The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 in Matte Black Metallic.

The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 in Matte Black Metallic. (Honda/)

Honda’s popular Rebel 500 is back for 2023 in three trim levels: the standard 500, an ABS version, and the ABS SE. These models will be available in dealerships starting this December and will start at $6,449 (Standard), $6,749 (ABS), and $6,949 (ABS SE).

These models are unchanged mechanically for the coming model year, with Honda focusing more on the bagger version of its Rebel 1100. Each is powered by the same 471cc liquid-cooled single; each has the same 41mm fork and dual shock arrangement; and each has the same braking set-up and dimensions.

The base edition and ABS edition will come in Candy Blue or Matte Black Metallic, while the ABS SE model will be available in Titanium Metallic. The SE is equipped with up-spec items from Honda’s accessory catalog, including black fork boots, a brown diamond-stitched seat, black upper fork covers, and a headlight cowl.

Back in 2017, when the Rebel became a 500, it caused quite a splash, marking one of the most significant upgrades to the model since its debut in 1985. It got some additional love in 2020 with upgrades such as an assist-slipper clutch, updated suspension components, a more sophisticated instrument panel and LED lighting.

The Rebel 500 has appeal well beyond using the latest tech, so it’s no surprise that Honda decided to leave well enough alone. Its unintimidating size, smooth powerband and transmission, easy-to-handle character and palatable price make this a really appealing bike for many riders and will likely do just fine through 2023 and beyond.

2023 Honda Rebel 500 Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $6,499 – $6,949
Engine: 471cc, DOCH, liquid-cooled parallel twin, 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI
Clutch: Assist-slipper clutch
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/O-ring sealed chain
Frame: Tubular steel
Front Suspension: 41mm fork; 5.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Dual shocks; 3.7 in. travel
Front Brake: Hydraulic, 296mm disc
Rear Brake: Hydraulic, 240mm disc
Tires, Front/Rear: 130/90-16 / 150/80-16
Rake/Trail: 28.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 58.7 in.
Seat Height: 27.2 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.0 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 408 lb. (Standard) / 414 lb (ABS) / 416 lb. (ABS SE)
Available: December 2022
Contact: powersports.honda.com

The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 in Candy Blue.

The 2023 Honda Rebel 500 in Candy Blue. (Honda/)

The Rebel 500 ABS SE has a number of accessory upgrades and will come in a Titanium Metallic colorway.

The Rebel 500 ABS SE has a number of accessory upgrades and will come in a Titanium Metallic colorway. (Honda/)
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