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post #1 of 12 Old 07-08-2017, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Can an autistic with only bicycle experience do the Rebel 2017 300?

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So when I say autistic, a very high functioning individual but that being said, not so great at focusing at like 3 or more things at the same time. No idea what things you need to keep focused on when riding a motorcycle. No experience. No idea what to expect other than online videos of people riding. Don't know anyone with a motorcycle.

Rider Height: 5'4
Rider Weight 170 lbs
Owns an electric bicycle that goes up to 20mph, had it for about 2 years. rides on bike lanes. Never had an issue.
No drivers license ever.

What would be the next step moving towards a Rebel 300?

Objective: Move around town faster without hurting your knees.
Highway capability not necessary but would be cool once enough experience is gained with a bike.

So can someone like this just go pick up a rebel and ride? Is that how it works?
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Riding is not particularly difficult to learn. Most people can become safe riders. Having said that, there are a few who should never go near a motorcycle due to their temperment or lack of physical co-ordination. Riding is both an intellectual and a physical skill, and the ability to learn ideas, supports the development of the physical skills needed.

You should sign up for the MSF basic riding course before getting serious about buying a bike of any kind. Even though it is not difficult, there are a lot of basics to learn about riding, and the course will take you through all of it. If you can complete the course OK, then go ahead and look into buying your first motorcycle.
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Welcome to the forum! I agree with the above advice. Take the course and see if riding a motorcycle is a possibility. Another option to consider is a scooter, better than the electric bike on the knees, better able to keep up with residential and city traffic which allows you to ride in the road instead of along the side, somewhat safer.

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Welcome! In most states, a drivers license is required for a vehicle above a certain horsepower, and many scooters are exempt. Most states require a motorcycle endorsement on a drivers license.

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I'm a high a functioning autistic girl who rides a Rebel 250. I weigh 100 lbs, so I like a smaller bike. my Rebel is my first bike. I can ride a bicycle, but my motorcycle feels more natural.

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It's a Definite - We Don't Know.
We can't armchair quarterback the label "high functioning" with any kind of accuracy or reliability without putting that person at risk, it all depends on the person.

@01-7700 and @Duckster hit it right on, take the class and find out.


Usually you must have a car driver's license to get a motorcycle endorsement added to your license, Virginia has an option for a motorcycle only license but you would need to check with the provider of the class to see if they will support your taking that path.

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FL has a mandatory class requirement to be endorsed to ride & it must appear on your license.

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People kept telling my tale a riding course, but I had been riding for over 15 years, then military mad it mandatory and I am so glad I did, I learned a lot, they had me doing things in a controlled environment with instruction that I had never done on a bike, I would HIGHLY recommend a course. Past that if you can ride a bicycle you can ride a motorcycle.
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People kept telling my tale a riding course, but I had been riding for over 15 years, then military mad it mandatory and I am so glad I did, I learned a lot, they had me doing things in a controlled environment with instruction that I had never done on a bike, I would HIGHLY recommend a course. Past that if you can ride a bicycle you can ride a motorcycle.
I've heard more or less the same story from a number of experienced riders who took basic rider courses I have taught. They started out thinking they would learn nothing and discovered that they actually did learn some things they didn't know before.

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Hello Rebel Folks,

So when I say autistic, a very high functioning individual but that being said, not so great at focusing at like 3 or more things at the same time. No idea what things you need to keep focused on when riding a motorcycle. No experience. No idea what to expect other than online videos of people riding. Don't know anyone with a motorcycle.

Rider Height: 5'4
Rider Weight 170 lbs
Owns an electric bicycle that goes up to 20mph, had it for about 2 years. rides on bike lanes. Never had an issue.
No drivers license ever.

What would be the next step moving towards a Rebel 300?

Objective: Move around town faster without hurting your knees.
Highway capability not necessary but would be cool once enough experience is gained with a bike.

So can someone like this just go pick up a rebel and ride? Is that how it works?
I'm a hogh- functioning autistic who rides a 250 Rebel without any problems. If your sensorybinput is in overdrive lime mine you might have an advantage over the "neurotypicals"

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