Our elderlies grew up riding those nice cruiser bikes back in their day. They’re sleek, nimble, forgiving, but mostly, fast. A lot of cruiser bikes have been prevalent in the early ’90s but none of them stood up the limelight like the Honda Rebel 250. Last year, they’ve released the 2019 Honda CMX Rebel 250, a 249cc, 26hp motorcycle; an excellent motorcycle for people who don’t want to be over pressured with extended driving techniques.
If you’re into something more powerful and faster, then check out the Honda Rebel 500. With its first version released back in 2017, the 2019 Rebel 500 is a 417cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with 46hp and 31.9lb-ft torque. For a cruiser bike, that’s pretty powerful. It’s also not that that difficult to maneuver. Honda made sure that it is rider-friendly by creating a more compact frame and lower seats compared to its predecessors.
The Honda Rebel 500 is more than what meets the eye: it’s a blank canvas begging to be customized. With mods like fenders, tires, and engine guards, the Honda Rebel 500 has a plethora of modifications to choose from, especially for the exhaust systems.
If you’re looking to pimp your Honda Rebel 500 with a new aftermarket exhaust, then you’re in the right place. We’ve created a short list of the best Honda Rebel 500 exhausts out there to help you out in your modding journey. Let’s go!
#1 Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust
The first to enter the showroom is Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust. Try out this Universal Slip-On exhaust for your Honda Rebel to experience what a retro-style exhaust would look on a Rebel. It’s easy to fit, easy to install, and most of all it’s a direct replacement, so no instructions are included. The term “universal” holds truth: the Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust is compatible with many motorcycles. It would even look greater when it is installed in a bobber like the Honda Rebel 500!
What’s with the Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust? Well, the product is made from premium stainless steel that went through the coating process, which made it resistant to incredibly high temperatures. This steel build also makes it extra durable, so you don’t have to worry about this one falling out. While giving off a retro style, it also improves your Rebel’s maximum sound output.
What’s awesome about the Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust is that it can be fitted to various motorcycles. Adapters (1.4/1.5/1.7in) included to the package makes sure that it can fit as much as it can to make any of your motorcycle retro-styled. Just be warned! The Oeyal Universal Slip-On Exhaust can be pretty loud and if you find it to be one, you better install a baffle for it.
#2 Coffman’s Shorty Exhaust
The Coffman’s are back at it again with the Shorties, and this time it’s for the Rebel 500. If you’re looking to pimp your ride and tune up its performance and sound, then you need to try Coffman’s Shorty Exhaust. It’s compact, stylish, and is perfect for tough and aggressive cruisers like the Honda Rebel 500. This one is available for Honda Rebel 500 models that belong to the years 2017 to 2020.
Quality is ensured since it’s made in the U.S of A. Manufactured from a 304 stainless steel that went through CNC machining, mandrel bending, and TIG welding, you can be assured that it’s a high-quality product made by the Coffman’s. This is specifically designed to fit the Honda Rebel 500. There is also a pre-installed baffle inside the tip through the use of silicone rings, snap rings, and spacers.
What’s awesome about the Coffman’s is their signature exhaust tips. These aluminum tips are cut diagonally to produce that aggressive look. These tips come in different colors, like red, blue, gold, black, or polished. And it’s rotatable! It’s the little things that count, right?
#3 M4 Performance Retro-Drag Slip-On
The M4 Exhausts are committed at designing and manufacturing race-quality exhausts that can optimize the full potential of the motorcycle’s performance and sound. And now, it comes for the Honda Rebel 500. The aggressive and lowkey bad boy vibes the Honda Rebel gives plus the minimalistic black design of the M4 Retro-Drag Slip-On is a great combination. When you see one on the street, your jaw will surely drop.
What you get from the M4 Retro-Drag Slip-On Exhaust is a weight savings of 4.7lbs over the stock exhaust, a pre-installed Quiet Insert (Q1 baffle), an increase of 10dB sound output at 4,500RPM, and an all-black slip-on muffler along with a stainless steel clamp.
What’s so awesome about this slip-on is how it perfectly complements the looks of the Honda Rebel 500. One look at it and it’s like they were made for each other. The all-black minimalistic design of the M4 Retro-Drag Slip-On plus the inherent rebellious nature of the Honda Rebel 500 makes riding the bike a fulfilling one. This exhaust is compatible with the 2017 to 2020 models.
#4 Vance and Hines Shortshots Staggered Full System Exhaust
And last but certainly not the least, we have the Vance and Hines Shortshots Full System Exhaust. It’s like the previous entry wherein the M4 compliments the looks of the Honda Rebel 500, but this time it’s a full system exhaust, and the benefits you get from installing one is on steroids.
What’s with the Shortshots? Aside from its classic staggered black design, the exhaust comes as a straight pipe that has its end slashed. Head pipes are increased to 2 1/8″ muffler body and the heat shields cover more areas. All the necessary hardware like the baffles, instructions, and mounting hardware are included. In that way, you can have a hassle-free fit.
What’s unique about the Shortshots Staggered is how it good it looks on the Honda Rebel 500. Having the two together looks so natural, so surreal. It is as if the two are meant for each other. There are two available finishes for you to choose from: chrome and black.