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I'm just getting into motorcycling - I just got my first bike. I've been scooting around on a Sym since last year, and while it's a blast (and surprisingly practical for errands).

I rode my friend's MB5 a few times and thought it was fun, so I went out looking for a starter bike. I had a few desires:
  1. under 500cc because it I wanted something to start with
  2. over 125cc because I wanted more power than my Sym (which is actually great around town even considering the hills here)
  3. under $3000 because I'm a cheapskate ;)
  4. a twin because vroom vroom :cool:
  5. UJM styling, especially 70s styling
  6. upright rider position because my knees are all jacked and sitting with them bent too long hurts
  7. something modern with EFI because its just generally a better fuel delivery system
So you're all thinking "why didn't you get a TU250X or SR400 or something?" Well because I couldn't find any and an inexpensive (sub $1k) Rebel came up. I went for a test ride and was surprised to really enjoy the cruiser posture. And the larger turn radius wasn't so long that it was hard get around on city streets.

Now I'm glad I got what I sort of fell into. I've been riding non-stop and having a blast!

As for the rest of my "requirements" - maybe if/when I ever upgrade from my 250 I'll try a CB750 or something.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes, everyone!

I usually ride around the north side of Lake Washington.

Today was the last non-rainy day until next weekend and so I did a "big" loop: Lake City Way -> Woodinville Hwy -> 202 -> Lake Sammamish Pkwy -> SR900 -> Rainier Ave -> 23rd -> Sand Point Way past Magnussen and then you're right back to Lake City Way.

It's not the most amazing ride (pretty urban), but also it's not much faster than 50mph, so you're comfortably at the speed where my Rebel has plenty of acceleration. I've been on the highway, and my bike can do 70ish, but it's just really running flat out and just not much fun with the traffic around here. And all it takes is a hill and some wind and even 50mph feels like all you can do. I'm probably in too high a gear sometimes because I'm used to my old car with a shift point around 4500rpm.

I did get stuck behind several different dump trucks on different roads. I was some sort of dump truck magnet. If I had been in my car, I'd have passed them, but I'm not quite confident of how fast I could have gotten around one right now and the sight lines were pretty limited. I'm a fan of just taking it easy and enjoying the ride though - I wasn't in a race and didn't have to be anywhere.

When the weather gets nice, I'll probably do that loop on the scooter with my scooter friends. Nothing a 150cc scooter couldn't handle.

It is pretty chilly here, but I got some windproof pants and gloves and layer up under my jacket. I did an early morning ride that was probably in the 30s a few weeks ago and I had to stop and warm up after 30-45minutes. Today it was probably in the mid 40's and I didn't get cold at all.

Maybe I'll see you out there!
 

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Thanks for the welcomes, everyone!

I usually ride around the north side of Lake Washington.

Today was the last non-rainy day until next weekend and so I did a "big" loop: Lake City Way -> Woodinville Hwy -> 202 -> Lake Sammamish Pkwy -> SR900 -> Rainier Ave -> 23rd -> Sand Point Way past Magnussen and then you're right back to Lake City Way.

It's not the most amazing ride (pretty urban), but also it's not much faster than 50mph, so you're comfortably at the speed where my Rebel has plenty of acceleration. I've been on the highway, and my bike can do 70ish, but it's just really running flat out and just not much fun with the traffic around here. And all it takes is a hill and some wind and even 50mph feels like all you can do. I'm probably in too high a gear sometimes because I'm used to my old car with a shift point around 4500rpm.

I did get stuck behind several different dump trucks on different roads. I was some sort of dump truck magnet. If I had been in my car, I'd have passed them, but I'm not quite confident of how fast I could have gotten around one right now and the sight lines were pretty limited. I'm a fan of just taking it easy and enjoying the ride though - I wasn't in a race and didn't have to be anywhere.

When the weather gets nice, I'll probably do that loop on the scooter with my scooter friends. Nothing a 150cc scooter couldn't handle.

It is pretty chilly here, but I got some windproof pants and gloves and layer up under my jacket. I did an early morning ride that was probably in the 30s a few weeks ago and I had to stop and warm up after 30-45minutes. Today it was probably in the mid 40's and I didn't get cold at all.

Maybe I'll see you out there!
Awesome! I ride around the north side of Lake WA from Seattle to Bothell for work. Rode in 36 degrees the other morning and it was definitely close to my threshold of being too cold. Strange that you're feeling low on power on the hills though. I'm always surprised how much juice I have left even running at 60mph up a slope.

Glad you're enjoying the bike!
 

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Strange that you're feeling low on power on the hills though. I'm always surprised how much juice I have left even running at 60mph up a slope.
I鈥檝e been meaning to do a tune up - valve clearance, compression, etc. I also should check the plugs again. I鈥檓 pretty new to all of this so whatever it does now feels 鈥渘ormal鈥.
 
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