Honda unveils new Rebel

17ym Rebel

Honda has revived its Rebel cruiser in a low-slung, A2-licence-friendly format.

The 'bobber'-style motorcycle made its debut earlier this week at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show in California and is expected to hit the market next year.

It boasts the 'Rebel' badge, which was originally seen on the 125cc, 250cc and 450cc cruisers of the 1980s and '90s – bikes that imitated Harley-Davidson's 'Easy Rider' style, but cost only a fraction of the price.

These original Rebels were very much entry-level motorcycles, and this is a trend that Honda has continued with the 2017 model.

A 471cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine, previously seen in the CB500F, CB500X and CBR500R, will power the Rebel.

Honda Rebel

Honda Rebel

However, this A2-licence friendly unit has been remapped to provide a more torque-heavy bottom-end output, while retaining a sporty feel thanks to its smooth and linear power delivery.

Not only is the Rebel available to riders on restricted licences, its easy manoeuvrability at low speeds will inspire confidence in learners. This is thanks to a low seat height, slim frame and relaxed riding position.

The minimalist Rebel will come in three colours of Graphite Black, Millennium Red and Matte Armoured Silver Metallic. As with any bike of its genre, customisation will be key.

The pillion pad and rear footpegs will be easily removed, and a number of tailor-made accessories will be available for the Rebel, including a tubular rear rack, saddlebags, screen and 12V power socket.