Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
I no longer own the Rebel, I had originally bought it for my youngest daughter, who is an excellent dirt bike rider, and was showing some interest in street riding. I had mixed feelings about it, but she is pretty level headed. She got her permit, and did some riding on the street, but the crazy traffic scared her, and she said she didn't think she would ever be comfortable on the street. I told here that after 37 years and close to half a million miles, neither was I, but did it anyway. My theory is if you let yourself get comfortable, you won't last very long.
So anyway, I started fixing up the Rebel for me to ride, and it was ridable on the freeway, even with my 220 pounds on it. But it had to be ridden at full throttle 100% of the time. I already had too many bikes, so I sold it.
I still say Honda needs to get back to basics with the Goldwing, much like the original 1100 Interstate, which could be had without even a stereo. It was very manageable compared to the 1500 and 1800.
I know I am probably the only one here who does not like gadgets. I like a simple bike to just ride on. I love to just go out and ride all day, or several days, without any distractions (other than cell phone users on the road, which seems to be unavoidable, something else that didn't exist when the original Interstate was introduced)
A vintage 'Wing suits my needs perfectly, but I seem to have problems keeping them going. I would love to have a brand new "vintage" Goldwing. I would be in heaven.
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
Save the environment. STOP the developers.
PGR member since 2007