» HONDA’S REBEL CRUISER
platform invites a younger market segment to easily customize.
Offered with either a 300cc or 500cc
engine, the Rebel is light, simple
and designed to be easy to work on,
another Honda product intended to
satisfy the small-engine crowd, joining various CB, CBR and CBX models
with the same displacement.
Honda’s message in introductory
and marketing collateral focuses on
fun and individual expression. The
company announced the Rebel will
be available in April with a base price
of $4,399 (300cc) or $5,999 (500cc).
Expect a slight price bump with
Honda has also reworked its lighter,
yet more powerful, CBR1000RR,
producing a serious jump in power-
to-weight ratio. A modern electronics
package with all of the user-selectable
settings will be available, plus a quick
shifter. An up-spec, homologated SP
model is also available, with optional
race kit for maximum performance.
The CBR600RR has also returned,
leaner and meaner, for track pursuits.
» TO AN UPDATED line of
adventure-style Versys models
Kawasaki has added a 300cc model
($5.399; $5,699 ABS). The 300 joins
the 650, 650 ABS and 1000 models
in the popular and com-
petitive consumer class.
Geared to the lightweight
and new rider classes,
the 300 has a friendly
powerband, and is nim-
ble and versatile. Kawasaki
also launched its Z650 naked bike (see
First Impression, page 27), covering
a class it has serviced well over the
years. The company has also reworked
its sportbike line. The limited global
production Ninja ZX-10RR has a new,
modified cylinder head, an updated
quick shifter, forged aluminum wheels
and high-performance Pirelli Dia-
blo Supercorsa tires. Kawasaki has
reworked the entire Ninja lineup, from
1000cc to 650cc to 300cc.
ble and versatile. Kawasaki Versys 300
> By Russell Evans
Honda’s new Rebel
is clearly aimed at
a young audience
as a platform for
sion from a full suite