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post #1 of 21 Old 06-30-2015, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Should I remove front turn signals?

Think removing my front turn signals and fender would be make my bike look cleaner and cooler?

My back turn signals are gone anyway...

I think it may be a cleaner look. What do you guys think?
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Quick photoshop of how it would look without them... What do you guys think?
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Having or not having the turn signals would surely be up to what you like, I don't really like the 250 Rebel turn signals one a 450, anything goes wrong and you wind up with the preverbal dents in the gas tank. Most states require turn signals so check with your local DMV. With out the front finder the engine will get blasted with rocks and or road debris and don't even think about it raining.

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Having or not having the turn signals would surely be up to what you like, I don't really like the 250 Rebel turn signals one a 450, anything goes wrong and you wind up with the preverbal dents in the gas tank. Most states require turn signals so check with your local DMV. With out the front finder the engine will get blasted with rocks and or road debris and don't even think about it raining.
My bike has 250 turn signals?

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I think what Old School meant was that if a second generation rebel is dropped, it often forces the turn signals into the gas tank. Many, if not most, second generation Rebels have one or more tank dimples from dropping the bike. Some have fixed this problem by moving the turn signals farther up the forks. The first generation turn signals are mounted higher which tends to keep them off the tank.

I'm worried that you are a new (younger?) rider in New York City, which has a lot of traffic. Traffic tends to make motorcyclists harder to see. Did you take a basic rider course? If yes, have you forgotten the emphasis that was placed on safety? You don't seem to understand how important it is to be as visible as possible and to let those around you know your intentions. Removing the turn signals makes you less visible and others will have no idea when you intend to turn. What good is a "cool" looking bike when it (and the rider?) are crumpled under a cage?

But hey, I've only ridden 60,000 miles in seven years without an accident, so what do I know?

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My bike has 250 turn signals?
1986 & 87 Rebel 450's have the front turn signals mounted on the handlebars, later model 250's have them mounted to the front forks.
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I think what Old School meant was that if a second generation rebel is dropped, it often forces the turn signals into the gas tank. Many, if not most, second generation Rebels have one or more tank dimples from dropping the bike. Some have fixed this problem by moving the turn signals farther up the forks. The first generation turn signals are mounted higher which tends to keep them off the tank.

I'm worried that you are a new (younger?) rider in New York City, which has a lot of traffic. Traffic tends to make motorcyclists harder to see. Did you take a basic rider course? If yes, have you forgotten the emphasis that was placed on safety? You don't seem to understand how important it is to be as visible as possible and to let those around you know your intentions. Removing the turn signals makes you less visible and others will have no idea when you intend to turn. What good is a "cool" looking bike when it (and the rider?) are crumpled under a cage?

But hey, I've only ridden 60,000 miles in seven years without an accident, so what do I know?
I'm a very safe rider and have taken the course. The signals are corroded and don't even work and there are not rear signals either. I guess I either need all new signals or none at all...

Are there any aftermarket Rebel 450 signals that are a bit classier looking than OEM ? Thanks !

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I'll leave it to you to decide whether "none at all" is better than "new Signals" It's your butt after all.
Just to help you decide, you are not riding a custom showbike. You are riding on city streets with city traffic.
There are many options in aftermarket turnsignals. Some of them actually work.

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I'll leave it to you to decide whether "none at all" is better than "new Signals" It's your butt after all. There are many options in aftermarket turnsignals.


I'm going to get new turn signals soon, taking my bike in for a diagnoistic to see whats wrong with my battery charging system because it isn't charging as it should... Probably going to put another 250 into this bike...

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Do you have state inspections that require signals? If not are you proficient enough to ride single handed as you use hand signals for every lane change and turn? Even without signals (mandated or otherwise) a cop can still ticket you for illegal lane changes/turns if you don't use hand signals.

I rode without signals for a couple years and it got old extending the left arm for signaling every intention, and a lot of people out there don't even know what the arm extensions even represent.

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