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As some of you know i've been considering the purchase of an 86 250 rebel. Well I did it I went ahead and bought the damn thing, already named it too. meet "Dinky"....

 

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my dad wants one like somethin else he just wants it to ride back and forth to work and to the hardware store to get a handfull of nails or whatever from time to time
 

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Bought one for my wife a few years back.

Got the wing and she liked the back seat soooo much she quit riding it.

Nice bike
 

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Um...BrokeWinger,
Maybe you wouldn't be so broke if you stopped buying motorcycles.
 

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Nice bikes. My wife took her m/c class on one of those. Great bike to learn on and for running around town. They seem to be a very popular first bike but people outgrow them quickly. Around here, it's not uncommon to see them with low mileage (under 5000 miles) for less than $1500.

When we took the m/c class, the mechanic told me they had a couple 1986 models they've never had to anything more than routine maintenance. Granted they seldom go over 30 mph but I thought it was pretty impressive that the clutches and trannys could hold up to 25 years of punishment from inexperienced riders.
 

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Heck for 300 bucks can't go wrong. Not sure I can see you and the misses both on it at the same time.
 

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Good on ya!! Looks great!! Dem'z nice put-putts.

$300???? What kind of gun did you use???
 

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Hmmmmm...... Let's see......

Nice bike

$300

No brainer. Fantastic buy!!
 

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No doubt! If I ran across that deal I would buy it also.
 

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My kid started on one of those and he bought it himself... I made him stick with it for a year, and then I co-signed for a Suzuki SV650 (which he still has) and then he bought a KTM 640 for himself. He rides a lot, so I guess the Little Rebel served it's purpose.
 

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I bought an '04 Rebel about 3 years ago, and have done some customizing on it. One of the biggest things I did was to move the pegs and controls 4" forward, with a 34" inseam, I simply did not fit. My next step is to replace the stock exhaust with MAC pipes, though that will have to wait, I have a ways to go on the Goldwing at the moment.

https://picasaweb.google.com/107243579383727476129/JerrySRebel11142010




And while the little Rebel is quite adept at running around town while saving a lot of gas, it has a lot more potential than that. The Rebel is both freeway legal and freeway capable. A couple of years ago, I took a 5,000+ mile trip on mine, riding about 500 miles a day, with no problems at all. With the forward mounted pegs, something to lean back against, and a beadrider seat cover, it was really quite comfortable. I rode 60-65 mph in the right lane, and never had any issues. Who says you need a big bike to take long trips on.

https://picasaweb.google.com/107243579383727476129/Rebel2
 

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I have an '82CM250C which is the precursor to the Rebel. It's a fun bike to ride! I often take it to work (50 miles round trip). Hard to beat the 60+ MPG I get with it!:action:
 

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My son has one of those Rebels. He is itching for something bigger, but that isn't happening until he gets at least a year on the Rebel.
 

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I was thinking about having the boy start on a 500 shadow. That way he might be good for 2-3 years. But, the shadow comes in at around 400 LBS. and the 250 Rebel around 330 LBS,, so I guess it's which ever one he feels better on, especially in the turns. I believe resale is usually pretty good on the rebels if you keep them in tip top shape and have the service records.
 

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MNSNOWMAN wrote:
I was thinking about having the boy start on a 500 shadow. That way he might be good for 2-3 years.
Just have him start on a Valkyrie, then he'll be good forever.
 
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