The Rebel, Honda’s 500 cc parallel twin-cylinder compact cruiser benefits from revised suspension, full LED lighting, a new gear position indicator, slipper clutch and more comfortable seat. The Rebel 300 receives the same updates.
Development of the Rebel began in North America, with an outlook geared toward firing the imagination of a younger generation of riders in a different way to traditional cruiser motorcycles. The Rebel 500 is powered by a 471 cc parallel twin-cylinder engine and the Rebel 300 by a 286 cc single-cylinder engine, with strong bottom end torque and a smooth and linear power delivery. It’s also slim, with a low seat height and therefore easy to manage at low speeds. The riding position is relaxed and neutral, with gently outstretched arms matched to mid-mounted footpegs.
The Rebel’s tubular steel frame draws fresh, contemporary lines into stripped-back, fat-tire ‘bobber’ style and is blacked out to the maximum, with the minimum of paint.
For 2020, the Rebel gets more comfort and practicality thanks to a revised seat and suspension settings, plus a gear position indicator. Both the headlight and tail-light are new, and the addition of new LED indicators means all lighting is now LED.
The Rebel is available in the following colour options:
• **NEW** Mat Jeans Blue Metallic
• Mat Axis Grey Metallic
• Graphite Black
The pillion pad and rear footpegs come standard on the Rebel 500, and for 2020, the accessories line-up has been boosted, with new rear rack, backrest, tank pads and meter visor; a nylon saddlebag option is also now available alongside the existing leather ones.
The Rebel 300 also receives an assist slipper clutch for 2020.