The Rebel could be seen as a big bike for some beginners. Even though its forgiving and smaller than other bikes, there are some things that can be a surprise for a new rider. Having the power to maintain highway speeds they do have some getup and go, its possible to spin the tire on loose gravel while moving. I wouldn't say the rebel was designed for riding 75 all day long, but it will do it in the right conditions. My last rebel was mostly ridden on highways with speeds 55 and up. In my experience they do seem to get a little light when riding over 65. The wind does blow you around quite a bit. I was able to maintain 65 going up pretty decent grades, and cruise at 70. The few top speed runs I did, the bike wanted to go faster but the engine didn't want to push it there.
In my opinion the rebel is best suited for city riding and highway use at 65 and under. The Rebel will cruise at 70, but passing power is diminished along with fuel economy.
2002 Honda Rebel
I'll buy a Harley someday