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Hi guys.

Coming from a 14 CB500F and seriously thinking of trading in for the 500 with ABS. I am going to test ride one soon and wanted to know your thoughts.

Is it worth getting the ABS version vs the non-abs?

I am 5'11", 230lbs so I was thinking the 500 over the 300 for that reason and also some reviews said there's noticeable vibration from a 300?
 

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Well, I'm 5'10 220 lbs so we're pretty close in stats. I have the 300 and really I don't see what harsh vibration everyone says is so bad. I feel a slight vibration in the top end 70+ mph, but really not bad.

Both will do you fine. But I'd go with the 500 if I could do it all over again just cause it has quicker pick up.
 

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I've had the 500 without ABS for over a month. Great bike, I would have gotten ABS but they didn't have one available. ABS is great, just another safety device that could help out at some point. There are those that think ABS is over rated I believe, but it's another tool to make riding safer for everyone.
 

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What is the problem with the CB500F? I am a strong proponent of "paid for" bikes.
 

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5'10"/200+# rider here. 500 ABS in the garage. I haven't come close to needing the abs but for $300 extra I think it's money well spent. I reckon the resale value will reflect as well.
 

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...for $300 extra I think it's money well spent. I reckon the resale value will reflect as well.
Jet's right on the money here. $300 for that extra safety is a no-brainer. Resale value is a great point too. Do it.
Also, I expect you'll be quite happy for a long while on the 500cc. The 300cc not so much.
 

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What is the problem with the CB500F? I am a strong proponent of "paid for" bikes.
Seat height, style... I might get it as a second bike and sell the 500F instead versus trade in since I think I can probably get more money back that way. Also, I think I will feel more confident on a cruiser than street.
 

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I did ABS only for resale. As the years tick by, ABS is going to be an expected feature. And I went from a 150 scooter to the 500 knowing I would out grow a 300 in a day or so. I wasn't prepared to want a bigger bike already after only 2 months though.
 

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Seat height, style... I might get it as a second bike and sell the 500F instead versus trade in since I think I can probably get more money back that way. Also, I think I will feel more confident on a cruiser than street.
Getting trade in offers is fine, but, you generally make out better selling your own bike and then bargaining with cash in hand. I'm sorry that you were not comfortable on the CB500, I dearly love mine.
 

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I annoyed now because I went to see if I could test ride the 500 and the dealership said they don't allow it... What gives? How am I supposed to know how it rides? Is this typical? I bought my current bike from a private seller and have never had to deal with a dealership...
 

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I test rode a couple of the Rebels, both the 300 & 500 at the dealer in Denton, TX.

I had to produce my drivers license with the motorcycle endorsement and a copy of my insurance certificate. I also had to sign a release form.

Both bikes they filled the tank and told me to have fun.

Kenny G
 

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Every Dealer I went to wouldn't let me test ride a new bike in the showroom.
Maybe yes to a used/pre-owned, but never a model w/ 0 miles.
 

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I annoyed now because I went to see if I could test ride the 500 and the dealership said they don't allow it... What gives? How am I supposed to know how it rides? Is this typical? I bought my current bike from a private seller and have never had to deal with a dealership...
If your near me you can come ride mine. A lot of us here got ours site unseen, least of all taken for a test ride. Except for the occasional 300 owner, I don't recall seeing any disappoint from the crowd.
 
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