The Honda Rebel has been introducing motorcyclists to life on two wheels since the 1985 Honda Rebel 250 and continues to do so with the revised 2020 Honda Rebel 300. Thanks to this entry-level cruiser’s unintimidating power, low seat height, long wheelbase, and light handling, riders can feel confident and more comfortable in the saddle. While the Rebel 300’s engine remains unchanged for 2020, other comfort and handling updates have been applied, allowing the model to continue its leadership in the beginner-friendly cruiser class.
When the 2020 Honda Rebels were revealed at EICMA, Cycle World contributor Ben Purvis stated that Honda “has tucked and tweaked the duo [Rebel 300 and 500] to make them a more tempting proposition.” And talk about tempting, the 2020’s MSRP is $4,499, which has only seen a $100 increase since its last major revision in 2017. The beginner cruiser category competitors include the Indian Scout Sixty, Yamaha Bolt, or Royal Enfield INT650.
Honda added an assist and slipper clutch to the 2020 Rebel 300 which is said to reduce clutch lever effort by 30 percent. The suspension also has revised oil levels and receives updated bumper rubber, while spring rates have also been stiffened to improve overall comfort and handling. Likewise, the seat sees a new thickness and density to promote better comfort. A repositioned and reshaped LED headlight is paired to new LED turn signals and a redesigned LED taillight. Honda offers this Rebel in Blue Jeans Metallic, Matte Fresco Brown, and Graphite Black colorways.