And the vulcan just doesn't do it for me, not sure why. With the Honda you're getting a proven motor
FWIW that 650 Kawi motor has been around a lot longer than the water cooled CB500 mill which is still in its infancy (it debuted in 2013) or the CBR300 single (2011 debut). Even the HD Street motors share the same longevity as that CB500 mill (also debuted in 2013).
Ironically enough, had Honda stuck with the original air cooled CB500 mill that was used from the 1970's and into the next century/millennia, it would certainly be more Rebel-ish...and "proven" would hold a lot more water as well.
Oil changes are every 8000 miles vs, what, 2500 for the Rebel?
4K according to the owners manual. When you factor in the mere 1½qt of oil versus 3 plus a filter you're not saving anything by doubling the interval.
(And how many people on this board alone say that the recommended interval is too long?)
At the aforementioned 1½qt of oil it really isn't an issue to change it earlier. Consequently, I don't wait for the 8K mark on my Shadows either...I halve the recommended intervals on all of them (2K for the Rebels and 4K for the Shadows).
I do think the new Honda model is better looking overall than the Harley or Kawasaki versions. Both alternatives have much better gauges however; I suspect Honda slapped the cheapest gauge on there they could find.
Beauty and beholders as they say, I think they all look like ka-ka-klones.
When I was comparing bang for the buck, the Street comes with a bikini fairing and a pillion (along with that coveted single pin V2 exhaust cadence), while the Vulcan S adds some color, improved suspension (mono-shock vs dual), and extra oomph. The fact that they all look the same does it in for me to steer clear of any of them, but if I had to take one it would be the Kwacker in green. Truth be told, if I wanted a bike that looked like that I would take the one Harley's Street copied, the early 80s VT500FT Ascot: