Honda has a new scrambler bike, and it looks darn good

by Leandre Grecia | Nov 11, 2022
Honda CL500 2023
PHOTO: Honda

Honda basically has all segments covered with its motorcycle lineup. Tourers, off-roaders, city scoots, supersport bikes—the brand has it all. That said, there still are a few small gaps here and there.

Well, the motorcycle manufacturer got busy at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) this year, introducing a wide range of new bikes that fill those gaps we just mentioned. One of the new introductions is this new scrambler you see before you: the CL500.

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Honda CL500 2023

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Honda CL500 2023

This stylish retro bike marks the revival of Honda’s CL badge. It bears a similar front end as the Rebel, with a round LED headlamp paired with a round instrument cluster up top. The CL’s tank looks similar as the Rebel’s, too, only the former gets tank pads and knee pads underneath as standard.

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Moving towards the rear, you’ll see more of the CL500’s own design. The seat is positioned much higher—790mm, to be exact—and so is the muffler. The exhaust features a stainless steel heat guard. The handlebar is also placed a bit high to provide leverage whether standing up or sitting down.

Honda CL500 2023

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Powering the CL500 is the Rebel’s 471cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin gasoline engine generating 46hp at 8,500rpm and 43.4Nm of torque at 6,250rpm. This is mated to a six-speed gearbox with an assist/slipper clutch. One difference to note here is that the CL500’s rear sprocket has 41 teeth—one more than the Rebel’s. This enables crisper acceleration.

“We developed the CL500 as a machine that truly allow its owners to stand out from the crowd, and as a form of self-expression. It can be used and enjoyed casually—without hesitation—by the young generation in their daily lives and is designed to become a joyful and integral part of a lifestyle,” said Honda R&D Japan CL500 Large Project Leader Hiroshi Furuse. “In standard form, the off-road street style has a visual charm unlike any other model in the Honda range, and can really inspire owners to take it further in any direction they wish.”

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We know we’d like to see this bike land on our shores. What about you guys?

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Honda CL500 2023

Honda CL500 2023

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Honda CL500 2023

Honda CL500 2023

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Honda CL500 2023

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