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post #1 of 19 Old 01-19-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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450 vs 250

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I'm new to riding and i happened to get a really great deal on a 450 rebel. i love the bike. i think its a really good size and shape for motorcycle and i like that it has the cruiser attitude without having an engine the size of my cars.

Any ways I have a 450 but I've never ridden the 250. Does any body have experience on both bikes? how do you guys think they compare?
Im not necessarily asking which one you think is better i just want to know the pros and cons and any interesting differences there are (if any differences) between them.
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-19-2010, 11:27 PM
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I have ridden both. IMO, the 450 sits a little higher, which I don't particularly care for. I felt like on a 250 my center of gravity is a bit lower and it handles more nimbly. (5'9 165). Highway speeds on the 450 was very good, ran perfect. This one had a windshield too, buffeted too much. if the 250 had the 450 power, I'd love it more.

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post #3 of 19 Old 01-20-2010, 06:04 AM
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Despite the name, they are basically two different bikes. I have owned and ridden 3 250s, but have never ridden a 450. Still, I think that the 450 would be a much better fit for someone my size than the 250. (I would actually love to have a 750 Rebel) But 450s are pretty rare, they don't grow on trees like 250s. You can't just go out and buy one whenever you want, you have to get lucky, and if you do manage to find a really nice one, you have parts problems to deal with, which can be a real pain if you intend to ride it. Jerry.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 12:02 AM
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I have owned both the 250 and 450. I felt the 250 a to slow for me. Had a '86 special edition, a beautiful little 250 Rebel. Wish I hadn't sold it.
I ride the 450 and really like the extra power and the OD for on the freeway. So far the only part I've had trouble with is the base gasket when I did the rings and head on one of my 450's. I used the old gasket and cut out a new one from the same thickness gasket material.
I think it is a personal preference as to what you like and how the bike fits you.
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post #5 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 01:17 AM
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I don't have a problem with the 250 being to slow. It is, but I knew that when I bought it. It's only a 250. When I want to go fast, I ride my Vulcan 750.

So far the only problem I've had with the 250 is lack of legroom, which I'm dealing with right now, by relocating the footpegs forward. That actually makes it feel like a full sized motorcycle for someone 6' tall.

I would like to own a 450, but it wouldn't be a daily rider, due to the lack of parts to keep it going. If it breaks down, it could be months (if you are lucky) before you can find the parts to fix it with. I see the 450 more as a collectors item than anything else. Jerry.
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 01:32 AM
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I couldn't ever own any vehical that I couldn't drive or ride the crap out of. It defeats the whole purpose. If its rare and I couldnt afford to buy or have parts made for it if it breaks down, I would let someone else have it to sit and stare at cuz that ain't my style.
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 09:17 AM
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Most people who have 450's keep them and ride them. But like everyone say's the parts are little harder to find than a 250 as the 450's were made only in 86' and 87'.
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 10:05 AM
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I agree with jakeman. I ride my 450's and when they break down which the haven't, I'll find the parts or make them and fix them. That is part of owning a old bike or car that is different than owning a newer bike or car. They are easy to work on and right at this time there are lot's of parts on ebay. It seems that people are parting out the 450's instead of getting them running and enjoying the wind in your hair (or lack of it in my case) and the bugs in your teeth. They are worth more in parts than as a whole bike. But I will keep mine and keep enjoying the ride.

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I own 2 '60s cars, well actually a car and a truck, both Fords. I've never had problems getting parts for them. Old Japanese cars have the same problems as old Japanese bikes. No parts. The one American brand bike, Harley, whether you love them or hate them, have more parts available than every other brand of bike put together, no matter what the model or year. I would love to own one or more vintage Japanese bikes, but I have yet to find a single one, including the SOHC Honda CB750, that was made by the millions, that you can get parts for today. Jerry.
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-28-2010, 11:15 AM
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My Cb750 I was able to get most the parts for the only things I could not get was the tank mounts they did not make them anymore but boy did that bike run too bad I had to get rid of it. The bike was too big for me to ride
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