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I was out riding my 2015 Honda Rebel 250 today. I am 5'3" with a short inseam I have been pondering going with a Rebel 500. I'd have to make some changes for sure, like rotate the handlebars backwards a little to make it more comfortable for short arms. Anyway, I am getting sidetracked here. I enjoy my 250 Rebel but when I can't get to 65 mph very well on a highway (I am 242 currently) that isn't probably so good. I do love the lightweight 250 it's a blast to ride and manuever. Is the Honda Rebel 500 ABS noticeably different in its' ride? It's handling? I think the 250 is like 341 pounds vs. a 500 ABS they say is 417, so weight wise I don't think it's that much of a difference. I'd have to adjust the preload on the back to maybe make it a little shorter then the 27.2" seat so I could duck walk the bike easier like my 250. Anyway I am just curious if there is enough of a difference that I'd enjoy upgrading or better to keep my 2015. I have 2400 miles on my 2015, so don't ride a lot. Live in rural area of Kansas. Thanks for everyone's insight and thoughts. It's appreciated. :wink2: I have thought of the 300 but my 250 is buzzy as is at 55 mph, don't think a 300 would be enough.
 

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So just from a power stand point, yes there is a big difference. You said you have trouble getting to 65mph. On my 500 with my wife as a passenger we weigh basically 300 combined. I can get to 85 without an issue, and probably faster really.
As far as ride height. I don't think changing the preload is going to do much if anything for the seat height. So if it ends up being to high you may have to look into other ways to lower the bike.
I have ridden a Rebel a 250 a bunch of times and it is certainly a light bike. That being said the extra weight of the 500 really shouldn't cause an issue. The bike is so well balanaced it really feels very light.

The 300 is a single cylinder, so if you didn't like the 250 buzz you may not like the 300 since the 250 is a paralel twin. The 500 should be a smoother.
That being said, while I myself would without a doubt recommend the 500, the 300 engine is actually fine as well.
It has 50%more horse power than the rebel 250. And while it takes a bit more to get it up to speed than the 500, the 65mph speed you are looking to attain actually wouldn't be a problem.
 

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As a 300 owner who's ridden a 250, if you're going to spend the money to upgrade you might as well just go up to the 500cc. But honestly if all you've ridden is 2,400 miles, why not just keep the 250? Doesnt seem like you ride enough to justify the extra expense. Unless you are only held back because of highway performance, I say keep the 250. It's a fine bike and nothing wrong with it.

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I agree with everything already said. I LOVE the Rebel 250 and think that it's one of Honda's best ever motorcycles. I'm more than a little surprised that you can't get the bike past 65. It makes me wonder if the bike needs to be serviced. Worse than a high mileage bike is a bike sitting around not being ridden.
 

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Go with the 500, it WILL be that much better. Heck, the 300 vastly out performs the 250 Rebels, but it won't perform all that great on the highway. My 300 will get to 70-75mph, but it works very hard to get there and harder to keep me there. The 500 will carry you just fine and you'll find it's not an intimidating amount of power either...it's very much a beginner/intermediate bike. It has easy, useable power...a great little cruiser.
 

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I just upgraded from the 250 to a 500. Same height as you. It's perfect. Still light and nimble enough for city riding and plenty of power for the highway. My left arm/shoulder were sore the 1st week of riding do to longer reach in riding position but my body adjusted and it's comfortable now. As far as preload, you will need to adjust it higher or your going to bottom out on larger bumps. Don't worry about duck walking the bike at all, the side covers are more flush with the bike on the 500 than the 250... for me it's actually easier to duck walk it than the 250. My chubby legs would always hit the 250 side cover and Brake the connection point.
 

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I was out riding my 2015 Honda Rebel 250 today. I am 5'3" with a short inseam I have been pondering going with a Rebel 500. I'd have to make some changes for sure, like rotate the handlebars backwards a little to make it more comfortable for short arms. Anyway, I am getting sidetracked here. I enjoy my 250 Rebel but when I can't get to 65 mph very well on a highway (I am 242 currently) that isn't probably so good. I do love the lightweight 250 it's a blast to ride and manuever. Is the Honda Rebel 500 ABS noticeably different in its' ride? It's handling? I think the 250 is like 341 pounds vs. a 500 ABS they say is 417, so weight wise I don't think it's that much of a difference. I'd have to adjust the preload on the back to maybe make it a little shorter then the 27.2" seat so I could duck walk the bike easier like my 250. Anyway I am just curious if there is enough of a difference that I'd enjoy upgrading or better to keep my 2015. I have 2400 miles on my 2015, so don't ride a lot. Live in rural area of Kansas. Thanks for everyone's insight and thoughts. It's appreciated. :wink2: I have thought of the 300 but my 250 is buzzy as is at 55 mph, don't think a 300 would be enough.
I have just gone from my 2012 Honda Rebel 250 to a 2017 Rebel 500. I find the 500 to be rock solid both on the straightaways and in the turns. It's a joy off the line at a red light. And going up the mountains in my neck of the woods is a night vs day difference from my old 250. I am 5 feet six inches tall and can easily flat-foot on my new 500. I am having shoulder pain from my outstretched arms on the bars, so I think I need to make some adjustments here. I think its more stable in the twisties than my old 250, and riding at higher speeds is where the new bike shines. It's very stable. You will have no problem making the transition to the Rebel 500. My advice: go for it!
 
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