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post #41 of 59 Old 07-29-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Interesting, though the engineer in me (electrical, mind you) just has to agree about sand, vs this expensive thing. This is just a damper. Sand is a stupid good damper. It has scads of the qualities needed to damp resonances: lots of mass, and lossy transmission of mechanical waves (to the friction between grains). I really can't imagine anything better. Fancy polymers are fancy, but for basic stuff their fanciness is mainly in how fast they can empty your wallet.

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post #42 of 59 Old 07-30-2019, 10:59 AM
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Nothing unusual...

I have an '85 Rebel 250. I'm 5' 10.5", and weighed just over 200 lbs when I was still riding it. It would DOG on hills in 5th, and I'd frequently have to downshift as far as 3rd to get it up them. I also have a windshield, so if I have any headwind at all, it'd slow me down as well.



When I first got mine, the vibration was so bad @ speed that my hands would be numb when I got to work (17 mile commute). How I got around the vibration @ highway speeds was to move to aftermarket sprockets - 15/30 for me. I went as low as 27 on the back, but that was an aluminum one which didn't last long. 30 is the lowest tooth count I could find a steel one in.


Just know that you'll have to downshift a lot, especially if you go with different sprockets.

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post #43 of 59 Old 07-30-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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Actually I have a Big Dog ridgeback chopper that's my main bike. I use the Rebel just for fun.
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post #44 of 59 Old 07-30-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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Completely agree with the idea of earplugs! it IS safe as you can still hear traffic, horns etc., but it transforms the Rebel's high-pitched sewing-machine sound to a lovely purr! (I use Flents Plugs Quiet Time Comfort Foam Ear Plug, available from you-know-where ... I use one pair for at least a month for sleeping, a summer for biking!)

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My TEMPORARY white-trash-duct-tape fix for the rattling in the handlebar was stuffing zero grit steel wool up in there, actually worked! 👍No more annoying rattling for now, my bar end weights are enroute....

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I have an '85 Rebel 250. I'm 5' 10.5", and weighed just over 200 lbs when I was still riding it. It would DOG on hills in 5th, and I'd frequently have to downshift as far as 3rd to get it up them. I also have a windshield, so if I have any headwind at all, it'd slow me down as well.



When I first got mine, the vibration was so bad @ speed that my hands would be numb when I got to work (17 mile commute). How I got around the vibration @ highway speeds was to move to aftermarket sprockets - 15/30 for me. I went as low as 27 on the back, but that was an aluminum one which didn't last long. 30 is the lowest tooth count I could find a steel one in.


Just know that you'll have to downshift a lot, especially if you go with different sprockets.

I suspect a lot of that vibration you experienced was due to the aftermarket windshield. I just added one to my Rebel and there is a big increase in feedback from the steering and fork. And I went with a smaller sized one that had better reviews in this respect than many other brands/models.

The ultimate test would be to remove the windshield and mounting hardware.

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post #47 of 59 Old 08-02-2019, 12:46 AM
 
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Since I started with 50cc scooter, then upgraded it to 80cc, and now had my 1987 Rebel for about half a year, it is my primary cruiser. Scooter now is primary commuter to work. I don't have a car so for the past 2 winters I was on 2 wheels (even when it snows)
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That doesn't sound like fun!

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

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I’m still at the stage where I feel I may never outgrow the bike 🙂. Winter and snow are really lots of fun if dressed properly. It’s like going skiing on 2 wheels 👍👍👍

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I agree with your strategy Shadow. From a "threat/risk" assesment point of view, if I find myself at the front of the traffic line at a stop, I get on it and put as much distance between my rear and the vehicle behind me that I can safely manage.
Well, that's just it...those conservative shift points in the owner's manual tend to do just that. 35-45 in top gear is quite uninspiring, but once I hit 45 that top gear roll on is effortless. If I really want to get on it, I'll just wind fourth gear up to 45 instead of the usual 30-35. I just don't see the need for it very often with our congestion issues here.

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I’m still at the stage where I feel I may never outgrow the bike
Most folks never really do outgrow any bike, unfortunately the overwhelming majority of new riders tnd to thing top speed and acceleration are what defined the need for a bigger bike. What they fail to comprehend is those aren't skills, a chimpanzee can do that. Braking and cornering are the skills that elude them, and then they have to "learn" how to do that on something much less beginner friendly when they move up too fast.
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