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1987 classic 250 Rebel, new bike to me with 13.300 miles and I love riding it. More after it thaws out up here in the mountians.
 

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Welcome to Rebel Land.

You still have snow in the mountains there? Our whitecaps around Vegas melted months ago and Phoenix/Tucson tends to be 5-10 degrees warmer than us.
 

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Hi, I have a 2009 Rebel and I used a bunch of parts from Blue Collar. I got a real good price on the bike and it has less than a thousand miles on it. We ride it around the neighbor hood. Ive had the carb off so many times I could put it together with the lights out. Hard to keep those little jets from clogging up with this junk they sell for gas now.
 

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Hey Neighbor

1987 classic 250 Rebel, new bike to me with 13.300 miles and I love riding it. More after it thaws out up here in the mountians.
You must be either on Mt. Lemon or more towards San Manual??

I'm up in the White Mountains, Show Low/Snowflake area. Sometimes I winter down at the Casino del Sol and do some riding around on my Reb. Contact me if you would
like to do some riding together down there some time.
 

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I have a 1987 rebel with about 13k miles. I have had this bike for 20 years. I am willing to sell if this is something you are interested. I had someowrk done to make it more modern but it still isnt meeting my needs. I have all the original parts. If you are interested please let me know. It is currently registered in California.
 

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Just got a '13 all original, even tires (yeah, I know), black Rebel. Which, of course, is the fastest Rebel because of the color. Interesting ride for sure with major fun built in!
 

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If the price can be bartered and the seller still has the leftover/virgin parts I desire, I may be acquiring another 85 in the next few days.

Just got a '13 all original, even tires (yeah, I know)
Unless they're dry-rotted, hardened, splitting at the sidewalls, or lacking legal tread depth --- I have no problem with tire age. Expiration dates are just a myth that was drummed up by tire manufacturers to sell more tires more often. Note how helmet manufacturers jumped on that bandwagon immediately after the tire manufacturers...manufactured the myth. ;)
 
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I usually wear tires out long before they crack or get hard. But, yeah, I agree if there is no real danger then it's all good.I have ridden on hard tires before and you won't soon forget what fun that can be, especially in the rain. The only time I have run across that though is on used bikes. At least the ones my Rebel are good enough for now, probably a couple thousand more miles or thereabout.
 

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I have a bought new 2016. It was sort of an impulse buy, after I saw the disgusting (to me) 2017 "Rebels" I had already owned 3 Rebel 250s, the first one bought new in 1985. I sort of have a thing for them. And when I saw that 2017, I just had to have one more. I got it unbelievably cheap, the dealer was having a firesale to clear them out as fast as possible. I'm sure there were some pretty serious factory incentives.
 

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Interesting sideline - tire ageing
OK google ...
Tires are made of long chain polymers of hydrocarbons, mixes of different formulations of organic and synthetic rubber.
These polymers degrade with age, mostly due to heat, heat from rolling down the road, heat from running underinflated, ambient heat. the binding layers between the bead and sidewall, the tread and the body containing the radial fabric, are very susceptible, as are the sidewalls due to their thinness compared to the tread.
exposure to solar UV and atmospheric agents can also contribute to the ageing of rubber.
In one 2012 study, 233 deaths and 300 injuries were directly attributed to tires that failed that were over 6 years old (most close to 10 years).
although the actual life of a given tire is variable due to many other factors, the manufacturers have mostly adopted a 6 year recommendation, 10 for specially formulated high mileage tires, on the basis that a very-few-to-none accidents have tire degradation as a factor for tires under this age limit.
 

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Recently purchased a 2015 red Honda Rebel with 1,596 miles on it! Waiting for the dmv registration process to complete so I can take it out.
 
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