ESCAPE THE ORDINARY
The Honda Rebel 500 is a bike that breaks out from the world of traditional motorcycle style and escapes from the boring boulevard drone. It all starts with a narrow 471cc twin-cylinder engine with plenty of user-friendly power. The blacked-out look; light weight; and low seat height are winners everywhere; and features like Honda’s slip/assist clutch help make riding more enjoyable. And where some cruiser-class bikes are only fun if you ride slow; the Rebel 500 is happy to kick it up a notch. You can even get anti-lock brakes. Plus; for 2021; we’ve added fresh new colors; and our new Rebel 500 ABS SE; a version that comes with a selection of some of our most popular accessories; pre-installed; like our Black Diamond-Stitch Seat; Black Fork Boots and Covers; and a Black Headlight Cowl. So don’t let anyone put you into a cage—discover a new Rebel 500 and escape the ordinary.
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The Rebel is a blank canvas for your self expression. But unlike the canvas you buy at the art store; this one’s not boring white. As is; its blacked-out engine pieces; frame; and bodywork elements look great during the day and even better at night.
When it comes to seat heights; almost everyone likes them lower. At just 27.2 inches; the Rebel has one of the lowest seats in anyone’s lineup. It’s comfortable when you ride; and it makes it easier to flat-foot it at stoplights or in parking lots.
Developed and perfected in Honda’s racing machines; the slipper/assist clutch means you get a lighter clutch pull at the lever; but a solid lockup when you release the lever and apply power. It’s technology that reduces clutch effort at the bar by about 30 percent.
Twin-cylinder engines are a great choice for a machine like the Rebel 500. Honda twins are famous for their versatility; and the 471cc Rebel 500’s engine is one of our best ever. The parallel-twin engine is narrow; which helps reduce overall bike size. Plus it offers lots of low-rpm torque; but plenty of higher-rpm performance.