The Honda Rebel 300 is an entry-level cruiser, the little sibling to the Honda Rebel 500, and very little sibling to the 2021 Honda Rebel 1100. It has a 286cc, four-stroke, water-cooled single-cylinder engine which powers the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission and a chain drive.
The Rebel 300 is a very accessible bike. It has a very low 690mm (27.2 inch) seat height, and modest powerband that will get you going around town but will be singing a little high on the highway. It’ll cruise quite happily at 120 km/h or 75 mph on a flat, which isn’t bad for a little single!
Also, maintaining the Rebel 300 is dead easy. One cylinder; who needs more?
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What you need to service the Honda Rebel 300
Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service your Honda Rebel 300.
|Part||Honda CB300F and Rebel 300 spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, such as Pro Honda GN4 10W-30. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Oil filter||Use Hiflofiltro HF103 for the oil filter as a high-quality drop-in replacement (People prefer Hiflofiltro to K&N in recent years for oil filters).|
|Air filter||You can use the K&N air filter as an easy-to-find replacement. Part number is K&N HA-2513.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part SIMR8A9.|
|Chain maintenance||To maintain your chain, Motul chain paste is quite well-liked. There’s also the Motul chain care kit which is affordable and good (it includes a brush, gloves, and cleaning solution)|
|Brake fluid||You can use any fluid, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Brake pads (front)||EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA196HH.|
|Brake pads (rear)||EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA496HH.|
|Coolant||Use Zerex G05, which is based on ethylene glycol, with corrosion inhibitors|
|Grease||Stock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicon grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.|
Honda Rebel 300 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Rebel 300.
Servicing the Rebel 300 is cheap and easy. You inspect the valves — all four of them, on the one cylinder — every 16,000 miles or 14,000 km. It’s basically a naked bike, so everything’s there for you to see and work on. (Ed: I have to get me one of these! Well, maybe a 500. Or an 1100…)
Honda marks the rough difficulty level of each maintenance procedure (in the “Dif.” column)
- X: Intermediate. “We recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled.”
- XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”
Of course, use your own judgment.
- I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
|x 1000 mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||Dif.||1||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Every|
|Air Cleaner (K&N HA-2513)||R||R|
|Spark Plugs (NGK SIMR8A9)||I||32K mi (51.2K km)|
|Engine Oil (Honda oil, e.g. Pro Honda GN4)||R||R||R||R||1 Year, R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF103)||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant (Honda Coolant)||I||I||I||3 Years, R|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||X||I|
|Drive Chain (Motul chain care kit)||600 mi (1000 km): I L|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||2 years, R|
|Brake Pads Wear (FA196HH, FA496HH)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||X||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||XX||I||I||I|
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- Service the air filter more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas.
- Service the crankcase breather more frequently when riding in rain or at full throttle.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Rebel 300
The Honda Rebel 300 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, and the following recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||130/90-16M/C 67H||29 psi (200 kPa)|
|Rear||150/80-16M/C 71H||29 psi (200 kPa)|
The Rebel 300 ships with Dunlop D404 tyres stock.
About the Honda Rebel 300
The Honda Rebel 300 is a classically styled and practical cruiser, but with modern style elements and technology.
The Rebel 300 has a 286cc liquid-cooled 20-degree single-cylinder four-stroke engine with four valves in its one cylinder. It runs a very modest 10.7:1 compression ratio, and is of course fuel injected. You might recognise this engine from other “300” motorcycles from Honda, like the Honda CBR300R.
It’s a great entry-level bike, not just because of its modest power, but also because it has very low cost of ownership. It gently sips fuel and all the components — tyres, brake pads/rotors, and engine components — are low-cost.
Unlike many affordable bikes, the Rebel 300 has quite wide maintenance intervals. It’ll take a long time until you get to the first valve service — and it’ll be a doddle, and cheap to do.
Honestly every time I see a Rebel 300 or 500 I think to myself: Why aren’t I riding one of these?
The Rebel 300 puts power down via a six-speed transmission and a chain final drive. It’s geared very low — you’ll be out of first gear in no time!
The Rebel 300, like the 500, comes with optional ABS — though has been standard in many parts of the world.
Honda kept the Rebel 300 effectively the same every year since its launch, making only minor tweaks to things like suspension, and changing the colours/graphics, none of which affects maintenance.
Manual for the Honda Rebel 300
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2017 Honda Rebel 300, also consulting the earlier versions.
You can download it from here.