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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Honda Rebel

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 07:34 PM
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No experiance with the Honda Rebel, & I won't go into the electrical nightmare my Shadow turned into. But I'll suggest another you might want to look at, the suzuki savage or what ever they are calling it now. Its a 650 single, for a small bike its got enough power to haul what you want and is still small enough for a beginner.

I had one in 01 and rode the mess out of it, probably would still have it had the situation not gotten to where the "toy" had to go. But we've all been there at some point.

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It should be noted, I'm not trying to scare you off from honda just pointing out another option I had good luck with.

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I rode a few of them back in the 80's. I still think it would be fun to have a 450 Rebel. Good beginner bike. I just don't remember what the word was on reliability/longevity. I would guess that if they didn't fair well that Honda would have dropped the line a long time ago. . . but it's still here and still puttin' down the road with the big boys, that should say something. That's my 1.98427 cents

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My first ride was a honda nighthawk 250, which is the same engine as the rebel, just a little different styling. Great bike, cheap, economical, easy to maintain (with one exception), lightweight --- great bike for a beginner.
The only thing I didn't like about it, and later didn't like about the honda nighthawk 750 was the chain drive. A real pain to properly maintain. Would nearly break my heart to polish all those spokes then have the chain spray some lube on them.

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I knew a lady rider in the CMA that had one with 20,000 miles on it. It had bags, windshield, crash bars and pegs and sissy bar, fringe and all! She said it was just the right size for her. It was her 2nd one. She wore the first one out! It was still running but leaked and smoked so she got her another. That seems like a good testimony to me.
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 09:26 AM
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Can't go wrong with the Rebel! They are a great quality bike pretty bullet proof. And keep their resale value the best, at least in this area!

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 02:13 PM
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Oh my, it comes in blue, I didn't know

I wonder what COLOR I'd chose if he asks me
It probably couldn't handle the speed that comes with black so BLUE is probably safe

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[QUOTE=stratowart;51969]I've been looking around at other forums and on-line reviews for this bike and all seem favorable for this scoot. Anybody on here with any first hand experience (yourself or acquiantance)?

I put 5000 miles on my '06 Rebel (250). Commuted 110 miles r/t to work and it never let me down. It turned a consistent 60mpg in all wind conditions and would run 80mph all day.

And it gave me immense pleasure to park it under the "Victory" sign at Polaris Spirit Lake


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