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post #11 of 23 Old 10-12-2015, 09:01 PM
 
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I was taught to slow down before tracks or obstacles you might have to cross (they used 4x4's in my MSF course), get up off the seat (on the pegs) and roll on the throttle just as the front wheel is about to hit the obstacle, this unloads the fork and lets the bike "climb" over the obstacle with less force, and only then sit back down. I do this every day with a set of rough at-grade tracks, and never take the lower back abuse. That said, the Rebel can bottom out pretty easy, even over a change in pavement, so some back loading is expected on this bike and in the upright riding position.
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post #12 of 23 Old 10-12-2015, 09:04 PM
 
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Thank you for the continued feedback.

Leaning forward seems to be a good idea since I'm used to that on my sport bike.

I learned about lifting up on the pegs in my MSF class as well, although I'm fearful of losing my balance and would have to slow down greatly to be on the safer side.

It's not too big of an issue. A cruiser has a different ride, so I'm just going to have adapt and prepare better to the experiences.
Food for thought.... watch some dirt bike riders, they stand completely up on pegs and blast through race courses. I have never felt out of control being off the seat, but I can see how it might be unsettling to some riders.
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-14-2015, 12:37 PM
 
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I too suffer from back ache from the upright riding position. All the tips given are great and I use them all. The only other thing I do is that at any stoplight of any duration I stand up over the bike with both feet on the ground to stretch my back. I also use that time to flex and unflex my right hand as it never gets to stretch while you are riding. I guess if you are riding long distances with no stoplights (or stop signs with nobody around) it does not hurt to just pull off the road after ?? number of miles and do a stretch. All these things combined should help. AND, if you can take ibuprofen or naproxen, a dose before you leave home and when you return (after a long ride) will also help a lot.
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I too suffer from back ache from the upright riding position. All the tips given are great and I use them all. The only other thing I do is that at any stoplight of any duration I stand up over the bike with both feet on the ground to stretch my back. I also use that time to flex and unflex my right hand as it never gets to stretch while you are riding. I guess if you are riding long distances with no stoplights (or stop signs with nobody around) it does not hurt to just pull off the road after ?? number of miles and do a stretch. All these things combined should help. AND, if you can take ibuprofen or naproxen, a dose before you leave home and when you return (after a long ride) will also help a lot.
Thanks for the great feedback and understanding. I normally don't back issues... It's just happening lately due to my new work, but I'm learning to adjust so I can prevent. Last thing I expected was the crunch on the bike, lol. It hasn't gotten bad enough where I need to take any meds before or after, thankfully. The education and advice in this thread should be sufficient and great to apply with my everyday riding in the Rebel.

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When i got my rebel shocks were on 1 the softest setting. It was a ratger "squishy" boppy kinda feel. Gave ne the back crunch on big bumps and It hurt my lower back if i rode over 30min and when I hit the bumps i really bounced. 1 was too low for my 180lbs.. suprised i never scraped the fender.. now ive adjusted it to 4 and no more back pain.. 4 is higher than what i "need" but the stiffer feel works alot better for me... same for my mattress.. and now if i really nail a big pothole my butt seems to suffer more.

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Anyone replace the stock seat with something more comfy that relieved back pain?

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Alot of people have said the corbin seats are a great upgrade, they are pricey but you can pick from a bunch of materials and patterns.. they look great too. Just search corbin seat honda rebel.

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Alot of people have said the corbin seats are a great upgrade, they are pricey but you can pick from a bunch of materials and patterns.. they look great too. Just search corbin seat honda rebel.

Does the Corbin seat fit the after market larger gas tank?

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Does the Corbin seat fit the after market larger gas tank?
This my opinion, and my opinion only. It is from first hand experience with a Corbin seat on a Rebel.

The Corbin seat could not be any harder if they made it out of concrete. It will transfer all vibration, bumps no matter how small directly to your posterior. The inherent vibration in the Rebel has to be one reason Honda made the Rebel seat so soft, to absorb the vibration. Luckily I found a nice used one for a good price, and managed to sell it for what I paid for it.

There is comfortably firm, and there is HARD. From my experience the Corbin is HARD beyond belief. It's too bad as the Corbin seat looks nice on a Rebel.

Again, just my opinion.
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How can you tell what preload is set---

Hi Jax:

Just got a 2015 Rebel on my rear shocks I see preload settings from 1 to 5 but how do you know which one it is currently set on? They recommend 2 as being a "normal" setting.

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Have you adjusted the shocks on the rebel? If you look at the bottom of the shock you can see a graduated sliding part to adjust the shocks on the older generation 250. On the newer ones the adjuster is covered with a chrome piece with holes to adjust the shock.
You might need to adjust the shocks to make a softer ride.
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