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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-17-2018, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing my self. Picked up a '17 300 with a little damage yesterday (just visual)

I've been in various forums for a long time and am very surprised that this forum is still kicking as most automotive ones has dwindled.

Anywho, I picked up a matte white '17 that was damaged in transport and there is a sizeable dent on the tank. The bike is otherwise brand new. I am trying to get in touch with a few PDR places to see if it can be fixed (Paintless Dent Removal)

This is technically my 2nd bike, I've only been riding motorcycles since January but I've been on bicycles all of my life. I also have a 2011 CBR250R that is currently up for sale. I love riding the CBR by myself but it wasnt practical to ride with my GF on the rear.

To continue with the Honda theme, I also drive an '09 Civic Si and an '07 Honda Fit (GFs car)
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I love riding the CBR by myself but it wasnt practical to ride with my GF on the rear.
First of all, welcome!
Second, sorry to say it, but the Rebel won't be much more practical with a passenger than that CBR..
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First of all, welcome!
Second, sorry to say it, but the Rebel won't be much more practical with a passenger than that CBR..
What makes you say so? I bought the oem rear seat yesterday and waiting for it to ship.

Positionally, the rebel should have the passenger sit much lower and closer to the driver than on a CBR?

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I think he's referring to the power of the 300 to carry both a rider and passenger.
It'll do it...but it'll do so kinda slowly without much power in reserve.

What's the combined weight of you and your gf?

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What makes you say so? I bought the oem rear seat yesterday and waiting for it to ship.

Positionally, the rebel should have the passenger sit much lower and closer to the driver than on a CBR?
Well for starters, if you're only planning on having the missus with you on trips of max 30 minutes, then you should be fine. If it's longer, then not so much
It's highly uncomfortable to sit on over a longer period of time. And the pegs for the passenger are located rather higher than what pegs "normally" would be, so it's not the most comfy sitting position either.
So while she might be lower and closer to you, it won't be any particularly better in terms of comfort and such. That only helps with the center of gravity.
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I think he's referring to the power of the 300 to carry both a rider and passenger.
It'll do it...but it'll do so kinda slowly without much power in reserve.
As a matter of fact I wasn't, didn't think of that aspect.
But yeah, when you mention it..

But, seeing as he's coming from a bike with a 250 engine and already is riding around with a passenger, I don't find it likely that he'll be trying any cross country touring with the bike with a passenger anyway
Might just hold up fine.

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As a matter of fact I wasn't, didn't think of that aspect.
But yeah, when you mention it..

But, seeing as he's coming from a bike with a 250 engine and already is riding around with a passenger, I don't find it likely that he'll be trying any cross country touring with the bike with a passenger anyway
Might just hold up fine.
Good point(s). Last season I was just under 230 lbs and the rebel 300 was just enough for one rider.
I took it for a spin last weekend (new eight of 185 lbs) and felt much more peppier, so the 300 is easily influenced by weight.

And you're on point about being cramped on the back. I'm 5'10" and sat on the back and my knees were pretty high up. Can't imagine anyone over 5'1 - 5-5" would want to be seated back there for more than 30 minutes at a time.
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Good point(s). Last season I was just under 230 lbs and the rebel 300 was just enough for one rider.

I took it for a spin last weekend (new eight of 185 lbs) and felt much more peppier, so the 300 is easily influenced by weight.



And you're on point about being cramped on the back. I'm 5'10" and sat on the back and my knees were pretty high up. Can't imagine anyone over 5'1 - 5-5" would want to be seated back there for more than 30 minutes at a time.


Congrats on the weight loss! Wish I had the determination to drop a few lb's.


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Congrats on the weight loss! Wish I had the determination to drop a few lb's.


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Thanks, my weight loss was a bit of a double edged sword though. I had to have a hip replacement two months ago, even though i was fit I still wanted to drop a few lbs beforehand to help with recovery. Only 28 years old btw

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