Honda Australia has announced the just-released CMX Rebel 500 and 300 launched in Long Beach, California, will arrive here in early 2017 as a learner-approved motorcycle.
That is unusual because Honda Australia has been pretty slow and conservative about bringing in quirky new releases such as the Grom and X-ADV scooter.
But they couldn’t ignore the low-capacity bobber market being driven by urban hipsters.
There is no word yet on how much they will cost, nor any confirmation on which model we will get, or both!
Basically it’s a Honda Rebel with a bit of a Yamaha Bolt make-over.
In fact, it’s as if they are driving home the similarity with the Yamaha Bolt with its digital single-dial instruments with a LCD display.
This is how Honda sees it: “The CMX is a progressive new custom bobber that fuses tradition with ground-breaking new ideas and perspectives while offering ample scope for owner customisation.”
In other words, it’s fairly basic so you can customise it. we’re figuring the first thing to go would be the massive drain-pipe exhaust.
However, we’re not sure what is so “ground-breaking” about it.
The CMX looks pretty standard to us.
But it’s interesting that Honda actually points out that Prince rode a CM400A in the movie Purple Rain.
Honda is very short on tech specs.
The only things we know for sure is that it has fat 16-inch tyres, large-diameter wheels,690mm seat height and stamped-steel rear fender.
The Rebel 500 and 300 twins will be available in silver, red and black.