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post #21 of 32 Old 07-18-2019, 08:26 AM
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it also gets quite loud above 55-60 mph,, so ear plugs would probably be a good idea on long highway runs

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post #22 of 32 Old 07-18-2019, 09:15 AM
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Acceleration past 60 on the 250 isn't impressive. On the interstate, I wind it out and ride in the right lane. Running it at full throttle all day won't hurt the engine.

You have my sympathy if you have to ride in metro Atlanta area traffic!

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Flitecontrol - My biggest issue with Atlanta metro traffic is not the pace, but the fairly frequent fly-bys of Malibus, Chargers and Callengers at like 105 mph weeving very unsafely through traffic. It happens. Makes me nervous in a car. Might scare the devil out of me on the Rebel. I did jump on the interstate a couple times from one exit to the next, about 1 mile. I didn't go over 65 mph. It had some reserve left and felt fine at that speed.

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Thanks for all the additional feedback and encouragement. I did end up purchasing a late-model Rebel 250. I haven't been on the highway yet, but have taken my first spin (on any motorcycle!) Photos and discussion here:

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Don't rush yourself. I acclimated by going up the entrance ramp, and down the next exit ramp. It allows you to get used to the handling and rate of acceleration at various speeds before merging into traffic. It also helps to get used to being drafted by 18 wheelers. The first few times one passed me, I thought for sure my wheels would be blown out from under me. Didn't happen.
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Funny, I went down the entrance ramp and up the next exit. Only because where I was going (Summit Racing), its much quicker through traffic to run down 1 exit versus the surface streets. I could have gone faster but 65 was fine on that short mile (or less) on I-75. I didn't do it for practice, only for convenience.

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I bought a 2009 Rebel about 3 yrs. ago in KY and rode it all over the State before shipping it home to St. Maarten. I found that I didn't like the vibes & sound over 65 mi. Always looking for a 6th gear. Somebody on here called them "granny gears" and that is a good description. I'm an aircraft mechanic & listen to the engines instead of the watching the speed. If you want to hit the highway & cruise for over 50 mi. at 70-75 mph, you aren't being kind to your engine. They are geared too low for the power they have. Town & short hops, you can't beat a Rebel. (but I've only been riding bikes for 60 yrs. and certainly haven't ridden many types). For the type of riding you describe, I think the Rebel is a very good choice. The 250 cc is a bit heavy for the power. I live on an island & can flip thu traffic (something not allowed in the States I was in).
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Hope my observations are useful, but limited in makes & models. Bon chance!
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Acceleration past 60 on the 250 isn't impressive. On the interstate, I wind it out and ride in the right lane. Running it at full throttle all day won't hurt the engine.


You have my sympathy if you have to ride in metro Atlanta area traffic!

Thanks flitecontrol, I'll make this my average traffic speed limit. This actually works well for my intended Rebel use(45 to 50MPH). One day, whenever I become worthy and if needed, I'll get me some more cubic inches. I'm finding I love riding.


I'm keeping my Rebel though just to flaunt it at any 250cc mockers plus it has its charms. The guy who sold it to me saw me riding it this morning and was just beaming to see her running on the road. You fixed it he exclaimed.


You've my respect, 7milesout, for riding that Rebel in Atlanta too. Savannah is nothing compared to your end. However, our cagers are just as distracted and rude. I had one back out of a driveway on me this AM with a friggin' mobile in her paws. Situational awareness and emergency braking practice worked the treat. It was never close due to riding ahead and anticipating her stupid move.

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I haven't rode the Piglet in Atlanta metro yet. Just a 1 mile jaunt from one exit to another on I-75, to get to Summit Racing. Summit Racing is just off I-75. And I ride my cars through the Atlanta area is little as possible. I just stay down in my neck of the woods if I can help it.

I was in a motorcycle group here locally (I had a CRF 450X with a license plate). I quit riding with them because when they hit dirt road they ride like it was the Baja 1000. They were very dangerous. One member got kilt leaving a get together just in local traffic. Hit from behind by a box truck.

Flightcontrol is correct as most Rebel owners know, above 60 mph and the Rebel doesn't impress. I hope to improve upon that. I doubt it will be substantial, there's not a lot of combustion volume to work with. But every little bit helps. More WOT power, possibly the same mpg, how can there be anything wrong with that?

Unfortunately it looks like my bung welding may get delayed a week. I'm trying to work a toofor with my mechanic. The bung and a fuel pump on the Scamp. He does great welding is why I want to stick with him on the bung. It's a must that the weld be air tight.


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Flitecontrol - My biggest issue with Atlanta metro traffic is not the pace, but the fairly frequent fly-bys of Malibus, Chargers and Callengers at like 105 mph weeving very unsafely through traffic. It happens. Makes me nervous in a car. Might scare the devil out of me on the Rebel. I did jump on the interstate a couple times from one exit to the next, about 1 mile. I didn't go over 65 mph. It had some reserve left and felt fine at that speed.
Cagers aren't the only reckless idiots. I've had the crap scared out of me by SQUIDS on liter bikes I never saw coming from behind, and they disappear just as quickly. They make the 80 mph Atlanta traffic look like a turtle race. There's no way the cops could catch them in traffic, even if they tried. I hope they don't live long enough to procreate.

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