The Honda Rebel 500 returns unchanged for 2022, which means it’s still powered by a spunky 471cc DOHC parallel twin motor with a six-speed transmission. Add in disc brakes with Nissin calipers and chunky Dunlop D404 tires, excellent handling, capable suspension, and a friendly 27.2-inch seat height, and you have a winning combination for a newer rider looking for a versatile cruiser.There are three Honda Rebel 500s this year. The standard Rebel 500 is the bare-bones version, though still available in Matte Gray Metallic and Pearl Organic Green. For $300, you can upgrade to the ABS version, which we highly recommend; it has the same color choice. For a bit of exclusivity, there’s the 2022 Honda Rebel 500 ABS SE, which has Matte Silver paint and a nice list of black accessories for $200 more than that standard ABS—diamond stitch seat, headlight cow, fork boots, an upper fork-tube covers.
Although the 2022 Honda Rebel 500 comes with a solo seat, a passenger seat and footpegs package ($149) is available. Honda also offers a rear carrier and a choice of saddlebags for riders who desire to haul cargo.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.