Honda Rebel Forum - Reply to Topic
Thread: The Diffference between the Rebel 250 and the Harley Sportster. Reply to Thread
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Rebel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
10-25-2016 11:20 PM
Shadow Shack
Originally Posted by 76Paw View Post
The best thing was to find a hill before you shut it off.
While I can not argue that one bit, the inherent problem with that is I live in a desert climate. What few hills we have are actually mountains, and those are much too far away from where I typically parked the bike.
10-25-2016 10:43 PM
76Paw I think I tried every gear on the Harley on that trip from Sturgis. I think 2nd was best, because 1st slid the tire, and 3rd required too much speed. The best thing was to find a hill before you shut it off.
10-25-2016 10:16 PM
Shadow Shack As it turned out the gen-11500 Vulcan needs to be in 2nd gear for push starting, something the owners manual failed to divulge (it stated first gear). According to internet groups back then (I had no internet back then) 2nd gear was the optimum push start gear for that bike.

The bike was long gone by the time I gleaned that gem. Suffice it to say I was struggling to do so in the "wrong" gear.
10-25-2016 07:03 PM
76Paw Most any bike can be push started if it is in good running condition. Forget about it if it has other issues and is not running well. Some are easier than others, and usually the lighter the better. The Rebel is very easy.

My Wide Glide is much heavier and a lot more difficult to push, but still doable. I had a glitch in the starter electronics on a trip to Sturgis once. Happened on a weekend right after we headed home. It turned out not to be simple to find and there were no shops open. So I push started it every time I stopped for fuel, food, or rest for 1800 miles. Believe me, I never want to do that again.
10-25-2016 03:19 AM
Shadow Shack By comparison the Rebel is a cinch to push start, I've only had to do it once on a bike I bought with a dead battery. Granted I have yet to attempt push starting any bike since I had my Achilles tendon surgery, and I would hate to repeat the experience on that aforementioned Rebel I had push started...for one thing it had this welded to the frame in lieu of a passenger foot peg and it caught me real good that particular instance in the same area that would later be affected:

10-24-2016 10:31 PM
Duckster The Rebel is an easy push starter. I've done it by putting it in third gear and just running along beside it and dropping the clutch.. Don't forget to pull in the clutch when it starts though.
10-24-2016 10:21 PM
Shadow Shack
Originally Posted by Geodude1613 View Post
Gotta ask...has that ever happened to you
I had it happen with my 1500 Vulcan, and trust me a big bike --- even one as light as the 600# first gen 1500 Vulcan --- is not fun to push start.

I'm having a charging issue on my considerably lighter Shadow chopper and the ape hangers do not make a push start fun either.
10-24-2016 12:48 PM
Duckster Rebels are pretty easy to bump start if the battery dies. It's hard to picture someone being seriously stranded due to a dead battery.
10-24-2016 11:15 AM
Originally Posted by Shadow Shack View Post
With the SR400 you'll never be left stranded with a weak battery.
Gotta ask...has that ever happened to you (hopefully I won't face it, but it has crossed my mind)?

Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
10-24-2016 10:28 AM
Shadow Shack With the SR400 you'll never be left stranded with a weak battery.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome