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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-02-2018, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all,
I just bought a used 2017 Rebel 300 the other day. I already own a 2009 Rebel 250 (which I am planning on keeping!). I am happy to see there are so many others as enthusiastic about their bikes as I am.
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Hi all,
I just bought a used 2017 Rebel 300 the other day. I already own a 2009 Rebel 250 (which I am planning on keeping!). I am happy to see there are so many others as enthusiastic about their bikes as I am.
Anxious to hear how the two bikes compare.

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Hi LB Gary & all ... funny you should mention how the 2 bikes compare. I rode both today back to back and took some mental notes about my observations. If I need to move this thread to another forum, please advise, but here goes ...

PROS ON THE 300:
Very peppy, no problem jumping into traffic and accelerating to the speed of traffic flow
Had it up to 62mph on a back road this afternoon with room in the throttle to go faster - and it felt quite smooth
LOVE having a gas gauge and digital speedometer
The 6 speed tranny definitely gives a little more flexibility in tempering speeds on the roadway

CONS ON THE 300:
Due to the exhaust placement, I could feel the heat coming off of it, which I'm not used to, and not a fan of
I don't know if this is common, but the throttle has some play in it, so I have to rev it up a bit to pull out in 1st gear
To access the tool kit/storage, you have to remove the seat
Ignition is on the side of the bike (this is a minor thing, and just a personal preference I suppose)

PROS ON THE 250:
Lower "dual" exhaust means I don't feel the heat of the bike near my legs
Tight throttle, immediate response when I accelerate
Absolutely great at tight turns
Tool kit is easily accessible and lockable as it's not covered by the engine
Ignition is right under the speedometer, making it less likely you'll forget to take your key out of it
It is a very low bike, and being very short, I am able to be flat footed when stopped. This helped me build my confidence

CONS ON THE 250:
I've only had her up to 65mph, and I still had some room to accelerate more, but I'm a small lightweight person, and the bike is small. With that said, I didn't like the feeling that I was going to fly off of it as the bike does get "buzzy" around this speed
No gas gauge (legendary to the Rebel up until 2017) means watching the odometer - however there is a reserve tank which is easily accessible while driving

This is what I got for "day 1" of taking out the bikes. I'm sure I'll discover other things as I continue to ride them both.
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CONS ON THE 300:
Due to the exhaust placement, I could feel the heat coming off of it, which I'm not used to, and not a fan of
I don't know if this is common, but the throttle has some play in it, so I have to rev it up a bit to pull out in 1st gear
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Mine had some slack on the throttle as well when I bought it new. When I took it in for the first oil change and service they went through everything and adjusted the throttle and clutch pull for me. No more play in the throttle.

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Thanks for the tip! I am planning on getting the first maintenance done in a couple of weeks and I will mention it to them. Can someone point me in the right direction as to which forum I need to go to to ask about handlebar mods? Thanks!
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Thanks for the tip! I am planning on getting the first maintenance done in a couple of weeks and I will mention it to them. Can someone point me in the right direction as to which forum I need to go to to ask about handlebar mods? Thanks!
Try here:

https://www.hondarebel3forum.com/foru...ttle-play.html
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