2020 Honda Rebel 500 Is Euro 5 Compliant – Know Changes and Details
For many riders in their early 20s – Generation Z, who have grown up through the digital age – motorcycles mean so much more than just transport. They need to represent a lifestyle, an attitude, and allow them to express their own individual identity. These riders’ expectations are different to those of the motorcycling mainstream and the machines that speak to them reflect this. They have to fit in with their life but must also contain the potential for further individualisation.
Development of the Rebel began in North America, with an outlook geared toward firing the imagination of a younger generation of riders in a different way to traditional cruiser motorcycles. Powered by a 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, with strong bottom end torque and a smooth, linear power delivery, the Rebel is A2 licence friendly. It’s also slim, with a low seat height and therefore easy to manage at low speeds. The riding position is relaxed and neutral, with gently outstretched arms matched to mid-mounted footpegs.
The Rebel’s tubular steel frame draws fresh, contemporary lines into stripped-back, fat-tyred ‘bobber’ style. Blacked out to the maximum, with the minimum of paint, it also switches from solo-only to pillion-possible via two bolts.
For 2020, the Rebel gets more comfort and practicality thanks to a revised seat and suspension settings, plus a gear position indicator. Both the headlight and tail-light are new, and the addition of new LED indicators means all lighting is now LED. Refinements to the exhaust system, including a new exhaust sensor ensure the Rebel is fully Euro5 compliant.
Lean and low ‘bobber’ styling
All lighting now LED, including indicators
New Matte Jeans Blue Metallic colour
New gear position Indicator
New factory fitted accessory kit available
Negative LCD display with white backlight
Pillion pad and rear pegs easily removed for customisation
The Rebel is available in the following colour options:
**NEW** Matte Jeans Blue Metallic
Matte Axis Grey Metallic
Euro 5 compliant 471cc liquid cooled parallel twin
Torque heavy bottom-end output
New assist / slipper clutch
New LAF exhaust sensor helps meet Euro 5 regulations
A2 licence compatible
120mm ‘shotgun’ style exhaust
Low slung tubular steel frame
Revised fork and rear spring rates
Rear shock now nitrogen charged, with reshaped damper rubbers, for firmer action
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