New Honda Scrambler 500cc Patent Leaks

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Honda CL250 and CL500 will be based on underpinnings and drivetrains from their cruiser siblings – Rebel 250 and Rebel 500

Honda Scrambler 500cc launch
Honda Scrambler 500cc Render. Credit – Young Machine

In recent years, the popularity of scramblers, especially in the entry-level space, has skyrocketed. Therefore, many motorcycle manufacturers plan to use their existing mid-displacement motorcycle platforms to develop new scramblers. It was recently revealed that Honda will be adding two new scrambler motorcycles to its lineup.

Previous reports have stated that the upcoming scramblers will be available in 250cc and 500cc forms, both based on the brand’s entry-level cruiser offerings, Rebel 250 and Rebel 500, respectively. This will help Honda reduce development and production costs of its new scramblers to decrease.

New Honda Scrambler 500cc Patent Leaks

In a recent development, patent drawings for Honda’s upcoming 500cc scrambler have been leaked on a Japanese website. These patents date from March 2018 and show a scrambler-style motorcycle based on the engine and body of the Rebel 500. Based on this patent, a render has been made that shows the CL500 Scrambler in its complete production form.

It is clear from the leaked patent drawings that the CL500’s frame would bear a resemblance to its cruiser sibling Rebels, although there are some differences to the rear section of the chassis. The digital artwork borrows styling inspiration from Honda’s C-series motorcycles launched between the 60s and 90s, most notably the Dream CL72 Scrambler.

Honda Scrambler 500cc - Patent Leaks
Honda Scrambler 500cc – Patent Leaks

It also looks a bit like the India-spec CB350 RS, which is essentially a pseudo-scrambler. Highlights of this rendered design include a relatively straight and flat seat with a minimalist profile, a high-mounted horizontal muffler, black wishbones and larger alloy wheels. In addition, the illustration takes inspiration from the leaked parents and gets a square fuel tank.

CL500, C250- Powertrain Specifications

The CL500 is powered by the same 471cc parallel-twin DOHC 4-valve engine that propels the Rebel 500. In the cruiser, this engine delivers 46 hp at 8,500 rpm and 43 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

This unit is coupled to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. Aside from the chassis and engine, the CL500 Scrambler will also likely borrow the Rebel 500’s suspension, which includes telescopic forks in the front and twin shock absorbers in the rear.

Honda Scrambler 500cc - Render based on leaked patent
Honda Scrambler 500cc – Render based on leaked patent

The less powerful CL250 Scrambler will be based on its equivalent quarter-liter cruiser. The scrambler is powered by a 249cc, four-valve, single-cylinder DOHC engine that delivers maximum power of 26 hp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 22 Nm at 7,750 rpm. This unit will also be mated to the same 6-speed constant mesh gearbox.

Some overseas media reports have confirmed that the CL250 could make an official debut by the end of this year and the CL500 sometime in 2023. However, both bikes are unlikely to launch in India any time soon.