EICMA 2019: Honda unveils updated Rebel 500 and 300

by Vishal Venugopal, Autocar India 05 Nov 2019

Honda unveiled the A2 licence friendly 500cc parallel twin-cylinder compact cruiser along with a 300cc version of it at the ongoing EICMA 2019 in Italy.

The small-displacement cruisers are two of Honda’s most popular models in international markets, and for 2020, they have received a few updates. For starters, both bikes have been equipped with a slipper clutch that Honda claims reduces clutch-lever effort by 30 percent, apart from the obvious advantage it brings to added control under deceleration. The bikes also receive an updated front fork with stiffer springs and revised oil levels. Also new are a revised instrument cluster that displays gear position and fuel level, a thicker seat and a new LED headlight.

Honda Rebel 500 S Edition

The Rebel 500 is powered by a 471cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, while the engine on the Rebel 300 is a 286cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled unit.

Pricing for both motorcycles is yet to be announced but Honda has revealed that they will go on sale in March 2020. The duo has been highly anticipated in India, but when they will make their way here remains uncertain.