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Honda Introduces New Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 (with video)


Honda Rebel 500

Honda announced last evening an updated line of small displacement cruisers, the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300. The Rebel 500 features a 471 cc parallel-twin engine, while the Rebel 300 gets a 286 cc single.

Tentatively priced (Honda says this could change) at $5,999 for the Rebel 500 and $4,399 for the Rebel 300, there are a number of color options available (specified in the press release below). Take a look at the video below, and follow these links for more details on the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300.

TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2016) – Honda today introduced a pair of progressive customs that fuse tradition with groundbreaking new ideas and perspectives while providing ample scope for owner customization. Offering a fresh take on custom cool, the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 mix old- and new-school style and are engaging and fun to ride, with an outlook geared toward firing the imagination of a younger generation of riders.

Development for the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 began in the U.S., with the objective of referencing a timeless look while also introducing a forward-thinking, contemporary style all their own. Accessible, fun to ride and easy to live with, the models go their own way but are also blank canvases, ready for whatever their owners’ imaginations have in store.


Honda Rebel 500

“For many riders who have grown up through the digital age, motorcycles represent a lifestyle and an attitude, a means of expressing their individuality,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The machines that speak to these riders need to reflect this, to fit with their life while also offering the potential for further individualization. The Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are simple and raw, offering cutting-edge style and a radical image while minimizing the barriers to riding. There’s literally nothing else out there like them, and we’re confident that both models will appeal to young riders who want to stand out and are open to new experiences.”


Honda Rebel 500

Rebel 500 / Rebel 300

Simple and raw, Honda’s new Rebel models are exercises in straightforward, minimalist design where every detail matters. Low, lean silhouettes are crowned by iconic fuel tanks, aggressively raked front ends and fat tires on large-diameter wheels, along with a stamped-steel rear fender and narrow frame body, resulting in stripped forms that express offbeat individuality from every angle. The evocative round, glass headlight sits up high in a die-cast aluminum mount, the speedometer is a compact dial with negative LCD display and blue backlight, and the ignition is housed below the left side of the fuel tank. Everything that can be is blacked out.


Honda Rebel 500

With a 471cc parallel twin, the Rebel 500 has strong bottom-end torque and a smooth, linear power delivery, while the Rebel 300 is powered by a peppy 286cc single cylinder engine. In both cases, the bikes’ riding positions are relaxed and neutral, with arms gently outstretched and feet dropping straight down to the mid-mounted pegs. The versatile Rebels are fun to ride slow and fast, great for day trips, jaunts to the coffee shops or even sporty sessions on winding roads; low weights, slim frames and short seat heights equal agility at lower speeds, whereas good ground clearances allow surprisingly sporty lean angles. Both the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are available in standard and ABS versions.


Honda Rebel 300

  • Colors
    • Rebel 500: Matte Silver, Bright Yellow, Black, Red
    • Rebel 500 ABS: Black
    • Rebel 300: Matte Silver, Matte Pearl White, Black, Red
    • Rebel 300 ABS: Black
  • *Rebel 300 Tentative Price: $4,399 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
  • *Rebel 500 Tentative Price: $5,999 (MSRP Announcement Dec. 2016)
  • Availability: April 2017

More info:


Honda Rebel 500

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  1. Tom says:

    This bike looks different. It’s not a subtle variation of a Sportster, or a refined bobber. It definitely has its own, and I think good, look, and for that Honda should be given credit for being different. OK, maybe an old Virago had a steep sloping tank like that. But when it drives by, there will be no confusing this sway-back-bike with another small cruiser or standard or whatever category it is.

  2. Don says:

    I hate it when they only show me one side of the bike!!

  3. nate says:

    This is abomination.

  4. Ferd Nesler says:

    I do not like Honda using idiots spray painting buildings with there useless crap. Does Honda think this showing morons spraying graffiti on buildings will sell bikes. I really doubt that these “artists” are interested in buying a motorcycle as most are unemployed.

