Aside from the MSRP, I havent seen much of a price difference between the bikes I mentioned (both used or dealership prices), but I may be wrong.
True, but what is the meaning of inexpensive? I could GIVE you a Ferrari and yet it still would be expensive..
The Rebel is inexpensive..
Here is the reason for the Rebel...
The Brit bikes leaked, the Harleys leaked, The Indians leaked, then along came Honda.
Not only did Honda set the standard, they also designed and refined the 250 Engine.. At first Honda designed an engine that was a little too small, but they refined and grew the engine till they invented the Rebel.
The Rebel was soon discovered to be the perfect Motorcycle.. Everything else was a compromise. They tried making bikes bigger and they tried to make the bikes faster. They succeeded in doing both, but every success has had its downfall.. They found they had moved away from perfection.
The more they changed it, the further they moved away from perfection. Honda engineers found, over the years, that the Rebel was so refined and so dependable that they could remove the tool kit, saving the company a ton of money and making the Rebel lighter in the process. They kept the Screwdriver in the hidden tool box because they realized that the life of the Rebel far exceeds the life of the battery and 20 times in the life of a Rebel, you were going to need to change the battery (once every five years). Note: you change the battery with just a simple screwdriver and Honda did not want you to have to look for or have to buy a screwdriver when the time came to trade in the battery for a new one.
Everyone believes bigger is better until they sit down and ride a Rebel. Then they realize the huge mistake they made..
Now, I am not saying you will not be happy buying something other than a Rebel. Not everyone is ready for perfection. Some people feel they have to suffer a bit to be happy, so do not let me sway you towards the Rebel.. You can save the Best bike for last if you want. Go ahead and explore the other bikes. You will never miss the Rebel, but one day when you least expect it, you will ride on a Rebel. When that happens you will understand; the Rebel is the perfect bike.
Of course I could be wrong, it is the internet and who are you going to trust?
(But, buy a Rebel.. You deserve it.. You owe it to yourself)
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