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new to the forum. i am returning to riding after 40 years. i just bought a 2019 rebel 500. wow! fantastic bike. i am only 5' 6'' tall and 135 lbs (male) the bike looks good, goes fast, just right for new riders. am going to add saddlebags tomorrow. have a rear rack on fender. would like mini apes. mine has the orange tank. i love it. the shifting gears part is the fun of riding. not an automatic. anyway look forward to hearing about other 500 owners ideas group rides, and whatever else.
 

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I have been here before, but here it goes again. I have been riding bikes sense I was 14 in Salt Lake City Utah when I was going to Jr. High school. It was a Vespa.
Didn't start riding again until I got out of the Marine Corps in 1969. Started on old Harleys and chopping them and being stupid.
Got into Honda Rebels about 9 years ago. First was the '85 to '87 250's then got my first 450 and it has been great sense.
I have done a lot of work on the 450's I have had. I am into getting them as cheap as I can and fixing them up and selling them. Haven't been able to find anything lately that I can get and fix up at the right price.
I keep looking.
I have two '86 450's.The one that I ride I got for $400.00. It had been sitting in a carport for 10 years. It was a real mess. Took it all apart and fixed it up and it runs great. It was owned by a older guy who bought it new and put 8,000 miles on it, and them got to old to ride. The other one I have, I got for $600.00 but I haven't got around to fixing it up yet.

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Is it up for sale ,just wondering. Me and my son accidentally bought a large storage unit bigger than I thought actually. Behind the TV stereos and boxes was about 15 more feet. So it was a 20 by 20 didn't mean to really buy it I just quit bidding, when it was over I had bought it for 1100.00 not bad but I had actually quit bidding ,guess I got last bid. Anyway there where 2 pinball machines , and a couple hold em poker machines. A 70 inch TV big ol stereo for a large home im sure. After we found the pool table standing on end is when my son say dad what's all those, so I walk around and there sit 17 honda rebels, sizes ranged 250 to 500 but it looked like it would take 3 bikes to make one lol. But after going through the whole process and boxes there was only a few parts missing, ima Harley rider know have been for quite some time 2008 nitetrain with all kinda fun stuff ape or meat hooks, half bobbed ,whitewall front and rear , big pistons big jugs lol I know I giggled a lil myself after I seen what I had wrote. So I ask my 24 year old son which he wanted ,and Start on and make a a nice bike. He picked out an 2000 250 nice lol bike you could tell someone stopped just after they started on it. It was apparent they where headed for the bobber look and he liked it. And off we go taking a part here and a part there bigger wider tire in back springer seat , ape hangers , forward controls I had laying around. That was a couple years ago and he still rides it every summer, although he has my 2000 harley davidson sportster I let him ride. So now he has a lil boy bout 2 and a half ,we sold all the others I forget to who and how much but it was buy one buy all , so last night I trade for a 97 without a engine but seat fenders handlebars headlight I'm sure ya get the pic, but when I got it to him he says to much stuff and not enough motor lol remind ya he's almost 3. And after he has watched me and his daddy ride those ol hogs with mine rolling a flame about 3 feet long on the pavement behind me lol he loves that. So he ask me papaw will mine have fire like yours, I studied and thought about it trying to figure a way out on how to do it then it hit me. I ask him well buddy how much fire ya want to come out those pipes, he looked at me and said more than yours papaw lol
 

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Hey all, glad to get back to working on my '85 250. It's in far greater disrepair than it ever has been before, so it's about time I turn to an informative source of information. I'll do my best to keep this process updated if anyone wants to chime in.

Yesterday I parked it at my new home (New Bedford, MA) and today I'm giving it a wipe-down and focused on identifying the correct Ignition Cylinder to replace. The old one is busted and I've lost the keys. What a wonderful day.
 

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focused on identifying the correct Ignition Cylinder to replace. The old one is busted and I've lost the keys. What a wonderful day.
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The problem you will find is chinese aftermarket replacements often don't have connectors that match Honda's wire harness..
difference I see is the Black circuit out of switch is a Male bullet connector

Honda uses a Female 3.9-4.0mm bullet connector for that wire..
Female connectors are always designated to be on the hot side of a circuit and have a cover to prevent short circuit should it become disconnected.
Appears Honda uses heaver gauge wire for Red circuit that connects to battery..
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I understand the chinese often use 3.5mm bullet connectors..
Not sure 3P (3 Pin) connector will match up
the female connector can be bought here:
or clip the old one off and solder it to new switch.. Be advised all your electrical circuits are powered through that one Black circuit, it's not a splice I'd skimp on..
 
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Welcome to the forum
The problem you will find is chinese aftermarket replacements often don't have connectors that match Honda's wire harness...
Honda uses a Female 3.9-4.0mm bullet connector for that wire..
Female connectors are always designated to be on the hot side of a circuit and have a cover to prevent short circuit should it become disconnected.
Appears Honda uses heaver gauge wire for Red circuit that connects to battery....
I understand the chinese often use 3.5mm bullet connectors....
clip the old one off ...... all your electrical circuits are powered through that one Black circuit, it's not a splice I'd skimp on.
You are quite correct SoakedKarma.
I cut the 3.5mm connections off the ends & crimp on 4.0 & the wires are thinner. But these circuits that I've connected are almost all for low wattage LED lighting.
 
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@SoakedKarma and @Emil thank you both for the incredible jumping-off pointers, feeling all the more confident for it.
While we're in the topic, maybe you could point me in the right direction for what I'm going to have to do with the gas cap. Without a key, I'm assuming I'll be trying to pry it off with some finesse. Maybe drilling through the plate to relieve any locking pressure from the inside?

Thanks again for the flags on the harness/connector issue!
 

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I would go to a locksmith. I can pick a lock quite easily for many locks. It's something I learned from my mom. I've had to do it for work many times (people locked their keys inside) & done it a few times for the police too. They were shocked at how fast that it can be done.
 
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(tap tap) Is this thing on? .. Hi everyone!

I'm a returning Rebel owner, :greetings10:I think is the right term- My first bike (going on 8 years ago now) was a 1985 Rebel 250 that was held together with bale wire and duct tape I swear- Instead of a gas cap the previous owner was using a cork from a scented candle bowl!:eek2: I bought my first wrench and the manual on the same day as the bike. Over the years I have tried to love other bikes- a Yamaha Virago 535, and owning that bike was akin to having a pet poodle, or an arab horse- very high maintenance and prone to temper tantrums-:banghead: Then I fell in love with a Kawasaki Zephyr 550 and for three years only rode Kawi- Two accidents and many miles later and the Zephyr has passed, but I do still have a workhorse Ninja- Just recently I had the chance to pick up a 1986 250 for $400. Once again, I am in love! This time around I intend on some creative customizing.. I'm sure to be asking advice here. I'm glad to have such a cool resource and happy to be here.... (and thats all I have for my introduction);)
Welcome to the group
 
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