Yeah, I'm looking to make a switch too. I bought the Rebel 300 last fall.,,,my first bike. It did all the things I wanted it to do. Low power, easy to ride. So I've gained just enough education and experience to start finding out what I like...and what I don't like.
While I like my Rebel 300 overall, there are some things I really don't like...enough to make me consider selling it and buying another this spring:
1) it vibrates more than I expected. Perhaps I'm not a thumper kind of guy. Ok for in town, NOT ok for longer/faster rides.
2) The seat hurts me. This is perhaps the real reason I will sell it. I rode 1000 miles in 6 weeks and it seems I over did it. For several week, I hurt 'down there'. Now when I go to the dealership and sit on other bikes (especially the CB500 series)....they feel better. More/better seat, more support. When I quickly hop off and get back on a Rebel....I can tell it's not for me. I'm only 5'10" and I feel like I'm cramped and my legs are too high, which makes me feel like I'm sitting on a 2x4. Not only is the Rebel seat hard, it seems like I'm only really using the inner 4 inches of it. I like an upright seating position, but I want my feet further back....and the CB500 does that.
So I've got my eye on a CB500f, Yamaha MT-07...and if it really calls to me, the new CB650R with it's 4 cylinder engine!! They got rid of the 'transformer' looking headlight on the 650R...but it's a lot more money. The CB500f is in the lead (even thought it's got the transformer headlight), Yamaha mt-07 is for now, a distant 2nd....and the CB650R is a long shot.
Still, I'm glad I bought the Rebel 300...learned on it. But it may be time to move on.
Last edited by Ohio Newbie; 01-12-2019 at 11:23 AM.