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post #51 of 59 Old 08-05-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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When and if I do go larger, my short list of requirements is:

1) 650-850cc
2) <600 lbs
3) Fuel Injected
4) Liquid-cooled
5) Shaft-drive
6) ABS
7A) Low seat height (cruiser style)
7B) Standard passenger seat

Although I don't especially like the fenders, the current Honda Shadow Aero ABS model checks all the boxes. There must be others out there too.

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Check out Kawasaki Vulcan S and Indian Scout/Scout Sixty. Both come with ABS, though I think the Vulcan S is chain drive. The Scout gets 100 hp and is all manner of great and great looking. I think the Honda NC700 line also has ABS models and is cruiser/sport style. Unfortunately not many Japanese cruisers have ABS, not even the newer ones like the Yamaha Bolt. Harley also has some ABS options, but doesn't tick almost any of your other requirements: air cooled, belt drive, heavy. Your other option is to look at European brands which since something like 2012 required ABS on all their bikes. Moto Guzzi, Triumph, BMW all have cruiser-style bikes, though BMW doesn't really have a classic American style one. Moto Guzzi V7 and California are close to American style if you can get past the transverse engine. Triumphs are parallel twins mostly, just like the Rebel, but are excellent bikes and cool to boot.
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post #52 of 59 Old 08-05-2019, 06:13 PM
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Would you recommend the RideOn tire sealant for our 250 Rebels as well? Thanks.


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Ride on will plug cylindrical holes of 1/4" or less, which is ideal for tubeless tires. Sometimes tube punctures tear the tube rather than make a neat hole. For that reason, RideOn is less effective in plugging punctures in tubes. But it will balance both tube and tubeless tires equally well. The back tire on my Rebel is on a tubeless rim, and I have it in there. Haven't gotten around to putting the tubeless rim up front. But the two punctures I've had have both been in the rear tires.
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post #53 of 59 Old 08-05-2019, 06:16 PM
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Shaft drives need to be lubricated with high moly content grease every 10,000 miles or so.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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Check out Kawasaki Vulcan S and Indian Scout/Scout Sixty. Both come with ABS, though I think the Vulcan S is chain drive. The Scout gets 100 hp and is all manner of great and great looking. I think the Honda NC700 line also has ABS models and is cruiser/sport style. Unfortunately not many Japanese cruisers have ABS, not even the newer ones like the Yamaha Bolt. Harley also has some ABS options, but doesn't tick almost any of your other requirements: air cooled, belt drive, heavy. Your other option is to look at European brands which since something like 2012 required ABS on all their bikes. Moto Guzzi, Triumph, BMW all have cruiser-style bikes, though BMW doesn't really have a classic American style one. Moto Guzzi V7 and California are close to American style if you can get past the transverse engine. Triumphs are parallel twins mostly, just like the Rebel, but are excellent bikes and cool to boot.
Yeah, there are plenty of bikes out there that check many but not all my boxes. For now, though, I am looking to compile a list of bikes that check ALL the boxes. There are just too many different bikes out there. By maintaining hard requirements it is easier to filter out and narrow the list.

My inseam is even shorter than the OP's (28"), so I expect most models that fit the low seat height requirement will be cruisers.

I just started riding and have no plans to buy another bike any time soon. And I may never buy another bike if I decide the Rebel is all the bike I want/need, or I'm just not that into it after a while. So at this point it's primarily a mental exercise, for long-range planning/research.

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Shaft drives need to be lubricated with high moly content grease every 10,000 miles or so.
True, but that doesn't bother me any. I don't see where that is more labor intensive than cleaning and lubing a chain on a regular basis.

Thanks for the explanation on the RideOn - - I totally forgot about the tubes! Now I'm curious how you upgraded your rims/tires to tubeless? Is that a standard upgrade many Rebel owners make? Or did you have to get creative to make it work?

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I mentioned it simply because many folks don't think a shaft needs to be lubricated. An hour or so every 10,000 miles beats cleaning and lubricating a chain every 500 miles IMO. That's one reason I got the 750. Oh, and the fact I got it for $1,000.

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The problem with the Nomad --- and the entire 1500-1600 line for that matter --- was the fact that Kawasaki knew it was plagued with design flaws and took nearly two full decades to finally get around to ironing them out. And by design flaws I'm talking far beyond the 80s-90s "single use fasteners" made of the softest metals they could find that plagued ALL Kawasakis during that era...by the time it was actually a reliable design they changed the design to the current 1700 guise in circulation today.
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...by the time it was actually a reliable design they changed the design to the current 1700 guise in circulation today.
Indeed, I own one of those 1700's and it really is a rock solid design with a wonderful power band and feel. Unfortunately they only make the Voyager and Vaquero versions now and no longer the Nomad.
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In my opinion , Honda Shadow Areo 2005-2008 , rock solid , carbed , driveshaft .. . Just the best bike I have ever owned . I have had many , right now own 16 bikes ..in the last 60 yrs. Have owned 100's of them .. All brands , styles , sizes .. have over 40 k miles on this one.. all parts original except battery , light bulbs .. gas and oil , tires ..... Can't go wrong .....
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