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post #41 of 49 Old 08-10-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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You want to bolt a moltov cocktail to the rear end of your brand - spanking new bike???? Do what you like but I think it is a bad idea.
Well, having one between your legs isn't an issue?
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post #42 of 49 Old 08-10-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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The kid who circled the U.S. on a Rebel years ago, carried a tank strapped to the cargo area with his tent. He wanted to do 500 miles/day. Gas stations are not always available at an optimal filling level. You would want to travel as far as possible on one tank full. Even one quart would help, some fuel assurance.

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REB, Do what you want and believe what you will. However, here are a couple of things to mull over. 1) The Rebel is legitimately classified as a street cruiser. Not a cafe racer, not a superbike, and not a touring bike. Of course you can attempt to ignore these limitations but it will come at a cost. 2) There is a reason there are DOT regulations and special certification requirements for transporting flamable and dangerous materials on public streets, roads, and hiways. Think back to the MSF course you repeatedly praise. Where is the highest risk of collision? Intersections, where you are most likely to get T-boned or rear ended. RonP made a joke about the tank between the legs and that is funny, but there is a huge difference between an approved tank and a petrol carry can either bolted to the side or strapped on the rear end. 3) Weight distribution on the bike should be equalized to enhance stability. I can assure you there is a difference between "dead" weight, and "active or live" weight (a container of volatile petrol sloshing around). If you want the opportunity to travel 500 miles a day (and that would be haul even for a conventional vehicle) then the safe and rational choice would be to consider a touring bike or a trike. Those that do and have strapped petrol carry cans on a Rebel are foolishly attempting to exceed what the bike is about. Remember, everything you do on your bike not only effects your safety, but most likely the safety of other vehicles that share the roadways. 4) Lastly, I don't think your insurance carrier would cover you if you transport flammable materials in the manner you have described.

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Some of you may not be familiar with Hondas CT motorcycles? The spare tank is an oem feature that was used succesfully for 20+ years on the CT 90 and 110 motorcycles. These are street legal dual sport bikes, generally ridden on-road more than off. The extra tank is not risky at all - - itís a very smart solution to safely extend range on smaller motorcycles or just reduce the hassle/inconvenience of running out of gas.

I would not be trying to cover 500 miles/day. But even a camping trip in nearby Shenandoah National Park would challenge the Rebelís fuel reserves. If youíre not familiar with the parkways that run through it (Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway), they run just below the ridgeline at elevation, and that is where the campgrounds are too. There are very few opportunities to refuel without descending down out of the park into surrounding communities, which is a major hassle. Their combined length is about 600 miles.

Having a little reserve on the bike for trips like that would offer a lot of peace of mind.

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Never had an owners manual, but yours may indicate what the break in mileage is. Think the first oil change is due at 600 miles. Lacking information to the contrary, I would consider an engine that has been ridden that far to be broken in.
Thanks. I read the manual and vaguely remember it touching on this. But I canít remember the specifics. I will consult and report back!

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post #46 of 49 Old 08-10-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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I wonder what is the RANGE of the longest trip on one tank of gas on a Rebel. I'm guessing it's certainly in the 200 mile range. If this bike could be held at 40 mph for a tank, that would be a very efficient ride.

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That makes alot more sense than the Trail 90/110 strap ons!

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Maybe something like this??
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