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post #1 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question Question for Rebel owners: Why the Rebel?

First off, I just want to say that I do not own a bike. Also my knowledge of mechanics is very limited, I'm not what folks would call a "Gear Head" lol But I am looking into it and plan on buying a bike in a year or two.

So my question is, why did you guys pick up the rebel (234CC engine) over a V-Star 250 or TU250X, which are true 250's (249CC's)?

I realize that the difference between a 234CC and 249CC engine is minute and maybe inconsequential ,or does it actually matter?

I ask this question for a couple of reasons.

When it comes to beginner cruisers, my very preliminary research has shown that most people and websites recommend the Rebel.

I also feel that I may be ignorantly missing something vital about the Rebel (or the other bikes) because I am not mechanically inclined.

Generally, I'm just not sure why someone would take a 234 over a 249 aside from aesthetics.

I thank you all for your time, posts and forgiveness for what I feel is a rather nooby question.


EDIT: For the record guys, I want challenging anyones decision, picking on rebel owners, or insisting that a Rebel was a lesser vehicle. I was just curious why you picked the rebel over other bikes.
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post #2 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 09:39 PM
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I haven't ridden a 249, so can't compare the two. The Rebel has reliability, economy, easy to maintain/work on, retains value and light weight going for it.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #3 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 09:51 PM
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We got out Rebel for a song, used. I like standards and Debbie likes both. I do ride the Rebel quite a bit and don't mind the seating position that much because its just a blast to ride. If I were buying a new bike it would be a standard.

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post #4 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 09:51 PM
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I wanted to "step up" from a scooter (Honda Ruckus). I asked around, and one gent (who repairs Harley's as a side line) suggested a Rebel ... and only a Rebel. Why? Inexpensive compared to other bikes, ultra reliable, not over powered (he knew that I would probably get in trouble!) and miserly on gas while still able to go on the highway. Options I looked at were a Kawasaki Ninja 250R (Ninja 250R - Street/touring - Model 2011 - Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc.) but it was one of those with the handle bars "hung low" and I couldn't see myself being net over all the time. And, last but not least, a L-O-T of searching on the inernet came up with the Rebel over and over and over and over again for MY needs. I love the bike!
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post #5 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by MurrayBrown View Post
Inexpensive compared to other bikes
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.
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post #6 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:13 PM
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Honestly I admired the Rebels from when I was in highschool. I had a friend who had one. Didn't realize how small they were. I needed a second vehicle and was considering a big scooter. But I saw this and all the stars fell inline. It was a bonus the ease of repairs and great community. I knew the small size would get good milage by default.

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post #7 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:14 PM
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Just being a member of this forum is reason enough to own a Rebel. They are great bikes and the people on this forum as just as remarkable.

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post #8 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by xerogabe106 View Post
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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post #9 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:29 PM
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Good job Ferrarimx5!

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post #10 of 114 Old 08-17-2011, 10:33 PM
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I have to say it is a very dependable bike no matter what you do to it.. (cough cough) I'm sure there are some things you DON'T want to do to it.

That, and so far is a lot of fun to work on, light and well, just plain fun!

Even my husband who rides a victory kingpin and vision thinks the rebel is fun and so easy to ride. We'll definitely keep my rebel till the end.

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