    • Kyle says:

      While cringe factor of some of these paid actors showing off their Rebels is quite high, many of these artists are making $100K a year as graphic designers here in the Silicon Valley. The ones that didn’t make it as graphic designers are employed and quite friendly people that you would never expect to be graffiti artists.

    • Curly says:

      It’s just a promo video. Don’t let it get to you. I’ll bet the graffiti mural was even contracted and approved by the local gestapo, err, authorities.

  5. MGNorge says:

    Looking at the photos here it struck me as to what these two look like. They look like a bike with its standard seat removed and a small single cushion put down on top of the battery compartment. That lead me to think of what enterprising upholsterer could stitch up as an alternative? Might broaden its appeal some? Might lose some of the Bobber look but hey, to each their own.

  6. BRIAN says:

    Certainly better looking than the old Rebel 250! The 500 probably will be pretty cool and sound good.

  7. EZ Mark says:

    So Honda puts a DCT automatic transmission on a sport bike and two adventure bikes, but not on these two bikes? I don’t get it.
    If this 500 has a DCT my wife would have one tomorrow.

    • red says:

      it’s a beginner bike built to a price. get her a scooter

      • EZ Mark says:

        She’s got a 300cc Honda Forza. I’d like to get her something more highway capable, but she has no desire to use a clutch.

        • The Juan & only says:

          Get her a CTX700 Dct. Sits low, no clutch, more than enough power for the highway (delivered in a sweet power curve), and lots of aftermarket options (windshield, seats, bags, etc). Good luck.

    • Stuki Moi says:

      The DCT is expensive, and AFAIK not available with either of these engines. What’s wrong with the CTX700?

      • EZ Mark says:

        Honda only charges $800 extra for most of it’s DCT bikes. The price would still be good. The CTX700 is too heavy for her.

        • bmidd says:

          CTX DCT listed at 478# the new 500 Rebel listed at 408#.

          Honda Forza 300 listed at 422#…

          Maybe it’s the way it’s distributed, does the CTX feel top heavy to her versus the scooter having all its weight down low?

        • Dave says:

          Re: “Honda only charges $800 extra for most of it’s DCT bikes. The price would still be good.”

          That doesn’t mean that DCT only costs $800 more, this charge is likely a portion of it’s cost. The most likely reasons it’s only found on bigger, more expensive bikes are that it’s weight, size and complexity would be harder to design around, and it’s cost is more easily absorbed in the margin structure of a more expensive product.

          I’m not sure why a CVT couldn’t be applied. There are some good ones on ATV’s these days.

    • joe b says:

      I have the DCT on my VFR1200, and its not as easy to operate as a hand clutch, in certain conditions. I would ride one before you buy a DCT for your wife. Its also expensive, and heavy.

    • todd says:

      It took my wife all of a few minutes to understand the whole clutch thing on a bike. You need to be a little patient with her and help her get over the unjustified fear of a manual transmission.

      • Tim C says:

        Came here to say this. No need for this to be the roadblock to the majority of motorcycles. Sign her up for the 2-day MSF course (heck, take it with her, I took it in CA to bypass the horrid parking lot ride-in-the-circle test and had a blast doing the exercises etc). They start with clutch drills in first, just go a little, stop. She’ll be fine.

  8. steveinsandiego says:

    do most motorcyclists hang out in decrepit light industrial neighborhoods?

    • Stuki Moi says:

      Only the young, good looking, “cool” ones…. Who can’t afford a bike….

      Those with actual bikes, live inn Suburbia. And are too bald, fat, old and stupid looking in their Aerostich’, to fit naturally in any aspirational ad for a bike aimed at getting a new generation of riders hooked.

  9. My2cents says:

    Honda has been lost for years. They enter in two bobbers with completely ugly tank seams and bogus shaped. Then offer up chain final on a ride where a belt belongs. Beyond that some possibilities sleep in the minds of the custom crowd.

