The 2018 Honda Rebel 500 is offered by the manufacturer for customization of your ride. When the brand says “Express Yourself” in their advertising campaign, they really mean it. The Rebel 500 is a cruiser that begs to have a personal touch. It’s offered in a stripped down model with a starting price of $6,100 and you can go from there. The major appeal of the Rebel 500 is that it’s a beautiful bike, to begin with, and it just keeps getting better. It deserves a closer look and we’re here to deliver just that.
Base specifications for the blank canvas
For 2018, the Rebel is offered in a 500 and it’s little brother, the 300. The Rebel 500 is powered by a 471cc liquid cooled parallel-four twin four stroke engine, with DOHC four valves per cylinder valve train. This is paired with a six-speed transmission. A computer controlled digital transistorized ignition with electronic advance starter comes stock for reliable starts every time. The suspension features a front 41mm telescopic fork and a rear twin shock.
Stock brakes feature front single 296mm disc with hydraulic calipers and you can upgrade to ABS Single 296mm disc with hydraulic calipers.
A comfortable ride
The seat height is a nice low 27.2 inches and the bike has a ground clearance of somewhere between 5.4 inches to 5.9. The Wheelbase is 58.7 inches and the fuel capacity is 3 gallons. The curb weight in the base model is 414 lbs and it goes up from there depending on how you accessorize.
Add a custom passenger seat and footpegs kit that includes all the hardware needed for self-installation for $140 more
While your making additions to shape your customized Rebel 500, there are a few cargo options available to give you the space you need to carry necessities and personal items for you and your passenger. The optional saddlebags give you an additional 10 pounds max capacity of storage space per bag. They’re made of synthetic leather and styled in a traditional throw over design. The slant style bags come with a plastic base insert and hard backing so they retain their shape when they’re empty and they are equipped with strong twin buckles. This useful accessory will only set you back $210. For another $120, you’ll need to order the Saddlebag Stays because they’re required for the installation of the saddlebags.
While we’re looking at storage and cargo, Honda also offers a rear carrier for the Rebel 500. This can give you additional storage space if you need it and it’s a good idea to have the option because you never know when it’s going to come in handy. The cost of the rear carrier option is $298.95 and if you want to have the dealer install it there may be some additional installation charges involved.
Honda also offers an optional accessory socket for their blank canvas bike. This can provide you with a power to operate additional equipment. It’s not a bad idea to include this while you’re building your custom bike because it gives you more options for customizing. The cost is $49.95 for the socket and if you want them to install it, plan on spending a little more for installation charges.
An optional cycle cover is also available. It’s made of sturdy waterproof material. It also has a soft inner liner that is easy on the bike and it comes with a moisture venting system. If you’re going to leave your bike out in an unprotected area, this accessory is an absolute must. The cost for the cover is at $110.
The Meter Visor is an attractive option that serves a couple of purposes. It helps to deflect bugs and cuts down on the wind coming at you, but it’s also stylish and it gives your ride more of a custom look. The price of the Meter Visor is $230. This is something you can easily install yourself.
The 2018 Rebel is available in Matte Fresco Brown, Candy Orange, and Matte Grey Metallic.
The Honda Rebel 500 is a cool ride that comes with a lot of options. It’s a great bike for riders of all levels of experience. It’s light and easy to handle for new riders and it won’t overwhelm you with power, although there’s plenty there. Best of success in building your new ride!