Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: St. Maarten/St. Martin, - "Wayward Islands"
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).
Ok curling fans, just got word that my ship arrived today & my back-up bike is here! 2019 Baja Pulsar 180cc. Sold my truck just before Irma hit us (ha,ha) & just bikes now. Had a Pulsar before & loved it. Think it should probably outrun my Rebel because it's lighter. Pick it up tomorrow! Haven't even seen it yet!
Hope my observations are useful, but limited in makes & models. Bon chance!
09 Rebel 250
St. Maarten/St. Martin. 45 yrs. in Caribes.
Pessimist: Optimist with experience.
Where is 6th gear ?!!