    • MGNorge says:

      ..and yet they have remained the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. My point being that they certainly backed away from new model entries in the US but elsewhere it sounds like it’s been business as usual. I know it’s been common mantra to say Honda has been lost but I don’t think so, they just reeled things in during the downturn.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “I know it’s been common mantra to say Honda has been lost but I don’t think so, they just reeled things in during the downturn.”

        the sleeping giant is now “semi-conscious” and growing ever more alert with each sip of coffee.

    • joe b says:

      Tank seams, again really? Is that all that makes a motorcycle important? …and who wants a belt? (belt drive, with all of its guards and large diameter pulleys, ruins the looks of any bike its put on) Sounds like a couple of pennies are asleep, not in touch with reality.

    • Austin ZZR 1200 says:

      I’ll take a belt to your hiney for that remark. The tank seam argument for anything under 8K is hilarious. Good troll though

    • Beasty says:

      Yeah, tank seams. The rest of the bike looks good, but they effed it up with that tank and some of the worst looking tank seams ever put on a motorcycle. The black minimizes them, but a better solution, sure to be implemented, will be some really nice chrome door edge molding. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  10. Bubba says:

    I like the simple styling, been thinking about getting a Bolt, but might have to reconsider when I can see Rebel 500 at a dealer.

  11. chris says:

    provalogna interesting take on the HD xr 1200 I own one and it does shake a bit at idle but is smooth at any thing above that , as far as the 500 Honda running away from it ain’t gonna happen ,I have just under 20,000 miles on mine and no problems including track days and many miles off road and nothing has fallen off and I have many friends with sport bikes that have been very surprised by it.

    • Provologna says:

      One thing we likely agree on: it’s a looker! I estimate that XR resale value maintains higher ratio of new SRP than any other HD model. Plus it’s apparently still the all time best handling HD.

      In fact, I did like the handling and as you say, once the motor is wound up past the bottom 20%, it’s actually super smooth. Torque, shifting, and riding quality were all good. If the fasteners don’t need constant attention, and you could coax another 15-20hp out of it without degrading its lovely torque curve, it would be a superb daily ride. I’m anything but normal height/weight, so I’m sure you’re having far more fun on it than I did!

      I bet you’re a better rider than your buds w/sport bikes, yes?

      I’d have to select between an XR and an Indian Scout. The latter has ABS and infinitely better motor, but lacks the XRs panache, and its WB is 1.5″ longer, requiring steeper lean angle for same cornering velocity. But like I posted elsewhere, KTM’s 990 Adventure fits me like a glove (not an OJ glove), so I’m the wrong demographic for the cruiser genre, which I realize the XR is not, which is why I liked it enough to test ride.

  12. Vic says:

    I’m old (56) and I like the looks.

  13. mickey says:

    I’ve read that the lead designer on these are the guy who was in charge of designing the NM4 Vultus who is known at Honda for designing for a younger hipper crowd, which may explain their polarizing looks to older riders.

  14. Ronbob says:

    I love my 300f Honda and feel that the bobber style will make this good engine available to new and shorter riders. I cant wait to get these in the store.

  15. Spiderwatts says:

    Great news! Another choice for new riders or someone wanting a budget bike with a warranty. I started on a Rebel 250 in 1984 and loved it. After owning many bikes since then I still have great memories of that bike. These two are the starting point for another generation of riders. Hopefully they won’t turn into nitpickers when they get older and will stay positive and welcome all bikes and riders without any judging. Thanks again to motorcycledaily for keeping us informed. Let’s ride!

  16. mechanicus says:

    Ergos, layout, styling appeal to me.

  17. blitz11 says:

    Hmmmm. My wife started on a Rebel 250. she loved that bike. She needed more juice. Bought a Harley Street 500. She LOVES the street 500. Has ridden it 3x as much in three years as she did her Rebel in 20 years. She’s even riding it when it is 40 degrees out with her heated gear.

