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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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I've been contemplating to try and venture onto highways with my 300 this riding season (after this godawful weather goes away). I wasn't sure how the bike would handle there. Any advice? Can the 300 handle highway speeds? So for my context, that would be around 115 to 120 km/h for a 125 pound rider. Is that ok for this bike. Canadian riders' experience on the highway is especially appreciated here.

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Hammad,

You will be fine on the highway with the 300 up to about 100+ KM/H.

If there is a head wind it may be a bit of a struggle.

I weigh about 170 LB and the 300 would have been enough for me until I ran into the Texas headwinds.

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Hammad,

You will be fine on the highway with the 300 up to about 100+ KM/H.

If there is a head wind it may be a bit of a struggle.

I weigh about 170 LB and the 300 would have been enough for me until I ran into the Texas headwinds.

Good luck,

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Thanks Kenny. It's just that drivers in this area are less than trustworthy, and that's an understatement. So I was worried about maybe going too slowly. But thank you for letting me know the bike can handle it.
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Thanks Kenny. It's just that drivers in this area are less than trustworthy, and that's an understatement. So I was worried about maybe going too slowly. But thank you for letting me know the bike can handle it.
You will be able to get to highway speeds, but you really won't have any juice left to really pass. That's the one reason I picked up a 500, I want to commute to work which is 65-70mph for about 30-40 minutes and I'll need the ability to pass and get into position in the changeovers.
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You will be able to get to highway speeds, but you really won't have any juice left to really pass. That's the one reason I picked up a 500, I want to commute to work which is 65-70mph for about 30-40 minutes and I'll need the ability to pass and get into position in the changeovers.
Yes I figure an upgrade is in order for me. I had initially went back and forth between the 300 and 500 as my first bike. Although I received a lot of advice from people who suggested the 500 as they claimed that I'd get bored of my 300 quickly, which I did. Still, I think it was bad advice to suggest a larger displacement bike to a beginner. in retrospect, even though it only took me one season to crave an update, I would still start with the 300 and advise any beginner to do the same.

Having said that, do you think the weight difference is significant between the 300 and the 500? I love being able to maneuver my bike around without much effort as a slender man. Would you say a 125 pound, 5 foot 9 male can handle the 500 as a second bike?
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I am a 5 foot female and I can handle the 500 just fine. You will be fine unless you are really old or suffer from some muscle wasting disease.
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Yes I figure an upgrade is in order for me. I had initially went back and forth between the 300 and 500 as my first bike. Although I received a lot of advice from people who suggested the 500 as they claimed that I'd get bored of my 300 quickly, which I did. Still, I think it was bad advice to suggest a larger displacement bike to a beginner. in retrospect, even though it only took me one season to crave an update, I would still start with the 300 and advise any beginner to do the same.

Having said that, do you think the weight difference is significant between the 300 and the 500? I love being able to maneuver my bike around without much effort as a slender man. Would you say a 125 pound, 5 foot 9 male can handle the 500 as a second bike?
Hammad,

You won't have any trouble if you switch to a Rebel 500, especially with it being a second bike after a season on the 300......

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Thank you all so kindly for the advice.

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I am a 5 foot female and I can handle the 500 just fine. You will be fine unless you are really old or suffer from some muscle wasting disease.

No, haha. I'm neither of those. I figured I would be fine as well. Just didn't want to rush into it. Either way, insurance will probably go up too, and I have developed some real feelings for this little 300 so it might be hard to give her up so soon. I'll check how she handles on the highway and if it's sufficient, I think I'll be fine. However, it's nice to know that in case I do go for an upgrade that it won't be too overbearing.

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Still, I think it was bad advice to suggest a larger displacement bike to a beginner.
And I would have to disagree, I am a beginner and I have a 500, in fact my MSF class was taught using the Harley Davidson Street 500, which is also a 500cc bike with a curb weight of 514 lbs (100 lbs MORE than the Rebel 500 ABS). The Rebel 500 ABS weighs 414 lbs curb weight and really isn't that much more than the 300.

The 500 is a great beginner bike as its not geared for racing and starts are nice and easy and smooth. Really the only different between the 300 and 500 is that the 500 has a bit more to give at highway speeds and the 300 doesn't. The max difference between a 300 without ABS and a 500 with ABS is 50 lbs.

Per Honda spec page:
2018 Honda Rebel 300 curb weight - 364 lbs
2018 Honda Rebel 300 ABS curb weight - 370 lbs
2018 Honda Rebel 500 curb weight - 408 lbs
2018 Honda Rebel 500 ABS curb weight - 414 lbs

So with this information, why would you say that the 500 is not a beginners bike? And lets not talk about price because even at $6400 a new 500 ABS is still totally in the average beginners price range (for newer bikes)
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