black, Matte Armored Silver Metallic, Millennium Red. Nothing about the price.
The ABS in fitted as standard.