    I showed her this, and her reaction was, “yecchhhh. who’s gonna’ buy that? it is ugly as sin.”

    Granted, the finish quality on the Street isn’t great, and the standard brakes were not great (but can be fixed with SS brake lines and new pads – brakes quite well now), but to me (and to her), the street looks much better than this rebel. (Styling weirdness on the street centers around the back of the gas tank. it points “up” instead of down.)

    The Street has been super reliable – no issues at all in 10K mmiles. (well, to drain the coolant, you either had to pull the engine or cut off the coolant drain screw ’cause the drain screw was too long to remove. H-D parts books has been updated). I dremeled it in half, and then installed a shorter screw. Other than that, it’s been great.

    Interesting times – we’ll see how it sells.

  18. Vic Hedges says:

    Great Project Bike!
    Wheelbase is adequate at 58.7 inches and there may be enough room to add 3 inch over shocks to bring in the rake – improve the weight on the front wheel – could be a lot of fun to “improve” + make into a budget hotrod.

    Reminds me of an 883 XL in that sense

  19. GoodlyRun says:

    My first street bike was a Rebel back in ’92. Glad to see them updated!

  20. Denny says:

    I think Honda hit it right; this is basic moto-transport with style. They should be mass sellers.

  21. Tc2wheel says:

    If it gets people out riding and make motorcycles more popular on the roads.. sure.. looks good with some mods:

  22. GearDrivenCam says:

    Despite what many others here are saying about the new Rebels – personally – I think these bikes look much better than anything H-D has ever released. For reasons far too many to count – I’d take a Rebel 500 over any H-D product.

    • Provologna says:

      That is a startling and provocative comment! I think I agree!

      Many including myself consider the long gone XR1200 one of HDs all time best models. I bet this Honda 500 would keep up w/the XR in a straight line, and w/a couple kinks in the road the Honda would disappear into the horizon.

      From idle through the bottom third of its narrow power band, the XR feels like you’re sitting on an $11k industrial sized paint shaker. I presume the XR requires constant re-torquing of fasteners to avoid losing them.

      After its first service, this Honda could probably live its entire useful life needing no fasteners re-torqued.

      HDs entire line is dawg meat.

      Did I mention the XR shakes?

  23. mickey says:

    HA…I just noticed that muffler looks just like the end of my new Echo leaf blower. Bet they sound similar too.

  24. WSHart says:

    “There’s a lot of things about me that you don’t know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand. You don’t want to get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner Dottie. A rebel.”

    Just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous, Honda proves otherwise. So when’s the Roland Spams Edition due out?

  25. red says:

    I like it. It passes the round headlight test.

  26. SausageCreature says:

    I like the fat front tire, just like I do on the new Guzzi Bobber, too. I like the tank shape, but the seams could have been hidden better. Prices seem reasonable. The only real issue I have is that the ABS versions only come in black. C’mon Honda, it’s almost 2017…most riders these days, especially the younger ones, want ABS. It’s not like it was 15 years ago, when you would expect only a handful of people to want that feature and could get away with offering it with only one color.

    • Martin B says:

      I don’t know about new riders today, but back when I rode light bikes, I liked to break traction whenever conditions called for it, like locking the front wheel to skid past a pond on a gravel road, and locking the rear just, well,… because!
      ABS doesn’t necessarily guarantee shorter stopping distances on poor surfaces, and what other kinds are there?
      Besides, learning without a safety net weeds out those who shouldn’t be on bikes in the first place. A proper rider safety course should be enough.

      This new Rebel strongly reminds me of the Kawasaki Vulcan 500, a bike that should have remained in production. Just the right size for many, and not too tiny for those of us with larger dimensions. A good, fun town bike that can venture a little further without crippling the rider. And it looks like straight jump to the Yamaha Bolt from there (snigger!).

