The Honda Rebel has been the go-to motorcycle for beginners for decades. Honda redesigned the Rebel in 2017 giving it two fuel-injected engines, both of which are larger, a more modern cruiser-style look, and just general updates that the model hadn't gotten for years.
I've written about the new Honda Rebel before so feel free to check out that article. With the newer Rebel's engines and price point comes a question, what are the Honda Rebel's competitors?
It used to be easy. Anything with 250cc and a cruiser style was a competitor, but now with the 300 and 500 engine in the rebel there's a slightly different crop of bikes. Still, it's pretty much any smaller cruiser. All of these bike are suitable motorcycles for beginner riders, so if the Rebel doesn't pique your interest, maybe one of its competitors will.
I love motorcycles that are kind of weird. Bikes that make you do a double take. That's exactly what Thrive Motorcycle's T-005 Cross made me do. It's based on a Yamaha Scorpio 255, this build takes the pretty normal-looking motorcycle and turns it into an awesome boxy-shaped, two-wheeled, military-grade-looking machine.
If you love the Triumph Bonneville, you have to see this custom from Droog Moto. Based on a 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100, the build is a raw minimalist take on the classic lines of the bike.
Built by the husband and wife team of Doog Moto, this is a true masterpiece that would look right at home off the beaten track or in some kind of apocalypse landscape. It's tough, rugged, and seriously cool.
Motorcycle manufacturers often team up with professional designers to make kick ass custom creations. The bike shown above is the Rural Racer Project crafted by Yamaha Motorcycles and Oregon-based design firm Velomacchi. It's a bike based on the XSR700 platform designed to show both companies' roots in moto heritage, and it's a true work of art.
One of the first motorcycles I fell in love with is the Honda CA77 Dream 305 from the 1960s. I remember seeing a guy ride one around my hometown of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It was black like the one show in the photos.
I asked my dad what it was (I was about 9 years old at the time) and he replied simply, "That's the Dream." He didn't realize how true his words were. Since that day I've always wanted one of these bikes.