2020 Honda CMX 500

Honda announced at EICMA that their entry level CMX 500 cruiser, also known as the Rebel in some markets, will receive a host of updates for 2020, including updated suspension, full LED lighting, a gear position indicator, slipper clutch and new seat for better comfort.

2020 Honda Rebel

Honda Australia are yet to confirm the local delivery schedule and any movements in pricing but are expected to do so early next year. The CMX has proved a winner as one of Australia’s most popular cruiser options, claiming the #8 position on the sales charts for the YTD as of Q3 in overall road motorcycles, as well as the #3 position in the cruiser category.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

A 2020 ‘S’ model variant will also be available in some markets offering factory-fit accessories – as a styling option, and including a headlight cowl, blacked out fork covers and gaiters, plus a diamond-stitch seat. We’re yet to hear whether the S model will be available in Australia.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ S headlight and cowl

The CMX retains the 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine which is now Euro5 and produces a LAMS approved 34kW at 8500rpm, while peak torque is 43.3Nm reached at 6000rpm.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The CMX actually draws its powerplant from the CBR500R offering generous performance both for the segment and capacity, with PGM-FI fuel injection –further optimised – and valve and ignition timings revised to focus on bottom-end torque.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ 471cc parallel-twin

A six-speed gearbox is also featured, with the new assist and slipper clutch lightening clutch lever operation by 30 per cent, while downshifting aggressively will remain smooth.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

Part of Euro5 compliance necessitated a new LAF exhaust sensor, while the exhaust system is a 120mm shotgun-style affair.

The lean Bobber styling of the CMX is retained, but now includes full LED lighting including the indicators, for a premium feel, alongside the existing 11.2L fuel capacity and fat ‘bars.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED headlight

The CMX has also had the black out treatment, with fork tubes and discs being the main areas not conforming. The taillight is also new and features mini-circular LED indicators, with a compact main light and die-cast aluminium mount.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LED taillight and indicators

The headlight is a compact 175mm item, with die-cast aluminium mount, and the LCD display now includes a new gear position indicator and fuel consumption reading. Ignition remains below the tank on the left side of the bike.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ LCD dash

The pillion seat and footpegs are also easily removed, with Honda adding to the accessory line-up, as well as offering the S edition in a special Matte Axis Grey Metallic colour, with the accessories mentioned above.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ seat and pillion seat

Suspension has seen both shock and 41mm forks revised, with new spring rates in both.

The Showa shock units are also now nitrogen charged, and feature reshaped damper rubbers, with Honda promising a firmer action as a result. The shocks are still five-step preload adjustable.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

The 16inch front and rear wheels are retained from 2019, as is the 296mm front rotor and twin-piston caliper setup, with a single-piston rear caliper. Dunlop tyres are fitted in 130/90 -16 and 150/80 – 16 sizes. Two channel ABS is standard fitment.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’ forks feature new springs

The 2020 Honda CMX weighs in at 191kg at the kerb, with an ultra-low 690mm seat height and 1490mm wheelbase.

2020 Honda CMX ‘Rebel’

2020 Honda CMX (Rebel) Specifications

Technical Specifications
Type Liquid­ cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 litres
Fuel System
Carburation PGM­FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.2L
Fuel consumption 27km/litre
Electrical System
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V
ACG Output 0.5kW
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6­speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel Diamond
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm 2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase 1490mm
Caster Angle 28°
Trail 110
Seat Height 690mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 191kg
Turning radius 2.8m
Type Front 41mm Telescopic forks
Type Rear Showa twin shock
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front 130/90­16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear 150/80­16M/C 71H
ABS System Type Two channel
Instruments & Electronics
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
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