Rebel 300: Ride it like you stole it....
I've mentioned in other threads that I have a hard time getting the 300 into higher rev ranges because I'm accustomed to low revving torque-ish cars. (SUV and before that, a diesel Mercedes) This feeling also caused me problems with my 2 year old VW GTI....I high revving monster of a small hatchback. I have been able to over come most of my rev problems with the GTI because the engine is SO smooth.
But the 300 is not smooth. It vibrates a lot. (or at least I think it does) Being this is my first motorcycle, one of these days I'll find out if the vibrations are due to it being a single cylinder thumper, or this is just the way motorcycles are. I don't have a frame of reference to know the reason. (Probably a combination of the two)
But folks here have assured me I will not break the motorcycle by revving it too high. So the last time I went out I really started to wind that thing up. Really pushing what I considered to be the limits. (I waited until the oil was hot and engine was fully warmed up) I only got the bike a month ago, and my skills and confidence have progressed dramatically. (800+ miles now?) I would find a country road, and blast as fast as I could up to 65+. REALLY winding up that engine before shifting. The only speed/shift point I can remember is topping out 3rd gear at 50mph! (2nd gear is probably in the 30's somewhere)
It felt good to do that. It probably helps that I wear earplugs when I ride. REALLY good earplugs. My helmet is REALLY noisy. I don't really hear the motor, I feel it. Which is fine with me, all my standard trans cars going back to the 70's...I relied on feel and not so much sound. (and definitely not tach...because their wasn't one!)
After 800 miles, I am starting to have the 'want bigger bike' syndrome. But if I really think about it, I can handle the lower power..that's not the issue. The issue is vibration. I would like to have a bike with less vibration. Oh...and a better seat too. But then again, I do have to realize 90% of my riding will be in my small town in the midwest, and the country roads outside of it. The 300 will be fine.