I have a 2015 Honda Rebel 250. It gets buzzy at top speed and doesn't go faster than 70 basically. I am height challenged and sadly heavy in the weight. I am 5'3" and short inseam. I am contemplating trading for a Rebel 300 or 500. The weight increase between the two bother me some. I had a Suzuki S50 for a while and got rid of it back to the Rebel 250 due to size and weight.
I noticed sitting on a 300 and 500 in a showroom that I am only able to put tips of both feet basically on the ground now on both sides whee with my 250 I am able to flat foot on both sides. Should I be concerned on this?
I was worried about the weight at first. But the bike is so well balanced you really won't notice the weight of the 500. As far as feet touching the ground, on all my old bikes before the rebel I could not touch both feet flat on the ground with the bike straight up. It doesn't cause much of an issue, at stop lights just pick a way to slightly lean and be flat on on at least one foot.
No one can tell me how the 300 does on highway speeds. Where I am at in KS one highway has a speed limit of 75 MPH and I am not sure how well a 300 would do on that for 25 mile ride.
As far as highway speeds go, the 300 will be only slightly better than the 250 you have. And if you think your current bike is "Buzzy" then be prepared to hate the 300. It is a single cylinder bike and will buzz and vibrate quite a bit.
I have been told that there are no Paddock Stands available to work with the new Rebels. That has me concerned for doing maintenance etc. .
I read a few people used the harbor freight stand for the bike. And others have made some mods to other brand stands to make them work.
Seems like a big chunk of money to go up to the 500, not sure on ABS either.
The price difference seems like a lot with the only difference being an engine. But in my opinion it is worth it. The 500 has much more horse power and torque, and is and the twin engine makes the ride much smoother. I went with ABS for the added safety.
The main reason for 2 wheels for me is to keep my skills honed from my MSF class and enjoy a ride. I also on a 2015 Can-Am Spyder RT-Limited. That my wife and I ride together.
I am also 57 years old now.
I wish there were more 3rd party stuff out for these too and right now there isn't. Hard to find things like windshields etc.
There are actually tons of 3rd party stuff out there for this bike. Many universal items will fit the bike. There may not be a ton of items made specifically for this bike, but there are a large amount of items that will fit.
I do wish like other have said that it had a gearbox indicator like the Spyder has. Oh well on that one.
Many people added one, it can be added pretty cheaply from ebay.