Hey everyone, as post states, taking the 300 to the limit.
So yesterday, and last few days, I've been depressed. Depressed that perhaps I bought the wrong bike, not what I really wanted or looking for, just generally down in the dumps that I'm not gonna be happy with this little underpower (it seems) rebel 300.
But yesterday, yesterday ladies and gents, I was at a rest spot on a highway, just out for a lonely cruise thinking nothing but the worst of this bike, and I decided just to say screw it, lets see what this thing can really do.
Where I live, we have ALLOT of straight flat roads. It was 11pm, sun still shining, no wind, no traffic, I needed some inspiration or something.
I have always been pretty conservative since owning the bike, no reving the piss, just nice easy cruising, enjoying the fact that I can get 280kms - 175miles to a full tank, and only cost $10 to fill. But last night, last night, I needed to do something. Never stretched this bike out yet, but it was time. It was the right time.
Broke out from a start, 1st and 2nd gear, I didn't like, didn't feel anything but the awesome numbing vibration, no real pull. Hit 3rd and took it to what I thought was close to redline, since there's no tach, can only guess. Anyway, got to what I think was the last quarter of the rpm range, and it was like vtec in their civics, bike took right off. Actually had to hang on tight, lol.
Into 4th, same thing, get to the last bit of rpms and she took right off, changed gears at 95kms - 60miles, and into 5th, same thing, took right off, 5th gear took me to 140kms/hr - 90mile ish, and into 6th. 6th gear treated me a little different, didn't get that kick back I felt earlier, but it still took me to 165kms/hr - 105miles/ish. Eventually I ran out of road and pretty sure 6th had nothing more to offer me. Though it didn't actually take all that long to get there, lol.
Just so everyone knows, I was in control, maybe not me emotions, but I think the bike lol, wide open highway and no other traffic in site. lol.Don't judge.
So after that, had that big grin back on my face, bobbing my head that Honda still has something, they didn't completely disappointment me. They made a decent machine between my legs. For a little 300cc (286cc actual), I was once again, like the day I bought it, surprised. Even the notorious vibrations disappeared for that brief time.
Point of all this, you have doubts, take it to the limit, see what it can really do before passing judgment, or passing the bike off to another owner. lol. (Not that I'll get much, Harley offered $1000 max).
There is still a few setbacks despite my renewed appreciation for the bike, the seat, the hand grips, lack of accessories and mods (all on back order from dealer). Bike is too quiet, some parts just look really cheaply made, not enough power(just me jealous of all the Harley ppl I hang with), suspension too soft, the display sucks cuz it doesn't display everything I would like, the front turn signals, held in by rubber, which is starting to warp and droop, one turn signal is coming out of the rubber mounting piece, try as I might, can't get the stupid thing to stay flush.
The windscreen is a joke and a sad piece of plastic. Too tight to get anything, like the air filter!
All the cons listed, I am sure with time, can be changed, rectified, or modified. I'm impatient. lol. All and all, I'll keep the bike a little while longer yet. Gonna plan a road trip in a few weeks, see if I still feel the same after that. lol. I might have a pillow for a seat, foam tubing that covers the hand grips that you would put on copper pipes for a water heater. And a milk crate strapped on for storage, instead of the cumbersome backpack. lol.
Wow, wrote a book. Way to go me, and feel bad for the blokes reading it too. lol. Enjoy!!! Reply as you feel, pos or con, I'll take it in stride. Cheers!!
The good things you say aboout the 300 though, does give that fading enthusiasm a little boost back.