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Hope riding is going well. Someone asked me what kind of bike I ride and I didn't know what to say. I said "cruiser / sportster" but I'm not sure that's right. Is the 300 a cafe racer? I'm new to biking so am not sure what makes a bike a cafe racer as opposed to a cruiser.

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Hey all,

Hope riding is going well. Someone asked me what kind of bike I ride and I didn't know what to say. I said "cruiser / sportster" but I'm not sure that's right. Is the 300 a cafe racer? I'm new to biking so am not sure what makes a bike a cafe racer as opposed to a cruiser.

Thanks, and safe riding.
I believe it’s given style name is a ‘Bobber’ but if you heavily customise it, I’m not sure if it retains the same Bobber style.
So if you change the seat to a cafe style & straight H/bars & nobbly tires it could then be called a cafe racer I suppose.
 

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I think the Rebel is just a custom bike. Most definitely not a cafe racer, ad those have the seat at the same height as the tank and handlebars that are positioned to a front-leaning riding position. A cruiser is, to my understanding, something designed for longer rides in terms of comfort and storage capacity

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I think the Rebel is just a custom bike. Most definitely not a cafe racer, ad those have the seat at the same height as the tank and handlebars that are positioned to a front-leaning riding position. A cruiser is, to my understanding, something designed for longer rides in terms of comfort and storage capacity

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Here it's called a cruiser. But I believe you're mixing the area of usage of a cruiser with a touring bike. A cruiser is a bike you just cruise with, hence the name. When you go out on a short/fast trip with your bike, it's a cruise. You don't suddently find yourself 4-5 hours away from home. That's touring in that case.
 

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Here it's called a cruiser. But I believe you're mixing the area of usage of a cruiser with a touring bike. A cruiser is a bike you just cruise with, hence the name. When you go out on a short/fast trip with your bike, it's a cruise. You don't suddently find yourself 4-5 hours away from home. That's touring in that case.
Makes sense when you put it like that :)

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Someone asked me what kind of bike I ride and I didn't know what to say. I said "cruiser / sportster" but I'm not sure that's right. Is the 300 a cafe racer? I'm new to biking so am not sure what makes a bike a cafe racer as opposed to a cruiser.
The correct answer that absolutely can not be debated: "It's a Honda." ;)
 

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I think I see the bobber argument. Maybe between a bobber and a cruiser.
EDIT: Looks kind of like the Harley iron 883 but smaller...no?
 

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I think I see the bobber argument. Maybe between a bobber and a cruiser.
EDIT: Looks kind of like the Harley iron 883 but smaller...no?
Just a little smaller, yes.

They had a beautiful Iron on the showroom floor when I was shopping for my Rebel 500 that I absolutely loved at first sight, and would've cost only a couple thousand $ more...

But I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew for my first bike.

I've got my eye on the Forty-Eights for when it's time to upgrade, but seriously... a 1200cc Harley with a gas tank smaller than we have on these bikes, and with 1/3 less fuel economy? I know you can get it with a 4.5 gallon tank, but it changes the look quite a bit...

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Just a little smaller, yes.

They had a beautiful Iron on the showroom floor when I was shopping for my Rebel 500 that I absolutely loved at first sight, and would've cost only a couple thousand $ more...

But I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew for my first bike.

I've got my eye on the Forty-Eights for when it's time to upgrade, but seriously... a 1200cc Harley with a gas tank smaller than we have on these bikes, and with 1/3 less fuel economy? I know you can get it with a 4.5 gallon tank, but it changes the look quite a bit...

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I think that's a good intuitive call to go with the 500 as a first bike. A few extra grand and insurance would have been higher as well on the Harley. Where I'm from, that's a huge consideration. I think I might go with an Iron 883 when it's time for me to move up. Did you happen to try it out? How heavy did it feel (i.e. the 883) compared to the rebel? I have 300 right now and must admit that I absolutely like the idea of being able to move it around quite easily, and I'm not a big guy at all, around 130 pounds.
 

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I didn't sit on it, because there would've been no going back at that point lol. The ONLY thing I didn't like about it were the mirrors... they were triangular in shape, barely bigger than a Dorito lol.

According to Harley's site, the Iron 883 is 545 lbs, but as low slung as it is, I don't think it'd be an issue.

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My dealer had a couple of pre-owned 883's that I really liked. Really nice looking machine! If the time comes when I want to move on from my Rebel, I would definitely give the 883 some serious consideration.

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The "tiny tank" goes back to the 50's & 60's to emulate the old Mustang tanks guys used to slap onto their bikes. The idea back then was to expose the engine as much as possible from every view point, including the driver's seat.
 

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Someone asked me what kind of bike I ride and I didn't know what to say. I said "cruiser / sportster" but I'm not sure that's right. Is the 300 a cafe racer? I'm new to biking so am not sure what makes a bike a cafe racer as opposed to a cruiser.
The correct answer that absolutely can not be debated: "It's a Honda."
Someone at work asked me this question and when I showed him a picture he was quick to call it a "Honda Davidson" I laughed a little and another guy said it was a sportier bobber! I kind of like the second one. Lol
 

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My buddy owns an Iron 883 and i've ridden it quite a few times.
It feels "Smaller" than the rebel. With the Iron 883 it feels like you're sitting on top of the bike, the rebel feels like you're sitting "into" the bike if that makes sense (maybe because of the sloped tank?).

The power difference between the 300 and 883 is tremendous, but so is the weight difference and I just can't get over the ergonomics of it. I'd choose my rebel over it even if money wasn't in the equation, just feels better.
 

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Bobber is a naked cruiser. So I believe, then you buy it - it is a crosser, and you can make a bobber out of it.
 
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