Instilling rider confidence since 1985, the Honda Rebel 250 was the start of the manufacturer’s control over the beginner cruiser market. The Rebel was and still is a hit among riders because of its approachable power, low seat height, and nimble handling. As is the case with the Rebel 300, the 2020 Honda Rebel 500′s engine remains unchanged, but has other updates that continue to make it a go-to for beginner, shorter, returning, or women riders everywhere.
We slung a leg over the cruiser to find that it “carries its weight down low, which makes not only picking it up off the stand easy but taking the twisties with confidence as well. Hitting the crest of the turns the bike was planted thanks to its low center of gravity and the power pulled it out of the turns with a tame sweep that was confidence inspiring.”
While the 2020 Honda Rebel First Look provides the latest information about the beloved beginner cruiser models, the price is now revealed to be $6,199, which has increased by $200 since the 2017 revision. Spinning its 2020 wheels on our in-house rear wheel dyno, we found the 500 to produce 40.8 hp at 7,900 rpm and 29.9 pound-feet at 6,300 rpm. Competition includes the Indian Scout Sixty, Yamaha Bolt, or Royal Enfield INT650.
Like the 2020 Honda 300, the 500 has an easier clutch lever pull thanks to the assist and slipper clutch. The suspension’s spring rates have been stiffened, suspension oil levels have been revised, and the suspension also receives updated bumper rubber. The thickness and the density of the seat have also increased comfort levels. The LED headlight has been repositioned and reshaped. It is also paired to new LED turn signals and a redesigned LED taillight. The available colorways to choose from are Matte Armored Silver, Matte Blue Jeans Metallic, and Graphite Black.