WOW...what a difference
I'm new to motorcycling. I bought a Rebel 300 last fall. It was good to learn on, but as I've posted in another thread, it vibrates WAY too much at high rpms and the seat is painfully bad. With this Rebel being the only bike I've ever ridden, I didn't know if the vibrations are due to it being a single cylinder, or if that's just how motorcycles are.
I'd been looking at the 2019 Honda CB500X models, but the USA won't get them in stock for a 'while'. (Dealerships are vague about when they'll get them in) But a dealership let me ride a used 2016 Versys 650. It was fantastic! All the vibrations were gone! And it was comfortable too! So after that test ride, I couldn't bring myself to ride the Rebel 300 anymore. Now I know not all motorcycles vibrate that much. So it was time to buy a new bike. It was down to the CB500X and the Versys 650. Upright adv style. With no idea when Honda will deliver the 2019 models to the USA, I focused on a 2018 650. So I bought the Versys, and have put about 250 miles on it. I haven't ridden the Rebel in weeks. But a guy is (hopefully) going to buy it this Sunday, and I wanted to ride it one last time to see if it's as bad as I remember it. So I went for a ride on the Versys this afternoon, then came home and immediately took the Rebel out.
I'm 5'10" and 200lbs....and this rebel is SMALL! I couldn't believe how small it felt. ...compact even. Now granted, the Versys seat is 5" taller, and I know that's going to have a lot to do with it. But the ergonomics of the Rebel are not for me. Too small, feet too far forward and I'm leaning forward too much even with my elbows locked. The seat has hardly any padding, and the ergonomics make me feel like I'm sitting on the inside 4" of the seat. (Like sitting on a 2x4)
Now I'll admit, when I started riding the Rebel in my 25mph neighborhood, it didn't seem bad. Then I got out on a 35mph road...still not too bad. But then I hit a country road and got up to 65mph. Good Gawd I thought the bike was going to vibrate apart. Yeah, the vibrations are THAT bad. A man's 'private parts' will go numb in just a few minutes of highway riding. The foot pegs and handlebars are equally vibrating.
If you live in a urban area, and work/commute in the same urban area where you never get over 40mph, I could see the Rebel 300 working out just fine. Quality build, great gas mileage, it's light and very easy to ride. But if you have to ride at highway speeds and/or have to ride for a long time...the bike is just awful. It hurts. Back in late September when I bought the Rebel, I rode 1000 miles in a month before I winterized the bike. It took me a month to heal.
So riding the Rebel 300 this afternoon made me feel SO GOOD about buying the Versys. I made the right decision. And I installed my first mod this morning: Rear tire hugger/splash guard.