All blacked out, so much for high visibility and safety. Even with added color not enough to make it a good looking bike.
I love the larger engines, and six speed tranny, not so keen on water cooled motor let alone the big fat tires. Still chain drive---most these days are belts so that is a surprise too. Just really shocked me that this is how Honda thought their loyal followers wanted them to go. Pretty sad in my opinion.
Glad I bought my 2015 when I did. WOW! What do you all think about the big announcement today?
IMHO, I think the bikes are kind fugly, but that's just me. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that will love them. And my 2005 Rebel is 'all blacked out'. That's the way it came. Not a whole lot of chrome on it.
I, for one, am pretty happy with the new engine. They had to go to it to meet new emissions standards. The bike will run cooler, and when you're sitting in stop and go traffic and its 102F out, you won't really have to worry about your engine overheating and suffering an early death. I have 6 water cooled Honda's: 2) NT700's, CB500X, CBR250R, NC700X, VT750. Oil changes are every 8000 miles vs, what, 2500 for the Rebel? (And how many people on this board alone say that the recommended interval is too long?) . And its so much easier to do them (well, except for the fairing plastic on the CBR). And another nice thing, excepting the CBR, all the other ones use the same oil filter.
I have several chain bikes and several shaft bikes. Pluses and minuses to each. The 750 Shadow has a shaft drive, yet the chain drive 600 Shadow out performs it.
Valve checks? Its a PITA on the NT's, but the interval is pretty long, and I've only had to do initial adjustments on the NC and the CB. Not so for the Rebel.
Mileage. We took the Rebel and the CB500 on a short 500 mile trip. The CB got better mileage than the Rebel did. Even the NC700 does better.
I don't much care for the fatter tires, but, there are ways around that.
Don't get me wrong. I love my little Rebel. I've put over 30,000 miles on it. It has never let me down. But lets face it. It has been in serious need of an upgrade for 20 years. I do wish , though, that they could have made a less ugly bike to wrap around the upgrades. I would have considered the 300. But... ugh.