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post #1 of 49 Old 07-10-2016, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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"Bash the Rebel"

There are plenty of threads here praising these bikes, let's hear what you don't like about them. Now when I say what you don't like about them, let's keep it restricted to the model itself and not individual issues that are being experienced...re: if you can't beat a 125 Kawi Eliminator with yours, you have a problem with your particular bike and not an issue with the model itself.


I'll open with this: back in medieval times the OEM seat would have made an awesome torture device.

"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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Carbs are obsolete devices that account for most of the operating problems with these bikes. EFI would be a welcome improvement.

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Letting off the throttle at 45+mph is almost as effective as squeezing the right lever. It's a shame the acceleration capabilities don't match the engine braking.

"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 49 Old 07-10-2016, 12:42 PM
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Not enough power for all traffic situations.

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Not enough power for all traffic situations.
In the bike's defense...the design hails from a time where the international speed limit was 55mph so back then it actually did have enough power for all traffic situations.

Sadly the bike already costs as much as compatible 250cc models that can handle the current situation, so any improvements to the design would only serve to elevate that price. Essentially the "bash" here would be "Enslaved to a Classic Design" AKA "The Harley Curse".

On a Honda, go figure.

"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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Is this a Bash the Rebel or Defend the Rebel thread?

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Bash, like I said..."Harley Curse"

"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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Can only pass vehicles with a strong tailwind....haha

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SUPREMELY cramped riding position for anyone over 5'7". The initial design should have allowed for moving the controls forward from factory (thanks @Old School, I can't wait for your controls to arrive...).

I'm just learning, and this is a great learner's bike. But I agree with the original premise that the seat is a torture device. I would like to get a proper single.
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eh, it's nice for a girls bike...
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