American Honda announced today that its small-displacement cruisers receive a number of important updates for 2020.
Already the industry’s top-selling small-displacement cruiser models, the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 have welcomed throngs of new riders to motorcycling, thanks to an affordable price, user-friendly performance and hip design (highlighted by an iconic peanut-shaped tank, fat tires and blacked-out mechanical components).
Now, with an increased focus on styling, comfort and performance, the models are even better, and an expanded accessories lineup provides customers the opportunity to further personalize their bikes—a key ingredient to the sense of freedom, enjoyment and individuality that comes with being a motorcyclist.
REBEL 500 / REBEL 300
Already known for their user-friendly performance and ability to deftly navigate city streets, the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 now have an assist-slipper clutch that reduces clutch-lever effort by 30% while also offering additional control under deceleration.
A new fork with stiffer spring rates and revised oil levels delivers improved handling for when those city streets turn to twisting backroads, while an updated shock with stiffer spring rates provides similar levels of support. An improved meter provides important information such as gear selection and fuel level, while a seat with updated thickness and density offers increased support.
A repositioned and reshaped LED headlight is paired to new LED turn signals and a redesigned LED taillight, further enhancing the stylish looks of the two models. The Rebel 500 is powered by a 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with strong bottom-end torque and a smooth, linear power delivery, and the Rebel 300 has a 286cc single-cylinder engine with strong character and user-friendly power delivery.