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I picked up a 2001 Rebel 250 with 2673 miles for $250 from a co-worker a couple of weeks ago, and this forum has really helped me get it back in working order. I named it El Bandito because I practically stole it. The tank was rusty, the carb was stuck, and the battery was dead. Luckily it was kept out of the weather. Today I put 10 miles on it in a parking lot getting used to it. All I really need to do now is replace these old tires! That is unless you guys have other advice!
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Welcome to the forum. The best advice I can offer any new rider is to take a basic riding course, such as those offered in virtually every state by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Professionally taught riders have fewer, less severe, crashes than self/friend/family taught riders. Like many riders that couldn't wait to get in the saddle, I taught myself some bad habits because I couldn't wait a couple of months for my MSF class to begin. It took a long time to unlearn those habits. After the training, read David Hough's books, Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling. Then read them again in six months. You'll be surprised to find how much more you learn in subsequent readings.
 

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replace those tires
 

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replace those tires
I am only practicing in the parking lot next door until I do get them replaced. No higher speeds yet. I've been doing tires longer than my bike has existed, so I'm fully aware of their condition. But thank you for the concern.
 

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Welcome to the forum. The best advice I can offer any new rider is to take a basic riding course, such as those offered in virtually every state by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Professionally taught riders have fewer, less severe, crashes than self/friend/family taught riders. Like many riders that couldn't wait to get in the saddle, I taught myself some bad habits because I couldn't wait a couple of months for my MSF class to begin. It took a long time to unlearn those habits. After the training, read David Hough's books, Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling. Then read them again in six months. You'll be surprised to find how much more you learn in subsequent readings.
May I ask what habits in particular?
 

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Think the biggest ones were using the rear brake to slow down in a curve, and not looking where I wanted to go (target fixation).
 

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Time for surgery. Can't put off this fork seal any longer, and since it's supposed to rain for the next few days, I won't have to be upset that I can't ride. It's oil change time anyway.
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What tires did you end up putting on El Bandito?
 

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I got cool pics of my Rebel when I rode up to mount Rushmore!
 

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Been hearing a slight tinkley noise after putting almost 2000 miles on this old horse, 4500 on it total. My chain was pretty dang loose. I know, I should have been checking it more. I adjusted it, and tomorrow I'll clean and lube it again. Should I be shopping for a chain AND sprockets, or just check it more regularly? I know it's recommended with the chain but the teeth look good.
 

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The test for whether or not a chain is worn is to try and pull the chain rearward off the rear sprocket at the three o'clock position, looking at the sprocket from the side. If it moves more than a fraction of an inch, it's time to replace the chain and both sprockets. Putting a new chain on old sprockets will quickly wear out the chain.
 

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I don't know enough to say for sure, but with less than 5000 miles on the bike, I wouldn't consider it "worn", but it IS 20 years old.
 

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Check to see if any of the O-rings are missing, the most common problem on chains with low mileage and many years. Missing O-rings indicate it's going to need replacement sooner rather than later. You mentioned the chain was loose; that's another indicator of wear. After the first few hundred miles on a new chain, adjust it once and it should be good for many thousands of miles. Once you have to frequently adjust it to maintain tension, it's time to order a new set.

On the tinkling sound, be sure are the screws for the front sprocket cover are tight. I was hearing a similar noise and discovered all the screws were missing. Not a bad idea to periodically check all the screws and bolts on the entire bike. Use blue thread locker on any loose ones.
 
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