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?
2006 Rebel (Snow Leopard: quiet, stealthy and agile)
2018 Lance Cali Classic 200i (Black Panther: smooth, nimble and quick)