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post #1 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm not happy with the Rebel

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.....

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post #2 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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40,000 miles on a motorcycle tire?????? I have put up to maybe 12-13000 miles on tires, but nothing like 40,000.

The clutch cable and chains are wear items, and their life depends a lot on maintenance.
If you can get 20-25,000 miles out of a chain, that's about what you can expect.

I take it you make a lot of short trips, which would account for a bit more wear and tear on starters and clutch items, but overall, I don't think you have that much to be complaining about.

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post #3 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 09:20 AM
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Dude, those are all wear items. You're talking a small motorcycle that you've put 40,000 miles on! You've got nothing to complain about. No major malfunctions or issues. As far as the carburator, did you maintain it? With that much travel on a small bike it is to be expected that you would have to give it far more TLC that a bike used for leisure. Unfounded complaints, sir. Unfounded.
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post #4 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Hi Kevin:

It is quite understandable that you are unhappy with some many problems with your bike so new.

My humble opinion is that you may have to look at other factors other than the bike itself:

1. Tire: Were the tires properly inflated all the time?
2. Sprocket and chain: were they properly lubricated and maintained?
3, 4, 6: Did you try too hard on the clutch, drive too hard and change the oil regularly?
5. Carb: Carb has to be rebuilt within two years...dirty fuel?

If you are still not happy with the bike, replace it with the Shadow and see if you will have similar problems within 40K miles.
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post #5 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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Poor unloved Rebel

Send it home (here) and I will break my 'no more than 2 bikes' rule to give it a good home where it will become loved and treasured. It is not a car, but a small motorcycle, and was any other bike, you would have been putting that work and $ into maint and upkeep also.
No one should expect any motorcycle to be ridden/used that amount of miles and not need work, upkeep. My personal opinion is anyone who is not willing to maintain transportation should use public transportation.

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post #6 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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One more point Kevin:

Rebel is still a small-engine bike. 40K is a lot of mileage within two years. As mentioned, you have been driving it very hard too.

Therefore I tend to agree with the other replies.
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post #7 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wow, you guys should really read my post before you comment.

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post #8 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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I read it and here's what I got out of it:

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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!
There's the praise, and made abundantly clear that it is, in your very own words, the "only good thing".

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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:
There's the set-up to what can only be presumed, based on the title of this thread and mention of "the only good thing", to be complaints.

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-I'm on my 3rd set of tires
Sounds normal to me. I average 20K on Bridgestone Exedras and end up replacing them due to age rather than wear, but then again I don't let the negative comments made by some members here concerning those tires sway me from using them each time I need new ones.

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-3rd sprocket/chain set
Well, 2 chain/sprocket sets might be more normal, but tough to say based on riding conditions and maintenance intervals. I get 20K out of an O-Ring chain and steel sprockets with not so periodic maintenance, but I can get away with that maintenance thanks to a dry climate.

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-replaced starter clutch
This could be a legitimate gripe, but I really can't comment as none of my bikes have reached 40K yet.

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-replaced clutch (making crunching and whinning noise which is still doing)
IIRC there was a recall for some clutch issues on several model years at that time. You might want to look into it. I know the actual info is stickied at the other board if the database allows you to view it.

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-rebuilt carburator (cleaned it, no fuel filter)
The latter lends itself as normal for the former.

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-Replaced clutch cable
I replaced a Shadow clutch cable before 20K miles, although I have two others that have over 30K on the OEM cable. I really can't find anything to complain about here.

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I wish this bike was more dependable
If that's not a complaint, I wouldn't know what was.

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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.
All of my Shadows have chains and I have yet to dive into the engine either. Ditto for my Rebels. Granted one of my Rebels came to me with worn rings and/or valves and maintenance history, that motor has been delegated to an untitled frame now. But again, having peaked at 8 bikes attaining that kind of mileage on just one is a trick.

In the end, the only true gripe I can find is the starter issue. Certainly not enough to become unhappy with the bike over that kind of time frame.

"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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post #9 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Hey if you're unhappy do something different. Trade it on a Shadow if you think that will improve your outlook on life. No one bike will satisfy everyone, that's why there are so many different ones out there.
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post #10 of 86 Old 08-21-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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... No one bike will satisfy everyone, that's why there are so many different ones out there.
Exactly! My rebel is just about perfect for about 80% of my riding thus far - however I'm looking for a second bike for the other 20%.

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