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

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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

ENGINE
TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³)471
No. of Valves per Cylinder4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Max. Power Output34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity3.2 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
CarburationPGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity11.2L
Fuel consumption27km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
StarterElectric
Battery Capacity12V
ACG Output0.5kW
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch TypeWet multiplate
Transmission Type6-speed
Final DriveChain
FRAME
TypeSteel Diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase1490mm
Caster Angle28°
Trail110
Seat Height690mm
Ground Clearance125mm
Kerb Weight191kg
Turning radius2.8m
SUSPENSION
Type Front41mm Telescopic forks
Type RearShowa twin shock
WHEELS
Rim Size Front16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front130/90-16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear150/80-16M/C 71H
BRAKES
ABS System TypeTwo channel
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
InstrumentsDigital
HeadlightLED
TaillightLED

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One thought 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

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