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The Rebel Has A New Rival! How Do They Compare?


The Rebel 300 goes up against a fellow bobber, the Hyosung GV300S

 

We like the idea of a 300cc cruiser, especially when it’s in a butch, urban-friendly form like a bobber. Which is why we’ve prayed long and hard for Honda to bring the Rebel 300 to India, and our prayers are now finally being answered. But the little Rebel could have a fight on its hands from the recently announced Hyosung GV300S Bobber. Let’s see how the two stack up on paper:

Powertrain

PERFORMANCE

Specifications

Honda Rebel 300

Hyosung GV300S Bobber

Engine

286cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve DOHC engine

296cc, V-twin, liquid and air-cooled, 8-valve SOHC engine

Bore x Stroke

76mm x 63mm

58mm x 56mm

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

11.8:1

Power

27.19PS

30PS @ 8,500rpm

Torque

27Nm

25.6Nm @ 6,500rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

When you think of a cruiser, you think of a nice, big V-twin motor. While it isn’t a very big engine, the GV300S’ extra cylinder gives it an advantage in terms of character and exhaust note. And while it uses its displacement advantage to come out on top in the power department, it loses out a little when it comes to torque. But since it’s a V-twin and its cylinder dimensions are far more square than the Rebel’s oversquare combustion chamber, peak figures should arrive earlier, increasing usability.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Honda Rebel 300

Hyosung GV300S

Frame

Double downtube cradle frame

Double downtube cradle frame with removable rear subframe

Suspension

F: 41mm conventional fork

R: Twin shock absorbers

F: 35mm conventional fork

R: Twin shock absorbers

Brakes

F: 296mm disc, 2-piston caliper

R: 240mm disc, single-piston caliper

F: 270mm disc, 4-piston caliper

R: 250mm disc, 2-piston caliper

Tyres

F: 130/90-16

R: 150/80-16

F: 120/80-16

R: 150/80-15

While both bikes are held together by similar frames, the Honda has an upper hand when it comes to cycle parts. Beefier suspension components, a larger front brake disc, chunkier rubber, and a larger rear wheel should mean a comfier and better riding experience than its Korean competitor. But the Hyosung’s 4-piston front caliper could translate to better brake bite and feel.

Dimensions & Weights

Specifications

Honda Rebel 300

Hyosung GV300S

Wheelbase

1,490mm

1,428mm

Rake/Trail

28 degrees/110mm

29 degrees/103.6mm

Ground clearance

150mm

150mm

Fuel tank capacity

11.2-litres

12.5-litres

Seat height

690mm

710mm

Kerb weight

168kg

169.5kg

Despite having a sharper rake angle than the GV, the Rebel actually has more trail, which combined with the considerably longer wheelbase, should make it the more stable motorcycle of the two. It’s also the friendlier, more welcoming option of the two, thanks to its lower seat height and slightly lighter weight. Its ultimate long-distance capabilities are a high priority though. The extra 1.3-litres offered by the Hyosung’s fuel-tank will help you cut down on the number of pit-stops on your journey.

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  • Smruti
    Smruti | 1 month ago Honda will never launch Rebel in india.they will only launch Activate BS6, BS7 ... 1 Reply
    Prashant
    Prashant | 1 month ago Nice comparison 0 Reply

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