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post #1 of 32 Old 10-05-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Springer Forks on a Rebel?

I wonder what modifications would have to be made to fit a Hard Knock Springer front end on a 250 Rebel? If anyone has any insight to this please give me your thoughts on it.

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Whatever springer fork you're attempting to adapt would need the steering stem machined to fit the Rebel's frame.

After that you're resigned to using whatever front wheel/brake etc that is specced for the fork...or again, the axle would need to be machined to spec along with some custom fab for the caliper to match the rotor if you want to retain the Rebel's front wheel.

And all of this assumes the fork length matches the Rebel's fork length, otherwise you end up with a raised or lowered front which can throw handling out of whack under certain conditions.

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Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber. That's called an "ANCHOR".
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I was looking at the front end on a Kikker 5150 aka Hard Knock Bobber. I can get one from their website for $199. Like these.

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$199?

I'll just leave that at "you get what you pay for".

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$199?

I'll just leave that at "you get what you pay for".
Yeah you're probably right. I wouldn't buy them if I have never seen up close and in person anyway.

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I have seen one of those close up, or rather one if its various China-clone derivatives with hydraulic forks (you may have seen it in the ad banners here, there's probably a dozen companies out there offering variants of this bike). For a $2000 bike it left a lot to be desired.

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I won't argue with that. Before I bought my Rebel I got a China 250 scooter really cheap. Although I never had any real problems with it, mainly because I'm good at noticing small potential problems and correcting them before they become a big problem. And I know how to work on things fairly good especially motors. But I can see where they are a bad investment and why people buy them then git rid of them so quick, usually not running. They are very cheap made and a crap shoot weather or not it's going to give you problems right out of the box. If I hadn't got such a good deal I would have never bought it. I rode it for a year and then made a $300 profit when I sold it.

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This is the one I saw, found it in the ad banner above...



The one I saw had a chrome exhaust but otherwise very much the same bike. Just sitting on it gave me the heeby-jeebies...the seat flexed side to side and the springs didn't offer much in the way of support, I was able to bottom it out just sitting still., I wouldn't want to try hitting potholes at 45mph with it. The footpegs also felt flimsy, and were solid mounted (rather than flex mounted for curve duty, not that you'd want to lean a rigid over that far anyways but it's nice to have that flex when it does --- rather than having something that catches the ground to lever a wheel off the ground instead). Lots of other corners were cut --- aluminum sprockets instead of steel, standard chain instead of an O-ring, stuff like that...although given their reputations those goods might outlast the rest of the bike

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I actually saw that kikker with the springer front end up close. After I picked it up out of the back of the pickup, I noted the general cheesiness of the frame and construction. I think that I had seen a bicycle with better suspension..., but that's my opinion...

Comments contained in my posts are not intended to cause physical or psychological stress and are mearly my two cents worth, and in this economy, that's cheap!

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Buying anything made in China scares me and I try to avoid it when ever possible. I'm sure if I really want a springer front end I can find one made in America that could work, I'm sure for alot more money but probably worth it on such an important part of the bike. My brother is a machinist and can make about anything I may need to fit it to the Rebel.

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