HONDA CMX500 REBEL (2017-on) Review

Published: 19 April 2017

A2-licence friendly, unique, fun and good value too!

HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)

A2-licence friendly, unique, fun and good value too!

  • At a glance
  • 471cc  -  45 bhp
  • 73.4 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Low seat height (690mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £5,399

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

A surprisingly fun bike to ride with a unique look and easy-going nature. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but those it appeals to will absolutely love it and for A2-licence holders wanting something a bit different it certainly stands out from the norm.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Tipping the scales at 190kg, the Rebel is pretty light on its wheels at slow speed and has an excellent turning circle, making U-turns a doddle. It’s an easy bike to manoeuvre at walking pace and this, combined with its low seat height, makes it reassuring, easy-going and perfect for less experienced riders. However up the pace and the Rebel really surprises/ Through tight and twisty bends it is an absolute blast, far more competent than it has any right to be and a machine that makes you grin from ear to ear.

Engine 4 out of 5

The CB500-based engine is what it is and with just 45bhp on tap it is never going to spring any nasty surprises. It’s refined, smooth and has enough grunt to get the Rebel above the national speed limit while remaining extremely versatile in town. The clutch is light, the gearbox a touch clunky but hard to fault in its operation and the throttle response is nice and precise.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The parallel twin motor has been around for a while with no major mechanical woes and the Rebel is well built considering its price point. It’s a budget bike but does appear well built and the styling is funky and different.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Rebel is bang on the money for the A2-legal market. It’s a touch more than some rivals, but its unique look sets it aside from run of the mill machines and helps justify it price tag.

Equipment 2 out of 5

Preload adjustment only on the rear and ABS is the only other highlight. The Rebel is built to a price and you can’t expect too much in terms of extras. It does, however, have a fuel gauge, which is pleasing.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,399
Used price -
Warranty term 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £62
Annual service cost -
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 33 ft-lb
Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 73.4 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Engine size 471cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 690mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional forks, -non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 1x264mm discs two-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 130/90X16
Rear tyre size 150/80x16

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