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post #81 of 86 Old 12-25-2014, 07:59 AM
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1980 cb750k, got in 1990 wit 9000 miles from grandfather...now 45,000 miles 2 sets of tires, 2 sets of chain & sprocket and 1 clutch and 1 set of brakes, one clutch cable.
1997 vmax- bought new...31000 with 1 set of tires and 1 set of brakes.
2007 bought new. Rebel 20000 miles 1 set of tires and new chain and sprocket soon,
Dear Kelvin,This is considered normal wear and proper maintenance ...when you are dead and buried you wont have time to do these joyful things...

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1980 Honda CB 750K 46,000
1997 Yamaha V-Max 1200 30,000
2007 Honda Rebel 250 21,500

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post #82 of 86 Old 05-10-2016, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by kelvin View Post
I bought my rebel new in 2009, not to learn on but as a commuter. I love the gas mileage! But that is the only good thing!

Granted I ride it every day regardless of the weather so I'm hard on a bike, it's my mode of transportation and perhaps too much for this bike. I now have 40k miles and this is what I have spent on the bike:

-I'm on my 3rd set of tires
-3rd sprocket/chain set
-replaced starter clutch
-replaced clutch (making crunching and whinning noise which is still doing)
-rebuilt carburator (cleaned it, no fuel filter)
-Replaced clutch cable

I wish this bike was more dependable because I just love it, but my neighbor has a 2007 shadow with 80k miles and has spent a fraction of the cost. He is on his second set of tires, the quality of tires for the heavier bikes is greater. He has no chain and has yet to have to go into the engine for anything.

Just my .02 worth..... but very frustrated.....
I know I'm a bit late to this thread but....your wear items are totally average. You're actually getting good life out of those tires if you are only on your 3rd set on 40k miles. My average is 8k out of a rear and 10k out of a front. all the rest. That's a lot of gas running through a bike with no fuel filter and it's no surprise that you needed a carb clean. If you ride in the rain and all weather your chain and sprocket are going to get a lot of grit in them and wear out fast. If you want the most economical ride you'd drive a civic or a bicycle. I've commuted by bike for the last 16 years. While economy is nice its never been my reason to only own bikes and not cars.
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post #83 of 86 Old 05-15-2016, 07:33 PM
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Gee, Did you get 40K miles out of just three sets of tires..Lucky you.
Your buddy; Did he get 80k miles out of two sets? Maybe he bought the bike used and the two sets of "shoes" are what he has put on since buying it? 80k for two sets is incredible and UNUSUAL.

Easy to install fuel filter..Also, I use Seafoam additive to gas every month...a couple of ounces in a tank of gas is good.

You might consider buying a premium quality chain/sprocket set up in case you have been using economy ones.

I don't mean to diss your comments, but I see your bike as being average or a bit better in dependability.....to compare it to just one bigger Honda is not a broad sampling..

Grace + Peace, Bob
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I'm 83 and still riding
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post #84 of 86 Old 05-20-2016, 05:43 PM
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just be glad its a motorcycle and not a car... if it was a car youd be paying way more to fix it weather you do your own fixing or not haha i also got my a rebel for commuting. i got tired of my honda civics eating all my money
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post #85 of 86 Old 07-31-2016, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by **EXuser** View Post
I guess I should clarify: 100K in 25+ years is awesome but believable. 40K in 2 yrs is what I would like to see a picture of. At that rate, when that bike is 25 years old it will be in the range of 500,000 miles . . .
hmm I also live in Fort Walton Beach. I met Kelvin at Thunder Beach in Destin. He is the real deal and a professional graphics artist. We talked a bit about the Rebel and although he loves the bike, he does have some legitimate gripes. This bike is his only means of transportation and when something needs repair it affects his whole week greatly.

But, yes, tires are a wear item. The clutch going bad is a surprise. The chains and sprockets seem to wear faster than they should.

Kelvin is different.
He rides his a lot.
He rides his every day.
He does maintain his ride, henceforth three sets of tires in 40K miles..

Just letting you know, Kelvin is being very straightforward with his issues (and yes, I do know I am responding to something you commented on over 3 years ago.. I am just now reading the thread and getting caught up in the news..
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post #86 of 86 Old 07-31-2016, 05:33 PM
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pssst...you're quoting/responding to a banned member (used to be "hanky" based on my prior quotes of his posts before he got banned).

"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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