2020 Motorcycle Previews 2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 First Look (8 Fast Facts)

2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 First Look (8 Fast Facts)

2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 Updated

The popular pair of entry-level cruisers from Honda—the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300—return for 2020 with updates to make them better motorcycles, both functionally and visually. The 2020 Honda Rebel 500 and 2020 Rebel 300 share the same chassis, with the motors being the differentiator. All of the updates apply to both motorcycles.

  1. There’s a new assist-and-slipper clutch on the 2020 Honda Rebels. The new clutch design reduces the pull at the lever by 30 percent. We were able to pull the clutch in with a pinky finger. The slipper function is as-expected—it lessens skidding of the rear wheel when downshifting too aggressively during deceleration.

    2020 Honda Rebel 500.
  1. Suspension internals are updated to improve action. The fork gets new internal buffing for smoother action. Also, the fork spring rate is increased, and the fork-leg oil level is adjusted correspondingly. Nitrogen gas is now being used in the shocks to keep the damping force consistent. Like the fork, the spring rate is stiffer. A new bumper will smooth things when bottoming out the shocks.
  1. The seat on the 2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 is now thicker and the padding denser. This is part of the overall firming up of the Rebel ride for 2020. Seat height remains the same at an unintimidating 27.2 inches.
  1. Styling has been cleaned up with new lighting for the Rebels. LEDs are now used for all lighting, front to back. The headlight is more compact and mounted closer to the steering head, with the LEDs giving it a much more modern look. The rear lighting assembly is also smaller, while the brake light lens is tucked in and has a more rectangular shape. All four turn indicators are now round.
  1. The 2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 get an updated dash. The LED display now lets the rider know the rate of fuel consumption, as well as what gear the transmission is in.
  1. Principal components, such as the engines, frame, wheels, and handlebars, are unchanged.
  1. Both new Honda Rebels will be offered with and without ABS.

    2020 Honda Rebel 300.
  1. We don’t have a price yet for the new 2020 Rebels and don’t expect to see them on showroom floors before the calendar year 2020.

2020 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 Specs

ENGINE

  • Type: Parallel-twin (300: Single)
  • Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm (300: 76.0 x 63.0mm)
  • Displacement: 471cc (300: 286cc)
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Fueling: EFI w/ 34mm throttle bodies (300: 38mm throttle body)
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final drive: Chain

CHASSIS

  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork; 4.8 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 3.8 inches
  • Tires: Dunlop D404
  • Front tire: 130/90 x 16
  • Rear tire: 150/80 x 16
  • Front brake: 296mm disc
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc
  • ABS: Optional

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

Wheelbase: 58.7 inches

Rake: 28 degrees

Fork angle: 30 degrees

Trail: 4.3 inches

Seat height: 27.2 inches

Fuel capacity: 3 gallons

Curb weights: Rebel 500, 408 pounds; Rebel 500 ABS, 414 pounds; Rebel 300, 370 pounds; Rebel 300 ABS, 364 pounds

2020 Rebel Colors:

  • 2020 Honda Rebel 500 Colors: Matte Armored Silver; Graphite Black; Matte Blue Jeans Metallic
  • 2020 Honda Rebel 300 Colors: Matte Fresco Brow; Graphite Black Metallic; Matte Blue Jeans Metallic

2020 Rebel 500 Prices:

  • MSRP TBA

2020 Rebel 300 Prices:

  • MSRP TBA

2020 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 First Look Photo Gallery

Don Williams
Don Williamshttp://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

2021 Beta 300 RX First Look: Limited-Edition Motocross Motorcycle

Beta, the boutique Italian motorcycle manufacturer known for its enduro, dual-sport, and observed trials motorcycles, is making a move into the motocross market with...

Pirelli Sport Demon Street Tires: Long-Term Review Begins

The Metzeler Lasertec tires that arrived as standard equipment on my 2015 Triumph T214 Bonneville had served me well. But, with 7,012 miles on...

Voxan Wattman Land Speed Record Electric Motorcycle First Look

Almost totally unknown in the United States, Voxan Motors was founded in 1995 in France by Jacques Gardette. Voxan began life building a variety...

2021 Kawasaki KX450XC and KX250XC First Look (8 Fast Facts)

Capitalizing on the dirt bike sales boom, Kawasaki is jumping into the cross-country market with the all-new 2021 Kawasaki KX450XC and KX250XC.

2021 Kawasaki KX450 and KX250 First Look (9 Fast Facts)

For 2021, we see a consolidation of the chassis of the Kawasaki KX450 and KX250 motocross motorcycles. While the two motors are distinctive, the...

Harley LiveWire: Debut Journey from Mexico to Canada Via WCGH

The Coronavirus pandemic has halted vacation plans for many, including those of Diego Cardenas. The Californian had planned to spend his 50th birthday in Spain...