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post #11 of 32 Old 07-09-2019, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Nardospark View Post
I don't think "starter bike" is a fair label for a Rebel. It very well may be the bike many start out on but it is a wonderful machine that is reliable, aesthetically pleasing, economical, and is easy to handle in most situations. I've read many testimonials from individuals that had larger machines and they were very happy to sell them off and cruise on their Rebel. There certainly are a lot of identity issues being worked out by some who won't accept anything but the HD icons. The best advice that I could give you is to test ride a number of brands/models/and engine sizes (if you haven't already) and make a decision about what feels comfortable and safe. If you don't have a lot of upper body strength, the 300 + pounds of the Rebel 250 is plenty to handle. Best of Luck!
Sorry to ruffle feathers by calling the Rebel a starter bike. I only meant it's going to be my starter bike.

It may be a final bike as well. Not sure yet how "into" motorcycling I will be. It seems like a lot of fun, but who knows there's a chance it won't be a good fit. Then again, maybe I'll be REALLY into it, but not feel any need to upsize either. I tend toward vehicles that are functional/practical, rather than super high HP or overly sporty - - the Rebel seems to strike a good balance, especially given my experience level.

I'm glad I found this forum and the many Rebel enthusiasts who frequent it. Hoping to join the ranks of owners soon and continue the learning process.
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post #12 of 32 Old 07-09-2019, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by 7milesout View Post

I would love to see a simple bullet list of these mods. Tonight I'm going to be sizing my "Rear Seat Driver's Backrest" brackets, via paper board. Then will optimize the design, dimension it out, and have samples made.

The only other thing I can think of for comfort is

  • Forward controls, and
  • Handlebars. But I raised my handlebars up and I'm happy with them at the moment.
The carrying box I will add later, but it's not a comfort thing. More like a convenience thing.

So yeah, even though I'm not quite King Kong, but very similar in size to Shrek, a list of comfort mods would be great. Thanks.
1. Raise the seat/move it towards the rear. Do a tag search for seat mods and you'll find several threads.

The others you have already mentioned, forward controls (Blue Collar Bobbers makes them for the Rebel) and changing the handlebars. It's not really a size mod, more of a comfort mod, especially if you are going to be riding for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. For most, the stock seat isn't very comfortable. The options are a Corbin (expensive, but many say worth it) and sending your stock seat to Spencer to have better (firmer) foam installed. I sent mine to Spencer and am pleased with it. Spencers Seat Modifications - FAQ

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post #13 of 32 Old 07-09-2019, 10:23 PM
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When you get your Rebel, or whatever small displacement bike you wind up with, ride it for 3-5 thousand miles before considering getting a larger bike or listening to folks who haven't ridden one, tell you it's too small. I have a VN750 that hasn't been ridden in years, and probably never will be, because it isn't nearly as nimble/flickable as the Rebel. Yes, the acceleration is nice, and 40 mpg isn't bad compared to a cage, but it's just not as much fun to ride.

Regarding the couple that took the course and went out and bought big displacement bikes, they haven't done themselves any favors (IMHO) by doing so. There are many riding skills that are best learned on a small displacement bike. Rider training isn't mandatory in Louisiana, and I see many riders who obviously haven't had any training other than what they learned from friends, family or on their own. None of those sources are qualified to provide good instruction. They are essentially without skills beyond being able to (most of the time) keep the bike on the road and stop it within a block or two.

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post #14 of 32 Old 07-09-2019, 11:08 PM
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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.

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post #15 of 32 Old 07-10-2019, 06:36 AM
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No worries! My comment was directed toward those who encourage others to acquire larger bikes and justify their decisions for purchasing larger bikes by labeling the Rebel as being something "less" than adequate. As I stated once before, in many parts of the world where two wheel transportation is more dominant, a 250cc powered bike is considered huge. I would also point out that the Honda Cub, in all of its manifestations, has sold more units world wide than any other form of internal combustion powered transport.
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post #16 of 32 Old 07-11-2019, 06:33 AM
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At 5'7" and 155 lbs, you should be right sized for the Rebel. As many other replies have said, these bikes are very often used for long, cross-country trips...Among its attributes is the fact that it is good for starting to ride, but to label is a starter bike is overkill and paints with too broad a brush.
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post #17 of 32 Old 07-11-2019, 08:57 AM
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At 5'7" and 155 lbs, I could carry you under my arm, and still work the clutch!
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post #18 of 32 Old 07-15-2019, 10:26 PM
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The Rebel will run wide open as long as there is gas and oil where they belong. It was engineered to perform like that. There are some local roads I avoid on my Rebel, but I avoid them in my cage as well due to the usual conditions. One in particular is a two lane truck route. Long lines of trucks, usually stop and go or 80 MPH, seldom anything in between. Others because they are riddled with cracks and potholes. Nothing my Reb can't handle, but I ride for the pleasure of it. No point in riding a white knuckle course when another road is smooth and clear.

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post #19 of 32 Old 07-17-2019, 07:44 PM
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You've gotten good advice on this already, but I'll add by "two cents."

I recently moved from VT to GA. I flew up to New England, got my Rebel and rode it to Ithaca, NY to visit my daughter at college. Then I headed to Atlanta, GA. I took 3 days, so I didn't put in that many miles each day, and it was pretty tiring even at that, but I had no problems with stability. The main issue was vibration and just getting tired of sitting in the same position so much. To change it up I'll sometimes use the back pegs!

Good luck with your Rebel 250. I'm sure it will give you lots of great miles of fun!

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post #20 of 32 Old 07-18-2019, 08:17 AM
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I'm no where near ready for any highway action. Personally, I'd be leery of running in 80MPH Interstate traffic on one. I like to have some reserve power to accelerate so I'm considering 60 to 65MPH as a possible upper limit. I've not gone past 45MPH as of yet and was quite pleased on how quickly it gets there.

One of my friends in the UK has told me how his 250cc Honda performs at the upper end. He and I are built very similarly.

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