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post #1 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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what can she do

so i bought my 2015 rebel about 2 weeks ago, taken her out a hand full of times, put over a 100 miles on her so far. im wondering whats the farthest some of yall have rode on a freeway or mabey even cross country. i know many people say there weak and arent meant fir highway, but i bet some people on here have done so. also what the farthest youve rode 2 up or if you way around 300 pounds, with me and my wife together it would be like 310 pounds combined roughly. also whats the windsheild good for just bugs and protecting face from wind, or would it help with back draft from semis? and last whats the average gas milage, i know this holds 2.6 gallons is the .6 the reserves? and at 2.6 it should get around 200 miles before i have to refil. how many miles roughly before im using reserves?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 10:13 PM
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I don't know about everyone else, but after 50 miles i'm looking for someplace to pull over, whether for gas, food or just a place to take some pics. my butt needs to come off that seat, and just let the body recover for a little bit.

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i mean the giving the butt a rest and food part makes since, and if your stopping yea you may as well get gas, so i understand the reasoning for that, but at 50 miles that's hardly using any of the advertised mpg. id love to hear everyons word on my questions. thanks for the feed back red neck.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-14-2017, 11:44 PM
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I'm 6' 240, and have about 30,000 miles of freeway riding on Rebels, most of it at or near full throttle. I would not recommend a Rebel for carrying a passenger. I tried to carry my grown daughter on the back of my Kawasaki Vulcan 750, and even with the preload set to max, it bottomed out badly. I think the Rebel has a max weight limit of around 350 pounds, but it depends on how you load it. I have had about 300 pounds on mine, but 60 pounds or so of that was scattered all over the bike. I have never really been comfortable carrying a passenger, even on a Goldwing. A passenger is not static weight, they tend to move around. And they put a lot of their weight up high, making the bike top heavy, seriously affecting handling. I've always considered a motorcycle to be a one person vehicle.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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id say the 2up part is based more on experience,skill, and how comfortable you are with it. plenty of people ride 2up all the time. i mean id say that the rebel is probably not the best for 2 up considering its power but with stock rear seat they were keeping 2 up in mind. what do others have to say about 2 up in general,and 2 up on the rebel in particular? also about long trips/gas milage. thanks for the input jerry i like talking to bike guys and learning from all of you.
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I'm around 200 lbs and I get about 63 mpg around town making VERY short trips, but get closer to 70 when going a bit further. . I don't ride very far though even on the *further* trips. . The best I've gotten so far is 73mpg.
As far as distance, there's a thread on here somewhere where someone rode their Rebel all around the US. . I think it was about a 4000 mile trip.
I never liked riding two up, either. . Even back when I rode Harleys. . But for picking up a woman and bringing her home, I'll put up with it.
I have a very small windshield called a FlyScreen. . It diverts the wind around your body, but you still get most of the wind in your face. . I like it, but I LIKE the wind in my face.

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I'm very much the NHTS 'typical' in size and weight (crash test dummy model 50th percentile) and I'm still sneaking up on the point to switch to reserve, haven't hit it yet. Riding the back country roads (35-55mph) and filling up at just over 120 miles takes less than 2 gallons; so > 60mpg so far.
stock, no windshield, no bags, I've gotten it up to 85 on a level stretch of interstate keeping pace with the cars around me (yes they were going that fast) , at full throttle. Not the preferred ride for the interstate, but in a 'have-to' situation it works.
My last passenger was clear that 15 min at a time, 5-10 min walking breaks, is needed for the pill passenger seat is none-so comfortable.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 11:49 AM
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The bike will handle whatever you can pile on it, including passengers. Top speed will drop a little, but you're not usually trying to run 80 mph with a passenger or large load.

The bike will handle it way better than the people. Passengers won't be happy for long on that pill box seat, regardless of their size. Your own skill will determine how comfortable you are with a passenger, and also how comfortable they are with you.

Gas mileage will get better as the bike is broken in. It will be better with less weight, and worse with a load, duh.

A windshield helps for long distance riding.

You will determine how far you can ride, not the bike. It will go on forever, but you can't. You can ride further if the bike fits you well, but less if you are cramped up or uncomfortable. The Rebel is ideal for short people, but anyone 6' or over will be scrunched up due to the position of the seat, pegs, bars, and controls. The bike will need a break every 150-200 miles for fuel, then is ready to go again in just a few minutes. The question is whether you can keep it up. I doubt it, but some can. Your butt, legs, knees, back, shoulders, and neck will determine how far you can ride at one time or in one day.

Once when I was younger, out of necessity to keep my job, I rode home from Sturgis, 1800 miles, in 2 days. I rode from daybreak to dark the first day, and daybreak to midnight the 2nd day to make it. That was roughly 30 hours, which means that I averaged 60 mph including all stops for gas, food, and stretching. In order to do that I had to run at 90 mph and above the whole way. Obviously that wasn't on a Rebel, but regardless it wasn't any fun, even though my Dyna fits me perfectly and is set up for long distance rides with a reclining position, forward controls, pull back bars, and a T-bag back rest.

My wife will ride on the back of my Dyna for a day ride as long as we take lots of breaks. When she was younger she made one long distance trip on the back of it, and said never again. She will ride on the back of an Ultra Glide or Goldwing for days with no complaints, but we still have to take lots of breaks. She will not ride on the back of the Rebel as it is just too uncomfortable. She prefers to ride her own bike, the 883 Sportster Hugger which only has a solo seat.

If your wife is like mine, you won't have to worry about how far you can go, or when you have to stop, or even whether the bike will carry 2 people, she will tell you.

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-15-2017, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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76paw your crazy man, thats the kind of guy i am to. 26 years old been a parent since i was 18 so when i got my first bike bout a year ago which was a honda nu50 that freedom of 2 wheels felt good, i put so many miles on that thing rode in the rain all the time. took it on roads i shouldn't have been on. then stepped it up to a ct90 been nice but its a semi project bike it runs good in all but had like 4 oil leaks fixed mabey 3 out of 4 so since i was constantly taking it apart i was riding as often as i wanted. went into the local bike dealership/store for some oil and saw the prices on some of the bikes i was like man i can actually afford a newer bike. bout 2 weeks later and now i own a 2015 rebel and plan to take care of it but use it and put lots of miles on it. cool story with sturgis, and great info about passengers. thanks man
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My wife has been a passenger on the back of my R1200GS on several long trips over the past few years, including a great ride Across Alberta and the mountains of British Columbia last summer. Its a big bike, and she's not very big, so I don't really notice her back there. She tells me the GS is by far the most comfortable bike she has ever been on which I would put down to the big rear seat and the very cushy rear suspension on the overgrown dirt bike. She has ridden as many as 1000 kms in a day as a passenger more than once, which is a pretty good day even for me by myself. A bigger bike will carry a load much easier than the Rebel, and with a lot more comfort for all involved. The Rebel is really a solo bike, but the good news is that your wife can probably ride her own Rebel quite easily. My daughter (who is also a great passenger) loves riding the Rebel.

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