Think i finally found it!
As close to the perfect bike as i am going to get.
Hi all! new here but certainly not new to motorcycles. I have owned, built and drag raced literally several dozen motorcycles in my life. Everything from Harley's, Buell's, R6's, S40's, GSXR's to vintage CB's and KZ's. They all had their issues.
Saturday i picked up my new black 300, ahhh, feels like home. I'm comfortable, the handlebars are great, i can see out the mirrors and it's relatively smooth. This bike is very intuitive in turns and feels super "planted". Power is fantastic for such a small bike and i love how light it is.
I initially thought i would buy the 500 but the clutch cover was a deal breaker for me, too intrusive on my right leg, could not get comfortable at a stop or while riding.
I have had about 10 new bikes with fuel injection and i hated them all, no personality and horrible when snapping the throttle open at slower speeds as well as being generally crappy when downshifting.
The rebel has a much more forgiving fuel injection tune that feels more natural and while i would rather not have fuel injection at all, Honda did a great job of making it feel like a finely tuned high quality carb.
The only thing on this bike i don't like is the gigantic muffler and the fact that i cannot see the speedo on a sunny day.
I think this one is finally my keeper, i friggin love this thing!