The Diffference between the Rebel 250 and the Harley Sportster. - Page 5 - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #41 of 46 Old 10-24-2016, 09:31 PM
 
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The Rebel is an easy push starter. I've done it by putting it in third gear and just running along beside it and dropping the clutch.. Don't forget to pull in the clutch when it starts though.

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By comparison the Rebel is a cinch to push start, I've only had to do it once on a bike I bought with a dead battery. Granted I have yet to attempt push starting any bike since I had my Achilles tendon surgery, and I would hate to repeat the experience on that aforementioned Rebel I had push started...for one thing it had this welded to the frame in lieu of a passenger foot peg and it caught me real good that particular instance in the same area that would later be affected:




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post #43 of 46 Old 10-25-2016, 06:03 PM
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Most any bike can be push started if it is in good running condition. Forget about it if it has other issues and is not running well. Some are easier than others, and usually the lighter the better. The Rebel is very easy.

My Wide Glide is much heavier and a lot more difficult to push, but still doable. I had a glitch in the starter electronics on a trip to Sturgis once. Happened on a weekend right after we headed home. It turned out not to be simple to find and there were no shops open. So I push started it every time I stopped for fuel, food, or rest for 1800 miles. Believe me, I never want to do that again.

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As it turned out the gen-11500 Vulcan needs to be in 2nd gear for push starting, something the owners manual failed to divulge (it stated first gear). According to internet groups back then (I had no internet back then) 2nd gear was the optimum push start gear for that bike.

The bike was long gone by the time I gleaned that gem. Suffice it to say I was struggling to do so in the "wrong" gear.

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I think I tried every gear on the Harley on that trip from Sturgis. I think 2nd was best, because 1st slid the tire, and 3rd required too much speed. The best thing was to find a hill before you shut it off.

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The best thing was to find a hill before you shut it off.
While I can not argue that one bit, the inherent problem with that is I live in a desert climate. What few hills we have are actually mountains, and those are much too far away from where I typically parked the bike.

"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.
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