[Q&A] Honda Rebel 500 ’19 vs Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S ’19

Paul Lester D. from the Philippines asks:

“Ano kaya mas astig sa dalawa? Mga Boss pa advice naman, Honda Rebel 500 or Kawasaki Vulcan 650? Salamat po sa advice nyo.”

[Translation]

“Which is the cooler bike of the two? I need an advice Boss, Honda Rebel 500 or Kawasaki Vulcan 650? Thank you for your comments.”

My Answer:

I rode both of them, and here’s my take:

The Rebel is an ideal bike for beginners, smaller than the Vulcan S size wise and easier to maneuver through the tricky bits. But for a few thousand pesos/dollars against the VS, it kinda feels cheap and rushed into production. Plus its digital gauge has everything wrong; hard to read, looks cheap, and why is it on a round casing!? The engine is shared with the CB500F, CBR500R, and CB500X.

The Vulcan (650) S is the better value of these two, it has the size similar to the Indian Scout Sixty without its heavy overall weight. Also, the Vulcan S is the better quality bike of the two. The Ninja 650-like gauge might seem out of place on a cruiser, but its layout is close to perfection. Unlike the Rebel on which it sounds like a tin can, the Vulcan S has a deeper ‘brap’ sound overall. The Vulcan feels better planted on the road without being heavy feeling. It’s a very well sorted motorcycle. This engine is shared with the Ninja 650, Z650, and Versys 650.

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