Traded in the Rebel
After 2 years and almost 15K miles, I decided to trade in my Rebel for something a little bit bigger. All in all, I absolutely loved every mile on that Rebel! It was the perfect bike for me to get started and learn the basics of riding. I got the chance to demo a few bikes at Bike Week about a month ago, and it gave me the itch to get a new ride. I wanted something with a little more power, and a more comfortable for a passenger. The Rebel is definitely capable of riding 2 adults but being a smaller bike, it can get a little cramped on a longer ride.
I narrowed my choices down to the Boulevard C50 and the Vulcan 900. Big enough for 2 to ride in comfort, and small enough to use as a daily driver. I was ready to buy the Vulcan when the dealer totally low-balled me on my trade. Dude had the stones to offer me 1800 bucks for my Rebel. I picked up my keys and walked out. The Suzuki dealer gave me book value for my Rebel, with the money I made selling off my aftermarket parts I almost broke even on it. I rode the Boulevard home that day, so far I am really enjoying it! To look at the specs for each bike, there isn't much difference in the torque and HP, but the V twin really delivers the power a lot smoother than the parallel twin in my opinion.
The Boulevard was decked out in studded leather, first thing I did was take it all off and installed a mustang seat and backrest. I'll get some non-studded saddlebags in the next few weeks. I know some people love the studs, but to me it looks like something out of an 80's hair band.
I also didn't realize how loud that TBR exhaust was until I went back to riding with stock pipes.
Got a couple of pics below, one from when I bought it and one without all that nasty studded leather.
I went back to the dealer this past weekend to pick up some oil and stuff, and got a little misty-eyed seeing my Rebel on the lot for sale. I hope someone buys it and loves it like I do!