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post #1 of 12 Old 10-14-2015, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,
It's exciting to be here . I am a newbie in the motorcycle world and just recently completed a training course so I am now looking for a bike to buy.

As you might have guessed, I am looking at used honda rebels 250..
However, I am obviously sketched out by the people online selling stuff through craigslist for example.

I would like some great , experienced advice in my new journey to not end up ripped off .

I found a Honda Rebel 250 year. 2004 with 22,000 miles.
It has been sitting in a garage for 6 months and supposedly only needs new battery.
What type of things should I be considering in given case? What type of questions should I be asking this person about the bike ? How much money should I be looking to have in order to maybe get it tuned up or something of that sense..

Anything that can help me out would be greatly appreciated. Thank you new Honda /Motorcycle family!
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-14-2015, 07:34 PM
 
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From what I've learned in my short time on this forum, there's a great deal of solid history in info which applies to what you're aiming to discover.

Use the search, and I'm sure you'll find lots of quality answers and input from prior members.

Welcome aboard, and good luck to you.

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-14-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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I was always suspicious of anyone selling a vehicle that "only needed a battery" or "only needs a starter". It seems to me that if everything else was OK, it would behoove the seller to put that part into the vehicle and be able to sell a running vehicle, probably for more $$ than non-running. Tell him to buy the battery and install it, and you will pay for the battery and a little extra if everything works OK. Stress that you will be under no obligation to purchase the bike. If it doesn't start and run, you can walk away without taking any risk.
That said, there are lots of good deals on Craigslist, because many Rebels are used as a beginner bike, and many are sold when the rider gets more experience and wants more motorcycle. $2000 should buy a bike with less than 5000 miles, and at least 2008 or newer.
Troll Craigslist for a few months and write down prices, year, miles and general condition. When a real deal appears, you will recognize it immediately, and can move on it confidently.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-14-2015, 09:56 PM
 
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Welcome to the forum MarsBravo, don't get in to big of a hurry, take your time and then you will know how much a particular year model should cost. This is one very good way to tell if your money is being well spent. http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f39/2...test-8443.html

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Where in the world are you? If you're near me (Tampa FL), I'd sell you my Little Red and give you a good price. And I promise she's been well-kept and everything works.
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Welcome to the forum, hope you find a Rebel soon but I would check with a dealership from time to time they have auctions and you might pick one up there


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Good to know , thank you!!!!
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Thank you!!! Good to know
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Where in the world are you? If you're near me (Tampa FL), I'd sell you my Little Red and give you a good price. And I promise she's been well-kept and everything works.
I wish,
I'm in Los Angeles ..
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Welcome to the forum MarsBravo, don't get in to big of a hurry, take your time and then you will know how much a particular year model should cost. This is one very good way to tell if your money is being well spent. http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f39/2...test-8443.html
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