Yup, lol, the "Bear on A Bike" is me! Mine is a 2000 with only 11k miles on it, in pristine condition so I really hate to get rid of it. Plus, I'm not totally comfortable with the bigger, heavier Shadow yet, whereas I'm totally comfortable on the Rebel, control - wise anyway. As far as I know the gearing is stock, I haven't changed anything and I'm pretty sure the PO wouldn't have either. They weren't that technical.
Mostly I just hate having it wound tight as a bowstring no matter what speed I'm going. I'm 6'2" and 275, so weight wise it would be same as a smaller rider and passenger.
2000 Honda Rebel 250
BEAR ON A BIKE