      • Dave says:

        Re: “ABS doesn’t necessarily guarantee shorter stopping distances on poor surfaces, and what other kinds are there?”

        A bike upright on it’s tires stops faster then one sliding on its side, and all riders prefer this 100% of the time.

        • Kyle says:

          ^This. I’d rather hit a deer at 10mph without dropping my bike. I want to grab a handful knowing I’m getting 100% braking vs using my best conservative judgement which would probably equal 90% braking.

  27. beasty says:

    Almost. That tank……

    • VEGA says:

      People here are the MOST ungrateful bunch…!!!

      I’m mostly a ‘silent reader’ of MD for years and by God, I’ve never seen so much WHINING on any other motorcycling site/blog…

      Ought to be called “WhinersDaily”…

      • Scott says:

        I hear you, VEGA. All I ever see here is a bunch of people nit-picking to death every single bike that comes along, usually for the most trivial reasons imaginable.

        I have to wonder if anyone here actually LIKES motorcycles…

        • mickey says:

          So you’d rather come here and read just 4 positive comments with no nit picks than a whole range of opinions? Interesting. I enjoy all the comments, positive and negative. lets me know we are not all mindless clones or lemmings. I’m glad we don’t all think alike.

          Btw I love motorcycles ( and love discussing them) . I ride every day and have for the last 51 years. I bought the ones I liked and passed on the ones I didn’t for a whole slew of reasons, major and minor.

          I have opinions and not afraid to express them. I imagine you do too, and encourage you to do the same.

          • Scott says:

            Sure, I have opinions. And I’ll state them when I think they add value to the conversation. I don’t have a problem when people want to have a substantial dialogue about bikes, good or bad.

            What really disgusts me is when I see the same people, over and over, whining about the same stupid “issues” – matte paint, beaks, spoke wheels, tank gaps, tank seams, tank shapes, tank size, headlights, tail lights, blah blah blah – on every damn bike that shows up.
            And ironically, these are people who aren’t even in the market for a motorcycle anyway, because they NEVER BUY BIKES. It seems like they use these little nit picks to justify NOT buying a motorcycle.

            I love the MD site, because I love motorcycles, and I enjoy coming here to see all the new bikes. I can see value in just about every bike I see here, but if there’s something that bugs me about a bike I don’t feel the need to blather on and on about it, especially if it’s not even a bike I would ever buy.

            I wish I could train myself to simply ignore the comments section, but it’s like a car crash. I can’t help looking at it, even though I know it’s going to be messy and disturbing, and I really don’t want to be involved in it…

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            My thoughts exactly. I love discussing motorcycles with people of differing opinions. It keeps the dialogue interesting and also inspires me look at things from a different perspective.

            Good, bad, ugly or nitpicky, I genuinely want to know what people have to say.

          • GoodlyRun says:


          • mickey says:

            Scott the difference as I see it is EVERY comment adds value to the conversation.

            The most boring reports here are about Harley Davidsons because it seems everyone here hates em, so there isn’t much real discusssion (btw I don’t hate them and I’ve had 6 of them since 1965, just none since 1994).

            Every bike has good features and poor features depending on an individuals desires. If someone doesn’t like spokes on a street bike, they are sure to mention it on every review of a streetbike with spokes. Same goes for paint, or tail lights, or insect styling or whatever.

            And personally I will probably buy one more bike before I die, since I’m getting up there in age. Now I just need one of the mfgs to put together the right set of features and styling cues worthy of me making me open my wallet for that one last grand purchase. If they don’t, guess I will keep riding the two I have.

            Don’t mind discussing others though.

      • MGNorge says:

        Sure seems that way at times. Can’t please everyone and at times it seems no one is! The more I look at these the more I rather like them. I’m not in the market for something like them but if I was young and fairly new to motorcycling they just might be the ticket. The tank treatment is certainly polarizing but I’m warming some to it. They look simple, they look basic.

