Honda Rebel gets updates for 2020

The A2 friendly Honda Rebel gets a host of new updates for 2020, including slipper clutch, LED lighting, a new exhaust and a higher spec ‘S’ version

Honda CMX500 Rebel 2020

THE 2020 Honda Rebel has been unveiled at the EICMA show in Italy tonight, alongside a raft of updates to the machine it also gets joined by a higher spec ‘S’ version.

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As with the first version of Honda’s A2 friendly cruiser, the younger rider is firmly in the crosshairs of this 471cc parallel twin-cylinder machine. For 2020 the focus has been on refining the machine and meeting the latest Euro5 regulations.

To do that Honda has had to re-engineer the bike’s exhaust, with the spent gases flowing from a 2-into-1 system that has a separate catalyst and resonator set up. Other engine mods include a slipper clutch which should provide slick shifting via the six-speed gearbox.

Other additions to the 2020 model are the LED lighting, a gear position indicator, and a revised and more comfortable seat.

Honda Rebel S (2020) features

For 2020 the Rebel will not be stepping into the A2 arena alone, as Honda has also pulled the covers off a new, higher spec version of the machine in the form of the Rebel S. The two bike differ in that the S model features some of the items from the extensive Honda Rebel accessory catalogue fitted as standard.

The bike, pictured above, features a headlight cowl, all-black fork covers and gaiters, a diamond-stitched seat and all the updates mentioned above on the standard bike.

Pricing for these is TBC as it stands – we’ll be on the Honda stand tomorrow to ask the UK team what they will be.

Honda CMX500 Rebel (2020) specs

ENGINE

Type

Liquid-cooled, DOHC

Engine Displacement (cm³)

471cc

No. of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

67 x 66.8

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Max. Power Output

34kW/8,500rpm

Max. Torque

43.3Nm/6,000rpm

Oil Capacity

3.2 litres

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI

Fuel Tank Capacity

11.2L

Fuel consumption

27km/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V

ACG Output

0.5kW

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet multiplate

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

Type

Steel Diamond

CHASSIS

Dimensions (LxWxH) mm

2,205 x 820 x 1,090

Wheelbase

1490mm

Caster Angle

28°

Trail

110

Seat Height

690mm

Ground Clearance

125mm

Kerb Weight

191kg

Turning radius

2.8m

SUSPENSION

Type Front

41mm Telescopic forks

Type Rear

Showa twin shock

WHEELS

Rim Size Front

16M/C x MT3.00

Rim Size Rear

16M/C x MT3.50

Tyres Front

130/90-16M/C 67H

Tyres Rear

150/80-16M/C 71H

BRAKES

ABS System Type

Two channel

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

Digital

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

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