If recently-unearthed Honda patents are an accurate prediction of the future, we’ll see a Rebel-based scrambler soon.
The patent drawings (we saw ’em on BikeSocial) show a retro-tastic street scrambler bike based on the existing Honda Rebel chassis, with a low, straight seat and high-mounted exhaust. It’s running the same parallel twin (actually 471 cc) as the Rebel 500, although it’s possible we’d also see a 300 (actually 286 cc) single-cylinder version as well. That’s not likely, though.
The frame is pretty much the same, with just a few tweaks to accommodate different control mounts, and different seat position.
Given the value-priced nature of the entire 500 line, the Rebel-based scrambler would no doubt come to market with a significantly lower MSRP than almost any other retro bike, including the Ducati Scrambler series and Yamaha’s XSR model. It would bridge the gap between micro-retros (Suzuki VanVan 200, Sym Wolf 150) and the larger retros, which start around the 700 cc mark. Cheaper insurance would be a side benefit.
Mind you, this patent is no confirmation of production—but it sure does give hope to hipsters and other lovers of the scrambler aesthetic.