Join Date: May 2005
Location: Las VLXas (Vegas, baby!) NV U.S.A.
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.
"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.