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post #1 of 9 Old 05-11-2017, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Rebel 250 off road.

Im about to get a rebel 250 I love the looks of it and I love the way they handle I do want to make mine a little more off road capable. like lifting it 3-5 inches and putting some kind of knobby tires on it. I'm not planning on riding it like a dirt bike but I don't want to be just for road use. how would I go about lifting it and would 15 inch shocks fit in the rear
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Im about to get a rebel 250 I love the looks of it and I love the way they handle I do want to make mine a little more off road capable. like lifting it 3-5 inches and putting some kind of knobby tires on it. I'm not planning on riding it like a dirt bike but I don't want to be just for road use. how would I go about lifting it and would 15 inch shocks fit in the rear
You are saying in so many words that you really want an enduro style bike that can do some offroad as well as street riding.
You should seriously consider something like the Yamaha XT250 or the Suzuki DR rather than try to make such substantial mods to a small cruiser like the Rebel that is really not suitable for enduro type riding.
Substantially lifting the rear of the Rebel just by changing shocks would completely mess up the rear swingarm geometry and cause serious problems with the drive chain clearance.

I know there are several on here who do ride their rebels on dirt roads and farm trails, but an XT (for example) is far more suitable for this type of riding while still being a great choice for city and highway use too.

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I would get an enduro bike bit i have no job and no money so I have to work with what little I do have right now till I graduate and get a job
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The rebel is capable of moderate off-road riding in its stock configuration. If you need it to do more, I would suggest you leave it as is, and when you graduate and have $$ get an enduro.
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I have plans later on next September or so when riding season starts again here in AZ to get a cheap used Rebel for dirt road use. Not off road, just dirt road. I have a Yamaha XT225, but due to a worsening disability, I am no longer able to safely able to get on and off of it. A dual sport seat is like sitting on the narrow edge of a 2x4. A Rebel is not suitable for true off road use. The frame and forks are not strong enough, and if you try to raise the rear, the chain will hit the frame.
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If you truly have no money, then you definitely do not want to try to modify the Rebel for real off-road use. It will cost you way more than trading it on something more appropriate, and it will still be inferior.

The Rebel is already capable of mild off-road use by a reasonably mature adult who understands the need to baby it. I ride mine in pastures, fields, farm roads, double tracks, and logging roads with no problems. I have even used it for herding cows. However, I ease over or around obstacles or move them. I do not go flying down these roads, or jump terraces, or other things that true dirt bikers love to do. The suspension won't take that, but it will handle dirt just fine at a reasonable pace by an experienced rider.

Everyone who has learned to ride on my Rebel has done so on dirt first, since it is softer, more forgiving, and not filled with other vehicles.

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The best way to make a Rebel an off-road machine is to buy a cheap beater with no title and wrap some knobbies on it. But to convert a decent titled one, I wouldn't do so at any budget or cost. Seriously, there are plenty of untitled running Rebels out there for $500 or less. I recently acquired a semi-pristine 2012 model as such.

If you do go through with this, try to resist the urge of jumping the bike. The top motor mount is fragile and can bend after such maneuvers. Don't ask me how I know this.

"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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Just for grins, I found this pic of an 80s model. Knobbies, fork extensions or longer forks, longer rear shocks, peanut tank, a bit of reinforcement to the frame...and look, no top motor mount.


"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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In my state, even dirt bikes have to have a title and a license plate unless you are riding it on your own property or someone elses private property. Every dirt road and trail here is considered a legal road. I even had to convert a quad to be street legal so I could ride it off road. In addition to being street legal, if you ride it off road, you also have to have a $25 a year OHV sticker on your plate. You can get a cheap Rebel with a title, but you can also get a cheap dual sport, and if you are able to deal with the tall (my XT225 Has a 35" high seat, and I just can't get my leg over it anymore) seat, that would be the way to go. The only reason I want a Rebel (or a Nighthawk 250) is the low seat, and I'm no longer in any condition to do true off road riding. Oh, and you can't get knobby tires for the Rebels wheels either. Dirt bikes and dual sports have 17" or 18" rear wheels, and 19" or 21" front wheels.
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