Rushlane reports that the new Honda Rebel 300 has been patented in India, raising speculations about the bike’s launch in the country.
However, this has to be taken with a pinch of salt as Honda also patented the CBR 250RR in the country. But the Japanese brand did not launch the bike in India. Moreover, Honda has already fulfilled its promise of launching four new two-wheelers (Cliq, Grazia, Africa Twin, 2018 Goldwing) this financial year, hence effectively eliminating possible launches this fiscal. In August, Minoru Kato, CEO and President of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) also confirmed that the upcoming motorcycle will be in the 300-400 cc segment, but will be developed completely from the ground up. Hence, it is unlikely that the Rebel 300 will come to India.
The Honda Rebel 300 shares its engine with the Honda CBR 300R. The 286 cc DOHC mill with liquid cooling and fuel injection makes 27.3 PS and 27 Nm. The engine pairs with a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension bits include 41 mm telescopic front fork, and twin rear shock absorbers. For braking, the Rebel 300 employs discs on both ends, with optional dual-channel ABS.
The bike comes with an 11.2-litre fuel tank, and the claimed efficiency stands at 33.16 km/l. The 16-inch alloys are shod with 130-section front and 150-section rear rubber. The motorcycle tips the scales at 165 kg (kerb weight). In the US market, the bike costs USD 4,449 MSRP for the non-ABS variant. The ABS version is USD 300 more expensive.