2020 Honda Rebel 500 Review – How Good It Really Is?

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Overall Ratings

Value for money:

In a Nutshell

Honda’s Rebel 500 gets a well deserved facelift for 2020 that makes it look cooler and fixes some of the issues the of the old model.

But the Rebel 500 is the same cool-looking beginner bike, with a bobber-inspired aspect, fat wheels and a nice riding position. We spent a week riding the new Honda Rebel in the city, and we also took it out for a longer ride. Watch our full review:

What We Liked

The Honda Rebel 500 is narrow and easy to ride. That makes it a very good city bike. It’s easy to turn it in tight spaces and you can do some scooter-style lane-splitting (if you’re allowed).

The engine feels very good. It’s the same parallel-twin unit used for the entire CB500 series, and it develops 45 horsepower. But it’s more than enough. You can easily ride it with 130 km/h on the highway and the maximum speed is 160 km/h. More than enough for a beginner bike.

The headlight looks better, especially with the front cowl covering it. The LED turning lights are looking better than before, and the fork covers are cool, too. The new Rebel 500 loos better than before.

The riding position is nice and natural. The ergonomics are just fine and everything it’s where it should be. However, the right leg is sitting right next to the clutch cover.

The new dash has a gear indicator and offers basic info, although it’s a bit hard to read it in the direct sunlight.

Among the updates we can find a revised fork – the bike is not wobbly anymore in the higher speed turns – and a slippery clutch, which is also very useful when donwn-shifting.

What We Disliked

It still feels a bit like a bin-part motorcycle. The horizontal radiator looks like it’s borrowed from the CB500, the exhaust doesn’t look good, and the fuel tank doesn’t seem to match the frame.

The rear suspension si very harsh when going over bumps, in and outside the city.

Honda’s original accessories catalogue doesn’t offer a enough custom parts for this kind of bike.

Raw Data

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Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 litres
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.2L
Fuel consumption 27km/litre
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V
ACG Output 0.5kW
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel Diamond
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm 2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase 1490mm
Caster Angle 28°
Trail 110
Seat Height 690mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 191kg
Turning radius 2.8m
Type Front 41mm Telescopic forks
Type Rear Showa twin shock
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front 130/90-16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear 150/80-16M/C 71H
ABS System Type Two channel
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

8 thoughts on “2020 Honda Rebel 500 Review – How Good It Really Is?

  1. About parts, that 100% true, I just bought this bike and I though that Honda would offer more parts to customize the bike.

    You can find on externak websites but is not the same a guess

  2. Please tell some about that helmet you used in this video. that was more attractive, cool and dope then the bike. i also wanna have a helmet like this one, where do i get this?or is this a custom made helmet? if it is than make a video on it.it would be very grateful if u do so.

  3. I quite like the 2021 rebel 500. Not too slow that you can’t keep up with traffic but not too fast that a noob would feel scared to ride. Hell, it was my introduction to Motorcycle riding. It is also quite easy to manoeuvre while riding. Would probably keep it after I get my full licence as I don’t need a big and loud bike for me to be happy riding

  4. We have a 2021 500 Rebel. Felt it was better made and smooth running power band. We looked at and tested the Moto Guzzi 750, HD 883 and Royal Enfield 650. The Honda was the better riding and had more useful power Band,less vibrations and faster than the other 3 tested. Power to weight ratio and perfect Honda smoothness blew the others away!! Was doing a steady 85 mph on highway with no buzz or strain and it tracked great.

  5. I split lanes, ride wheelies on the freeway, cruise at 95 in school zones, I love riding next to cars in the hammer lanes. My Honda Rebel is the definition of Rebel.

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