Congrats on the “new” bike.
17,000 isn’t high mileage for a Honda Rebel if it’s had the oil changed now and again. It should still have plenty of life left in it and 100,000 miles is not unheard of in those li’l Honda 234 c.c. air-cooled engines.
It’s just that here in the U.S.A. most folks don’t ride their motorcycles for transport, just for playing or posing on, hence the large number of older bikes with really low miles.
BTW: There is nothing nerdy about being white, in fact, we invented the entire modern world, and *tartan* shirts (plaid is a blanket) are totally cool dude. In fact *you’re* cool dude, all we daredevil motorcyclists are