Honda will soon launch its 500cc motorcycle lineup in Nepal. The list includes the CBR500R, CB500F, CB500X and Rebel 500. Of this list, the Rebel 500 is a mid-size cruiser and when launched in Nepal could be the only mid-capacity cruiser available in Nepal. Here is a closer look at the upcoming Rebel 500 via detailed images. The Honda Rebel 500 was first showcased at the 2019 EICMA motor show. It is a larger iteration of the Rebel 300 and carries the same design language.
The Rebel 500 is available in four shades: red, black, grey and blue. The rest of the frame, suspension, wheels and powertrain have been blacked out. It gets an old-school looking round headlamp but with LED lighting, The turn indicators get the LED treatment as well with the front ones having enclosed DRL's.The squarish LED tail lamp is inclosed into the number plate housing that also has the round turn indicators mounted on them. The fender carries the Rebel name in a subtle shade of black. The neo-retro theme has been carried out in the circular instrument console as well. It is a full-digital unit and shows the speed, gear position and fuel level.
The fuel tank gets a flush fitting aircraft type filler cap. It can hold 11.2 litres of fuel. The seat is wide and accomodating. Shorter riders will appreciate the low and accessible 690mm seat height. The 471cc liquid-cooled motor delivers 46.2PS and 43.3Nm of torque. It gets a six-speed gearbox. The current motor is Euro 4 compliant but we will get the Euro 5/BS6 compliant motor. The suspension setup includes 41mm telescopic forks and twin Showa shock absorbers. Interestingly the cruiser gets fat 16-inch wheels at both ends. Braking is via disc brakes on both ends with single channel ABS as standard. The Rebel 500 weighs 191kg (kerb) and has a ground clearance of 125mm. We expect the Honda Rebel 500 to be launched in Nepal by mid-2020.
The Honda Rebel 500 is built on a tubular steel frame with a 41mm telescopic front fork and twin Showa nitrogen-filled shock absorbers at the rear with 5-step preload adjustability. The frame is designed to be as narrow as possible around the rider’s inseam. This coupled with the low 690mm tall seat should make it easy to manoeuvre, especially for shorter riders. The subframe is a bolt-on cast aluminium unit. The pillion seat pad and footpegs can be removed if you want to give it a slightly different personality. The Honda Rebel 500 is loaded with modern features like an all-LED lighting system and a negative LCD instrument cluster. Apart from the regular trove of information like speed, odometer readings, tripmeter readings and time, the console also shows the gear position and fuel consumption. To complete the old-school feel, Honda has positioned the ignition key slot below the fuel tank, on the left side.