Proud new owner!
I really wanted ABS, but got enough of a deal that I went for a 2017 Black 500 today!
First I test rode a Grom, I'm 6-feet tall and 185 lbs and found it utterly useless. I dare to say its lack of power is unsafe in city traffic. I was over that idea real quick. Then, I hopped on a 300. What a dog! It might have been a SMIDGE peppier than the Grom, but not by much, if any! I was severely disappointed.
I didn't have high hopes for the 500 after all that, but decided to try one anyway. OMG. What? Wow. Night and Day. It wasn't just enough power, but it was FUN and the motor was SMOOTH and it was instant love. I bought it.
I got lucky with all the OEM Honda accessories they threw in. Bags w/supports, rear rack, passenger seat/pegs, and Two Brothers Exhaust! The sound is to die for. The whole thing LOOKS amazing to me. I love how small it is.
This is my third Honda Rebel over the last 25 years. I've had many other bikes, but just always held a special fondness for the venerable Rebel. This one I got now is the ULTIMATE! She's a keeper.