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post #21 of 45 Old 07-19-2018, 07:48 AM
 
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Monday the 15th, I-66 westbound, blue, bobbed rebel, pulled off at an underpass on 29 when the clouds opened up like a fire brigade training exercise...

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I thought I'd share this, motorcycle ridership up in recent years, and at least 3 (maybe 4) of the bikes in this training course are rebel 250's...

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page 2 of the article for anyone reading it...

2009 Honda Rebel 250; 2009 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit
"The bravest thing for me to do is admit when I am wrong" - unknown
HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course
HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor
HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise
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Good article, and reflective of what students get from the course. Folks, if you're reading this and haven't taken the course, even if you've ridden for years, it's time well spent to take the class. I can pretty much tell if someone has taken the class or not by how they ride.
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Great read, especially since I just took the class. Which was a blast and so informative. It's amazing how spending 3 days with a small group learning to ride together on how close we all became. We were all in it together helping each other and cheering each other on. We all passed!

I'd bet you wouldn't be surprised to find out that over half the class already had their motorcycles and none were what anyone could consider entry level. The smallest was a 600 going all the way up over 1000.

One young man told me he got a 750 because he was over 6 foot and that that bike would be a beginner bike for him.

I'm happy with my rebel and I seriously doubt I will ever buy up. I look forward to the class I can take my own bike and learn more.
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One young man told me he got a 750 because he was over 6 foot and that that bike would be a beginner bike for him.

Ask any basic rider course instructor what maximum displacement they would recommend for a beginner bike. I'll bet very few, if any, would say a 750. It's just too much power for most newbies to handle, especially if it's a sport bike. I have two 750s and a couple of Rebels. I rode the 750s for a year or two and then rediscovered why I like the Rebel so much. The 750s are parked now.

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Its much better for a beginner to start out on a lightweight low powered bike like the Rebel. These are very forgiving if you make a mistake, and are not fast enough to get a newbie into trouble before they have time to realize what's happening. I always cringe when we get a class with an 18 year old who has a liter sport bike at home waiting for him to get a licence.
Having said that, the Rebel is physically small for a 6 footer. A dual sport 250 or 450 is physically more suitable for a bigger person, and that type of bike is still a great trainer, and great fun to ride.
Lots of people nowadays start out on bigger bikes, even buying their dream Harley as a first bike. I think these folks miss out on a lot by never having the fun of riding a lightweight bike that they can thrash hard without worries. It's true that its much more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow. People that start out on big fast bikes often take a long time to really get a good feel for riding because they are intimidated by the power and weight. If they are not intimidated by the power and weight, some of them come to grief in an accident because of their lack of respect for the bike.

I rolled my 650 triumph up onto the bike lift to do some work on it today, and marvelled at how light and easy it is to roll around. At 375 pounds and 49 horsepower, it would be considered a beginner bike today, but back in 1968 when it was new, it was a fire breathing "big bike" . It was nearly as fast as anything else you could buy back then reputed to be capable of 120 MPH. (hence the model designation T120R) Mine will never get anywhere close to that speed again.
Modern bikes are much better in every way than the old timers, but the old ones do have their nostalgic charms. Its amazing how much power and speed is available today compared to what was possible 50 years ago. To see beginners start out on one of these machines makes me wonder how I would have done had I not gone through the progression of small bikes that I learned on so long ago.

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One young man told me he got a 750 because he was over 6 foot and that that bike would be a beginner bike for him.
Right, because something like a DRZ400 or KLR650 would be quickly outgrown and become a source of constant boredom.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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A picture of my 82 CB900C that I quickly realized was way too much for me. So I advertised on Craigslist to trade for a smaller bike and ended up with my perfect Rebel.

My first hint was when I couldn't move it to the shed.
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Had you been able to handle it, I predict you would learned to love the shaft drive.

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

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