Greetings. I was looking for a cheap and cheerful second bike and thought I'd try this 2009 with 1500 miles on it that a local dealer had taken as a trade. To my surprise the price was right, especially given the new tires. I had to venture onto the freeway yesterday to get it home - it didn't have any trouble holding an indicated 70 going uphill and the handling at that speed seemed fine. The suspension's limitations were apparent and the peg location means one can't get one's butt off the seat to mitigate the impact of bumps.
Changed the oil and lubed the chain today. Given that there's not much in the way of performance enhancements to be had with this bike I'm going to start with the front suspension. Hoping to improve it from pretty bad to not too bad. I'll post my findings. Cheers.
Welcome to the forum. It isn't as easy to stand on the Rebel's pegs as some other bikes, but it isn't all that difficult. I've done it a time once or twice when there wasn't enough time to swerve around potholes and stray highway debris at night.
15W fork oil will firm up the suspension somewhat. A few forum members have installed lengths of PVC pipe in the forks to increase pre load.
Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!