Manufactured on and off since the mid-1980s, the Honda Rebel arrived at the 2005 model year marking its 20th year anniversary. Only one model was produced, with a Black or Candy Orange color finish. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price that Japanese automaker Honda set for the 2005 Honda Rebel was $3,099.
Designed and classified as a cruiser, the Honda Rebel has always been targeted towards a younger audience, which is what the name suggests. The 2005 edition was no different. The bike is made of sturdy steel, with a two-piece vinyl seat for accommodating the driver and a passenger; and a kick stand provides the bike’s parking ability.
For power, the 2005 Honda Rebel relies on a four-stroke, air-cooled, parallel twin (two-cylinder) engine that displaces at 234 cubic centimeters and uses a single overhead camshaft valve train. It generates up to 16.1 horsepower and 12.4 pound-feet of torque, has a bore and stroke of 2.09 x 2.09 inches (53 x 53 millimeter) and a compression ratio of 9.2 to 1. A 26-mm carburetor fuels the engine, and an electric starter goes on each bike for ignition.
The engine on each 2005 Honda Rebel is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. With this powertrain – as well as a 2.6-gallon (9.8-liter) gas tank – the bike can get a fuel economy of up to 63 miles per gallon. Also, the 2005 Rebel can achieve a top speed of up to 70 miles per hour.
The 2005 Honda Rebel uses a front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layout for its stopping power: not as effective as all-wheel disc brakes, but certainly superior to all-wheel drum brakes. The suspension consists of a 1.3-inch (33-mm) telescopic fork and a twin-sided swing arm with two shock absorbers. Tubed tires are wrapped around an 18-inch steel wheel, placed at the front of the bike, and a 15-inch wheel, placed at the back.
The digital instrumentation on the 2005 Honda Rebel consists of a trip odometer and a speedometer. A halogen headlight and a pair of rearview mirrors are installed to enhance visibility for driving.
Each 2005 Honda Rebel has a wheelbase of 57.1 inches (1,450.3 mm) and seat height of 26.6 inches (675.6 mm). The weight for the bike is estimated at 306.4 lbs. (139 kilograms) when dry; when wet, it can weigh up to 320 lbs. (145 kg).
The 2005 Honda Rebel is not a bad cruiser – its power, braking, handling and driving range are serviceable, if not outstanding. However, considering the significant technological advances the cruiser market adopted in the years since its debut, the 2005 Rebel was far from the Rebel Honda marketed it as back in 1985.