For years now the American side of the motorcycle industry has released different bikes in North America than in Europe. Just like any vehicle manufacturer, driver needs vary dependent upon the country in which they’re being sold. This is no different than with motorcycles; however to the dismay of many motorcyclists in the USA, we’re often left without such a wide range to choose from. It seems these days that “middle weight” bikes are no longer 500 or 600cc, but an average of 800cc or so. For many people, newer riders as well as petite ladies for example, these large engines could be just too cumbersome for the riders purpose. Whether it’s an excess of necessary power or the actual size and weight of the bike itself, many people are looking for more manageable motorcycles, less expensive and with a smaller engine displacement.
That’s where the new wave of little bikes is coming from. The long established Ninja 250 and similar bikes existed, sure… but where’s the fast, fun, light weight rides that you can feel secure about taking on higher speed freeways or out with a group of buddies on bigger bikes? The 2017 Honda Rebel in 300 and 500cc enters the fold among similar Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 (400cc), KTM Duke and RC 390, and others.