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post #1 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Top Consistent Speed?

Hi all. Just picked up a 2012 grey Rebel last week. I love her so far! I’ve seen videos of guys showing the Rebel’s ‘top speed’ on a highway. But that speed can’t be maintained.
I’m curious what y’all have found to be a good, consistent top cruising speed? Can she hang at 55mph for a good while without pushing her too far? Thx
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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My '09 seems comfortable at 60.

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post #3 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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That’s good to know....I’m too scared to go above 60 😉
 
post #4 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 02:23 PM
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Welcome. The Rebel engine can be run at wide open throttle all day without hurting it. Top speed depends on the weight of the rider, wind direction, flat roads or downhill/uphill, and other factors.

Hard to believe, but one member here was clocked on radar at 95 mph, and has the speeding ticket to back it up!
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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So on county roads I shouldn’t have a problem keeping the speed up and not blocking cars?
Also, if the Rebel can maintain 60 then why is it advised to avoid highways? Not enough available power at higher speeds?
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I run mine at 70-75 ish before wind resistance makes accelerating stop, it will go faster but it has to be downhill, tailwind, or drafting to get there. Its pretty flat here in north Texas. I cut my baffles out to get there though. It was hitting the same resistance wall at about 60-65 ish before cutting the baffles out. I'm 5' 10" and 200 lbs. My other bike is a 1600cc Yamaha Roadstar so going 70+ down the highway doesn't scare me...... going 60 down the highway was scary as [email protected]&$. I don't like riding with cars passing me, it seems much safer passing cars.
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ah ok so Rebel on highway just gives limited options?
post #8 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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I’ve read a lot of reviews, numerous YouTube clips and the guy I bought it from questioned using it on highways and freeways
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I'd suspect a lot of those reviewers had relatively little, if any, experience with the Rebel. A lot of folks ride it for a thousand miles or so, figure they have learned all they can from their Rebel, and buy a bigger bike because everyone is telling them it's too small. I was in that crowd and bought a 750. The acceleration at speed was exhilarating and I was riding what others told me was a superior bike. I put about 30,000 miles on the 750 and then had to sideline it a while for repairs. I got back on the Rebel and rediscovered what a fun bike it is. Light, very responsive in the twisties, and great mileage. Now the 750 hasn't been ridden in years, and probably wont be anytime soon. It's akin to riding a standard size horse and then thinking a Clydesdale would be a better mount because it's so much bigger and more powerful.

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post #10 of 27 Old 11-20-2018, 10:46 PM
 
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The Rebel engine is very mildly tuned. It can be run at full load all day long without overstressing anything. I'm reminded of the specs on my '72 VW Beetle as recorded in the owner's manual..... Top speed 82 MPH... Maximum cruising speed 82 MPH.. The Rebel is about the same.

However, since I'm used to big fast motorcycles, I will say that the Rebel is a bit stressful on the rider to cruise fast on the highway. Its all strung out at 70-75 and has no reserve at all for passing or a headwind. Being small and light weight has a certain charm, but Rebels are definitely happier on back roads cruising at 50-60 MPH than pushing for top speed on the superslab.
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