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Honda Rebel 500 Review: Features , Mileage , Colours , Specs and Price in India

Honda is planning to launch the Honda Rebel 500 in India by the end of 2024. This will be the Japanese brand’s first cruiser motorcycle in the country and is likely to be priced around Rs. 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom). 

Powering the Honda Rebel 500 is a liquid-cooled 471cc parallel-twin engine that produces 47.5PS and 43.3Nm of torque. It comes with a 6-speed transmission and is expected to deliver a mileage of around 26kmpl. Let’s take a detailed look at what this new cruiser from Honda has to offer.

Honda Rebel 500 Design and Styling

The Rebel 500 has a minimalist retro design language that gives it a very appealing and likeable look. Up front, you get a circular headlight surrounded by chunky cowls and turn signals. The fuel tank has a simple shape but looks quite masculine. 

The seat has been lowered to just 690mm for easy accessibility. Finished in a crisp matte black, the frame and other mechanical parts are also aesthetically appealing. At the rear, the sleek tail light and number plate housing complete the look. Overall, the Honda Rebel 500 exudes a very charming neo-retro cruiser design.

Engine and Performance

Powering the Rebel 500 is a liquid-cooled 471cc parallel-twin engine that produces a maximum power output of 47.5PS at 8,500rpm and peak torque of 43.3Nm at 6,000rpm. This engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission with a slip and assist clutch for smooth gearshifts.

While the power and torque outputs may not seem overwhelming on paper, in the real world the Honda Rebel 500 should offer relaxed and easy to handle performance characteristics ideal for a cruiser. Honda claims a fuel efficiency figure of 26kmpl for the Honda Rebel 500.

Handling and Suspension

The Honda Rebel 500 gets conventional telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The front forks are 41mm in diameter while the rear mono-shock units come with preload adjustability. Braking duties are handled by disc brakes on both wheels and the Rebel 500 gets a dual-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard for maximum safety.

The seat height of 690mm makes the Honda Rebel 500 very accessible even for riders on the shorter side. All of this translates into a comfortable and relaxed ride character suited for long hauls.

Braking and Safety

Honda has equipped the Honda Rebel 500 with disc brakes on both wheels. The front gets a 296mm disc brake while the rear gets a 240mm disc brake. To ensure maximum braking performance and rider safety, Honda is offering a dual-channel ABS as standard. 

Add to that the low seat height and features like the slipper clutch, and the Honda Rebel 500 shapes up as a very confidence-inspiring and safe cruiser motorcycle.

Mileage and Fuel Efficiency

Honda claims a fuel economy figure of 26kmpl for the Honda Rebel 500. This is good for a 500cc cruiser motorcycle. In the real world, riders can expect to get around 22-24kmpl under mixed riding conditions depending on riding style. The 11.2-liter fuel tank should allow the Honda Rebel 500 a riding range of around 250-300km in one full tank.

Features and Convenience

In terms of features, the Honda Rebel 500 gets an all-digital LCD instrument console with readout for speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge and other tell-tale lights. It will also offer convenience features like a low fuel indicator and integrated turn-by-turn navigation that can be paired through Bluetooth via Honda’s proprietary helmet.

Color Options

The Honda Rebel 500 will be available in a range of four stylish color options in India – red, blue, grey and black.

Price and Availability

Honda is expected to launch the Honda Rebel 500 in India by mid-2024. It will be positioned as an premium entry-level cruiser motorcycle. According to our estimates, Honda will price the Honda Rebel 500 around the Rs. 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom) mark putting it against slower, lower spec cruisers from Royal Enfield but below the Kawasaki Vulcan S and Harley Street 750.

Competition and Rivals

Some of the direct competitors for the upcoming Honda Rebel 500 include the Royal Enfield shortgun 650, Kawasaki Vulcan S, and Harley Street 750. Within India, it will rival the Royal Enfield shortgun 650 in terms of pricing though the Interceptor offers more displacement at 650cc. The Kawasaki Vulcan S and Harley Street 750, on the other hand, are more premium offerings but do not achieve the price to spec sweet spot of the Honda Rebel 500.

Conclusion

With an appealing design, adequate cruiser-style performance, comprehensive features and safety net of ABS, the Honda Rebel 500 shapes up as a very attractive package overall for the premium entry-level cruiser segment in India. 

Its expected pricing is also well-judged to undercut slightly more premium offerings while achieving a price-to-spec sweet spot. Honda does have an opportunity here to shake up the growing cruiser segment in India with the launch of the Honda Rebel 500.

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