Powered by the proven parallel twin-cylinder engine, the response is friendly, smooth and linear – ideal if your stepping up from a smaller bike. The riding position is relaxed as you sit, arms outstretched, into the low seat height, ready for the highway; it’s comfortable and easy to manage at low speeds too. Our demonstrator now includes a fitted Lextek exhaust system for an awesome test ride experience on one of the coolest Honda motorcycles around town.
Free to ride where you want when you want. The CMX500 Rebel bridges the gap nicely between a smaller machine and a larger capacity motorcycle. Slim enough to nip through town traffic with a low seat height for comfort and sure-footed control.
Set high up front, evocative of an earlier era, the round headlight features a 135mm diameter glass lens. The whole assembly is fixed with a die-cast aluminium mount. The fat ‘bobber’ style rims and rubber are matched nicely with a twin piston caliper up front. The rear is a single piston type and the two-channel system ABS brakes, come as standard.
Moving away from the high rpm-focused performance of the CBR500R, a revised PGM-FI fuel injection map has given the Rebel’s engine a totally different character. It has beefy, bottom-end output with more muscular torque of 43.2Nm@ 6,000rpm and – combined with peak power of 34kW @ 8,500rpm – provides satisfying acceleration and strong cruising performance.