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Old 03-28-2017, 11:06 PM
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I'm trying to decide between the 300 and 500 as well, if I get a bike. But the BMW G310R seems pretty nice for the price, too:

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Different style, of course.

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Old 03-29-2017, 01:31 PM
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That's a tough one, have you ever gotten to sit on the G310 R ?
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I'm trying to decide between the 300 and 500 as well, if I get a bike. But the BMW G310R seems pretty nice for the price, too:

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Different style, of course.
If you're really interested in the G310, what's going to make it harder is all the other similar bikes to it coming out or already out these days, starting to see a rise of them. I think even Honda has something similar in the works.
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:16 PM
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I haven't actually seen the G310R in person, but saw it discussed on some other forum and it looked interesting. I haven't had the chance to pursue it yet though. But I like the cruiser styling of the Rebel more.
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I haven't actually seen the G310R in person, but saw it discussed on some other forum and it looked interesting. I haven't had the chance to pursue it yet though. But I like the cruiser styling of the Rebel more.
i feel the same way about the rebel since in recent times we haven't had anything similar, its times like this I don't taking a different direction away from going sporty and Honda probably knows this. on that note it will be interesting to see what bikes people are coming from, i might not be the only one going from sport to cruiser.
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.....If it wasn't for the HD Roadster being received better by the public, i'd be riding one right now.

Gotta' ask what you mean by that.
It sounds like you're saying that the Roadster was received well by the public, and that makes you not want it?

There are several leftover 2016 Roadsters around here, and it seems most people prefer the usual HD cruiser
style over the way the Roadster is set up.
I'm not sure how well received it's been.
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:17 PM
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In all honesty for this style of bike, there are four contenders in the new market:

> Harley Street500/750
> Honda 300/500 Rebel
> Kawasaki Vulcan 650S
> Yamaha Bolt (various trims)

Of the four I would lean towards the Vulcan, more so if they brought back their first model year green.

Realistically I'd go used and buy the bike Harley copied for the Street: a mid-80's VT500 Ascot:

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I'm a fan of tbe Vulcan as well, but I wanted to start with something smaller.

That said, I can see myself enjoying the new Rebel 500 for many years to come.
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You'd be surprised at how insignificant the "beginnerability" differences are with the 650S.

492 pounds wet, 84 pounds more than the 500 but still well in the safe & sane zone for newbie riders (the typical recommendation is max 500 pounds & 50HP)

The seat is about a half inch higher.

The front tire is a hair skinnier and the rear is a hair wider.

3/4 gallon more fuel capacity, while the 650 sips a bit more juice it still offers a bit more in range as such.

A bit longer in wheelbase but similar frame geometry.

Available in ABS trim just like the 500.

Positive Neutral Finder, this is an awesome feature that I wish other OEMs offered.

Superior mono-shock rear suspension.

First bike ever to be offered in multiple ergonomic configurations: you pick the seat/pegs/bar position that fits your body right.

For a mere $1K difference you really get a lot more.




Still, I prefer the VT500 Ascot. When you get right down to it, it's a VT500 Shadow at heart.

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....Realistically I'd go used and buy the bike Harley copied for the Street: a mid-80's VT500 Ascot:....

The Ascot's cool, but H-D was making V-Twins long before Soichiro Honda made his first motorcycle.
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