Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Northern Virginia/Metro DC
I rode the Rebel on quite a few errands today. Eventually I stopped to grab lunch in our local (busy) strip that has grocery store, restaurants, etc. I was sitting inside at the sandwich shop with a clear view of the bike parked out front. Most people payed no attention to it (motorcycles aren’t very popular around here.) But then a pair of guys in their mid-40s or so were walking along the sidewalk and stopped to look it over. They even stepped down into the parking space and did a full inspection, walking completely around it.
I wished I could have heard what they were saying. But they certainly seemed to be admiring it favorably. They definitely were talking about the windscreen, which one guy seemed to really like. At least, that’s how I interpreted their body language.
Last week I was dismounting in another parking lot, and a young woman walked up and told me she really liked my “little Rebel”. She used the name Rebel. I said thanks and asked her how she knew the bike. She replied that she “rides one for work.” Turns out, DC Metropolitan Police are still using some of those Rebels that were the mainstay of their motorcycle fleet a decade or two ago (they mostly use Harleys now.) Her mount was getting pretty old, and she admired how nice shiny new my 2016 looked.
So most of my experiences have been positive. But that may be more due to a lack of or minimum motorcycle culture hereabouts.