2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS MC Commute Review Photo Gallery

Honda beats the competition at its own game with this twin-cylinder Rebel 500 cruiser.

2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS MC Commute Review Photo Gallery

We review Honda’s handsome and more capable 2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS. (Adam Waheed/)We’re big fans of the Rebel 500’s aesthetic, including its peanut-shaped 3-gallon fuel tank.
We’re big fans of the Rebel 500’s aesthetic, including its peanut-shaped 3-gallon fuel tank. (Adam Waheed/)The Honda Rebel 500 ABS is outfitted with full LED lighting which helps it stand out on the road. We like the attention to detail, including the round-shaped turn signals.
The Honda Rebel 500 ABS is outfitted with full LED lighting which helps it stand out on the road. We like the attention to detail, including the round-shaped turn signals. (Adam Waheed/)Height-challenged riders will appreciate the Rebel’s ultra-low seat height. Our test bike was outfitted with a “custom” seat ($64.95) and 3.7-gallon capacity zip-able saddlebag ($175.90 with mount), both available as OE accessories.
Height-challenged riders will appreciate the Rebel’s ultra-low seat height. Our test bike was outfitted with a “custom” seat ($64.95) and 3.7-gallon capacity zip-able saddlebag ($175.90 with mount), both available as OE accessories. (Adam Waheed/)The Honda Rebel is an exceptionally thin motorcycle and easy to straddle. The handlebar offers a pleasing bend but is a tad narrow for our taste.
The Honda Rebel is an exceptionally thin motorcycle and easy to straddle. The handlebar offers a pleasing bend but is a tad narrow for our taste. (Adam Waheed/)The Rebel 500 is powered by Honda’s 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin. It produces 90% of its torque peak from as low as 2,400 rpm as measured on our dyno.
The Rebel 500 is powered by Honda’s 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin. It produces 90% of its torque peak from as low as 2,400 rpm as measured on our dyno. (Adam Waheed/)The Rebel 500 rolls on 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Sturdy hydraulic disc brakes, with fixed, always-on ABS do a fine job of slowing down the 414-pound Rebel.
The Rebel 500 rolls on 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Sturdy hydraulic disc brakes, with fixed, always-on ABS do a fine job of slowing down the 414-pound Rebel. (Adam Waheed/)LED lighting is a big upgrade for the Rebel. We’re impressed by how bright the headlamp is after dark. Also of note is the accessory headlight cowl ($95.95).
LED lighting is a big upgrade for the Rebel. We’re impressed by how bright the headlamp is after dark. Also of note is the accessory headlight cowl ($95.95). (Adam Waheed/)A tasteful round face instrument panel fits the vibe, however it is a tad dim during day rides. Conversely at night, it’s bright and easier to read. We appreciate Honda adding a gear position indicator and fuel gauge.
A tasteful round face instrument panel fits the vibe, however it is a tad dim during day rides. Conversely at night, it’s bright and easier to read. We appreciate Honda adding a gear position indicator and fuel gauge. (Adam Waheed/)The Rebel uses mid-mount foot controls with decent sized footpegs. The riding position is a tad cramped for riders taller than six-foot.
The Rebel uses mid-mount foot controls with decent sized footpegs. The riding position is a tad cramped for riders taller than six-foot. (Adam Waheed/)The Rebel 500 uses a traditional mechanical key located on the left side of the motorcycle. The steering column can also be locked.
The Rebel 500 uses a traditional mechanical key located on the left side of the motorcycle. The steering column can also be locked. (Adam Waheed/)The swept back muffler delivers a pleasing exhaust note for a motorcycle of its size. A passenger seat and foot controls can be added for an upcharge.
The swept back muffler delivers a pleasing exhaust note for a motorcycle of its size. A passenger seat and foot controls can be added for an upcharge. (Adam Waheed/)Honda’s 2020 Rebel 500 ABS strikes a hard bargain. Its MSRP has only increased $200 since it was fully redesigned three years ago.
Honda’s 2020 Rebel 500 ABS strikes a hard bargain. Its MSRP has only increased $200 since it was fully redesigned three years ago. (Adam Waheed/)
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2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS MC Commute Review

Honda beats the competition at its own game with this twin-cylinder Rebel 500 cruiser.

