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post #1 of 13 Old 11-23-2016, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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another new Rebel owner

And I mean a NEW Rebel. Brand new 2016, currently with 15 miles on it from the ride home from the dealer. Not my first Rebel, I have had two others, an '85 and an '04. When I saw the pictures of the 2017 Rebels, I didn't care much for them. So I sold a Kymco scooter, and bought a new classic Rebel. I'm going to hang onto this one.
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-23-2016, 07:12 PM
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awesome! welcome to the forum

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-23-2016, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JerryH View Post
and bought a new classic Rebel.
Contemporary. The Classics were made in the 1980s. The 2017 models are Not-Rebels.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-23-2016, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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You are correct. I bought an '85 new back in '85. $1299. I always liked the '85-'87s the best. I liked the pullback bars and the sidecovers, especially the battery box. On my '04 I replaced the stock sidecovers with the steel black painted ones from BCB. I intended to eventually have them chromed. I butchered that one up pretty good. This one I'm leaving mostly stock. I may even leave the sidestand and clutch safety switches on it. Most of the modifications will be add ons. A backrest and rack, saddlebags, maybe a windshield, and definitely the forward controls kit from BCB. My knees were hurting after 15 miles with the pegs in the stock location. I made my own extension brackets for the '04, and never did get the brake linkage finished. I want this one to be something I can travel on, rather than a custom. For the moment it is just a dark red '16, completely stock, right off the showroom floor. Looks identical to my former '04 when I first bought it. I'll get a picture soon.

I don't know what to call the 2017s. They don't look anything like a Rebel. I think Honda should have come up with a new name, rather than put a classic name on something that doesn't even resemble it's predecessors.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-23-2016, 10:09 PM
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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-24-2016, 04:25 AM
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Welcome to the forum

LoL @Shadow Shack. Classic = most of the parts are obsolete

Agreed 2017 isn't appealing no matter what lipstick is applied..
I'd rather rebuild a vintage honda CB450 Nighthawk

enjoy that new bike smell.. Ride safe

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-26-2016, 06:01 PM
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Welcome to the forum Jerry. Enjoy the new bike. Good choice. The 2017 is a crime.

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-28-2016, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture of it. It is completely stock with under 40 miles on it. The picture is not that great, it was taken at night with a halogen light and a cell phone camera. I have an M/C Enterprises backrest and some saddlebags ordered for it. I also plan to get the M/C E luggage rack, and a forward control kit from BCB. I already have several things from my last Rebel that I took off before selling it. Haven't had much time to play with it so far.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-28-2016, 08:55 PM
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I'm jelly. I wish I could swing a brand new bike. But I've never bought anything new in my life, so I don't really know what I'm missing!😂

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-28-2016, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Sconda View Post
I'm jelly. I wish I could swing a brand new bike. But I've never bought anything new in my life, so I don't really know what I'm missing!😂

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I don't buy new things myself. The privilege of putting the first painful scratch on it comes at a pretty high price. I'd rather buy something a little nicer that's lightly used than the brand new thing of a lesser quality. The new scratches still hurt though..

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