Cycle-world's 2017 best lightest bike!
Hondas commitment to bringing new riders into the motorcycle fold has never been more evident. From its lovable Grom to the commuter centric NC700X, Big Reds range of novice-friendly models cover the gamut. Now, Honda aims to stoke the fire of the young and restless with its all-new 2017 Rebel 300 and Rebel 500, a pair of bobber-style models with a cool minimalistic look and attractive price.
The riding position is relaxed and neutral with an easy reach to the low-rise bar and foot peg placement that greets the feet in a natural mid-mount location. The 27.2-inch seat height feels lower yet as the Rebels mid-section is very narrow where its 3-gallon peanut tank and tractor-style saddle intersect. The trellis steel tube frame appears beefy in appearance and well braced.
The sturdy looking 41mm fork is set at 28-degree rake with 4.3-inch trail and 58.7 inches between the axles; I will be completely dismayed if the Rebels handling is anything short of the perfect blend of easy steering and solid stability. The Rebel also appears to offer enough cornering clearance to allow for some spirited fun. Hondas claimed (fully fueled) curb weight of 364 pounds for the Rebel 300 and 408 pounds for the Rebel 500 (add 6 pounds to each for ABS) is light enough for easy parking lot maneuvering, yet offers enough road hugging weight to feel comfortably content on the freeway.
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