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Yesterday 06:48 PM
VAReb I love the paint scheme on your Rebel. And Iím always game for a good story.
Yesterday 05:12 PM
cdarnold Hi everyone!! I'm pretty new to riding and this forum. I got my 1986 Rebel 250 in April of 2018 and other than the Yamaha V Star 250 I rode during my ABATE course this is the only bike I've ever been on. It is definitely my primary cruiser and probably will be until I give it to my daughter who, right now, loves riding on the back with me every chance she gets. It's my daily commuter and my "two wheel therapy". I tell my wife it's hard to argue with having fun and getting nearly 70 miles to the gallon at the same time. I'm finding it's fun and rewarding to wrench on it too.

If anyone's got time for a story I love sharing how I got into riding and how I got the bike. I'd love to hear yours too
10-18-2019 06:41 AM
VAReb
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Originally Posted by VashonRebel View Post
I’d say you are shifting far too soon and lugging the engine. Follow the indicated gear per speed on the speedo (yes as others have said). I am pleasantly surprised how much more mine has at 60mph although my expectations were very low. I love the fuel economy, drive very defensively anyway, and am happy with my Rebel as my one bike for all my needs. All that said... I’m still a newbie. 😂😂😂
The shift indicators on the speedo are showing redline/max shift speeds. I wouldn’t make a habit of shifting at those indicators routinely.

The owners manual has RECOMMENDED shift speeds for each gear that are MUCH lower - - about 1/3-1/2 the max speed indicated on the speedo.

P.S. In an earlier post to this thread I said my oem owners manual was silent on this subject. I had thought I read my manual cover to cover, but it turns out I was mistaken. I have since located a section that I somehow missed on the first read. It in fact recommends the much lower shift speeds that FliteControl was advocating.

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10-18-2019 02:09 AM
VashonRebel I’d say you are shifting far too soon and lugging the engine. Follow the indicated gear per speed on the speedo (yes as others have said). I am pleasantly surprised how much more mine has at 60mph although my expectations were very low. I love the fuel economy, drive very defensively anyway, and am happy with my Rebel as my one bike for all my needs. All that said... I’m still a newbie. 😂😂😂
08-07-2019 02:23 PM
VAReb
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Originally Posted by RandyOK View Post
I rode my Shadow VT500 this morning for two hours. Then hopped on my 250 single cylinder Rebel and rode for another hour. Every bit if not more enjoyable cruising around at 45-50 MPH. Since I put the running boards on it has become a wonderful little Cruiser. If I were to cruise the highways around here (which is rare) I would probably still use the Shadow, but my day-to-day get my jollies rides will definitely be the Rebel. Just too much fun not to keep!
Good to hear so many riders with bigger bikes still enjoy using their Rebels.

Fyi, if it's a Rebel 250 - - it's a twin cylinder.
08-07-2019 01:47 PM
RandyOK I rode my Shadow VT500 this morning for two hours. Then hopped on my 250 single cylinder Rebel and rode for another hour. Every bit if not more enjoyable cruising around at 45-50 MPH. Since I put the running boards on it has become a wonderful little Cruiser. If I were to cruise the highways around here (which is rare) I would probably still use the Shadow, but my day-to-day get my jollies rides will definitely be the Rebel. Just too much fun not to keep!
08-07-2019 06:55 AM
VAReb
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Originally Posted by Tommikene View Post
If I'm correct the new Rebel 300 is only one cylinder. Somehow I can't bring myself downgrading from 2 to 1.
That’s correct. The Rebel 500 is a twin.

I prefer our 250’s twin, but a single cylinder isn’t necessarily bad. And it’s liquid-cooled, which is nice....

I rode my 250 Rebel on the local parkway yesterday for the first time. This was the first time I’ve used 5th gear and gone over 45 mph. Cruising along at 50-55 mph was fantastic! Plenty of power and acceleration.

The parkway is at sea-level and has a 50 mph speed limit. So not the same as the interstate highways. But I am encouraged at how well it did. I can’t wait to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, which have even lower speed limits. The Rebel will be perfect out there!


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08-06-2019 09:31 PM
Tommikene If I'm correct the new Rebel 300 is only one cylinder. Somehow I can't bring myself downgrading from 2 to 1.
08-06-2019 05:49 PM
Darksol64 I have a 2008 cbr600rr that I use to have fun up in the mountains, but other than that I really enjoy hopping on the 250 to head to a job, food shopping, and so on. There's just something really enjoyable about a small "just enough engine" bike that's easy to hop on and go, and super cheap to own. I guess the fact that it's a badass clock-work running engine that will last almost forever helps too. 1980s is when honda was in their prime for building extremely precise engines that will last. No way will the rebel 300 or 500 engine outlast the 250. Nice and quiet, but still screams like a badass when you need to get going. Bike sounds awesome shifting through the gears casually shifting at 15-30-40...taking 4th to 50, or 55 to get on the highway.
08-05-2019 10:34 PM
flitecontrol The Rebel isn't the only bike with an overly optimistic speedometer. That also applies to the VN750 with stock wheels.
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