Honda have unveiled the Rebel – a bobber aimed at younger riders with an A2-friendly 471cc parallel twin
The Honda Rebel is a whole new model targeting a whole new demographic. The Rebel is aimed at riders in Generation Y – those who have grown up in the digital age and for who motorcycles are more than just transport. The Rebel concept was born in the USA, where big cruisers are popular but have not captured the imagination of younger riders.
The beating heart of the Rebel is a 471cc parallel twin taken from the CBR500R, but retuned for more bottom end torque. The final result is 44.6nm at 6,000rpm and 44bhp at 8,500, which makes it ideal for A2 licence holders. Honda say the linear power delivery and strong bottom end torque makes it perfect for city riding. The twin has a 180 degree firing order that Honda say, combined with the 2-1 exhaust and shotgun muffler, gives it a heavy duty pulsing feel that befits the bike. The Rebel has a six-speed gearbox that is “effortless to use around town”.
Clearly style is everything on the Rebel, which is why it has been blacked out where possible, with the minimum amount of paint used. The riding position should be quite relaxed, thanks to the low 690mm seat height and the mid-mounted controls. Ease of control is said to be further enhanced by the slim frame, which has been designed to be as narrow as possible between the rider’s legs. Completing the bobber look is a steeply raked 11l fuel tank and fat tyres rolling on 16” cast aluminium wheels. Amid the old-school looks does live some modern technology such as a one-button LCD speedo, hidden ignition and ABS.
Honda say one of the key elements of the Rebel will be the customisation. The pillion pad can be taken off with the removal of just two bolts and the rear footpegs are just as easy. There will be a range of tailor-made accessories such as a rack, saddlebags, screen and 12v socket. The Rebel will also be available in three colours: graphite black, matte armoured silver metallic and millennium red. As yet there has been no word on UK pricing, or availability.