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Old 09-11-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
 
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Honda Rebel vs Suzuki S40

Has anyone had real experience with both the Rebel and the S40? I'd love to get some opinions and comparisons.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
 
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The are very common as far as ergos and handling is concerned. Similar overall sizes, measurements, and weights for the most part. I want to say Suzuki changed the handlebar back around Y2K from a buckhorn to a dresser style, the former made the Savage more cramped to me than the Rebel, the latter made it feel the same.

The only readily noticeable difference is in power...obviously the 'zooki is going to feel like a hopped up Rebel.
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Debbie and I love the S-40. Our local dealer said we can get out the door for $6,300. No thanks. We will look for a used one for $3,500 or so.
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Not long ago my local Suzuki dealer offered me a brand new, left over 2008 S40 for $3,400. due to a promotion Suzuki had going at the time. There are certainly deals to be had. It felt similar to the rebel when I sat on it, perhaps slightly heavier. I've never actually ridden one though. I was wondering if they are reliable and if they have any mechanical issues. Shadow: I really dig the Honda RS 750, the flat track styling and all, but at 8 grand it will have to stay on my wish list for a while. Anyway, thank God for the little rebel, everyman's affordable ride.
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It felt similar to the rebel when I sat on it, perhaps slightly heavier.
And "slightly heavier" is the best way to describe it. Something to the tune of 360 pounds wet, compared to the Rebel's 325. Barely noticeable difference there.

I too would like to try out the RS750. If I were buying a bike today that would be on the list, it's the only bike in Honda's current line up worthy of the Shadow name, the rest have become overweight underpowered mini-slugs (as compared to the big bore overweight/underpowered maxi-sliugs). Sadly the one thing working against the RS is its diminished fuel capacity...while it keeps the weight down you'll be stopping short of 100 miles for a fill up. Still a good commuter bike but you won't be doing a lot of out-of-towning with it.
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I rarely ever go more than 100 miles one way. Hey, if I wanted to go long I'd get a Goldwing or something comfy that can haul luggage. The RS just seems like pure fun...which to me is what riding is all about. But on my budget an S40 or older LS650 seems pretty good too. And I have yet to hear anything bad about them really.
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the old suzk where only 4 speeds. not bad bikes i wouldnt mind haveing a newer one.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:23 AM   #8
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If I was going to buy a newer bike I would be looking at an S40 for sure.
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When I sat on one, the controls were more forward, more like a full fledged cruiser style than the Rebel. That's one more reason why I like the Rebel more. It's kind of in between a cruiser and a standard bike.
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If you really like the RS750, look for its predecessor, the 99-06 Spirit 750. Lower seat, a little more rake, dual carbs instead of FI, and forward controls instead of mid-glides, but it's very much the same beast. The sibling Shadow VLX can also be had on a budget, moreso the 88-98 models (which offered better performance over the 99+ VLX thanks to an extra carb). You'll have no trouble finding used VLXes in the $3K range.
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