The brand-new Honda CMX 500 Rebel for 2023 has been announced.

The Rebel, a well-liked 500cc parallel twin-cylinder compact cruiser that is suitable for A2 license holders, has three new colour options, an assist/slipper clutch, LED lighting, and gear position indicators. A Rebel S with more upscale features includes a headlight cowl, all-black fork covers and gaiters, as well as a diamond-stitched seat and premium Titanium Metallic paint.

The retro-looking motorcycle gained popularity after its 2017 debut and became an immediate success. The upgraded comfort features for the 2020 model year included a redesigned headlight and taillight as well as seat, suspension, and gear position indicators. Additionally, compliance with EURO5 was maintained by an improved exhaust system that included a new exhaust sensor. Despite receiving three completely new color schemes and a premium color for the S model, the 2023 Rebel retains its mechanical design.

The all-new CMX 500 Rebel is propelled by a 471cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine derived from CBR500R that produces peak power of 34kW at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 43.3Nm at 6,000 rpm. By modifying the PGM-FI fuel injection mapping and altering the valve and ignition timings, the engine’s personality is changed from the high rpm-focused performance of the CBR to a torque-heavy bottom-end output with smooth and linear delivery across the rev range.

Rebel has a tubular steel frame with an inventive rear loop that keeps the thicker seat from rubbing against the textured metal mudguard. The bolt-on cast aluminum subframe offers additional customization options. The forks’ 30° off-set and 1490mm wheelbase, when combined with the trail’s 110mm and 28° rake, provide a low seat height of 690mm. A natural riding stance with balanced and neutral steering is made possible by mid-mounted footpegs.