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A Rebel based style honda motorcycle, 471cc twin-powered Honda CL500 Scrambler is on the way, according to patents.

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A Rebel based style honda motorcycle, 471cc twin-powered Honda CL500 Scrambler is on the way, according to patents.
A Rebel based style honda motorcycle, 471cc twin-powered Honda CL500 Scrambler is on the way, according to patents.

A Rebel based style honda motorcycle, 471cc twin-powered Honda CL500 Scrambler is on the way, according to patents. While a cruiser may not seem like an ideal foundation for a scrambler, it isn’t unheard of. Yamaha’s SCR950 is a throwback scrambler based on the Bolt, and because conventional cruisers are among the few bikes left with twin-shock rear suspension, they provide a superior basis for achieving that 1960s to early 1970s scrambler look than more recent chassis designs allow.

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Honda first revealed that it was working on a scrambler based on the Rebel 500’s 471cc parallel twin in 2019, when the firm submitted patents for scrambler-style footpegs to be fitted to the Rebel’s chassis. The Rebel’s footpegs and controls are positioned on brackets that extend forward from the swingarm pivot part of the frame, as befits a low-saddled cruiser. The pegs on a scrambler must be moved backward to sit more squarely beneath the seat, making it easier to ride both standing and sitting.

The solution looks to be straightforward. The patent depicts footpegs installed on a new alloy plate that is fastened directly to the frame’s existing mounts, but this creates a new engineering challenge when it comes to packaging the rear brake master cylinder and brake-light switch. The concerns were rectified in Honda’s 2019 patent.

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The master cylinder was placed directly below the swingarm pivot, hidden and protected by the frame itself, with a connection linking it to the brake lever, as indicated in the patent. The specifics of that connection were new enough to prompt the filing of a patent application. Thankfully, the plans clearly depict the footpeg details, revealing that it’s an off-road-style design with a sawtooth upper surface and a replaceable rubber infill. As befits a bike with off-highway intents, the brake lever also has a serrated top.

The engine is Honda’s long-lived CB500 parallel twin, used in a variety of models from the CBR500R through the Rebel, and the frame is essentially the same as the Rebel’s but with a different subframe design, according to the patent drawings. The Rebel’s subframe is inclined downward where it connects to the main frame rails, whereas the scrambler’s is horizontal, resulting in a low seat height. This not only raises the seat, but it also allows for longer rear shocks and increased rear suspension travel.

We can’t read too much into the aesthetics in the drawing—presumably it’s just a generic contour used as a placeholder—but aspects directly connected to the rear brake master cylinder area, which it highlights, are likely to be true. The exhaust system, for example, has a collection box under the engine, but then rises practically vertically just above the right-side footpeg before turning 90 degrees and entering a somewhat high-mounted, horizontal muffler, similar to the Rebel’s. It’s an unique layout, but it’s one we’ve seen previously on Honda’s 2015 Bulldog concept bike—a rough CB500-based design with the same engine as the Rebel (and thus expected in the CL500), but a strange, utilitarian appearance evocative of the Ruckus scooter.

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According to rumours in Japan, the CL500 will look very similar to the 2019 patent shown below and will be released later this year. They also forecast a CL250 model, however there isn’t as much evidence for that machine as there is for the 500.

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