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post #1 of 24 Old 10-14-2019, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rebel ... Racing?

I'll probably get poo-poo'd for being so silly minded, but I think it would be a blast to have an "All Rebel" drag race. Yeah, sure, they're slow. And not made for racing. But such a race would be for comradery, socializing, and just plain ole fun, nothing serious. It would be like Dorf on Golf Rebels on Racing. We'd probably get laughed at by the spectators, but hey, it would just be for giggles. And as slow as they are would help keep things safe. The absolute last thing I would want to have happen is someone get hurt. But I think I've heard of an injury or 2 at some of these Ride Rallies.

It would be cool to crown a King of Rebels. I can just see it now. Rebels BLASTING down the quarter mile at BLAZING speeds. Someone might even hit 70 mph!

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I would be up for it

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fun. It's a bunch of pro's racing a mix of old bikes (30's and up) in the rain. Skip to about 3:50 for an exciting moment.

As usual, the commentary makes up for about half the entertainment.

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I think I've heard of an injury or 2 at some of these Ride Rallies.
Only one. Brand new rider.

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Make it a closed circuit track and I'm in.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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Just watched the whole thing.. damn that's funny.
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It would be a closed circuit, a drag strip. Much safer, and quicker and easier and cheaper and etc and etc and etc than any other kind of fun racing. Speeds ranging from 0 mph to maybe 70 mph no turning, except to get back to the pits. Not hard on anything but maybe a clutch in the case of the Rebel. But if done right, it's not even so hard on a clutch. Plus the cost of a clutch is generally inexpensive, and generally easy to replace. Plus, this would be for giggles, no need for burnouts, wheelie bars, big revs on the start line. Just roll down the track, go back to the pits, cook up some burgers / brats / steaks and play grab-ass.

2 classes: 1) Stock Rebel 250's, and 2) other Rebel 250's. That would be interesting. Especially if we took data and found that stock Rebels were quicker. But I'm betting the bobbers would be fastest due to the reduced weight.

Shall I begin making rules, a flyer and lose a bunch a weight?


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AFR sensor equipped and downsized to a 0.105" main jet.
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It would be a closed circuit, a drag strip.
I meant to say a track you can run laps on.

Yeah, a slew of extra regulations and skills etc that a drag strip doesn't entail...but I love a good leaning session.


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2 classes: 1) Stock Rebel 250's, and 2) other Rebel 250's. That would be interesting. Especially if we took data and found that stock Rebels were quicker. But I'm betting the bobbers would be fastest due to the reduced weight.
That would all depend on one's definition of "bobber". If it's the classic more power/less weight formula, then yeah...I would expect it too. Sadly the popularly misrepresented definition of the bobber is dismantle/sawzall/rattlecan, with "added performance" in the way of hacked head pipes and a salt shaker lid welded to the carb. I have a bicycle that I'll gladly stack against the latter camp.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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Handicap by weight. That evens out both the, ahem, leaner vs. richer folk, and the bikes that have all their gear removed.


I remember when scooters were restricted to 2.5hp in the UK, I was watching kids on bicycles pull away faster than those poor saps.

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I meant to say a track you can run laps on.

Yeah, a slew of extra regulations and skills etc that a drag strip doesn't entail...but I love a good leaning session.
Shadow Shack - I like a good leaning session too. I roadraced in WERA back in a different century. I've already dragged something turning somewhere on The Piglet. I don't like grinding motorcycle bits into pavement, it doesn't make me feel good. Anywho, leaning over tends to lead to more injuries and damage than keeping it straight up, ask me how I know. I bet I've put my miles on my leathers ON PAVEMENT, than anyone on this forum. Tracks where you'd need to lean is more expensive too. If you've never been down a real quarter mile, it is quite fun. As fun as a roadcourse? Meh, not quite. But fun all the same, and safer too. I would feel bad if anyone got hurt. And at a drag race, it would be easy to build a competition bracket sheet and know who really wins, kind of quickly too.


leebrown - I'm a big believer of 'run what ya brung.' It's my fault I'm a big lard-ass. I should be penalized, I'd have to make it up by not screwing up. Run a Pro-Tree for each class it's the only fair way. If there's a scrawny 90 lb lady on a stock Rebel and she beats me on my stock Rebel, I consider that fair. In real life, at a traffic light she wins it should be like real life. I'd have no problem crowning a lady as the King of Rebels. Plus, trying to stagger on a bracket tree just screws the faster riders up (which tends to be not fair). Line my big Shrek butt up on my bike, against whomever may come, and run it. That's simple and fair.

I already made a list some time ago of what a "stock" rebel constitutes. I did it when I got to thinking about how fun such an event would be (to me).

I'll post it if y'all care to see it.


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What about 450's?

Can we play too?

Be ready this spring!
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