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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ride a Honda Rebel?

My best friend is thinking about finally getting into riding. He was looking at scramblers but there aren't many for sale in our area that aren't ridiculously overpriced. I told him he could get a deal on a shadow and learn to ride meanwhile he saves for a nicer bike. He for some reason likes the look of Rebels over the shadows.

He's about 6' tall, 220ish lbs, would a Rebel 250 be too small for him? Wondering if I should discourage him from getting that and trying to push him into a Shadow.

It'll be funny though, us pulling up to places, him @ 6' on a Rebel 250, and little me @ 5'4" in my 1100 Aero

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Both my sisters have A rebel 250 and my dad rode one home and he was 6ft 230ish pounds and his knees where above the tank. Even a older shadow would be a little small.


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My wife had a Rebel 250 it was a great little town bike. I am 6' and about 220 lbs. it would pull me around, but really struggled over 50 MPH. But if he wants to stay in town they can be fun little bikes.
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A Rebel 250 is not going to cut it.
I have ridden lots of 250s in my life, but none were as feeble as the Rebel.

A modern Rebel 500 would work out OK I think.
They are meant to be good fun.
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Way too small for a guy that height. I'm 5'11" and after sitting on one, all I could do is laugh.

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If it was a new Rebel 500, then it may be OK, but an older 250 is just way to small. He would hate it by day 2.
The 250's were used a lot for MSF courses.
Has he taken a MSF course? Those are usually 250-500 cc bikes, give him a feel for what an appropriate sized bike should be.

There are a few at a dealer near me, just sitting on one I felt goofy.

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For a starter bike for a big guy something with a taller stance, but with a slight amount of juice might be in order. Have him go to a dealer and look at Enduro or Dual sport bikes. I was thinking maybe a CRF 350 if he's leaning toward Honda.

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For a starter bike for a big guy something with a taller stance, but with a slight amount of juice might be in order. Have him go to a dealer and look at Enduro or Dual sport bikes. I was thinking maybe a CRF 350 if he's leaning toward Honda.

This is good advice. When I was young I rode an Endro 250 for my first street legal bike. I did grow out of that pretty fast but it worked perfectly fine for learning street riding. I could ride a full on trail with that bike which is what I was really after and it could go around town easily, light and small bike but tall enough. I moved up to a Yamaha XS 400 when I went full street bike. The Endro was terrible on a highway so I avoided the highway. The XS could do a highway without it being a white knuckle event. Neither bike was anywhere near my 1100 Shadow as far as high speed comfort but the Shadow is a totally different type of bike. It's also harder to control for a new to riding person.


Main question is what does this guy want to do with his bike? I was thinking about getting a scrambler and running some power lines etc but I couldn't fine any scramblers for sale used. The Shadow is filling the bill for what I'm actually doing with the bike so I'm glad that's what I bought. If I see a good deal on a dual sport I will probably buy one. My Shadow is not good on dirt or gravel roads, pretty much a death machine off of pavement. I'm not far from whole counties filled with dirt roads.

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my starter bike is my 84 shadow 500. Its light and easy to ride and can be had for almost free. Ive never riden a Rebel but my shadow has Rebel shocks in the reae so its pretty much the same thing. lol

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Has he taken a MSF course? Those are usually 250-500 cc bikes, give him a feel for what an appropriate sized bike should be.

There are a few at a dealer near me, just sitting on one I felt goofy.
GREAT IDEA!!! That hadn't occured to me. He's supposed to take the MSF course in July I think. I can probably convince him not to buy anything till he rides those bikes there and maybe that will give him more of a feel of riding smaller bikes...

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Neither bike was anywhere near my 1100 Shadow as far as high speed comfort but the Shadow is a totally different type of bike. It's also harder to control for a new to riding person.


Main question is what does this guy want to do with his bike? I was thinking about getting a scrambler and running some power lines etc but I couldn't fine any scramblers for sale used. The Shadow is filling the bill for what I'm actually doing with the bike so I'm glad that's what I bought. If I see a good deal on a dual sport I will probably buy one. My Shadow is not good on dirt or gravel roads, pretty much a death machine off of pavement. I'm not far from whole counties filled with dirt roads.
LOL I'm tiny and my first bike was an 1100. I'm glad I went big though, I could still do for more umph so I can imagine if I had stayed at a smaller bike I would have outgrown it.

Yeah i'm not sure what the deal is with scrambler type bikes. Just can't find any that are remotely a good deal for under 5-7k. Lots of 'sentimental value' bikes out there that don't sell because the owners overvalue it's worth. So you have to go to something newer in a higher price range for it to be worth it.

Shadows, I can find deals quite often on CL since we're in a big city. So no he won't be riding any dirt roads, it'll all be city streets and freeway . I think he cares more for the look or aesthetic of the bike more than the way it works etc. He's definitely not going to be trying to pop wheelies on it, and I don't think he'll be commuting on it like I do. So more of a weekend funmobile.

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