      • Denny says:

        I concur!

      • Provologna says:

        It’s good to see you not whining.

        /sarc off

  28. Mick says:

    Where did they dig up that gas tank? That baby’s totally out of place.

  29. Provologna says:

    I’d like this bike if I had 27″ inseam instead of fitting like a glove on KTM’s Adventure 990 (34″ inseam), and if I had any affection for cruisers, which instead I think are useless chunks of manure that don’t make anything grow.

    But other than that, well done, Honda!

    • ellis tomago says:

      You’re right, Italian Cheese Man. This Rebel will make a poor replacement for a KTM Adventure 990, or even the Duc Multistada.

      I think it was intended more to be competition for the Super Duke, or possibly the Ducati Panigale.

    • Denny says:

      I am also anti-cruiser, but this is cute.

  30. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    I think Honda has a hit on its hands. Like the Grom an Ruckus, people will customize the hell out of this bike. Economical and bullet-proof alternatives to sport-like small disp offerings, it creates its own niche. Look for a smaller Bolt to follow Honda’s example..

  31. azi says:

    Good to see all the new machines in the sub-500cc bracket. I’m jealous of the new riders nowadays – so many great choices, compared to the crappy Viragos etc I had to put up with when getting my licence last century.

  32. Grover says:


  33. Tom R says:

    Watched the video again. A few takeaways:

    1. The bike looks better while moving than it does in static images.

    2. Counted 13 separate shots that include the spray can. The story leads the viewer to think “graffiti vandal”, then finishes making the case for “respected graffiti artist”.

    3. A 21st century take on “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”.

  34. Tom R says:

    It is a lot like the Bolt…which is not a bad thing. Interesting that Honda took styling cues from Yamaha.

    One thing that bugs me is the front wheel/tire. Seems out-of-proportion too big.

  35. dave911 says:

    Give it a minute. I hated it a couple hours ago. Now I’m seeing some of the old Ducati Monster formed into a very user-friendly cruiser package…and the lines look like it may handle decently to boot. Not my cup of tea, but at least innovation. And I actually liked the hipster marketing play. Late yes, but well done. IMHO of course.

  36. Gary says:

    I thought the Bolt was ugly, this Honda is ugly times 10. No way Jose!

  37. Bill says:

    I really don’t understand where that gas tank shape came from.

  38. Norm G. says:

    re: “The Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are simple and raw, offering cutting-edge style and a radical image…”

    yup, just like Billy…

  39. Butch says:

    Kinda adds a new meaning to a monkey humping a football.

  40. VForce says:

    Well we have a new video entry into the “worst Hipster marketing by an OEM” category… its a late one but we will count it…

    Third Place for the worse hipster marketing video by an OEM goes to… Ducati… for the original Scrambler video.

    Second place- Honda Rebel arty hipster guy

    First place- Triumph Bobber takes the win, due to 1) progressive male couple “roommates” wearing the same clothes and riding the same bike 2) having all the hipster cliche’s including drag racing a slow bike in a warehouse and 3) god awful soundtrack with even worse lyrics “im a wanted man…got blood on my hands…” You can’t make this up.

    be sure to check back with our voting next year when Ural and Zero launch their hipster marketing videos. Until next time, say no to skinny jeans.

  41. Bob says:

    “Iconic fuel tanks”? Comical fuel tanks, perhaps.

  42. bmbktmracer says:

    Looks like a good bike for the wienerless.

  43. scarecrow800 says:

    “No engine sound = no passion.”
    Why bother with a “throaty” muffler, newbies don’t need the distraction and “cool” people will just go buy a nice Yoshi exhaust. And with fuel injection, you don’t need all of that messing with jets.

    “I notice that all versions shown are solo saddle. Probably a good idea.”
    I had lots of quarter and half liter bikes back in the 70’s and 80’s and although you can carry a passenger it’s a bit of a strain and you do get that very light in the nose sensation on a small bike. If you regularly plan on carrying a passenger, yeah, you need a bigger bike.

