I just picked up this 2004 Rebel in a trade after reading tons in this forum for the past couple of weeks.
I always thought Rebels were dorky but for some reason I was smitten with this bike as soon as I saw it. The only thing I don't like is the tank decal.
The bike is super clean with the following exceptions:
1. Side covers - One has a broken tab where it would bolt to the frame. The other is just missing the bolt. The plastic prongs inside are still fine. Seems impossible to find NOS covers in this color. If anyone knows of any, I'd love to buy some.
2. Small dent in one of the headers - It's pretty hard to notice and is behind the crash bars; not a big deal.
3. Scratches on the windshield - easily replaced but not a big deal. They are too low for me to notice while riding.
As soon as I saw the bike I started researching Rebel bobbers and looked at all the Blue Collar stuff. If I do it, that'd be the way since I hate the idea of hacking it apart. My last motorcycle had all sorts of exhaust/jetting/pod changes and never ran right for very long, so I told myself only cosmetic changes this time. But I don't have that kind of fun money right now anyway so it'd have to be piece by piece.
I think I'm leaning toward just putting different bars on it since I'm a bit tall for the stock bars. Maybe some Biltwell Zed bars and big black leather saddlebags, and just enjoy it. I work from home and don't have a ton of free time so this is just for the occasional joy ride in town in nice weather.