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post #1 of 46 Old 09-12-2019, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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What I did today with my Rebel 250

Greetings...I thought I posted this note earlier today and now I can't find it so am posting it again....

Took a nice ride of about 35 miles on country roads in my vicinity.
Filled up gas tank and noted 76+ mpg....(I use non-ethanol gas).
The bike runs super smoothly on back roads at about 50 mph.
Ordered a cheap engine bar from Amazon. Reviews said it fits perfectly. However, some said it is not wide enough, side to side.....(just 16.9 inches)… I figure for so cheap it is worth a try.
here is a link to the bar:
https://www.amazon.com/Iglobalbuy-Hi...75041165&psc=1
I don't think it would protect much of anything, but I am buying it so that I can put foot pegs on it and stretch my legs a bit.
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post #2 of 46 Old 09-12-2019, 06:29 PM
 
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I took my first ever highway/interstate ride on the Rebel. It was also my first ever highway ride on any motorcycle. I liked it!

The odometer read 986 when I got home. In the two months Iíve owned this bike, Iíve put on more miles than the original owner did in the year he owned it. In another 14 miles I will change the oil for the second time.

My mpg has been running right around 68. Thatís 90% urban stop/go.

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I would advocate strongly against the addition of this crash bar unit. Too many riders have been caught and dragged because of these. I know that there are others on the forum that also have voiced opposition to these bars. There are much safer ways to stretch the legs. I would also speculate that the quality of the Amazon "Crash Bar" engine guard is so poor that it would not function as advertised. In fact, it would probably become even more of a personal hazard should the bike go down with you on board. I always speak out against adding these things to motorbikes. Always! Do you what you want, of course. But I hope you will reconsider Bob!
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Thank you for your urging for avoiding use of the engine bars...I will certainly consider your advice.

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ok, today I took another longish ride before it got too warm for this old man. As I ride the Rebel more and more I am finding it to be "enough" and more than that for my bike. Being elderly and still wanting to ride, I figured the Rebel was at best a compromise so that I could still ride, although on a very small and low-powered bike...Yet each ride causes me to bond with it more and more. Yes, I have to figure out some safe way to get more leg room...Perhaps forward controls will emerge as the answer...stay tuned...

The Corbin seat I ordered is due to be delivered today....So tomorrow's ride will be another cool chapter in the Bob/Rebel saga...

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I would advocate strongly against the addition of this crash bar unit. Too many riders have been caught and dragged because of these. I know that there are others on the forum that also have voiced opposition to these bars. There are much safer ways to stretch the legs.

Nardospark - This is something I've never heard of before. But I've also never had a bike to which these bars might be added. Is what you describe above include all these looped "highway" bars? I ask because, a) I don't like the appearance of the big loop. I like the skinny look of the bike without said bars. But b) I'm going to have to do SOMETHING for comfort on this bike. So I want to understand how riders have been caught and dragged. I'm not understanding that. And I also want to understand if you also agree that the forward controls are safer than highway bars. Let me (us) know, thanks!




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7milesout...I believe your comment was not intended for me, and I want to make at least one thing clear...the bars I have on order can be seen if you go back to the original post in this thread and click on the link....The bars are not very wide side to side.
Loop bars tend to go way out, sort of like a heart shape, split vertically down the middle...I think they would be potentially very dangerous.

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Bokobob - I did check that link. I'm trying to visualize a crash, and how the bars you've ordered, or bigger looped bars could catch and drag a rider. It's been my experience that the largest danger is impact, versus dragging. But I'm guessing there's something that I'm not understanding.




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AFR sensor equipped and downsized to a 0.105" main jet.
The only changes so far.
Bought on 6/29/19 with 44 miles.
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7milesout.....My hunch is that if a bike is equipped with very wide engine bars or large "loop" bars and the rider's feet are on the OEM footpegs, that if somehow an accident caused the skimpy bars to "fold" towards the rear of the bike and entrapped the rider's leg, then if the bike went down, it might very well drag the rider. (I believe there are no bars available that would stay in their original form in a crash that exerted sufficient force against them.)

It will be interesting to see if anyone disagrees with my assertion that no commercially available engine/crash bars can maintain their original shape in a crash.

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To both Bob & 7miles. My guess is that the forward controls would be safe enough. I don't know if Flight Control wants to join in on this discussion/thread, but I seem to remember him noting that he knew someone who had been dragged. Perhaps I'm thinking of the late Duckster (RIP). I remember back in the late 50's my brother went down with a old Harley Electra--Glide that had the suicide/hand shift lever and it snagged his clothing and dragged him until he could kick his way free. I also remember the OLD timers of that period scolding the younger riders and telling them to tuck their jeans into their boots to avoid snagging on foot controls???? Anything that protrudes from the bike can potentially hook onto the rider and drag them. Mirrors, bags, etc. But those things more easily break off or are shed when two wheels are no longer down. Unlike the crash/bars which may fold up, but which are still anchored to the frame. Just like the decision to wear armor-gear and helmets, many still decline-- I'm sure there are many who disagree about the danger of bolting on the crash bars.
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