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post #1 of 100 Old 07-26-2016, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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First Bobber Build

Hi All, first timer here (intro). I just got my first Rebel 250 in perfectly good running condition so obviously the first order of business was to strip it down I've been looking to do a clean hard tail bobber on a budget and I dont think i could have started with a better bike. These little Rebel 250s are awesome!

So without further ado I present to you "Red 2" (yes a Rebel Alliance reference...)

Here she is still on the trailer (only pic I have of it as bought)
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So first things first, I got rid of the awful saddle bags, rear seat, and passenger footpegs.
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Then I took the grips off (with some cursing and yelling at the bar end weights) And tried two sets of grips I had laying around... I think Ill go with the white Biltwell Recoil grips...
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Lookin much better already! So I originally bought the tiny 1.6g Wassel peanut tank for a new motorized bicycle build I was planning on building... but it didnt look too good, so I decided to finally buy a motorcycle to put it on... (yes I bought a Rebel because I had a cool gas tank...) Was also lookin around my bicycle parts bin for some other stuff and I found a perfect rear fender from an old Baja pit bike, and a set of thick walled 7/8 bars!
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Unfortunately I realized that the tank wont fit on the wide Rebel backbone until I hard tail it with the Voodoo Vintage kit, so I figured I would hold off on the rear fender until then too.
So I decided to try and fix the mangled front fender instead...
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Got to use my Harbor Freight hammer and dolly set
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Good as new! nor not...
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I was decently happy with how the front fender turned out until I went back to the bike and saw how much better it looks without a front fender anyway...
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So that was my first day of bike ownership, and so far its living up to its reputation even though I haven't ridden it since the buying test ride and the few laps around the parking lot when I first got it back to our shop.

If you got to here thanks for reading my first post and I hope to have more updates soon!
Cheers,
-J

p.s. Any awesome stuff u might see in the background of my pics is unfortunately not mine (before people start asking), just the shop I work at...
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Well I got a little more done yesterday. As with any Rebel worth it's salt, it's pretty obvious it has seen the ground a few times thus has a fair amount of dings and dents. The headlight ring was in a particularly mangled state so I attempted to straighten it out a bit...





Good enough for now... Then I went ahead and removed the rear fender and fender braces. One of my rear turn signals was not working also, and i think I found out why.




Now the dificult decisions begin. Ive been looking at the $50 Sully's Customs solo seat from Lowbrow and was wondering if anyone out there has any experience with it? Is it comfortable?
Besides that I pulled the seat from the same Baja pit bike I took the rear fender from and I think it gives a cool brat look to the bike. Any opinions?

Solo seat?
Brat seat?
Fender/no fender?
Sissy bar?





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Looks good so far! I would definitely go no fender.
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3 days, 2 posts, 100 views and no comments doesn't phase me. I shall continue to document my progress.
Today I tried to get some work done on the rear fender. For the fender struts I am going to use the ends of the saddle bag supports as mounting points and use some 3/8 rod from Lowes for the struts. Just for fun I mocked up the saddle bag supports as the fender struts and it kind of looks interesting...



Oh yea I also cleaned the chain as it was quite cruddy.



I went ahead and chopped off the ends of the saddlebag brackets and smoothed them down, I also made some mounting tabs for the swingarm out of some 3/16th plate.





All ligned up and ready to go. I swear these mini magnets are a fabricators best friend. A pair of tack and a bead later...





Obviously ill cut down the allen bolt, but basically this is how i plan on mounting the fender struts. Didnt have much time for anything else so I gave it a quick squirt of paint and that was it for the day.





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Nice job on the tabs .and as for the seats I like the first one.vintage or retro I don't like that yoga mat


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Great job with the tin work. Few questions... How are you going to pull that dent out of the tank? What are those tubes for that are taped to the rear tire? I like the funky fender supports. Subscribed, cheers to another day without work.
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What are those tubes for that are taped to the rear tire?
Unless you're specifically asking what was used, those are spacers for fender placement while fabricating swingarm supports for said fender.
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Makes sense, I was thinking maybe they were the fender supports.
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Nice job on the tabs .and as for the seats I like the first one.vintage or retro I don't like that yoga mat


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Thanks Aeufracio93! I already ordered a nice vintage sprung solo seat, cant wait to see how it looks as the stock seat is a bit bulky, and the yoga mat seat is well, a yoga mat lol.
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