Ad closing in seconds....

HONDA CMX500 REBEL (2017-on) Review

Published: 19 April 2017

Updated: 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
    Used: £4,000 to £5,600 See all HONDA CMX500 REBELs for sale

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,399
Used price £4,000 to £5,600
Warranty term 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £66
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

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA CMX500 REBEL (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CMX500 REBEL (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

12 November 2017 by Rupert

The look is what sold me. After riding over 4000km's so far, it's excellent value for money, great fuel economy, very good on twisty roads (was kind of surprise to me, after general appearance of bike). Was reading about vibrations, It's not issue at all (that's me), clutch cover could be issue. And seat, most complaints is about seat, ok, it could wear you out, but, after many 500 and more km's in one day, for me works as intended. Would recommend this bike to a friend? Every time.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
In today's manner this bike is commuter and "round-block-runner", but it's more than capable for longer trips. Up to three hours riding time possible (and then refuelling time comes, too). Not very pillion friendly bike.
5 out of 5
Smooth running, after coming from BMW boxer, is little bit to revvier motor for my taste, but when you got used to this feature, power comes out of motor nice, smooth and predictable.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Some rust on hardware, otherwise nicely built
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Buying experience

Buy from dealer, demo ride, loaded with all accessories, asked price was €6750, negotiated to €6250

Photo Gallery

  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
  • HONDA CMX500 REBEL  (2017-on)
All related reviews
Bauer Media

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141
Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,
Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.
All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. 710067)