October 11, 2008 at 11:53 pm #2238
SO I finally took the Rebel 250 out on the major highways of Houston TX.
Took Loop 8, down to State 59, to I-610; overall trip was 66 miles.
1. Getting wind buffet from truck rigs is not fun.
2. A mexican illegal driving a work van towing a trailer almost hit me, as he went straight onto my lane without looking. Luckily I was able get on the shoulder and dodge him. He really pissed me off though!
3. Feet are tingly from the ride as the rebel tend to have vibration.
4. The twisties are fun especially the C type merge ramps LOL.
I was surprised that the Rebel was able to hit 80 LOL as that if I remember right is its max Odo. And I got 85 miles to gallon this week.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Rebel.October 12, 2008 at 12:53 am #13735MunchParticipant
Glad you survived!!!! I still have a very strong distaste for 610 ….actually I am not a fan of Houston all together. My ride was from Pasadena into Houston…opposite the Galleria area… been almost 10 years ago so alot of it is fuzzy ..or selectively blocked. I worked at a place called Southwestern Oilfield Products. From what I’ve been told it no longer exists. Good eyes on the invading work van… always keep them eyes moving and watching. … Careful though… lol .. Houston was the only place I have been where running over an errant 2×4 stud was considered “not uncommon”.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hOctober 12, 2008 at 1:01 am #13736
Yup actually I went from Humble to Galleria and back.
Yes and 610 routes are pretty brutal imo.October 12, 2008 at 2:22 am #13738bob250Participant
Good to hear you like your Rebel and survived your near miss. Nothing gets the old heart pumping like some asshole driver almost hitting you.October 12, 2008 at 5:57 am #13742IanCParticipant
It’s quite an experience isn’t it. I remember the first time I took the Rebel on the Freeway I was waiting at the traffic light at the freeway entrance and I felt just like I did while waiting for a roller coaster to take off . I’ve had my Rebel on the freeways out here in San Diego a few times and with some of the hills we have here I was sometimes maxed out at 65mph I also may be heavier than you. One time I was stuck behind a 18 wheeler because I didn’t feel like I had the power to hop into the second lane. I decided that me, the Rebel, and Freeways didn’t mix unless it was an emergency or a short hop.
Today I bought my second bike a 2009 Suzuki VStrom 650 I pick it up tomorrow. I’m keeping the Rebel at least for now, very different riding experiences.October 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm #13744
Almost felt like frogger dodging from time to time.
Ya I am only 154lbs .. lolOctober 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm #13749megaspazParticipant
You’ll get used to freeways in no time. They’re pretty boring when traffic’s moving. It gets slightly interesting when the flow’s stop and go or slow. Lane sharing/splitting’s the bomb.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…October 13, 2008 at 3:59 am #13769RobMParticipant
Being a native Houstonian transplanted to San Diego, I can say that you are one brave guy. I’ve driven the 610 many times in my day and it’s always been spooky and that was in a car. The Loop 8 would probably be fun, in my mind because of the lighter traffic, but that could be my old memory. Crusing 59, that’s got to be exciting. I’m glad you made it back home in one piece.October 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm #13782
I read about the guy who did the 7500 mile trip on his Rebel across country and I was laughing because he said probably worst and most dangerous part of his trip was when he was in Houston. And he was in a lot of the major cities….go figure.
Once I get a little better, I will start using my bike for the commute in the early mornings 530-6am so I miss most of the crappy traffic, but even then 610 is still bustling with activity mostly from Rigs.October 13, 2008 at 3:05 pm #13788CandiceParticipant
Congratulations! Glad you survived unscathed! I get tingly feet on my 650 as well, I didn’t like that part so much but oh well.
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