The Diffference between the Rebel 250 and the Harley Sportster. - Page 4 - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #31 of 46 Old 10-21-2016, 11:56 PM
 
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There really isn't much to choose from in that range, but if I were to start from scratch today I would most likely pick up a CB500. However since those are all sport or dual sport styling, you might find a leftover 500 Vulcan lurking at a Kawi dealer. Also noteworthy, even though displacement is outside your range the Suzuki LS650 Svage/Boulevard S-40 is a mere 60 pounds heavier than the Rebel and similarly styled with close enough ergos that you could be fooled by either bike with a blindfold on.
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Ideally it would be nice if Kawasaki retired their 125 and made a 300 Eliminator out of their Ninja platform, much like they did back in the debut of the EX250 Ninja and corresponding 250 Eliminator. Nicer still would be a CB500 based cruiser.

I forgot to add the Yamaha SR400, you might like that for a no nonsense standard (and it even has a kick start pedal).


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Yeah, I looked at the S40 but it seemed a bit TOO old tech. The SR400 isn't bad at all...but I'd prefer a chain drive twin for that bike (yeah, I'm being pretty fussy). But it's not an imminent purchase, so I can take my time. BTW I do like the CB500X, but it may be just outside my comfort range in terms of ergos/size/weight. I did see a used Kawi Vulcan 500 LTD...pretty sharp!

Funny how if my Rebel had another 100 cc's or so, I'd probably never look for another bike! 😊

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Ideally it would be nice if Kawasaki retired their 125 and made a 300 Eliminator out of their Ninja platform, much like they did back in the debut of the EX250 Ninja and corresponding 250 Eliminator. Nicer still would be a CB500 based cruiser.

I forgot to add the Yamaha SR400, you might like that for a no nonsense standard (and it even has a kick start pedal).

#$%! TotalMotorcycle.com always blocks external photo linking...let's try that SR400 pic again:

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Missed that model. Nice..


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It's nice...but a thumper with kick-start only.
I think if I move up from the Rebel (questionable at this point), it will either be a KTM 390 Duke or a yet-to-be-released U.S. version of the Yamaha MT-03 (essentially a naked R3)...UNLESS Honda comes up with a decent 400+/- cc bike. But that darn Rebel is a fun, easily-handled bike. Just wish it had a little bit more power.


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With the SR400 you'll never be left stranded with a weak battery.

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With the SR400 you'll never be left stranded with a weak battery.
Gotta ask...has that ever happened to you (hopefully I won't face it, but it has crossed my mind)?

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Rebels are pretty easy to bump start if the battery dies. It's hard to picture someone being seriously stranded due to a dead battery.

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Gotta ask...has that ever happened to you
I had it happen with my 1500 Vulcan, and trust me a big bike --- even one as light as the 600# first gen 1500 Vulcan --- is not fun to push start.

I'm having a charging issue on my considerably lighter Shadow chopper and the ape hangers do not make a push start fun either.

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