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post #1 of 40 Old 06-20-2019, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Why does the rebel get so much hate

Why are people such ass hats about the rebel 250? Yeah it isn't a 600cc or anything with some major power behind it, but mine does fine in the city and on most highways. For what it is, the rebel is pretty amazing and cheap insurance. Anybody have some feedback as to why the masses hate it?
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post #2 of 40 Old 06-20-2019, 05:52 PM
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For the reasons you stated, and more. Folks that have never ridden one, or only rode it for a few hundred miles so they could "learn to ride", don't appreciate it for what it is. There's a lot of macho and ignorance involved too.

I had a guy on a big bike ask me why I rode a bike with a top speed of 45mph. I educated him on that particular point, but I could tell he wasn't convinced. I was fueling up the Rebel on my way to the Lake Hope rally and three guys on big bikes and their passengers pulled up next to me to get gas. They never looked my way or acknowledged I was there.

A couple of days ago, I passed a guy on a big bike that was waiting to turn onto the road I was travelling. When I passed, he fell in behind me. The next left led to what passes for twisties locally, but my destination was straight ahead. I was tempted to make the left, let him catch up, and see if he could keep up with the Rebel in the curves (most riders can't). But I've seen two riders on a popular brand of big cruisers that lost it in those curves and decided not to.

I've mentioned it before, but two different people (not gonna call them riders or bikers 'cause IMO they weren't) on the same brand revealed their character/mindset/ignorance. The first gave me the finger and the second shook his head no in response to my wave. But not everyone who rides a big bike is a snob or an ignoramus. The one time I ran out of gas, the first person to stop and check on me was an older rider on the same American brand bike.

You just can't fix stupid.
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post #3 of 40 Old 06-20-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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The Reb has it's drawbacks to be sure, but it's a ton of fun to ride! Cheap operating cost, cheap insurance, cheap parts, and all the while highway legal getting you from point "A" to "B". I've taken my bike outside the state of Ohio on every border. It's simple to fix, not very many complex parts and easy to trouble shoot should something go wrong!

Because it doesn't have the big bike engine "tone", and because it's priced on the inexpensive side, many people think that it's just not a bike worth keeping. It doesn't help that there isn't much "chrome", and not very many accessories. But that's okay by me because it means there are plenty of bikes out there to be had for inexpensive prices.

I can't comment on the latest generation Rebs, I can't say that I'm very interested in the look.
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I've had bigger bikes and nothing is as fun as riding on these small bikes. I get tons of people gawking at my bobber. I love the fact that most people underestimate what these Rebels are capable of. I just add a few unedited videos on YouTube of my riding from yesterday and I had a total blast, from the state route to the old country roads to the highway....it was awesome and theres no other bike I'd rather have been on.
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1> People that don't like 250cc motorcycles have never tried 250cc motorcycles.

2> People fear what they do not understand.

Add them together and you get 100% ignorance.

"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.
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I couldn't agree more with all your replies! I to have owned biger bikes like the shadow 750cc, magna 500cc so on and so on. I feel the most comfortable on my bobbed out rebel. It seems like so many other riders get caught up in how big the bike is when they dont have a chance in hell of riding that big bike to its full potential and fall apart in the corners. One of the things I have learned from my short two years of riding has been that if you cant pick your bike up while its on its side, its to much bike for you! People are ignorant as hell.
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Another note, people say the rebel cant get on the highway. I never understand that. Other riders act like they have to go 100 miles per hour on the highway or your bike is trash. I dont know about anyone else, but I'm not the type to deal with tickets in the slightest. That being said, my rebel is fine on the highway with a decent amount of room to get past any reckles or dumb drivers. The entire "rebel hate" just confuses me. I was under the impression that the biker community was about supporting people on two wheels, but you all are right. Ignorance is bliss. Let those guys with giant bikes speed up to the corners then slam on their brakes to barely be able to take the corner. Side not, very glad I found and joined the rebel forum here. Are there any other rebel riders in the TN area? I'm in knoxville, but love to long distance ride on mine. Would be cool to meet up and ride with any other like minded rebel riders some time. Thank you all.
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Mitchz, if you can make it, you should attend the Lake Hope Rebel rally near McArthur Ohio August 16-18.

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Flitecontrol, I for sure will! I'll do some research and map out my route for it. Any info on the rally itself?
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Sure is. https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f34/...-a-121083.html

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