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post #1 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Regret Buying Your Rebel

Time to stir up the hornet's nest...

I really do love my 250 Rebel, but... I've joined a riding group here in Tampa, and even though they have been really good to accept me and my somewhat slower bike (compared to all those huge fire-breathing monsters), I find myself thinking I'm a peewee in a crowd of big bikes. One guy made a comment about how he missed his "tiny" 750... with just a small twist of the throttle, they take off and go zooming. Me, I'ts a bit of a grind to get up to speed, though with my Cobra pipes offering much better performance, 60-65 is much less effort for my Rebel than prior.

I've been on 3 groups rides now, and have had my Rebel up to about 65 with no issues; it's balanced, works fine (though I was told some saw a blue puff of smoke on my higher rpm shifts, so first thing I'm doing, echoed by my shop, is to get a new air cleaner (no oil leaks; oil is still full up to the dipstick); the old one was a mess...)

But I get this longing for a Shadow, thinking how much more effortlessly it would be able to keep up with all the larger bikes. I'm not doing anything right away, but I admit, I have been giving it a lot of thought to going to a Shadow 750. So, Do I regret the Rebel. NO. Do I want the Shadow 750? MOSDEF!

Think I'm off my rocker? The good news is I paid SO little for my Rebel. I'ts paid for, its mine, and it's looking better than ever. I paid $750 and put 2x that into it's restoration. But I think I want the bigger engine size....

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post #2 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 11:00 PM
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Never regretted the Rebel. Its always earned a place in the garage. With its low cost per mile and light weight, it has filled niches no larger cycle could handle.
I've had bigger before and since buy the Rebel new but the rebel has never let me down.

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post #3 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 11:03 PM
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I love my Rebel, but today I rode my daughter-in-law's Ninja 250 and then rode my son's CBR 250 and the difference in take off and speed is completely amazing to me. I was to 50 on the Ninja in no time and on my Rebel I would have still been getting up to speed. I love the look of the Rebel, but love the quickness of the Ninja and the CBR. Gotta find something that will give me a happy medium. You are not off your rocker in my book, I understand.

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post #4 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 11:09 PM
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Sometimes I think I want a larger bike but I always talk myself out of it. The only time I can't keep up with my Harley friends is when they start racing from stop light to stop light. Any other time I keep up just fine even on the interstate and I like my bike so much I could never get rid of it, I put too much work into it. So if I did get a bigger bike it would be an addition to the 3 Rebels I have.

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post #5 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 11:16 PM
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I regret selling mine. The Shadow is nice, but the Rebel for some reason was a lot more fun.

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post #6 of 128 Old 09-16-2012, 11:19 PM
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It's natural to want more performance than what the Rebel can deliver. There is a happy medium out there between good performance and fuel econonomy. My fleet at the moment is probably biased more toward high performance than would be ideal.
Having owned everything from 160 cc up to an 1100 cc Superbike, I think the 850 Commando was close to the sweet spot of comfortable performance combined with decent fuel economy.
Every bike has its virtues and vices. The Rebel is a great teacher with good manners, but is not ideally suited for comfortable long distance high speed travel.

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post #7 of 128 Old 09-17-2012, 12:12 AM
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I regret not having bought one sooner...
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post #8 of 128 Old 09-17-2012, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by gyrojunkie View Post
I regret not having bought one sooner...
Me too, I should have bought one ten years ago.

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post #9 of 128 Old 09-17-2012, 12:25 AM
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I've never seen myself as a Cruiser sorta guy; but I was offered my Rebel from a very trusted friend who's a maintenance fiend at a price I couldn't refuse, I frankly stole it.

I was definitely into a 250 as a starter however, and over time I thought it would serve as a fun commuter for my 20-mile round trip every day. It has. As a 'trainer', I have no regrets, save for that ^%#&@$@!!! seat and I wish I had a bit more legroom.

I frankly admire it inasmuch as it is a twenty-odd year-old design. All the chrome bits are really metal, not common at all any more. Stone reliable and utterly simple mechanically, so even a technical dolt like me can see after most things. Very 'Old School' in a good way.

I think the performance is reasonable considering a 400# wet weight plus my 250# sitting on it: I'm not likely to keep up with RR's or Interceptors with 16bhp. But it's a double edged-sword: I could never get 80mpg, comprehensive insurance for a little over $200, or a buy-in of less than a grand for a VFR, or even a CB250R for that matter.

My girl keeps telling me I should get in a group ride, but frankly, I don't want to get left, or have to flog the hell out of it to keep up!

So for what I intended for it, it's just great. I'll keep it after I get something bigger, too cheap to keep to get rid of it. But I do want to be able to get on the Interstate and travel, and it's just not made for that for me. So I don't regret it, it is what it is, and for a lot of my needs, it's enough. But I will get something bigger for the day-trips I'm looking forward to.

My short list for that sort of thing would include a Bonneville SE, 650 Ninja, FZ6R, the NC700, those sorts of things. I'm looking to land in that 'sweet spot' Duckster mentioned of enough performance/good mpg/under $10k neighborhood. Maybe an FJR way down the road . . . . .

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post #10 of 128 Old 09-17-2012, 12:26 AM
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Never regret buying my rebel. Best thing i ever did. She does all n more than i want n since i have more hp now is brilliant. i do want a larger capasety bike it will be another rebel with larger motor , my rebel i will never sell is so much fun to ride n easy to work on .

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