The 2020 Honda Rebel S now comes with slipper clutch, gear indicator

Will Honda ever offer this in the local market?
by Aris Ilagan | Mar 26, 2020
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With the phenomenal success of its previous Rebel lineup, there’s no stopping Honda from releasing more of these beginner-friendly, cruiser-style motorbikes in the global market.

Tomorrow, March 27, the Rebel 250 S will be among three models to be unveiled in a ‘virtual motorcycle show’ along with the CT125 Hunter Cub and the Grom.

The Rebel 250 was first introduced in 2017. Now, the newly upgraded model comes with a slipper clutch to make changing gears easier and smoother. It’s also fitted with a gear indicator in its retro-styled instrument cluster, and boasts a new LED headlight, taillight, and turn signals. No tachometer still, though.

Honda Rebel 250 S.
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The Rebel 250 S features a stylish headlight cowl and gets an exclusive Matte Axis Gray Metallic paint job. The standard Rebel 250, on the other hand, has three color options: Matte Armored Silver, Matte Fresco Brown, and Matte Blue Jeans Metallic.

Both the S and standard variants are propelled by a 249cc DOHC liquid-cooled, single-cylinder powerplant that produces 26hp and 22Nm of torque. Ideal for Asian riders, the bike has a seat height 0f 27 inches like its the model line’s 300cc and 500cc siblings. This baby version weights only 170kg, versus the 500cc variant’s 185kg.

Honda Rebel 250 (standard).
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Here’s some interesting info. The Rebel 250 dislodged the PCX150 scooter from the top spot of the 2018 Japan sales chart for small motorcycles. That says a lot for an entry-level bare-bones mini cruiser, right?

Reports said the retro-styled Yamaha XSR 155 will soon be here in the Philippines. Will Honda have a change of heart and bring in the 2020 Rebel 250 S here, too?

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