Hi all ..Apparently I'm qualified to do figure 8's in a parking lot ( just past MSF Basic rider course ☺ ) . I went to one of the Honda dealerships here in NYC and they let me sit and roll around their floor on a Beautiful 17 Honda rebel but no go on a test ride . Never rode a motorcycle before 2.5 day MSF course and that bike was a beat up Suzuki 250 with a bent rear brake peddle. Salesperson says other than a demo day ( rare ) it is what it is here on east coast and has to due with insurance . I've naturally Never purchased a vehicle without a testing it first so I stepped back to marinate on the situation. I explained I've never rode on streets and would be a nervous wreck making the 10 mile trip and have no friends available who would get it home . He said they would deliver bike to my residence no worries . I'm 5'11" and a svelte 215 lbs ha ha nope, so I'm leaning towards the 500 as i would hope to grow into and not out of the bike . Q: Have any of you been in this situation and how did you handle it ? It's very encouraging to hear all the positive reviews here and on YouTube about bike but I'm still a bit hesitant. Lots of great info here , glad I found this rebel forum and hope some day to become a full fledged member ( owner ) and not just a voyeur. Apologies for long winded post . Thanks..