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post #1 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Barn Find Rebel Newbie Here!

Hello everybody, I am a new Rebel owner with a unique story how I came about mine. I am newly renting a place in Washington State and discovered there was a Rebel in the back yard shed that hadn’t been run in 5 years. I contacted the owner who now lives in Indiana and he offered to gift it to me. Needless to say I was stoked! But would it run?

Partly through the help of this forum, I drained the gas and changed the oil and bought it a new battery. The damn thing barely turned over before starting right up and absolutely purred! I couldn’t believe the carbs weren’t gummed up; what luck!

So now I just need to polish the chrome and otherwise shine her up. Also, the tires look new, but I’m sure I’ll need to replace them.

So, that’s it! I am looking forward to riding this little commuter and maybe pushing her limits a bit exploring my beautiful home state.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Oh.... and btw it’s a 2000 250 with 16,xxx miles. Hopefully many more miles to go. Anybody got a line on where to get a good set of tires installed?
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 02:24 AM
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Awesome barn find! Looks like you're going to have a fantastic bike on your hands for years to come. Welcome to the forum!
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you 🙂

Here’s a few photos of where I found it and shortly after I pulled it out of the shed.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 07:12 AM
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Welcome to the forum you'll find loads of help here if you need it.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 07:52 AM
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enjoy your new ride..

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 08:52 AM
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That is an awesome story. Thanks, and glad to have you!

2016 Honda Rebel 250 - The "Piglet."
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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post #8 of 10 Old 10-17-2019, 09:19 AM
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Welcome. You can see how old the tires are by finding the date code stamped on the sidewall.

Since the bike was stored inside, there is a chance they are still good, regardless of their age. If you can press your thumbnail into the tire so it makes an indentation, and there are no hairline cracks, I would ride them. If not, changing tires yourself isn't all that difficult if you are so inclined. Lots of how-to videos on Youtube. I find it usually saves time in getting the old tires off by first breaking the bead and then using snips to cut the wire cords in the lip. A large C clamp works well for breaking the bead.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-21-2019, 07:25 AM
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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride. Nice find u got there enjoy

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-21-2019, 03:58 PM
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Nice bike...Good for you...In my opinion, new tires are a must...not to argue with earlier posting to the contrary...

Grace + Peace, Bob
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