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post #1 of 13 Old 10-03-2019, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Las Vegas - Military: New riders

Hello rebel fanatics! My wife and I are from Illinois originally but my military life has me bouncing around. I am currently stationed at Las Vegas and have found myself wanting to ride. Minimal rain coupled with only about 2 months of high heat made me really think about riding.

My wife and I ended up completing the MFS course that the military provides for free (because it's a requirement to ride on base) in the middle of August. She fell in love with riding a rebel in the past because of her small stature and now wishes to own one.

As I scout for an inexpensive rebel on Craigslist, offeron, and Facebook, I start wondering about a bike for myself. I tried to ride a few other larger bikes such as the Shadow and Vulcan but even those seem a bit large for me right now. So.. I'm looking for a pair of rebels 🙂

I hope to meet some wonderful people here 😊
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Hello rebel fanatics! My wife and I are from Illinois originally but my military life has me bouncing around. I am currently stationed at Las Vegas and have found myself wanting to ride. Minimal rain coupled with only about 2 months of high heat made me really think about riding.

My wife and I ended up completing the MFS course that the military provides for free (because it's a requirement to ride on base) in the middle of August. She fell in love with riding a rebel in the past because of her small stature and now wishes to own one.

As I scout for an inexpensive rebel on Craigslist, offeron, and Facebook, I start wondering about a bike for myself. I tried to ride a few other larger bikes such as the Shadow and Vulcan but even those seem a bit large for me right now. So.. I'm looking for a pair of rebels 🙂

I hope to meet some wonderful people here 😊
if youve got some experience under your belt and plan to ride mostly on your own a shadow would be a good bet. so long as you consider yourself a responsible person, youll grow into the power, and the weight is the only thing you would want to be careful about. its got almost 200lbs on the rebel so its a slightly bigger beast at slower speeds, but once your going along you wont feel it. the rebel, however isnt a bad bike. it really depends on the roads you plan to ride on. on long straights i could see the lack of power of a 250 getting boring pretty quick, but if you like to rip up the twisties (like myself) you can absolutely do that and have fun at it on the rebel; something the shadow wouldnt do as well. hope this helps

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-03-2019, 06:20 AM
 
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Welcome!

A pair of Rebels would be fun. I say go for it. If you have trouble finding two, another very similar bike is the Yamaha Vstar 250.

Also, if you end up leaning toward something a bit larger for yourself, take a look for a Honda Shadow VLX 600. I am very happy I went with the Rebel, but the VLX 600 is a small Shadow model and would have worked too.

You could buy one Rebel for your wife, take it for some practice rides yourself, and see what you think before buying the second one.

Good luck and thanks for your service.

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Welcome to the forum. I got a bigger bike, and the acceleration and power were nice, but it didn't have the nimbleness and flickability of the Rebel. I parked the Rebel and rode the Vulcan for several years until the Vulcan needed a stator replacement. I dusted off the Rebel are rediscovered how much fun riding it was. Eight years later, I still haven't gotten around to putting that stator in.

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

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-03-2019, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the warm welcomes!

I definitely don't have very much experience under me. Other than the MSF course and a few around the block rides, I really don't have any experience.

A lot of the riding I was planning on doing is commuting to and from work. 10 miles and 30 min each way. There's no shortage of traffic lights. My wife's travel would be a bit shorter to a local library. Any other riding would be through some of the local national preservations just outside the city.

I have been looking for other bikes such as the Yamaha 250 but I don't see to many of those for sale. Even the rebels I do see for sale go for quite a bit more than I expected. I guess it is riding season right now so I can also see why they are priced that way.

Thank you for all the amazing suggestions! I will definitely have to get with shadow shack and figure out how to get a good deal around here 🙂
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Minimal rain coupled with only about 2 months of high heat
We had a very mild summer this year, typically we'll see triple digit temps starting in May and ending in September. Despite that the climate weirdos are STILL coming out of the woodwork, claiming record temps for this year (I don't recall it ever getting past 109 when we saw 120 regularly in the late 90s/early aughts), and just to further counter their stupidity in that statement, we got snow in February...that's a once per decade event when you consider the odds of precipitation (rare, as you already know) combined with freezing temps (we get a few weeks of mid-30's during the Christmas/New Year season, so yeah...also rare).

Being from up north, you'll marvel at the locals whining to no end about how freezing it is when the temps drop below 60...just try to realize the bulk of them are SoCal transplants, but feel free to marvel away nonetheless. Seriously, they dress like eskimos to go from their home or work to their car and I dress lighter to ride my motorcycles.

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-07-2019, 04:24 PM
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Agree. Have a Vulcan 1500 as my ride and love it but my girlfriends little rebel is just a great fun bike. I think I'll get one for myself and keep them both forever. There is a good reason why they kept it in production for 30 years. They can go about anywhere but the interstate and they can do that just a little under powered there. I will take her Rebel places I would never take my big old heavy cruiser.
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They can go about anywhere but the interstate...
I PROTEST that statement!

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Have a Vulcan 1500
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I will take her Rebel places I would never take my big old heavy cruiser.
I'm guessing you have the "classic" styled Vulcan? That being the case, might I suggest hunting down a first generation 1500 "BUBF" model. 120+ pounds lighter (same as an 1100 Shadow) and an extra carburetor, they truly were Butt Ugly But Fast.

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