2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS MC Commute Review

Honda’s Rebel cruiser was the gateway for many into the rip-roaring and fun world of motorcycling. For 2020, Honda has outfitted its budget-friendly Rebel 300 and 500 with a handful of improvements aimed at making it a more competent steed for new and experienced riders alike, as we’ve learned after spending a few hundred miles riding it.


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We review Honda’s handsome and more capable 2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS. (Adam Waheed/)

Editor’s Note: We’ve outlined the technical changes in the . Finally, we swing a leg over it in this review.

We’re big fans of the Rebel 500’s aesthetic, including its peanut-shaped 3-gallon fuel tank.
We’re big fans of the Rebel 500’s aesthetic, including its peanut-shaped 3-gallon fuel tank. (Adam Waheed/)

Make no mistake about it, the 2020 Rebel 500 ABS ($6,909.70 as tested) is the motorcycle its Bar & Shield foe should have built years ago. Styling-wise, it is especially handsome in its Matte Blue Jeans Metallic colorway. It’s a tasteful color that appears modern and shows off its well-proportioned lines, metal rear fender, and peanut-shaped 3.0-gallon fuel tank. Full LED lighting helps the Rebel stand out in traffic and the four-element headlamp throws off a bright beam of light for after-hours rides. Other optional styling touches include the accessory fork boots ($29.95), headlight cowl ($95.95), and quilted rider custom seat ($64.95).

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The Honda Rebel 500 ABS is outfitted with full LED lighting which helps it stand out on the road. We like the attention to detail, including the round-shaped turn signals.
The Honda Rebel 500 ABS is outfitted with full LED lighting which helps it stand out on the road. We like the attention to detail, including the round-shaped turn signals. (Adam Waheed/)

If you’re a height-challenged rider, then you’re going to appreciate straddling the Rebel. With a seat height just over 2 feet, it’s a motorcycle that nearly anyone can feel comfortable riding. The seat pan is form-fitting which helps keep the rider in position during acceleration and braking.

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Height-challenged riders will appreciate the Rebel’s ultra-low seat height. Our test bike was outfitted with a “custom” seat ($64.95) and 3.7-gallon capacity zip-able saddlebag ($175.90 with mount), both available as OE accessories.
Height-challenged riders will appreciate the Rebel’s ultra-low seat height. Our test bike was outfitted with a “custom” seat ($64.95) and 3.7-gallon capacity zip-able saddlebag ($175.90 with mount), both available as OE accessories. (Adam Waheed/)

Mid-mount footpegs, with large rubber inserts, come with an upright, albeit narrow handlebar. If you want to bring a passenger, Honda sells an OE passenger seat and footpeg kit for an upcharge. The clutch and brake lever lack adjustment, but their reach is oriented toward riders with small- to medium-sized hands (good thing). Clutch lever pull is so light, you can actuate the clutch with a pinky.

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The Honda Rebel is an exceptionally thin motorcycle and easy to straddle. The handlebar offers a pleasing bend but is a tad narrow for our taste.
The Honda Rebel is an exceptionally thin motorcycle and easy to straddle. The handlebar offers a pleasing bend but is a tad narrow for our taste. (Adam Waheed/)

On the road the Rebel’s 471cc water-cooled parallel twin delivers respectable oomph away from stoplights along with a respectable growl out from its black swept-back muffler. It pumps out nearly 41 hp at the 16-inch Dunlop back tire and 90 percent of peak torque from as low as 2,400 rpm. There is a degree of vibration felt through the controls, but we wouldn’t deem it excessive. The slick-shifting six-speed gearbox complements the engine’s powerband well, and a slipper-action clutch prevents instability if you downshift into too low of a gear for vehicle speed.

