I have been riding off road for over a decade now. My brother in law got me trail riding in my early 20's, and I really enjoy it. Now in my early 30's the frequency that we get out for either trail rides or motorcross has reduced significantly. After a lot of thought I decided that I was going to buy a street bike rather than upgrading my 08 YZ250F. I have taken good care of my dirt bike, and should be able to keep it going for a couple more years. I came to the conclusion that my opportunities to ride on the street were far more numerous, and would make commute to work enjoyable. So while searching my dealerships website I came across the new Honda Rebel 300 & 500. I absolutely loved the styling. So I ventured into the dealership to take a first hand look. I went in targeting the 300, but after speaking with the the salesman, he recommended going with the 500 as he finds a lot of people who upgrade from the smaller bore motorcycles within a year. I filled out the paperwork and went home with an all Black Rebel 500 the next day. I am glad I went with the 500. Coming from riding motocross bikes, the 500 Rebel is very mellow by comparison. It feels plenty fast dont get me wrong, but its nothing that will be me in trouble. So far I really like how the bike handles. This bike hugs the ground like a champ, and leans over nicely in turns. Its not a bike I would want to travel very far on, but for cruising around town I love it.