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06-01-2017 05:35 PM
macjosh $4700 CAD is all I paid for my 300. That was the cheapest for a new bike. There are a few other out there around that range, but less of a bike, and some of them are just god awful to look at, lol. To each their own.
05-24-2017 08:51 PM
Shadow Shack
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Originally Posted by Bokobob View Post
IMHO the old 3rd generation V4 Magna 750 is much more bike if one can handle the 550 lbs or so...
538 wet, it's really not that bad...more so when you consider with fewer parts the 750 Aero weighs in at 577 pounds wet.
05-24-2017 04:30 PM
Bokobob lakemichguy


I felt the same way when I sat on the 300at the dealer a few weeks ago...Very pricey bikes as I see it.


IMHO the old 3rd generation V4 Magna 750 is much more bike if one can handle the 550 lbs or so...
Another option used as I see it would be the latest generation Kawa Vulcan 500 six speed would also be better . Both are of course older technology ...


But if one wants "new" then there are a number of bikes to choose from.


The last thing I'd be thinking about is the fact that the beloved old Rebel's name is now on two different Honda bikes..
The first thing I'd be thinking of is the high price of all new bikes.
05-24-2017 03:59 PM
lakemichguy Sat on the new 300 and 500 today. To my "old guy" eyes the lack of any chrome seems strange. I think the bike felt comfortable but I would need to get the handlebars tilted or moved rearward. Dealer says about $7700( with no negotiation) OTD for the 500 with ABS and all available options.
05-19-2017 06:32 PM
macjosh I bought the new rebel 300 last week. after a week driving I am actually impressed. so easy to drive and handle, has a nice sound. the 300 on the highway, well it can handle 110-120kms no problem, but don't expect to set any speed records, its a cruiser after all. After 120kms, don't expect to jump to 140kms to pass someone, won't happen. But it will be loud and sound like your stretching it out very thin, but all Honda's, regardless of what they are sound like that.

Gear changes in the city are actually fun, you can do 20kms in third gear without choking. definitely made for beginners. you can stop and go in 2nd very easily. neutral is between 1st and 2nd, little tricky at first to find it, but you figure it out after a bit. haven't tracked gas mpg yet, just breaking it right now.
05-18-2017 07:20 AM
Duckster
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I have mixed feeling about the fuel cap. I like being able to remove it, but finding a good spot to lay it down is problematic some times. don't have to worry abut that with hinged caps, however, no more straddling the bike and refueling.
and that's a good thing! You should never pump gas while sitting on or standing over the bike. Think what would happen if there was a fire , or worse, a spill followed by a fire. You would be stuck trying to get off the bike with the fuel hose in your hand. Much better to be standing beside a bike sitting on its sidestand. If there's an accident you are free to drop everything and run.
05-17-2017 11:53 PM
Shadow Shack
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Pete (the spouse) complained about access to the battery. Apparently its buried under the seat and a PITA to get to.
https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...erName=VigLink

" To remove the seat, you have to use an Allen key, which is thoughtfully provided under the right side cover. Itís held in place by a big flathead screw. The flathead screwdriver, however, is in two pieces, and both of them live under the seat."

How often did I bag on the 250's screwdriver being stowed behind a cover that required a screwdriver? What is it with Honda...by doubling the displacement they felt the need to double the asininity of that concept?
05-17-2017 11:30 PM
flitecontrol Regarding that rack, have you looked at mine? It hauls a ton of stuff. Honda Rebel Forum - flitecontrol's Album: Custom Rear Rack
05-17-2017 11:08 PM
DeeG Spouses 'retirement' job is working part time at the local Honda dealer, putting together product. Sent me a text this morning that he had uncrated a 300 and a 500.

So, I went to check them out. Not too bad looking in the flesh. Both have the same frame. 300 has a tweaked CBR250R engine, and yup, it sounds just like it. 500 has the engine out of the CB500X. I really like our 500X, I'm curious how the two would perform side by side.

500:


300:


Lots of airspace between my butt and the seat on both of them when I stand over the bike. It was kind of strange, as I felt I had to lean forward a bit to grab the handlebars on the 500 vs the 300. If I were to get a 500, I'd be picking up a set of BarBacks for it. It was just a tad uncomfortable for me. The 300, however, seemed OK. Blinkers are off the shelf, pretty sure our CBR250, the NC700 and 500X have the same ones.

Cockpit layout is the same, everything where it should be, and an added bonus of hazard flashers!!

I have mixed feeling about the fuel cap. I like being able to remove it, but finding a good spot to lay it down is problematic some times. don't have to worry abut that with hinged caps, however, no more straddling the bike and refueling.



I liked the wheels, too.

Key is on the side of the bike, up front directly behind the headlight. Dash is a single, round, aspirin shaped affair, with the key on, you'll get a digital readouts of the fuel level, speed, trip odo and clock. beneath that is a red oil lamp, check engine, neutral, and coolant temp. Above is the high beam and left/right turn indicator.





Swing arm look a bit weird as it was rounded instead of the rectangular shape that is on most bikes. Disc brakes front and back was a nice touch. The tires are kinda fat, but it looks nice that way. I like the two into one exhaust on the 500. 300's looked the same.

Pete (the spouse) complained about access to the battery. Apparently its buried under the seat and a PITA to get to. The coolant refill was in a slightly awkward spot as well. You'd be best off using a small funnel to top off.

Sight glass for both to check the oil, no more dipstick.

Seat slightly resembled the old Rebel seat, only it wasn't as cushy. Looked kinda cheap, actually. Wasn't uncomfortable for the few minutes I sat on it. No pillion seat. Unless you wanted to purchase one (and rear pegs) for $140. I guess that's not a big deal, most of us never use it.






Aside from the shocks and a ring on the headlight, there is no chrome at all on either of these bikes.


They actually have pannier racks available for this thing! Wow. There is also a rear luggage rack, Small fly screen, bags, and a 12V outlet are all available as accessories. I'm kind of linking that rear rack, and I wish I could somehow fit it to my Rebel.
05-15-2017 04:57 PM
DavRides It appears the early adopters are all mostly getting 500's. And I would too if it were an "only" bike.

I have a cb300f and a cb500f among other bikes. I know these engines well enough. I'm looking for my experiences to be flat out F-U-N. For where I ride, the 300 is going to achieve that in spades over the 500, for me. But that's just me and how I want to play the gears.

I totally get why everyone over there is talking about, reviewing, and choosing the 500s.
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