Finally Scratched That Itch - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 04-17-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Finally Scratched That Itch

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I finally picked up a Rebel! I've been wanting one since I saw the first ones in 1985. That a long time ago....but anyway. A found a 2013 black one, which everyone knows is the fastest color, with just under 7K miles on it for $1500. It's all stock and runs great! It's been quite a long time since I had a carbed bike and forgot to move the choke lever, but it fired right up instantly and off I went. The challenge is going to be getting comfortable on this bike. I'm 6'1" and 240 lbs and I'm cramped up hard on it right now. I hope I can get some forward controls and mini apes for this. I haven't had time to research that as of yet, but I'm sure someone has parts like that for these bikes. I ride a Honda VTX 1800N as my main ride, so this is quite a difference, but fun! I'm impressed how well it runs and it has decent acceleration for it's rated HP. It reminds me of my old Bonneville in the way the engine sounds. I look forward to being a part of the forum community here, and to help wherever I can. Thanx for reading and have a great day!
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A found a 2013 black one, which everyone knows is the fastest color,
I approve of this one, we'll get along quite well.
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Welcome to the forum. Blue Collar Bobbers make a set of forward controls for the second generation Rebels. Shadow Shack knows how tall you can go on apes without having to get extended cables. I should remember it by now, as it comes up fairly often.

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

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Welcome....I had a Rebel 250 and bought some Hong Kong crash bars (Ebay...From Hong Kong, not a brand name) and fitted them with highly-moveable Kurakyn pegs and had all the room I could want to stretch out my legs.....They cost me all of $42 or so, brand new. I also bought a Corbin seat for comfort.

I hope you enjoy your new ride.
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I did buy a brand new Rebel in 1985. It was like my 5th bike. Even though it was a bit small, I just loved the look, and it was cheap ($1299 in 1985) I am now on my 4th one, a bought new 2016. I do have 5 other bikes now, but just had to have one last Rebel, since 2016 was the last year for the "real" Rebel. I'm 6' 240, and have the BCB forward controls. They help a lot, but the seat is still a problem. I sit right on the back edge of the front seat, and it is extremely painful. I actually found that using the passenger pegs out on the road and leaning forward takes a lot of my weight of the back of the seat, and is actually more comfortable. What I really need to do is find a way to move the seat back about 3" I don't see any way to do that with the stock seat, but a really talented upholstery person could probably figure something out. Not concerned about looks, just comfort. Will never carry a passenger, so the seat could be extended farther back.
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I'm gonna start a new thread addressing that very issue, JerryH, as I'm gonna be experimenting with the seat.

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Here it is:

https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f18/...ml#post1233607

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