Likely to be launched in late 2018, the new Honda Rebel 300 based motorcycle will challenge the likes of Bajaj Dominar 400 and Royal Enfield Thunderbird
After conquering the scooter segment, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd is now planning to mark its presence in the higher capacity motorcycle segment. The company has plans of launching a new range of motorcycles for Indian market. In fact, engineers from Honda Japan and Thailand sets up a team to work in India on this new middle-weight bike segment. The engineers will work on bikes with displacement in a range from 250cc to 750cc. The Japanese automaker is also planning to enter into the entry-level cruiser space, which is currently dominated by Royal Enfield. Interestingly, Honda has patented the Rebel 300 in India. It is expected that the Honda Rebel 300 cruiser motorcycle will be designed and developed locally.
The Honda Rebel series comprises of Rebel 300 and Rebel 500, and the 2017 versions of the motorcycles were unveiled at the Long Beach Motorcycle Show. The Rebel 300 shares its mechanics with the CBR300, while the Rebel 500 gets a liquid-cooled parallel twin engine from CBR500. Upon its launch, the Honda Rebel 300 will challenge the likes of Royal Enfield Thunderbird and Bajaj Dominar 400. Also See – Upcoming Bikes At Auto Expo 2018
– New trellis frame
– 16-inch wheels
– Disc brakes with ABS
– Glass-lens headlight
– Digital LCD instrument console
– Single-seat (Optional Pillion Seat)
The Japanese automaker has patented this motorcycle in India, indicating that the motorcycle is currently in its initial stage of development. We believe that Honda could showcase the Rebel 300 at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi, while launch is likely to happen in late 2018 or early 2019.
Honda will locally develop this motorcycle in India. The company is aiming at high-level of localisation to achieve aggressive pricing. We expect this cruiser to cost around Rs 2 lakh in India.
The Rebel 300 comes with retro-modern styling, which is familiar to the affordable Rebel 250 which was first launched in 1985. Based on a new trellis frame, the bike gets the Rebel’s minimalist, bare-bones styling. Customers will have lots of options to customize this motorcycle according to their own taste. The bike gets blacked-out components, classic single round LED headlights, exposed trellis frame and angled slim tank.
The bike has a low seat that is suitable for shorter riders as well. For last three decades, the Rebel 300 is popular as beginner’s bike. The bike features 41mm telescopic front fork, twin rear shock absorbers, 16-inch wheels and optional ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). The motorcycle rides on 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 130/90 and 150/80 tires at the front and rear, respectively.
The new Rebel 300 shares its engine with the Honda CB300R; however, Honda has tweaked this engine for better torque and highway performance. It is powered by a 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke PGM-FI engine, which is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The 300cc engine is capable of producing around 27bhp of power and 24Nm of torque. It is expected that Honda Rebel 500 could also come to India, which is powered by a liquid-cooled parallel twin engine producing 45bhp and 44Nm of torque.
Since Rebel 300 is a cruiser motorcycle, it is expected to deliver decent fuel economy. We believe that this motorcycle could deliver around 30kmpl of mileage.
For suspension duties, the bike has 41mm front forks with 4.8 inches travel and Dual shocks at the rear with 3.8-inches travel. Braking system of the bike comprises of hydraulic disc at the front and rear, respectively. The braking is further assisted by ABS system.