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    I just completed my motorcycle training course, and once I pick up my M2 (in a week or so), I'll be looking to buy a motorcycle. I'm leaning towards a Honda Rebel...any thoughts on if this is a good starter bike or not? any other suggestions?

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Great starter bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVeezy View Post
    Great starter bike

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    yes sir .

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Congrats on the course and license!
    The Rebel is possibly one of the most prolific starter bikes. With the Ninjette as well.
    The new Honda Rebels also seem like absolutely fantastic starters and I sort of want that 500 for myself, but they are priced reeeeeally high atm

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    i just got myself a drz400. Its my 3rd riding season this year. The drz400sm would make a great beginner bike, but seems like people dont consider it as such. Definitely more fun than the 300cc sport bikes for me. Only down side is top speed for highways, but for local roads its a blast.

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jet On Rails View Post
    i just got myself a drz400. Its my 3rd riding season this year. The drz400sm would make a great beginner bike, but seems like people dont consider it as such. Definitely more fun than the 300cc sport bikes for me. Only down side is top speed for highways, but for local roads its a blast.
    Theoretically any bike that will do 100kph can run on the highways but after riding a Goldbarge I wouldn't feel comfortable with something small. I'd suck it for a few Kms up to get around a problem but not a Windsor Montreal run.

    Other than the sense of being small and getting blown around is there any reason we need more than a couple hundred cc's?

    How long do the little things last when they're used high mileage or speed?

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    I talked to a fellow with a cbr250 with about 90k on it with no major repairs. It had a crappy slip on exhaust and looked like it was ridden hard.
    I find the 'you need a bigger bike' thing a little tiresome. I did 4000k in 5 days. Much of it on gravel. On a 250. I did a cannonball 1000 (mile) a few years ago on a 125. Sure, my butt hurt. I don't ride to be comfortable. I ride because I love to ride, and I'm willing to endure some discomfort while riding.
    I really don't understand people needing a bigger bike because they get blown around either. Short of a hurricane or tornado, I can't imagine any wind from trucks or otherwise being a safety issue. Worst case scenario is that I slow down to a 100km with a severe headwind.
    I probably will buy a bigger bike eventually because I want it, not need it. And it will be cheap because I'll buy it from someone who needs an even bigger bike

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Rebel is a great starter bike
    will provide comfort, reliabilkity and enough go to keep you happy for awhile
    should you decide to move up of change riding styles in the future
    resale will be easy, it's a Honda

    GTAM has a sport bike bias, and that's fine
    so you can expect a bunch of posts telling you to get a small sport bike
    they are also good starters, but don't be put off a cruiser by the site bias

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Any updates on the bike you chose? I've started on a CB300F this season. I wish I had more juice on straight roads sometimes but still very happy with it on curvy roads. I don't need anything bigger on those for sure.

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    A dual sport is a really good beginner bike.I have a 2017 Honda CRF250Rally for sale at a good price. Not a scratch on it. http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...90#post2594790
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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Curious....why are you selling the CRF?
    My buddy went from a highly-tuned R1 to the CRF 250 and he's happy.

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Quote Originally Posted by kruzuki View Post
    Curious....why are you selling the CRF?
    My buddy went from a highly-tuned R1 to the CRF 250 and he's happy.
    1 too many dirt bikes in the garage.I want a big twin again.Prolly a duc.
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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Rebel would be a great purchase as a city bike for somebody that already has a full M. Until you have that M though, you will need to develop some highway experience. You're going to need a bike that is happy on the highway, not something that can just barely do it, but something that is happy to cruise at 100. For that reason I would say 3-400 sport or 750+ cruiser. Shadow is barely happy on the highway, I don't know if Rebel can do it but if it does, it will be at full tits, kicking and screaming the whole way.
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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingboy View Post
    1 too many dirt bikes in the garage.I want a big twin again.Prolly a duc.
    guess you didn't buy the old Multistrada at Apex?

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    Re: Honda Rebel

    Quote Originally Posted by JavaFan View Post
    guess you didn't buy the old Multistrada at Apex?
    Still looking at it.It needs some work and they aren't being agressive in the sales approach.
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    Re: Honda Rebel

    I was in your boat earlier this year when I got my M2 as well. I thought I wanted a Rebel, but decided to sit in a CB500F as well. The seating position just felt more natural for me on the latter and ended up getting that instead.

    tl;dr - I'd sit on the bike and give it whirl if you can. Found that made a huge difference.

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