Honda is working on 250cc and 500cc scramblers.
New Honda CL250 and CL500 Scramblers – Overview
Two new scrambler motorcycles based on the Rebel 250 and Rebel 500 models are rumoured to be in the works.
These motorcycles are likely to be known as the CL250 and CL 500, and Autoby, a Japanese journal, has created a rendering of what these upcoming models would look like.
The CL nametag is an excellent choice because it resembles the CL72 250cc scrambler and the CL450K1 444 cc scrambler from the 1960s.
However, the Rebel 250 and Rebel 500’s chassis are primarily welded together and appear cruiser-specific; thus, it would take substantial remodelling to accommodate a scrambler-style motorbike.
The Rebel 250’s 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which produces 26hp at 9,500rpm and 22Nm of torque at 7,750rpm, is slated to power the smaller variant.
The giant bike, dubbed the CL500, will be powered by a 471cc parallel-twin engine derived from the Honda Rebel 500, which delivers 44.9hp at 8,500rpm and 44.6Nm at 6,000rpm.
The CL250 is projected to break cover by the end of this year, with the CL500 following early next year. These two should enable the Japanese company to compete worldwide for a slice of the lucrative scrambler pie.
As a result, the Honda stable now lacks a scrambler, but the addition of these two motorcycles should rectify that.
With scramblers becoming more popular in India, we’re seeing more and more of these machines on the more cheap end of the spectrum, and Honda could do well to respond with its product.