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Hi all! I am brand new into the motorcycle life, getting my license next week! and I am thinking about purchasing a rebel 300. I know this topic gets brought up so many times but I am still undecided! If I am getting this bike mainly for weekend/after work rides. small rides on a 55mph highway. Will this bike be okay for me?

The real reason I am pushing for the 300 is price. I know the 500 is not much more. But the 300 is for sure more appealing. I just don't want to regret my decision !
 

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Welcome to the forum! There are so many variables for a new rider to determine whether they like a certain bike or not - I hope you don't regret your decision as well.
 

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For many it's not the area of usage that matters, but it's the fact that they out-grow the bike due to it's lower ccm/power.
The point is, the 500 can do all of those things too, and more!
And it's the day you come to the "more" part that you'll think back "why didn't I get the 500 instead?"
But if all you're planning on doing is just small trips here and there and sell it again after 2-3 years, then by all means, no need for the 500 then.
But if you're planning on staying on two wheels a while, then I don't see a reason to choose the 300 over the 500. Unless you might crave something new by then anyway.
 

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Get the 300 if thats whats more economically feasable - and also as a new rider.
When you're ready to move up, you can always sell (or just keep) the 300.
The old gen Rebels retain their value; no reason to think these won't. It's a Honda, they'll last forever.

Also, guessing you're getting the Rebel not necessarily for speed but for overall rideability. (Case in point, my KTM Duke 390 is 110cc's smaller and will smoke my Rebel 500.) And like jr_b17 said, you'll be fine for most commuting and leisure riding at 55-65 with the 300.
 

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I use a 300 daily to commute to work, 20 miles each way on 65 mph posted highway. You'll be fine.
FYI i'm 215 lbs 5'10 and cruises at 70mph comfortably.

I bought the 300 as my beginner bike with the intentions of upgrading a few years down the road.
Chances are my next bike will be 800cc +.
Honestly though the 300 does everything I plan on doing with a bigger bike, so I'm often asking myself "Why do I NEED to upgrade?"
 

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I use a 300 daily to commute to work, 20 miles each way on 65 mph posted highway. You'll be fine.
FYI i'm 215 lbs 5'10 and cruises at 70mph comfortably.

I bought the 300 as my beginner bike with the intentions of upgrading a few years down the road.
Chances are my next bike will be 800cc +.
Honestly though the 300 does everything I plan on doing with a bigger bike, so I'm often asking myself "Why do I NEED to upgrade?"
Yeah I'm in the same boat. Just got my license and haven't bought the bike yet, but will soon. The 300 is where I'm leaning mostly because of price. I don't want to spend too much on my first bike.

I already know that my first choice for my eventual upgrade is a Ducati Scrambler.
 

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Yeah I'm in the same boat. Just got my license and haven't bought the bike yet, but will soon. The 300 is where I'm leaning mostly because of price. I don't want to spend too much on my first bike.

I already know that my first choice for my eventual upgrade is a Ducati Scrambler.
Perfect, I think you're on the right track. I suggest you get the 300 and get comfortable riding for a year or two and save back up some money.
When you sell (Rebels should hold their value for the most part) you can do a proper upgrade to a bike you REALLY want.

My next bike will be a HD softail heritage.
 
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