Honda Australia has announced the CMX bobber will arrive here in April 2017 at $8995 ride away.
While the learner-approved 471cc motorcycle is basically a Honda Rebel with a bit of a Yamaha Bolt ($11,999 + on-road costs) make-over, it won’t be called a Rebel here.
In Australia, it will just be called the CMX bobber and will be available with the removable pillion seat as standard. Colour choices are Matte Armoured Silver Metallic, Victory Red and Graphite Black.
Australia will not get the 300cc CMX version.
The competitive price brings it in under the Bolt, as well as the Yamaha XZVS650 ($10,799+ORC) and Kawasaki Vulcan S ($9999 +ORC), but about the same price as the Suzuki S40 ($7990+ORC).
However, it is probably not cheap enough to tear too many away from the top-selling Harley-Davidson, the Street 500 at $10,750 ride away.
Honda sees the CMX bobber as a blank canvas that will attract customisers.
It’s interesting that, at the worldwide launch late last year, Honda actually pointed out that the late Prince rode a CM400A Rebel in the movie Purple Rain.
We don’t think Honda Australia will make much of a point of that piece of history.
Honda CMX bobber details
The CMX 500 features fat 16-inch Dunlop tyres, large-diameter wheels, 690mm seat height, stamped-steel rear fender and comes standard with ABS.
It is powered by a 471cc, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin tuned for bottom-end torque.
The cylinder head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.
Honda’s CMX bobber has a silent (SV Chain) cam chain, with the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium to reduce friction through its increased protection against dust.
It is suspended with 41mm forks set wide at 230mm apart for handling rigidity, comfort and style, and the lower legs are blacked-out.
Honda Rebel CMX500
$8995 ride away
471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke
BORE x STROKE
67.0 mm x 66.8mm
PGM-FI; 34mm throttle bodies
Computer-controlled digital transistorised w/ electronic advance
Chain; 15T/40T, DOHC; four valves per cylinder
2,190 x 820 x 1,090mm
187.8 kg ABS Standard
130/90 – 16 inch; 150/80 – 16 inch
41mm telescopic fork, twin shocks
Single 296 mm disc with hydraulic callipers and ABS
Single 240mm disc with hydraulic callipers and ABS