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post #1 of 18 Old 06-30-2019, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ive owned a lot of different motorcycles over the years, and the Honda Rebel has always been one of my favorites. Should have never sold my first one. Anyway, three weeks ago I picked up a new rebel, well a 2002 CMX250 with 13000 on the clock.

The bike was in rough shape, but the price was right. The bike didn't have keys and the motor was locked up. It had good tires, had clean oil in it so I figured it had potential.

After bringing it home I soaked the cylinders with Marvel mystery for a few hours, and the motor spun over with help from the starter. Then I went to work cleaning out the carburetor. After about four hours of soaking the motor and cleaning the carb she fired right up.

Ive been tinkering with it on my days off, and have ridden it about 20 miles thus far. It runs good, like a rebel should.

I plan on keeping the bike mostly stock with a few tasteful mods here and there. I plan to document the build with lots of pictures. I'm open to any questions, comments, or concerns about the build.


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post #2 of 18 Old 06-30-2019, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well today I fabricated two license plate brackets. One for the swing arm, and one for the rear fender. I like the dovetail fender being unobstructed, but in the past I find swing arm plate mounts to get in the way. I decided to make both so I can switch it up if needed.


Also, I mounted some rear blinkers, but I will have to get pictures of that later.



As for the pictures, I apologize they went sideways. Took them with the phone vertical.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-01-2019, 11:07 AM
 
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Cool to get frozen engine running so relatively easy..

Sounds like a good project.

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post #4 of 18 Old 07-01-2019, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ya, I'm glad it wasn't very difficult. I had a good feeling about it when I saw it had clean oil.


I've actually done the same thing to a locked up Honda Twinstar with great results. The Twinstar crankcase oil was 90% water. I soaked the cylinders with penetrating oil, and filled the case all the way with 10w40. Let it sit a day. I actually had to rock the crankshaft back and forth with a breaker bar until it was free. I had that bike for about two years and rode it a few times a week. No problems or weird noises either. Sold it cheap, really wish I had kept it.


As for the Rebel. I'm thinking about putting a radio on it. If anyone here has any suggestions for sound solutions let me know. I'm not looking to spend to much, and doesn't need to be super powerful. I wont be going much over 35-40. If anyone has used a cheap ebay model let me know how it turned out.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-01-2019, 08:20 PM
 
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Radio's on MC's are noise pollution. Just my 2 cents. I live out in the sticks and can hear MC's with radio's blaring at least a mile away (No kidding! My street blocks are 1 mile square). I bought a Scala Rider which fits inside my helmet, it's loud enough to rock. The helmet makes things quieter and is safer to boot. Scala sync's up with my cell phone, I play music and can receive phone calls. If another rider has one I can communicate with him/her up to 1/2 mile away with Bluetooth.

My Scala lasted 2 years good, then started to give me fits. I'd look for another brand that has similar features. The technology is out there, just need something good quality.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-01-2019, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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I know what you mean about radios on bikes being noise pollution. I can hear some Harleys radios before I hear the pipes. I'm not trying to be overly obnoxious. Just want to add some tunes while cruising the neighborhood. My friend used to have an elite 125 with a factory radio built in. That thing was awesome to putt around on while listening to music. Kind of a mini goldwing.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-02-2019, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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That's what I'm looking to do. Rock out while riding!


With this build I'm trying to make it a cool rat bike that doesn't scare people.



More pictures of the bike. Really like my new blinkers. Brushed the gas tank because of flaking paint and rust. Tank will be like this for a while. May paint it later, or at least paint the rust spot on the side.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-03-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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I prefer to listen to live music while riding my motorcycle.
That sudden cant of the camera at the end of the video is the driver rear-ending a stopped car 'cause he was paying too much attention to filming the band-on-a-bike, LOL

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-08-2019, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well no radio just yet. I don't like the way the cheap ones on ebay look. I want it to be hidden, no bulky speakers hanging off the bars. I'm thinking of painting the forks black. That might look pretty sweet.



So far I'm up to 75 miles since Ive got it running. Fuel filter clogged on me last night. I was able to shake some debris free and ride it home. I ended up pulling the tank today and giving it a good clean. Also got a piece of the old gas cap out that was rattling around in there. So far I really like this machine.

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