    “Belt drive would have made these the perfect beginner bikes.”
    Totally agree. This would really help newbs that don’t really understand bikes or their maintenance and even more advanced riders would appreciate less maintenance on a bike that really doesn’t need an O-ringed 520 chain.

    As old as I am, I have to admit that I would really like a CB500X or any of these 500s that Honda has brought out and the older Rebel bikes were always kind of a large nerdburger to me. It is nice to see all of these bikes from the manufacturers that are again user friendly to newbs but still have some appeal to more advanced riders.

  44. MGNorge says:

    Mmm, tank seams. (Homer Simpson voice)

  45. richard says:

    notice the video..trying to re create the Hipster appeal…hilarious !

  46. Arturo says:

    That gas tank looks like socks on a rooster!

  47. ABQ says:

    If they added the DCT option it would be a useful in town bike.

  48. randy says:

    looks like a grom crashed into a ruckus

  49. TexinOhio says:

    Honda’s attempt at a HD 48? Tank is a sad pointer.

  50. Bob says:

    Belt drive would have made these the perfect beginner bikes, or just run-abouts.

  51. Dman says:

    I had to ride the old 250 Rebrl when I was an MSF instructor – 30 years ago! About time it got an update, the old one was pretty bad even by 1985 standards, and I’m usually a Honda fan.

  52. mickey says:

    Sometimes, I feel so out of touch.

    • Tim C says:

      If you mean you feel like a real motorcyclist and this bike/ad pitch makes it look like a piece of junk aimed at hipster tools, right there with you.

  53. xLaYN says:

    No engine sound again??? GRRRR

    I like the concept…

    • Kyle says:

      Motorcycle videos without engine sound are as useful as music videos without music.

      Every time one uploads a motorcycle video without exhaust noise, a screw finds a motorcycle tire.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Most riders these days have ear buds in their ears while riding. I have found that to be true of all ages, but especially riders under the age of 40. The engine is no longer the preferred soundtrack when riding.

  54. Peter says:

    I can’t post a photo, but look up a Scot Flying Squirrel from around 1935…looks familiar doesn’t it?

  55. JimW says:

    Man that gas tank is UGLY

  56. Jeremy in TX says:

    Like Neil says, they almost have an unfinished look to them, and that really works for me in this case. I like these.

  57. Neal says:

    Looks like an unfinished product. Probably a lot of fun to bop around on though.

  58. Curly says:

    Overall I think these are pretty good. They’ve cut costs where they could and that shows but they should still be good, easy to ride and reliable bikes for learners. The wall mural was pretty nice too. That darn cat though!

  59. If there were a means of elevating the seat on the 500 it would be the perfect, dependable, all-purpose bike. These actors look about 5’3″ and I’m 6’2″, but I like that mid-mounted peg and unpretentious look. Throw-back to early 1900’s simplicity.

  60. Don E. says:

    So to ride one of these you need to be a vandalizing graffiti artist who should be jailed?

  61. Tank says:

    Mid-mounted pegs on a Rebel- great idea. These bikes make a lot of sense to me.

  62. Dan says:

    I notice that all versions shown are solo saddle. Probably a good idea.

    • 70's Stig says:

      Funny but real.

    • Martin B says:

      We wouldn’t want these short, vandalizing hipsters to start multiplying, would we? Our Antipodean word for this sort is “Bogan”. Sort of like “Hillbilly”, but not confined to any particular region. Wife beater T-shirt, cigarette behind the ear, beer in hand, high school drop out, usually no job. Main occupation, breeding kids for the welfare checks. Let’s nip this in the bud. No passenger seat.

  63. Lonerider says:

    What kind of marketing is this? Honda want to sell paint or motorcycles? No engine sound = no passion.

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