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Old 12-07-2012, 12:25 PM   #21
 
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I had a 78 Bonnie... Mine was a beauty. Bone stock original condition. I sold it to a collector when my kids started riding it and going on trips with their friends on modern bikes. I could see it coming to a bad end riding at those speeds continuously. It was a lot of fun though when ridden as a vintage bike should be.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:07 PM   #22
 
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"Rebel is the slowest of the bunch. Off the line and top speed. Toss up between the CBR and the Ninja as to which one is fastest. Ninja is much higher reving than the CBR, we've never ridden them head to head to find out which one would win."

The Ninja!!! It is the quicker all around of the 3. I have a Rebel, my son a CBR250 and my daughter-in-law the Ninja 250. It will leave me and my Rebel in the dust as well as the CBR.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #23
 
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We have 2 Rebels, a TU250, a CBR250, and a Ninja 250.

Rebel is more of a cruiser seat, TU is upright, and the other two are a bit more forward than than the TU, but NOT full on sport bike.

Rebel is the slowest of the bunch. Off the line and top speed. Toss up between the CBR and the Ninja as to which one is fastest. Ninja is much higher reving than the CBR, we've never ridden them head to head to find out which one would win.

Maintenance wise, Rebel and TU are the easiest. All except the Rebel have oil filters, CBR has a 6 (or is it 8 ?) thousand mile interval between oil changes. CBR and Ninja have a boat load of plastic to remove to access the engine for valve checks and such. They are also water cooled and along with taking all the Tupperware off, you'll have to drain the radiator as well.

No idea what the insurance difference is between those bikes. Only one of that bunch that currently has insurance on it is the Rebel. (Not required to have insurance on motorcycles here in WA). Only reason it is insured is because I take it out of state. IIRC, there wasn't much, if any, difference. According to my insurance guy (State Farm) a 250 is a 250 is a 250.

My Rebel is an add on to my auto policy. Currently, its 13.47 per month for 100K/300K everything under the sun coverage.

Funny thing is, the 850cc BMW is 21.80 and the 1100cc Guzzi is 20.83 per month. That makes me think his 250 is a 250 ain't quite accurate.

Shop around, my current coverage was cheaper than the gecko (which wouldn't match the limits that SF gave me).

Have been insured for years with good record, my insurance in TX is $53.00 a year. have had both prefer the Rebel more comfortable...either is ok...
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Yup your right Duckster but the mission for the bike down here in FL is just around town with an occasional ride in the country on a Sunday morning. I talked to a guy who has rehabbed these old garage queens and he said it usually takes about $1000 to put them in good shape for the road. I'll take a look at it but I am not completely insane ( don't ask my wife)lol.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #25
 
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Yup your right Duckster but the mission for the bike down here in FL is just around town with an occasional ride in the country on a Sunday morning. I talked to a guy who has rehabbed these old garage queens and he said it usually takes about $1000 to put them in good shape for the road. I'll take a look at it but I am not completely insane ( don't ask my wife)lol.
Grab it.. They are great old bikes for putting around and the occasional highway blast for a few minutes. Certainly they can take the same kind of riding as a Rebel at 60-70 mph in a relaxed way and they sound great doing it. They just can't do the highway speeds of 80-90 mph all day like modern 750-1000 cc bikes can.
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Well I missed on the Triumph; the seller called and said that it has been sold. So now it is back to a Rebel or a Suzuki TU250X . Oh well, onward and upward as they say.
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Well the quest for a Florida bike is over; I tested out a 2009 Rebel that was in great shape with a not too bad price and also a 2005 Buel Blast. I am sorry folks but the Buel won. I know that the Buel is an orphan. The Blast seating just fit me much better and there is a little more power with the Buel, and that is a good thing.The economy of the rides is similar, but the Buel will be a little more expensive to run and maintain. I think the Rebel is a great ride and an awesome bike and I think the people on this website are Finistkind. Just think in about 30 years from now people will be searching out the Buel cause it will be a collectors item LOL. I'll be 94 years old. But honda will probable still be making the Rebel. Happy trails to all and keep yourselves safe and out of harms way.
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Just think in about 30 years from now people will be searching out the Buel cause it will be a collectors item LOL.
Possibly, google or e-Bay the Harley Sprints from the 60s to get an idea of that. Granted that's a little more than 30 years LOL

Congrats on the bike, ya Blastard.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:35 PM   #29
 
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The '60's Aermacchi Harleys were from a time when Harley actually had some doubts about where it was headed in the market. This was before they made the decision to stay firmly rooted in traditional designs and not to make a serious move into modern engineering except for tinkering around the edges of the classic designs. The Aermacchis were an attempt to cover the lightweight market where they had no presence at all. The lightweight /middleweight segment was where most of the action was, as a booming motorcycle demographic was getting into riding on small Japanese machines. Many of those new riders are members of this board today.
The Aermacchis Were nice little bikes that were not particularly outstanding or iconic, but which still have a following today in the hands of collectors.
The Buell Blast on the other hand was only grudgingly put together by Erik Buell in response to Harley's requirement for something they could call a "trainer" bike, so they sawed one cylinder off a sportster engine and made a one lunger 500 out of it. They even offered to take them on trade at the full purchase price if traded on a big twin within one year of purchase.
Erik implicitly disowned it as he took great pleasure in crushing a Blast when they announced its discontinuance. Whether it ever becomes a collectable is an open question

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Ever since Harley picked up Erik's debts, there was always some doubt where Buell was headed. I mean he did some amazing things to those Sportster mills, but still they were nothing compared to what he wanted out of his bikes.

I think crushing the Blast sealed his fate with Harley, I don't find it coincidental that HD kicked Buell to the curb six months later. Then again it might have been part of Erik's master plan to get out from under HD's heels, that liquid cooled V2 in the post-HD 1190RS is light years ahead of the Sportster mills he was stuck with.



Now we'll just have to wait and see about this low displacement beginner bike rumor concerning a HD trainer with an available big bore upgrade...
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