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post #1 of 61 Old 07-23-2019, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rebel Primary Cruiser?

Hi all, just curious how many of you actually use your Rebel as your primary bike to cruise... I've had mine about a month, and half of that was how long it took me to realize I needed a bike with more power.... I'm in 3rd gear in my neighborhood doing 20. City streets I'm in 4th just to get to to the speed limit of 45. On the highway it just SCREAMS at top speed which still is barely the speed limit. Sound like it's turning 9000 RPM and it's got no more to give.
I bought A Shadow 500 and saw immediately how little power the Rebel had. Cruising on the Shadow is a pleasure while I feel like I'm about to burn the poor little rebel up on the 40 mph city streets...I'm afraid I'm spoiled now and won't be satisfied with the Rebel anymore. Maybe I'm going to be keeping 2 bikes...

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post #2 of 61 Old 07-23-2019, 12:56 PM
 
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What year is your Rebel? Is the gearing stock, or has someone changed out sprockets?

Also, I seem to recall you describing yourself as a "bear on a bike" and being of very large stature. It could well be the size/power of the Rebel isn't a good match to your height/weight.

I am new to the Rebel, too. So far finding it very good for my purposes. I hope to do some local cruising on it (e.g., Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway.) Pretty sure I would look for something with more power if I ever contemplated any long-distance cruising.


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post #3 of 61 Old 07-23-2019, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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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.

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Just for comparison, I'm almost 120lb. 0-55mph in 3 gears, per the speedo. I can go uphill at 45mph in 4th.


I'd say there's something wrong. Being heavier should only reduce the acceleration, not top speed of any gear (other factors aside like headwind, uphill), at least for the first 3 or 4.



I have a hard time believing it's been re-geared that low, but check the sprockets for the correct tooth count, 14/33 I believe. And of course your chain tension while you are there.



Maybe the clutch is slipping, that's what I would check next. If you're lucky the PO just adjusted the clutch free-play too tight. If not you may have to inspect it.

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To sanswer the first post, the Rebel is currently the only bike I ride. I think every rider ought to wear hearing protection to help preserve their hearing. Yes, the engine is noisy, especially at WOT, but I'm accustomed to it. You can run the engine at WOT all day and not hurt it due to the way it's designed.
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Well, that's comforting at least...maybe hearing protection would help me ignore that GOD AWFUL rattling, buzzing noise coming from the handlebars.... Ugh

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Are you sure the buzzing isn't coming from the headlight, a known and often discussed issue?
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Not sure. It's an aftermarket Harley headlight though. The PO had told me when I bought it that it was the turn signal of all things.... Don't see how that could be possible. Sound more like it's coming from the area of the clutch handle, but everything there seems to be tight. It's only at high RPM.

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.... 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.....
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Well, that's comforting at least...maybe hearing periscope would help me ignore that GOD AWFUL rattling, buzzing noise coming from the handlebars.... Ugh
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Not sure. It's an aftermarket Harley headlight though. The PO had told me when I bought it that it was the turn signal of all things.... Don't see how that could be possible. Sound more like it's coming from the area of the clutch handle, but everything there seems to be tight. It's only at high RPM.
Who knows - - a Harley headlight may have required some fiddling with the handlebar arrangement that created a vibration. In any event, it does seem like the PO was willing to make mods to this bike. I'd be curious to know if the sprockets are stock.

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Now you've got me wondering, I'll have to check if I can figure out how to. I'm in 3rd gear from about 25 up to 35, 4th from 35 to 45 and so on.

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