Honda Rebel: Sorry guys, but you just don’t do Harley

2017 Honda-Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycle
2017 Honda Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycles

HONDA MOTORCYCLES has announced a new motorcycle for 2017 that, the bikemaker says, is “a totally fresh take on custom cool – the Rebel”.

How cliched…

Anyway, if any of you remember a film called ‘Easy Rider’ you’re probably old enough to remember flashback bikes such as this and maybe even buy one.

2017 Honda-Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycle
2017 Honda Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycles

Slim, blacked-out to the max, and with a low 690mm seat height, Honda’s media release tells us “the Rebel mixes old- and new-school style to fire the imagination of a younger generation of riders.

And, presumably, that of old people.

THREE COLOURS, GLOBAL DEBUT

A tubular-steel frame draws what Honda thinks are “fresh, contemporary lines” into a stripped-back, fat-tyred ‘bobber’ style with mid-mounted footpegs and “a relaxed and neutral riding position with gently outstretched arms”.

No, the rider, not the bike….

2017 Honda-Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycle
2017 Honda Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycles

The Rebel  has a liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder, engine from Honda’s 500cc catalogue.

For cruising, the fuel-injected unit has, Honda explains, “injection mapping focused towards a more torque-heavy output while retaining a sporty feel to its smooth and linear power delivery, for a ride that is engaging as well as easy”

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The Rebel will be available in black, silver or red and is having global debut at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show in California (Nov 18-25 2016).

2017 Honda-Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycle
2017 Honda Rebel Image: Honda Motorcycles
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