2017 Honda Rebel bobber

18th November 2016


471cc | Parallel twin | Review | Specifications


◄PREVIOUS STORY                     NEXT STORY►


Honda Rebel for 2017


It's A2 licence friendly, it's wielding a retuned 471cc liquid-cooled, 8-valve parallel twin engine "drawn" from the CBR550R, it's got a 180-degree firing stroke, it's rolling on 16-inch rubber front and rear, and it's got the mean and moody looks beloved of the bobber generation.


Honda has just released details of this bike which is badged as a Rebel. The bike is aimed at the younger market looking for reasonably cool and not-too-sophisticated transport. But, if Honda prices it right (which it probably will) we can see a few older riders being interested in this fairly modest motorcycle.


Honda Rebel bobber for 2017


The power is said to be 44bhp @ 8,500rpm. The torque is 32lbs-ft (44.6Nm) @ 6,000rpm. And Honda reckons that this bike, with its predicted linear power delivery and reasonable low-end grunt, will find much favour among city dwellers. But the 8,500 rev-numbers suggest that this will actually feel a little buzzy for many.


The transmission is 6-speed. A 2-into-1 exhaust with a shotgun silencer gives the bike a modicum of sporting/bad-ass pretensions. The cast wheels will help cut maintenance. The foot controls are (sensibly) placed in the mid-position (as opposed to feet forward). The speedo is LCD. The seat height is a lowly 27-inch (690mm). And ABS is, as per EU regulations, standard.


Honda Rebel for 2017 shotgun silencer


Honda's Rebel bobber


Honda has hyped this bike a little too much with its launch at Long Beach, California (18th November 2016) and claims it's a "totally fresh take on custom cool". The firm also promises a range of accessories. But at present, that range doesn't look too impressive and comprises a rack, saddlebags, a windscreen and a 12-volt take off point. Maybe some other stuff will come along sooner or later.


Overall, however, it's a neat enough looking package. Colours are Graphite Black; Matte Armoured Silver Metallic; or Millennium Red. Honda hasn't yet attached a price tag.


◄PREVIOUS STORY                     NEXT STORY►




Cool Sump T-shirts


BSA M20 & M21 T-shirt - 15.95 plus P&P





















































Triumph 1050 T-shirt


Triumph 1050 T-shirt - 19.99 plus P&P

Popular Sump pages


Bike guides and reviews (new stuff and classics)

BSA Golden Flash eBook. 4.99.

Classic bike events listing

Triumph T140 Bonneville buyers guide

Pioneer Run eBook





Sump news archive


Motorcycle news - Oct 2016

Motorcycle news - Sept 2016

Motorcycle news - Aug 2016

Motorcycle news - July 2016

Motorcycle news - June 2016

Motorcycle news - May 2016

Motorcycle news - April 2016

Motorcycle news - March 2016

Motorcycle news - Feb 2016

Motorcycle news - Jan 2016

Motorcycle news - Dec 2015

Motorcycle news - Nov 2015

Motorcycle news - Oct 2015



 19.99 plus P&P









Copyright Sump Publishing 2016. Terms and conditions