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post #11 of 21 Old 09-10-2019, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Also, here is a pic of the whole bike. The previous owner painted the whole thing and after I replace the lever and other parts I broke, I want to replace the horrible camo fenders and gas tank!
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Interesting Rear fender.. not what I am familiar with on the Honda Rebel..
I like it's elongated shape, but changing the rear tire would be a pita..

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Interesting Rear fender.. not what I am familiar with on the Honda Rebel..
I like it's elongated shape, but changing the rear tire would be a pita..
It's easy, once you remove the fender.....

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

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When having difficulty getting into or out of N, simply rock the bike an inch or two forward or rearward. It helps tremendously to have the transmission rotating when changing gears or going into or out of N. Of course I understand your bike having the problems with the rod, etc, so this is not directed at you necessarily … your topic just brings this to my mind. I notice riders sitting at a stop at a traffic light, and they click it up into N while waiting on the light. No problem with that, that beats holding the clutch lever in, and maybe the wear on the throw-out bearing (assuming bikes clutches are the same as cars in that respect).


But my issue is that when they get ready to go, they pull the clutch and slam their foot down on the shifter, and the slamming of the transmission into gear can be heard for a tenth of a mile. Every bike I have ever owned (including my racebike) would clunk into 1st gear easy, and much more gentler with a) a gentle push with my foot, and b) a gentle movement of the bike forward an inch or two. This includes the Rebel. And also, if it appears that the light will turn green and traffic will pull away soon and that you won't be stopped for long (like when coming to a stop sign), it's best to click into 1st gear right before you put a foot or feet down. It goes into 1st gear gently and smoothly at low speeds (versus higher speeds and versus being at a complete stop).


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The basic rider course teaches to stop at an intersection with the left foot down, the right foot on brake pedal, checking the mirrors for approaching traffic from the rear that may not stop, and the bike in first gear and pointed toward your pre-planned exit path. AKA the "ready" position. Riders who come to a stop and immediately put the transmission in neutral or don't check for traffic from the rear risk becoming the meat in a bumper sandwich!

Once there are several vehicles stopped behind you, putting the bike in neutral is safer.
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Ok guys, part is installed!! Now the bike goes into first but when I click up it just stays in neutral. I replaced the bent shift rod that came with the eBay one I bought and it actually goes into gear now but only first. Should I tighten up the rod bolts?

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Im also ordering new fenders and a new gas tank in candy red lol. I cant believe the PO spray painted the entire bike

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Make sure the linkage is parallel. If it's not, shifting will be more difficult. See diagram here: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f36/...gram-9155.html

Those Chinese made tanks tend to leak. I recommend coating the interior with Caswell epoxy tank sealer before you ever put gas in it. Done properly, it will never leak or rust. https://www.caswellplating.com/epoxy...-to-5-gal.html

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When having difficulty getting into or out of N, simply rock the bike an inch or two forward or rearward. It helps tremendously to have the transmission rotating when changing gears or going into or out of N.
Another trick is to let out the clutch just enough to engage the transmission, but not enough to move the motorcycle.

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Welcome. You should never need to stomp on the shifter. See this post for how to lubricate the linkage. https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f12/...lp-122469.html
Sorry, for some reasons I could not stop laughing.
And for some reasons I feel that real Rebel riders are humorous and having fun all the time.
Perhaps the bike is not big enough to be aggressive, and perhaps that is why we chose it in the first place.

Mine, au contrary, is so easy I always have to upshift twice to get into 2.

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