Got the Honda Rebel 2009 at home
September 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm #2051
Let me say yesterday was an adventure and a half.
The dealer called me on Friday evening saying the bike was in. I told him I would pick it up Saturday. I reserved an enclosed 5×8 U Haul trailer that night.
Saturday morning came a long and I went to pick up the trailer from U haul. This U haul store was so ghetto…had bars on all the windows, etc. Just about as I was going to check out the trailer, their computers completely went down and so I had no trailer. At the same time the Honda dealer calls me up asking for proof of insurance. Would have been nice to know that ahead of time. So I scrambled to find another trailer from another U haul store and called my insurance to get it activated. After a couple hours, I finally found a trailer, got my insurance set up, and finally got my bike home.
Well here it is. An 09 Honda Rebel 250
hanks to Mike and Rachel for helping me that day.September 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm #11778
And Oh I took her for a quick test spin this morning around the block.
I found myself wanting to always plant my feet right away when braking.
My shifiting is ok, but my braking and throttle control needs work. I tend to throttle to quickly and brake too hard.
Guess that will come in time.
So definitely a 250 is optimal for beginners. I could only imagine what a 600+ would have done when I throttled too fast.September 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm #11780battlewagonParticipant
We got an 08 Rebel. Very forgiving bike and amazingly looks pretty darn good IMO for what it is.
Couple of things to consider, splice an inline fuel filter into the fuel line as the Rebel has neither a fuel or oil filter. So frequent oil changes is a must as it is a wet clutch. I also bought one of those magnetic drain plugs to collect metallic bits and pieces although it will not do much for aluminum bits and pieces as these air cooled twins have lots of that.
Also, remember to turn the fuel petcock off everynight as some have reported gas getting into the oil…not sure but sound practice.
And like Elwood said, take the MSF class (most likely they will teach on a Rebel too)
Ride safe!September 7, 2008 at 11:54 pm #11789
MSF Class scheduled two weekends from now…ya I was a little crazy trying it out this weekend. Luckily it was just in the neighborhood with no traffic.
Where did you get the magnetic drain plug from and is there some good instructions on how to splice in an inline fuel filter.September 8, 2008 at 1:04 am #11790battlewagonParticipant
You want a visu-filter model 701C. They are like $3 each and last about 2k miles or so.September 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm #11816CBennettParticipant
Lol I rode the Ninja around 1 time then put it away till I got the first MSF first day on the range out of the way..now I feel “safer” better about going for a ride and not dumping it . may go out for a short spin today sometime maybe..unless I go fishingSeptember 9, 2008 at 12:16 am #11854CBennettParticipant
hey BTW how much larger is the Honda Shadow than the Rebel(im talking the smallest Shadow)September 9, 2008 at 3:49 am #11859AndrewParticipant
I sat on a 650 Shadow at the local dealer and IMO it was huge. No comparison to the Ninja. Just a different class of bike for a different purpose.September 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm #12057smokeizfireParticipant
but this hasn’t stopped me from riding at all. I only have a permit, but I’ve been riding every where(except the freeway). I mean really, everywhere. I ride at least a painful 3 hrs a day during the week(sometimes more). Yes, this is my 1st bike w/ 0 riding experience. My 1st ride was with my brother in law whose 1st bike is a R6. He took the MSF course 1st before he bought the bike(he’s a big guy by the way). We rode a decent distance. Me in the front and him as shadow. Whenever we stopped at a light he would give me the you shouldn’t do this or that.
I learn pretty fast so one warning was good enough for me. I applied those rules when I ride solo and have been pretty safe, so far. My fiancee thinks the course will be a waste of money at this point. No dropping, and no close calls, yet(Thank God), I’m still going to take the Course to be drilled on safety(even though I am pretty paranoid even when driving cars).
2 things for sure, 1 thing for certain. Motorcycles are simply dangerous to ride on the street with other vehicles, period. The MSF course will teach you tools to be safe, however, only ones application of these tools will ensure this. The MSF won’t stop some random @sshole from hitting you because he wasn’t looking out for motorcycles but cars only. I think how you drive a car will sort of tell how you may ride a motorcycle. Insurance company’s agree. My driving record is squeaky clean. Why? Because I like to cruise around. I am fast nor furious. 40mph is my friend. Even though it is legal to do so in California, I rarely lane split. Call me a pu$$y, but it just seems super dangerous. Guess that’s why it’s illegal in most states in the US. The parking lot will help you with your confidence. But, I think the best place to learn how to ride in traffic, is in traffic. Ok Flamers. Flame away.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 12, 2008 at 6:06 pm #12064BuddParticipant
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineSeptember 15, 2008 at 6:29 am #12178Jose Luis Avila HerreraGuest
I am going to buy my 2009 Honda Rebel 250 the next month because now the store is out of them.
I am exited too!July 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm #27664DIY LadyBikerParticipant
I bought a 2009 Rebel and I was looking at the Shadow.
SHadow only comes in a 750cc now, so if you wanted something smaller you’d need to check out another company.July 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm #27665DIY LadyBikerParticipant
am new to this site and wondered if there’s a search engine so when looking for something specific I can find it easily?
DIY LadyBikerJuly 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm #27667MunchParticipant
Not really have to the internett search route…….. topic then bestbeginner etc.July 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm #27668TrialsRiderParticipant
I’m thinking no, not built in to this site. From within each forum list you can click on Topic, Replies, Created or Last reply and change the sort order of that forum list.
Best solution is use Google search and append the parameter : “bestbeginnermotorcycles.com” to your search criteria. Google will initially present a “+Show more results from https://www.bestbeginnermotorcycles.com” then scroll down the list and select “Show all results from https://www.bestbeginnermotorcycles.com >>” …works great as long as the spelling is correct.
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