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post #11 of 19 Old 11-07-2019, 06:51 PM
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I have kids wave at me. A buddy is a Harley man so I got right up in his face and told him my next bike will be a 600 to 750cc Honda after he gave me some flack for the mouse bike as he called it.

He was awed by how easily it moves into and out of my living room though.

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post #12 of 19 Old 11-07-2019, 08:36 PM
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I haven't been laughed at on mine, but then again I'm a girl and they give me respect for riding.
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-08-2019, 11:11 PM
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My bike does not look so good, im still trying to make it look good, but i really dont have much money so its gonna be a long way, but still looking like that, people tend to admire the bike and often times i get compliments on it, and im a 5 12 200 pound guys, so the bike looks small on me.
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-09-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Fingers crossed the weather is good tomorrow. Hopefully I can get some more laughs on the Rebel before winter sets in. Hope yall can do the same

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post #15 of 19 Old 11-10-2019, 04:45 PM
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I create my own laughs...I've always treated the Reb as a "toy" due to its smaller nature (not just displacement, but it's physically a smaller overall object compared to many other bikes). At the same time, I have insanely huge amounts of fun with these that I simply can't have on bigger bikes. Anyone else wants to laugh I'm laughing with them. Anyone wants to bash, well they'd better put up or shut up because I'm riding and they're typically...not.

In that vein of self-laughter, one of my more recent additions is a child's bicycle horn. It gets more use than the factory horn next to it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-11-2019, 10:18 AM
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Only been riding 5 weeks (1700 miles), but if anyone has laughed I haven't noticed. Like Shadow Shack, I'm having too much fun to care. And for a lot less money than sport bikes or big cruisers. Have, however, gotten 5 compliments so far.

Also ride a scooter and have zero inferiority complex doing so. It's a blast, practical for urban riding and errands, and costs even less than the Rebel.

Not sure I'll ever understand the snob attitude some bikers have. Maybe they are the ones w inferiority complexes?

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2018 Lance Cali Classic 200i (Black Panther: smooth, nimble and quick)
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-11-2019, 12:59 PM
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Love the child's bicycle horn...Had one on my bike in my youth..

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post #18 of 19 Old 11-12-2019, 10:37 AM
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I think some love the rebel and some hate the rebel. I passed a HD dealership and saw a guy get in his bike and he chased me to a gas station and just wanted to talk about how he missed his rebel and liked how the bike looked.

When his friends caught up they were making jokes about how if he liked the rebel so much maybe he should retire his Fat Bob and get another one.

So I think it’s a 50/50 chance either they like it or they hate it.

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post #19 of 19 Old 11-13-2019, 01:53 AM
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I generally acknowledge other riders, and get the same in return. Sometimes someone (usually on a Hardley) turns their nose up. It doesn't bother me. I'm not trying to impress anyone with my bike. I've gotten into conversations with riders of all sorts of bikes in parking lots or the like. Most of the guys with the big bikes have fond memories of the smaller bike they started out on.

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