The Rebel 500 is powered by Honda’s 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin. It produces 90% of its torque peak from as low as 2,400 rpm as measured on our dyno.
The Rebel 500 is powered by Honda’s 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin. It produces 90% of its torque peak from as low as 2,400 rpm as measured on our dyno. (Adam Waheed/)

A tasteful round-face gauge keeps tabs on bike vitals and now includes a handy gear position indicator as well as a fuel gauge. More experienced riders may gripe there isn’t a tachometer, we wouldn’t deem it a deal breaker. Our testbike was outfitted with Honda’s 12-volt Accessory Socket ($43.95) which allows you to power a GPS or other compatible device.

The Rebel 500 rolls on 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Sturdy hydraulic disc brakes, with fixed, always-on ABS do a fine job of slowing down the 414-pound Rebel.
The Rebel 500 rolls on 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Sturdy hydraulic disc brakes, with fixed, always-on ABS do a fine job of slowing down the 414-pound Rebel. (Adam Waheed/)

More heavy-duty suspension is a welcome upgrade with damping that is more calculated and precise feeling than we recall on the 2017–2019 model. This nets a more regal-feeling ride over bumps and turns alike. Ground clearance is more limited as compared to more sporty machines, but the Rebel has enough cornering clearance for occasional cloverleaf strafing missions. A pair of hydraulic disc brakes with ABS keep speed in check and are matched well to its 414-pound curb weight.

LED lighting is a big upgrade for the Rebel. We’re impressed by how bright the headlamp is after dark. Also of note is the accessory headlight cowl ($95.95).
LED lighting is a big upgrade for the Rebel. We’re impressed by how bright the headlamp is after dark. Also of note is the accessory headlight cowl ($95.95). (Adam Waheed/)

Those seeking a well-engineered and affordable small-displacement cruiser won’t do better than Honda’s 2020 Rebel 500. Polished in every way, the 500 has enough power to satisfy more experienced urban riders yet is well suited for those looking to get into motorcycling without the worry of having to upgrade to a bigger motorcycle after a few months of fun.

A tasteful round face instrument panel fits the vibe, however it is a tad dim during day rides. Conversely at night, it’s bright and easier to read. We appreciate Honda adding a gear position indicator and fuel gauge.
A tasteful round face instrument panel fits the vibe, however it is a tad dim during day rides. Conversely at night, it’s bright and easier to read. We appreciate Honda adding a gear position indicator and fuel gauge. (Adam Waheed/)

Gear Box

Helmet: Shoei RF-SR

Jacket: Rev’It Hudson

Gloves: Racer Guide

Pant: Rev’It Austin

Boots: TCX X-Cube

2020 Honda Rebel 500 ABS Technical Specifications And Price

Price $6,909.70 as tested
Engine 471cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI
Clutch Assist-slipper clutch
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/O-ring sealed chain
Frame Tubular steel
Front Suspension 41mm fork, 4.8-in. travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks, 3.8-in. travel
Front Brake Hydraulic disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake Hydraulic disc w/ ABS
Tires, Front/Rear Dunlop; 130/90-16 / 150/80-16
Rake/Trail 28.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Seat Height 27.2 in
Fuel Capacity 3.0 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight 414 lb.
Warranty 1 year, unlimited mileage
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Contact powersports.honda.com/
The Rebel uses mid-mount foot controls with decent sized footpegs. The riding position is a tad cramped for riders taller than six-foot.
The Rebel uses mid-mount foot controls with decent sized footpegs. The riding position is a tad cramped for riders taller than six-foot. (Adam Waheed/)The Rebel 500 uses a traditional mechanical key located on the left side of the motorcycle. The steering column can also be locked.
The Rebel 500 uses a traditional mechanical key located on the left side of the motorcycle. The steering column can also be locked. (Adam Waheed/)The swept back muffler delivers a pleasing exhaust note for a motorcycle of its size. A passenger seat and foot controls can be added for an upcharge.
The swept back muffler delivers a pleasing exhaust note for a motorcycle of its size. A passenger seat and foot controls can be added for an upcharge. (Adam Waheed/)Honda’s 2020 Rebel 500 ABS strikes a hard bargain. Its MSRP has only increased $200 since it was fully redesigned three years ago.
Honda’s 2020 Rebel 500 ABS strikes a hard bargain. Its MSRP has only increased $200 since it was fully redesigned three years ago. (Adam Waheed/)
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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