2019 Honda Rebel 300/500

Urban transportation, pure and simple

2019 Honda Rebel 300
2019 Honda Rebel 300Honda

Honda has made building bikes for all riders part of its mission since, well, forever. And here is the latest evidence of its commitment to bringing younger riders, female riders, and casual returning riders into the Big Red tent. The current version of the long-running Rebel nameplate comes in two versions: 286cc and 471cc. The Rebel 300 has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected DOHC single that gives fine performance for city riding and can also eke out a spot on the freeway, although that’s a bit of a stretch given today’s fast-moving traffic. It’s high fuel-tank position and low 27.2-inch seat height gives the Rebel 300 a somewhat odd appearance, but it helps younger, shorter, and less confident or skilled riders get their feet on the ground at stops and while maneuvering.

Choosing the companion Rebel 500 gifts you a larger parallel-twin engine with considerably more oomph, a 10-percent greater curb weight (a claimed 408 pounds versus 370 pounds) for the Rebel 300), and additional color choices. Antilock brakes are optional on both models.

Likes: Steadfast, capable, and reliable—and geared for learners

Dislikes: Goofy styling and skinny fork tubes typecast both Rebels as newbie bikes

Verdict: Unpretentious rides for casual city riders

2019 Honda Rebel 300 Specs and Pricing

MSRP $4,499
DISPLACEMENT (CC) 286
SEAT HEIGHT (IN) 27
WET WEIGHT (LBS) 364