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post #1 of 16 Old 02-14-2015, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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New rider just wondering if the rebel 250 is ok to ride on interstate or would the constant high speed of 60 or 70 blow it up I weigh 185 roughly around 5'8" not sure if the hight and weight would be a factor in this case also if there are and rebel riders in the ky powell montgomery or Wolfe counties I'd like to find someone to ride with once summer hits plan to take the msf when I have the money
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-14-2015, 10:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum! The Rebel 250 can run all day at wide open throttle and do it day after day with no problems.

Taking the MSF course before riding will help you develop the correct techniques, not develop bad habits, and most importantly, help keep you safe.

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post #3 of 16 Old 02-14-2015, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the input I've had non riders tell me it would blow it up nice to hear different from a rider
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Asking non-riders for motorcycle advice is right up there with asking fresh-across-the-border illegal aliens to tutor you in English...

Google "Iron Butt Association" and you'll find a few 250 Rebels gracing those lists. That should be testimony enough.

"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.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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Unless you hit a headwind, the little Rebel may surprise you. My daughter rides on I-40, 15 miles each way, and yeah it's wide open the whole way sounding like an insane sewing machine. It seems the only way to really hurt these bikes is to run it with low oil.

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post #6 of 16 Old 02-14-2015, 11:37 PM
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yes, do make sure to check the oil and keep it topped up. but its a high revving short stroke engine




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post #7 of 16 Old 02-15-2015, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the advise I just recently found this forum and I dont know any riders in my area so I ask a few people that work on cars a lot and I realize that cars are different than motorcycles I really appreciate all the advice and its such a relief to know I can ride it to work with no worries since I have 2 kids which leaves little time for riding
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The Rebel has one of those engines that doesn't breathe well enough to over rev under load. The camshaft and induction system of the engine is designed so it gradually loses torque as the revs increase so it will reach a terminal RPM under load that is well within the safe limits of the engine's mechanical design.
The old Volkwagen Beetle had a similar engine. I remember the owner's manual listing its maximum speed as 82 MPH and its maximum cruising speed as 82 MPH.

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I rode home from the Lake Hope Rally last year via 70 mph freeways. It was my first time on such fast freeways on my Rebel for hours at a time. The bike had no issues at all with it, the rider however got bored and ended up finding more interesting roads to finish the trip.
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I agree with Lex, MY rebel will zing happily along. I find butt fatigue the real limiitiig factor on longer trips.




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