2017 Honda Rebel 300 Review: First Ride

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By Ryan Burns

2017 Honda Rebel 300

Editor Score: 80.5%

Engine 16.0/20
Suspension/Handling 10.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 7.0/10
Value 8.5/10
Overall Score 80.5/100

Before you begin wondering if you’ve taken your medication this morning, let me preface this review of the new 2017 Honda Rebel 300 with the fact that it will share a lot of thoughts and observations with last week’s review of the Rebel 500 that was introduced simultaneously. These two bikes share everything in common, except for the sewing machine some little old lady left inside the chassis of the 300.

2017 Honda Rebel 300 Review: First Ride

The Rebel 300 is 2017’s closest relative to the classic, approachable, and affordable Rebel 250 that motorcyclists have become familiar with since its debut in 1985. The Rebel is known by many as the bike they learned on, may have even taken that special girl to prom on, but most importantly triggered their passion for bikes. The Rebel 300 carries on the “my-first-bike” torch starting at a very reasonable $4,399 for the base model, and $4,699 with ABS.

The little cruiser that doesn’t look so little at first glance.

Honda designed the all new Rebel to be a blank canvas for new riders to customize and make their own, which is largely responsible for the Rebel’s minimalist, bare-bones styling. From the blacked-out components, the classic single large round LED headlight, the angled teardrop tank, and the exposed trellis frame, Honda has taken the Rebel in a new direction that I am a fan of. Honda decided not to simply make a miniature cruiser, lead engineer Keita Mikura pointed out, but an approachable bike that shares its styling with big-boy cruisers, including its wide 130/90-16 front tire and 150/80-16 rear with bikes like the Indian Scout.

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