Honda Rebel 300 To Challenge Royal Enfield’s Thump in India: Expected Launch Date, Price, Specs, Exhaust Note and Details

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It is no secret that Royal Enfield dominates the premium entry-level motorcycle segment in India. Their popularity will only follow an upwards trajectory with the introduction of the new Interceptor and Continental GT 650next year. Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India has been following these developments closely and according to reports, has patented the Honda Rebel 300 in India to challenge the thump’s dominance. On the other hand, the Bajaj-Triumph partnership too will dish out a mid-capacity retro-styled motorcycle by 2019, hoping to cash in on the popularity of such machines.

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Honda Rebel 300 Expected Price in India

Since the implementation of new BS-IV norms, the Honda CBR 250 has been absent from the bike maker’s portfolio in India. An ageing, but a fairly popular motorcycle, one would think that a bike maker like Honda would’ve been quick to bring in a replacement. However, that hasn’t happened, yet. If we allow our imaginary horses to run wild, it could well be the Rebel 300 which could go on and fill that vacuum. Various rumours and reports point towards an ex-showroom price of between INR 2.2 – 2.5 lakh for the cruiser.

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Honda Rebel 300 Expected Launch Date in India

While there isn’t any official confirmation about the development of the bike till date, we expect the motorcycle to arrive by late 2018 or in early 2019. Expect some news to break in at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few examples gracing their pavilion during the event.

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Honda Rebel 300 Specifications

Engine Type286cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke
Bore x Stroke76mm x 63mm
InductionPGM-Fi
IgnitionFull Transistorized Ignition
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Valve TrainDOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission6-speed
Power Output27.3 PS / 27 Nm
Front Suspension41mm Fork; 4.8 inch travel
Rear SuspensionDual Shocks with 3.8 inches travel
Front BrakeHydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Hydraulic Disc
Front Tire130/90 – 16
Rear Tire150/80 – 16
Seat Height27.2 inches
Curb Weight165 kg (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel)
Fuel Tank Capacity11.2 litres

Honda Rebel 300 Exhaust Note

 

Honda also offers customization options for the Rebel 300 in the form of accessories like a windscreen, saddlebags and a carrier rack. Expect the India-spec model to come with the pillion seat as standard.

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Whenever it arrives, it sure will be able to ruffle some feathers among established players in the segment. Maybe Honda could introduce a 500cc variant too. But that, only time will tell. Stay tuned!

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