I read it and here's what I got out of it:
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".
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.
-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.
-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.
-replaced starter clutch
This could be a legitimate gripe, but I really can't comment as none of my bikes have reached 40K yet.
-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.
-rebuilt carburator (cleaned it, no fuel filter)
The latter lends itself as normal for the former.
-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.
I wish this bike was more dependable
If that's not a complaint, I wouldn't know what was.
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.